Captain Sal Tardella with George Poveromo
Captain Sal Tardella with George Poveromo, Senior Editor of SaltWater Sportsman magazine and host of ESPN2’s “George Poveromo’s World of Saltwater Fishing.

Capt. Sal Tardella, proprietor of My Bonnie Charters fishing guide, is well known for family-friendly fishing fun on Long Island Sound. Every May through early November for the past 25 years the skipper been taking anglers out into L.I. Sound, where they can catch many species of fish aboard his customized C-Hawk Sportsfisherman, a 25-foot center console boat that is berthed in historic South Norwalk, only 45 minutes from New York City. L.I. Sound is filled with bluefish, striped bass, porgies, sea bass and fluke–as well as the elusive and tasty blackfish(tautog), which feast among Norwalk’s plentiful oyster beds.

Whether you’re a novice or a seasoned angler, Capt. Sal will take you on an exciting light-tackle saltwater adventure, using methods and techniques acquired over many years. My Bonnie III is designed to allow comfortable fishing from every spot on the boat, and she has a comfortable enclosed pilot house to get out of the weather, when necessary. The boat has state-of-the art electronics to navigate your fishing outing, while ensuring that your trip is safe and comfortable from the time you leave the dock until you return.

Fishing in Norwalk, CT

Note: During the winter months the captain runs charters on Florida’s Treasure Coast–specifically on the Indian River, Sebastian River and Sebastian Inlet on his southern My Bonnie, a 22-ft Hydro-Sports center console fishing boat. The town of Sebastian, a charming old Florida fishing village, is located 1.5 hours south of The Kennedy Space Center and just minutes from the Vero Beach Disney Resort. Typical catches include sea trout, silver trout, ladyfish, bluefish, jack crevelles, pompano, snook, and redfish. Additional entertainment is provided by the ever-present playful dolphins and their free-lunch-seeking entourage, pelicans. The Sebastian river is also filled with lush vegetation, exotic birds, manatees (sea cows,) and the occasional alligator.

Capt. Tardella encourages catch-and-release. However, if you reel in “legal” fish and wish to keep them, they will be filleted and packaged for you to enjoy at home.