10/09/15 3:00pm
COURTESY PHOTO | The menhaden, or bunker fish, seen for centuries in huge schools in our waters.

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…)

12/13/14 8:00am
COURTESY PHOTO Our columnist is reeling in and landing the Christmas spirit.

COURTESY PHOTO
Our columnist is reeling in and landing the Christmas spirit.

Over the years I’ve discovered that a lot of the success and enjoyment I derive from fishing has to do with the equipment I use. (more…)

08/16/14 12:25pm
COURTESY PHOTO | Hooked for life. Four-year-old William Birch beams as he shows off the first snappers he has ever caught while fishing off his family’s dock on Little Ram Island last week.

COURTESY PHOTO |
Hooked for life. Four-year-old William Birch beams as he shows off the first snappers he has ever caught while fishing off his family’s dock on Little Ram Island last week.

The sport fishing season is halfway over and it is no secret that it hasn’t been a good one.

Things started well enough with striped bass of all sizes and mid-sized bluefish chasing schools of mossbunkers around Shelter Island through most of May. Anglers casting from our beaches or fishing from boats nearby were able to score with catches of stripers up to 25 pounds and blues of 5 to 6 pounds without too much trouble. (more…)