Book a trip today and experience sportfishing for trophy striped bass, bluefish, bonito, false albacore, black seabass and fluke aboard one of the best outfitted charter boats in Long Island Sound!

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The trophy striped bass below was caught in less than 10' of water in local CT waters on a hot summer day, it was released to fight another day....the IGFA formula has it tipping the scales at over 70lbs.


With more than 40 years of experience Captain Chris Elser specializes in connecting anglers with trophy striped bass whether you prefer casting large herring and bunker flies, drifting live eels, live lining adult menhaden or light tackle trolling with tube and worm rigs! This is an addictive pursuit and our success rate on stripers over 30lbs. is second to none in the Western Long Island Sound with fish over 70 lbs. caught locally in CT waters.

The 62.5 lb. striped bass above was weighed in at the Block Island Boat Basin and caught by Heather Elser in less than 20 feet of water. Should have made it official as it could have been a women's world record!

Trout fishing can be experienced at it's finest with world class trout fishing right here in CT! Give us a shout if you want to fish nationally respected streams like the Farmington and Housatonic Rivers which offer year-round fly fishing opportunities.

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As a USCG licensed and fully insured captain Chris Elser uses his cumulative experience to put anglers on fish. Chris is a natural teacher with a winning personality who will make you feel comfortable even before you step onboard.

Above - Colton with a 23.5" holdover rainbow trout caught in a small local stream casting a streamer fly!

Please visit the fishing report page for pics of this past season's catches as well as freshwater updates and tips! Don't forget to book those prime weekend dates for a striped bass of a lifetime!

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Above - I took my grandson Colton to a favorite local stream in late November and he landed and released this gorgeous wild female brown trout that measured over 21 inches in length! If you are interested in this unique local fishery please contact us at

After fishing with Captain Elser you will appreciate his intensity and passion for fishing whether stalking trophy striped bass casting a fly or drifting live menhaden over a deep water rip. When you fish with Chris you will be guaranteed a world class angling adventure!

Captain Chris Elser has recently been published in Fly Fishing Saltwaters Magazine, Outdoor Life magazine with quotes related to tactics for big fall stripers and was also published in Saltwater Sportsman Magazine demonstrating live bait tactics for trophy striped bass and bluefish! • Captain Elser has been invited to speak on the Saltwater Sportsman Guide panel hosted by George Poveromo in Fairfield, CT • Read On The Water Magazine and get detailed Western Long Island Sound Reports written by Captain Chris Elser - April - October 2022!

Fish the Legendary Norwalk Islands, Long Island’s North Shore, the Housatonic River and Estuary, the CT River area and other eastern CT waters! Block Island trips can be arranged given sufficient notice and travel arrangements.

Specializing in Fly Fishing, Live Bait, Spin & Sightt Casting to Striped Bass, Bonito, False Albacore, Fluke, Trout, Smallmouth Bass and Pike. Experience the thrill of trophy striped bass fishing with Captain Chris Elser who has had over 40 years of angling passion guiding you to the fish!