10 July 2011

Connecticut, Long Island Sound, Housatonic River Saltwater Fishing Report: 09 July

O400 hours on Saturday it was misty and the roads were still wet as I was leaving Hometown, CT.

Shoo-Fly was patiently waiting.

Val S. and I had planned to fish on Friday, but an exchange of phone calls at 0430 clarified that there was rain and lightning farther west on the Connecticut coastline where Val lives. And, as anything that happens over that way soon winds up in Stratford, we decided to bag fishing that day.

But we did get out on Saturday.

As you can see, as we pulled away from the dock the tail-end of the storm clouds from the previous day and night was slinking away over the eastern horizon.

We headed east to Milford Harbor where Shoo-Fly had had some good success several days ago....

But that was a waste of time. Althoug there were bunker [baitfish] in the water, when we got there no fish were feeding on them.

We headed back to the mouth of the Housatonic River...passing by Charles Island we could see why the environmental folk have closed the Island to foot traffic: Lots of birds, mostly egrets in this pic, are breeding on the Island.

Back at the Housy, it didn't take Val long to get into fish.

Unfortunately, we caught no large fish this day...so we had to settle for numbers: 4 stripers, 22 bluefish. All but two fish, blues, returned to the water safely.

Note that the second Canada Goose from the left has a yellow tag on its neck.

Wonder if it's because he was misbehaving.

Click on any pic to enlarge it.

Nice striper, but not a keeper.

I was having a hard time getting a fish on the fly rod, but Val hooked up with a fly of his own creation...

...and after a good battle landed this 5-lb. bluefish.

He took two blues home to the smoker.

Cormorant wasn't bothered by Shoo-fly's presence, but the egret headed for new territory.

Another great day on the water.

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