June 28, 2006
Gone Fishin' Enough Fish For Everyone
By Rich Smidt
It's always great to hear bait and tackle shopkeepers as well as charter captains report good fishing activity out here on the twin forks. Luckily, that's the way it has been lately and the news continues to be good.
Posted reports from the Noreast.com website have been filled with a plethora of contented anglers. The happiest group is probably made up of all those young anglers who I've seen recently at the beach and on the water now that school is officially over.
According to a recent Noreast log, Capt. Desi and Capt. Pete of the Celtic Quest fished Wednesday evening with numerous young fishermen and women for a strong catch of three to five pound fluke. Most customers on board limited out, with the help of dark bucktails and spearing.
The Celtic Quest had done a morning sail that same day and the action was good for a day bite. Capt. Desi gave Capt. Pete credit for the quality fluke located on the afternoon trip, with more than forty keepers in the three to six pound range. This is quite good for a half-day excursion. The boat now has both a morning and an afternoon daily sailing.
The funniest posted report came from a surf angler who'd made the trip there with his wife in the hopes of catching a big one. A group of young surfers actually approached them, requesting that they move elsewhere since this was their favorite surfing spot. When the couple refused, the surfers mounted their boards and headed into the ocean; ignoring the rods and lines in the water.
Needless to say, it wasn't long before surfboards began to flip into the air. The fisherman had gotten "the big one" he'd wished for, but it wasn't a fish. As he logged in on the Noreast site:
Cost of bait: $15
Cost of gas to Montauk: $45
Clotheslining a surfer with my fishing gear: priceless!
On Tuesday, the North Fork action continued to be as strong as its' been this season. An angler who fished on his friend's boat hooked a 37 pound striped bass in the Gut while his friend had a 22 pounder. The photo of the big fish is quite impressive on the Noreast website, but there were a few humorous comments from other members who were annoyed because the young man gave no other information that would be helpful to others.
Wednesday was another great day on the water especially if you fished on the Peconic Star out of Greenport. Fluking was productive, resulting in numerous keepers in the five to seven pound range. A ton of blues came over the rails and a few weakfish appeared in the mix.
A private boater logged onto the Noreast site to report that he and friends had fished the Race just after dark on Wednesday. One hour after the slack tide was all that was needed to bring the boaters and striped bass together. They went home with three keepers in the 20+ pound category, taken on every drift on dark red bucktails and live eels.
Wednesday was also the magic moment for a boater who'd made his first trip to the Ruins on the early morning outgoing tide. His first drift landed him an eight pound flatfish and the next drift brought in another that measured a bit more than 20 inches in length. I would certainly agree with the angler that the key to it all was to catch the start of the outgoing tide.
Since boaters are frequently requesting information on boating classes, be aware that the Peconic Bay Power Squadron will be offering a Boat Smart course on July 18 at 6:45 p.m. at the South-ampton Community Center in Hampton Bays. For more information, contact Andy Pollio at 631-728-5347.
The 27th Annual Montauk Boatmen and Captains Association Shark Tournament will take place on the weekend of July 8-9 at the Star Island Yacht Club. It is open to the public and the entry fee is $600 per boat. Last year's tourney resulted in more than $80,000 in prize money, and students can win college scholarships. In 2005, the Montauk Boatmen and Captains Association gave out seven scholarships while Star Island added one more!
Those boats needing a place to dock for this exciting event should know that arrangements can be made in advance. For information and applications, contact Capt. Stret Whitting at 631-668-4577 or Capt. Bill Ricca at 631-668-1051.
So anglers, should you be after anything as small as a porgy (although they are monsters this season) or as large as a shark, they are all present in our local waters.
Good Fishin' to all of you!