August 19, 2015
Saltwater/Tidal River Report
The action that is available is still mostly limited to the first 2 hours of daylight if you are after good size bass of which we have taken a few in the 20-25lb. class but the bass action overall is very slow still. We have peanut bunker spread throughout the sound already and adult bunker pinned up in all the harbors so the stage is set for some great fall fishing! We are able to find some big blues during the day and even on the surface at times but it has been very hit or miss unless you are willing to set up a 2 hour chum slick on an offshore wreck...which will be the game for most next weekend during the WICC Bluefish Tourny. Don't overlook the near shore rocky waters for your biggest blue though, I have done very well in less than 10 feet of water the last several weeks but mostly at first light again.
I spotted bonito two times over the past 2 weeks but not in significant numbers, hopefully they make a showing this week as the numbers are thick in RI and NY waters right now. Fat albert should arrive in a few weeks as well so with all the spearing and peanut bunker available we should be in for a good stretch of action!
Freshwater Report -
Well now that the Hendrickson hatch is past us we have so many different flies on our local streams. Primarily Caddis (tan and green body size 14-16) and Isonychia (size 10-12) as well as March browns just showing up...plenty of big flies to interest big fish in coming to the surface! I personally have had excellent fishing on both the upper Housatonic and the Farmington river this past week, but they call this "crazy time" for a reason as there are so many different flies hatching, often at the same time, so it can be tricky to get dialed into the exact hatch the fish are feeding on.
A 20" survivor strain Farmington River brown trout hooked on a size 12 parachute Hendrickson dry fly!
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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.
May 8, 2012 – A healthy 16" holdover rainbow trout taken on a pheasant tail nymph in a headwater riffle.
"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.
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!
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
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