Captain Rick Dayhuff - USCG LICENSED
I’ve been “Hooked on Fishing” for over 50 years. I started out on the shores of Lake Erie with a cane pole, bobber and a nightcrawler when I was a youngster. Since then, I’ve always lived near a body of water and enjoyed sport fishing. When I’m not fishing my local waters of Long Island Sound, I enjoy traveling all over the country to experience different types of fishing. Whether it’s Blue Marlin in Hawaii, Tuna, Dorado, Wahoo and Grouper in Baja, Mexico or Bonefish, Snook and Tarpon in the Florida Keys, each experience has given me a deep appreciation and a love for the sport of fishing that I would like to pass on to you.
Before moving to Fairfield, Connecticut in 2002, I lived in San Diego, CA for 35 years, where I gained a vast amount of knowledge of boating and fishing. Not only was the Pacific Ocean just minutes from the launch ramp but the many bays and harbors were teaming with different varieties of fish. My favorite quarry was Halibut and Yellowtail.
The beauty of sport fishing is that there are so many different methods that you can pursue. I sometimes fish from a kayak. A fishing kayak has many advantages in that it is easy to launch almost anywhere and the stealth factor of being able to sneak up on fish in shallow water is a huge advantage. Another method that is becoming quite popular is saltwater fly fishing. Sometimes casting a small fly that imitates bait that has just hatched can have great results. It is also the method of choice when the fall run of False Albacore and Bonito make their presence known. I have just recently purchased my first fly rod and reel and already I’m “Hooked” on another way to fish.
Long Island Sound fishing on the East Coast may have different names and eat different baits but the basic principles of catching fish still apply. The wonderful thing about sport fishing is that after 50 years, I’m still learning how to do it better.