09/09/19 10:00am

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Our columnist, with what he described as a ‘pretty’ false albacore.

We’ve rounded the last turn and are heading down the home stretch toward the last weeks of local fishing for the year.

Historically, the fall has been the best time to get out on the water and chase a variety of fish that have, under normal conditions, always come our way as the waters cooled. The bluefish and striped bass, which usually show up over the summer, were a huge disappointment to almost all of us from Shelter Island, with “catch counts” at all time lows and the fish caught generally paltry in size.
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07/31/19 10:00am

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Some of the recent fishing has been good for anglers who have fixed their sights on bringing filets home for the grill.

Most are bottom-fishing with bait to catch porgies, sea bass, an occasional fluke and even a bluefish or two that happens to blunder into the baited hook. There’s a lot to be said about a freshly grilled filet on a warm summer’s eve, and the hunt for bottom fish is often relaxing and rewarding to someone who really wants the fish for the fire.

But I’m much more excitement-oriented. (more…)

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06/04/19 2:00pm

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Catch enough bluefish like this one, our columnist says, and you’ll need some help getting out of the boat.

I couldn’t get my boat out for at least a week due to waves that kept insisting on coming over the gunwales.

On May 30, I finally caught a flat, calm day and headed out at noon for a quick hour’s fishing. I finally got back at 3:30 and damn near needed help getting up the boarding ladder to my dock since I was so tired from battling large fish on light tackle. (more…)