Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. — George Santayana
For the past three or four weeks my fishing companions and I have been ignoring the lessons of the past in an effort to make the current year the best ever. We started the season with a rush with lots of bluefish and striped bass coming over the gunwales in late May and early June, including a jumbo 29-pound bass I landed. Then things dropped off trip by trip, until fishing could only have been termed “spotty” by the second week of June, and “lousy” since then. (more…)
JO ANN KIRKLAND PHOTO | A mysterious visitor seen walking down by the creek at the Manor.
Sylvester Manor’s history and ghost stories will converge this Halloween for its Mysteries of the Manor tour.
On Saturday, October 31 from 1 to 4 p.m., the Manor will host ghost tours and take visitors on a haunted hayride of the farm. Sylvester Manor has more than just rumors of ghosts, they have actual documentation of ghostly occurrences dating back hundreds of years. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO | The menhaden, or bunker fish, seen for centuries in huge schools in our waters.
The last three weeks have brought us the wildest kind of weather that we’ve seen in many years.
Fishing had just started to pick up again and fishermen were doing O.K. on false albacore, striped bass and bluefish using bait, casting lures and flies. Some even scored “Grand Slams,” which means that you had to catch a blue, a striper and an albacore on the same trip. I even extended that string one day to a “Super Grand Slam” by catching a porgy to add to the list. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Our columnist with a just-caught false albacore landed on a fly rod.
Sportfishing is just like professional baseball.
Far-fetched? Follow my train of thought and I think you might agree with me. (more…)
Even though the summer is drawing to a close, there’s still lots of fun on the Island this weekend. (more…)