Will Sirotnak

HOMETOWN
Oakville, CT

Q: TYPE OF FISHING THAT YOU DO AND SPECIES YOU TARGET MOST
A: I spend April to November fishing the rocky coasts of Connecticut and Rhode Island in search of trophy striped bass. 

Once the winter settles in and the cold, foul weather shows up you can find me walking on one of CT’s many northern pike lakes in search of a gator.

Q: FAVORITE STORMR PRODUCT
A: My favorite STORMR product would have to be the surf top. I do all my saltwater fishing in a wetsuit from the surf, and two of the best months (June and October), tend to be quite cold and windy. For years I had searched for the perfect surf top and I was never able to find it. Tops that are light and flexible aren’t warm enough, tops that are warm enough are so bulky I can’t move and the few tops that are quality are outrageously priced. The STORMR surf top was designed by serious surf-casters and not a detail was overlooked. It offers great warmth, a wind-barrier and added buoyancy in a light flexible package. The top can had for nearly half the price of some other quality tops on the market making it a no-brainer for any serious surf-caster.

Q: FAVORITE FISHING SPOT
A: A good surf-caster never tells. Plus it would be hard to pick just one, I have a number of small, local surf-casting spots and picking a favorite would depend on the tide and conditions on a particular night.

Q: FAVORITE STORMR DEALER
A: That would be a toss-up between River’s End in Old Saybrook, CT and Fishin Factory 3 in Middletown, CT. 

There is not a better saltwater shop in Connecticut or western Rhode Island than River’s End. The guys offer just about anything you may need and are just a wealth of knowledge. Despite being a big shop they know most of their customers on a first name basis and the shop still has the feel of a small-town shop.

Andrew at the Fishin Factory also runs one of the best shops in CT. Despite being inland he always has fresh saltwater bait and an excellent tackle selection. His freshwater bait and tackle is second to none. Andrew is always willing to help his customers out which includes sometimes having to open his shop during non-business hours.

Q: TYPE OF BOAT
A: No boat just yet, I prefer the challenge of hunting stripers from the shore where limited access and tough conditions tend to present a problem.

Q: FISHING ACHIEVEMENTS
A: Top finisher in On the Water’s Striper Cup surf category the last two years including a 52.5 pound striped bass which was the biggest surf caught bass of the tournament last year. 
2nd place finish in WPLR’s Striper Challenge and the only competitor to weigh in a fish from the surf.

Multiple 40+ inch pike through the ice.

SPONSORS:

Pro Staff for RH Custom Rods/CTS Rods 
Product tester for Commando Surfcasting

Weekly fishing forecast writer for On the Water magazing