A scene from Derek Angel’s nice day of fly-fishing at Silver Sands State Park will soon be seen by thousands of anglers across Connecticut.

With Charles Island seen in the background, a photo show Angel smiling holding a bluefish he caught in Long Island Sound.

It’s a photo that been selected as the winner for the cover of the 2017 Connecticut Angler’s Guide.

Angel said he caught the bluefish on a clouser-minnow streamer while fish were actively feeding on small menhaden or “peanut bunker” as the tide was dropping.


Nick Walsh took snapped the photo moments after Angel caught the bluefish.

“I love fishing in the Sound,” said Angel who lives in Avon, about 60 miles away from Milford. “When this fish hit my fly, it was like a hammer. I had a great time trying to land this fish.”

For four years, the state Department of Energy and Environmental Protection receives hundreds of photos submitted for the cover of the angler’s guide. The guide that provides information on rules and regulations on Connecticut sport fishing will be distribted in mid-March.

An electronic version of the guide will be posted by the end of March at: www.ct.gov/deep/anglersguide

“This year the winning photo of our cover photo contest represents the excellent shoreline fishing Connecticut has to offer through our coastal state parks, enhanced shoreline opportunity sites, or by hitting the water at one of the many state-owned boat ramps,” DEEP Commissioner Robert Klee said in a release.

In addition to Angel’s photo, a selection of images from other finalists will be published in the guide. The finalists included Julia Pickering, of New Milford; Harrison Vasil, of Trumbull; Shawna Casper, of Woodbury; Nate Lewis, of Norwalk; and Stephanie Ortiz, of Stratford.

All anglers and photographers are encouraged to send photos to DEEP for the 2018 Angler’s Guide cover contest. This popular contest had resulted in DEEP receiving hundreds of photos for consideration and DEEP expects that next year’s contest will be even more popular among anglers and photographers alike. Anyone wishing to participate in the Angler’s Guide cover photo contest should visit: www.ct.gov/deep/fishing