Saltwater and Tidal River Report
We had insane topwater action for stripers the past few weeks, many in the mid 30 inch range as well, even mid day! The herring are descending the tidal Housy and bunker are on the way fast, it would be a good plan to meet both of these bait species with me within the next 2 weeks...we will be there to greet the biggest stripers of the season! Water temps are still about 5 degrees below normal for this time of year but the fish are moving in, blues, big bass and bunker. Fluke fishing has been slow with the colder water temps but the north shore of Long Island is starting to heat up. If you are after fluke we offer 6 hour trips to the north shore and can take up to 6 people. The boat is $650 for 1-6 anglers and we will filet and package your catch! Current limit is 4 fluke per angler at 19 inches or longer. Sea bass season opens soon as well! The much awaiting season is under way, check back for weekly updates!
Freshwater Report -
It's game on for trout throughout CT and the action for fly rodders that crave surface fishing is on fire. Dry fly enthusiasts can now enjoy the hendrickson hatch until about the end May. We offer guiding on the Housatonic, Farmington and other local rivers as well as fly casting and entomology instruction!
A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!
Interested in Fly Casting instruction for fresh or salt water? Captain Chris Elser is a certified casting instructor and will be offering lessons and instruction throughout the season. Take advantage of one-on-one personalized instruction at any location that is convenient for you! He has all the tackle and can also incorporate a lesson into a trip out on the Sound.
Captain Chris Elser has been writing the Western Long Island Sound fishing reports since April of 2006, you will surely get detailed information on fishing for Stripers, Bluefish, False Albacore and more! Pick up the new isue for the latest info!
Heather above with a 52.5 inch striper taken on a red tube and gulp imitation sandworm trolled up on light tackle with a Lamiglas Tri-Flex conventional and Avet MXL reel!
A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.
This false albacore was 6 oz. from being a state record at just over 14lbs. and was caught on Sept. 29, 2009 near Milford, CT. It was my personal best fat albert! Let's hope they stack in tight again!
Bonito can be expected in August, it was an epic year in 2009.
My big fly rod fish above was taken July of 2009 on a 15 inch all black spun deer hair pattern tied by Peter Viviano, Jr. - check out all of his selection at www.fishflyes.co
A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!
A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!
The new rig is finally home - well new to us anyway!
This boat is well kept 2005 26 foot Regulator that will get us to the fishing grounds safely in almost any conditions.
Always take the time to take a kid fishing, nothing like getting kids outdoors and away from all of the electronic distractions these days....enjoy the outdoors and please respect your environent!
Hunter's first Sea bass!
July - CJ with another big bass
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