July 21, 2016

Saltwater/Tidal River Report

Local striped bass action is quite good, although the big fish action we saw a few weeks ago has shifted a little east but this is only temporary. We do have some locally big fish near the Housatonic river and Stratford shoals, and the Clinton and CT River area is red hot and not out of our range now with the newly acquired 26 foot Regulator which can bring us to that area in less than an our from our home port of Stratford, CT.
Tube and worm trolling is good to excellent in Clinton and we are also fishing live bunker and eels to fish in the 30+ lb. range. Locally in the western sound we have decent action to 20lb. class stripers early in the morning and evenings, but the big news is the amount of weakfish that are in our area this year. Weakfish (sea trout) are excellent fighters and incredible table fair. They prefer chartreuse colored artificials as well as standard fluke rigs and presentations like squid/spearing combos. Fluke have also become stronger in the region and snapper blues are already popping up throughout the sound...could this be the year the Bonito come back? We will start looking for them in the next week or so but typically by the 2nd week of August is when they will show up. We will be fishing Block Island this coming week but back in action locally by August 1!

Freshwater Report -

We are in full blown summer mode and the only river that will produce well at this time of year is the Farmington as it is a tailwater with cold water being released from below a very deep reservoir/dam. Early morning nymphing with stoneflies in the riffles is deadly right now as well as streamers in moderate riffles. Evenings can produce well with sulfurs and also large baitfish and mouse patterns into dark....you can pick up some really big browns doing this!

A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!


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Tight Lines!



Sweet....my daughter and I found these beautiful wild brook trout right on our property in a tiny trickle where they continue to survive through floods and drought conditions.

Another late September father and son team fish in the 30lb. range.

These 3 boys had the time of their life catching Gorilla blues near shore on a very sporty day of seas!

CJ Elser, with a personal best 50+ pound striper!

July - Curt Gowdy, Jr., above, with a sweet 25 lb. striper taken near mid day on July 6th. He also landed many 10+ lb. bluefish using grain lines and a 10 wt. fly rod...great fishing to end the day today Curt!

May - This was an epic day on the western LI Sound folks...we had 8 fish over 30lbs. in less than 3 hours live lining bunker in the Bridgeport area. The fish in the photo was by far not the largest but did not survive so I had a nice photo op before making dinner for 8 from her fillets! The largest fish was 48 inches and well over 40lbs. and I did not see a fish under 30....VERY memorable for this neck of the woods my friends.

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!

My son CJ with a fat 44lb. striper taken on July 18, 2009...we had about 10 this size in less than 3 hours!

Heather Elser shows off a sweet 43 inch striper taken in shallow water the first week of September, there were many more keepers and big bluefish as well and all within a stone's throw from shore!

July 23 - Heather with another 40+ lb. striper.

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May 8, 2012 – A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.

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"IP" Gregory with a fine wild brown trout he caught on our outing near my home in Southbury, CT...what a great day of catching and catching up!

July 28, I actually took the liberty to land one myself on that epic day...but we had over 30 bass between 35-62lbs. in 5 days!!

October 24, 2011- A 2nd 30lb. b'day cow...wtg Shane

September 25, 2011- Shane with a 10 lb. false albacore off of Milford, CT.

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.

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October 24, 2011- Shane treated himself to a cow hunt for his birthday and succeeded witha fat 44" bass at 30+ lbs. taken at spot X near Stratford!

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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

Albies were thick near the mouth of the Housatonic River as well as east and west October and early November of 2015.

Alec and Lewis with another Cow - October 23

A pristine wild brown trout that fell for a traditional wet fishing the Pomperaug River in early May!

40lb. bass like the one above stacked up nicely in the Milford and Stratford area in October and early November....the fall run! Congrats to Lewis on this 47" Cow!

November 2012 - Curt Gowdy with a 34" inch striper taken off of Stratford CT.

July, a Block Island Cow caught by Heather Elser in tight to shore, we had several stripers between 40-58lbs. during our annual family trip!

 

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The new rig at it's slip in Stratford, CT!



A vew off the stern with twin 250 HP 4 stroke power to get us to the fishing grounds comfortably and fast!

June 1, 2016 - 30+ lb. Striper near Stratford!

June 1, 2016 - Captain Rick Dayhuff with a 40+ inch bass taken on a live bunker.

August 2015 - I finally got my busy daughter Heather into some action!

August, 2015 - The bluefish are abundant this year but the question is will they remain for the WICC Bluefish Tourny at the end fo the month!

May 29, 2015 - The bass have arrived, FINALLY!

August 2014 - A 35lb. bass landed by Phil Stein that got the boat off to a quick start!

July 2014 - Rick with a nice 30+ lb. bass taken off of Clinton, CT

June 2014 - Captain Elser with a 27lb. bass

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My son CJ with a nice shallow water striper taken on the Housy in early May!

June, 2013 - Haas with brace of nice bass taken on live eels in very close to shore.

June 2014 - Rick with a nice 25lb. bass

June, 2013 - Pete Viviano with a really nice striper taken within a stone's throw of shore.

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October 2014 - Mike and his dad had great action in
the Stratford area last week, fish busting on top and down deep.

October 2014 - Mike booked 2 consecutive trips and
once again some memories were made as he had
his fiance along for some Albie action! Congrats to
the happy couple!

August 2014 - A 50lb. class bass taken on a bright sunny day near Clinton, CT!

June 5, 2013 - Evan and his Dad Ryan above with a few fat stripers caught on live bunker off of Milford, CT.

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The Captain with a 44 inch Block Island Striper.

April 2013 - Peter Viviano Sr. with a sweet fly rod caught Housy striper and the best part his clouser was tied by his favorite tyer...the one and only Pete V. Jr :-)

April 27, 2013 - Steve with a 30" striper taken on an Xrap in less than 8 feet of water 5 miles up the Housatonic River.

April 27, 2013 - Peter Viviano, Sr. sticking it to a Housatonic River striper near the mouth of the river.

Pete V with a nice Housy spring bass on one of his signature "Yak" herring patterns - check out his fly selection at FishFlyes!

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October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad got to experience some of the finest Western Sound fishing all year with several 35+ inch bass and bluefish as well as some light tackle action.

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October 30, 2013 - Mike with a sweet 22lb. bass taken off of Milford, CT live lining bunker!

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October 30, 2013 - Mike and his Dad with a pair of fat Stripers on a beautiful late October afternoon.

April 2013 - This 24 inch rainbow fell for a size 16 emerger!