12/23/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Florida fishing yielded a fine crevalle jack for our columnist.

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Florida fishing yielded a fine crevalle jack for our columnist.

To prove I’m human, I started the saltwater season in Fish On’s Florida HQ with a mishap only a rookie could commit. (more…)

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12/19/16 12:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO Florida fishing yielded a fine Jack Crevalle for our columnist.

COURTESY PHOTO
Florida fishing yielded a fine crevalle jack for our columnist.

To prove I’m human, I started the saltwater season in Fish On’s Florida HQ with a mishap only a rookie could commit.

I keep a 17-foot Carolina Skiff in my garage. Before I trailered to a river to launch it, I went through my check list to make sure all was ready. I carefully checked all of the equipment and screwed the drain plug in snugly, hooked the trailer to the car and off I went, stopping for four gallons of gas and got to an empty ramp in no time. I unhooked the safety chain and the crank strap, fastened the rope tied to the boat and the trailer and backed it in. The boat slipped off the trailer and I went to pull it in by the tie rope so the wind didn’t move it too far away when I noticed it was a bit stern-heavy and there was water on the floorboards. (more…)

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09/30/16 10:00am
DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO A false albacore, landed by our columnist, right before being released to the deep.

DEBBIE WEAVER PHOTO
A false albacore, landed by our columnist, right before being released to the deep.

All the signs of fall are present, with the foliage starting to don autumn colors and the trips off-Island are becoming easy as the summer hordes fade from the roads and the migratory fish are starting to seriously feed.

The negative of this dreamy scenario is the number of light tackle fishing boats suddenly appearing off Montauk and other inshore fishing hotspots. Boats from several states are launching skiffs locally and most of the public boat launching sites are crowded. When you get out on the water and the fish suddenly appear you better hang on because it’s “Bumper Boat” time! (more…)

09/18/16 11:00am
A double header catch of false albacores by Mike McConnell, left, and our columnist

COURTESY PHOTO A double header catch of false albacores by Mike McConnell, left, and our columnist.

After Hermine finally cleared the area, I got an email from a friend and Montauk fishing guide, Ernie French. He suddenly had cancellations on his calendar from folks who thought the ocean would be too rough to fish for a while. He gave me the available dates, with a parting shot of, “Oh, by the way, the albies are in.” (more…)