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…)
PILGRIM FILMS & Television/MARC GRAHAM PHOTO | Captain Pete Speeches, center, and daughter, Erin, aboard the Erin & Sarah, with First Mate Brandon Pierce.
You may not consider fishing as a compelling spectator sport, but watch National Geographic Channel’s “Wicked Tuna,” featuring Shelter Island’s own Pete Speeches, and you’ll — sorry — be hooked.
Captain Speeches, new to the show now in its third season on the NGC, isn’t there just for a boat ride. “I do it commercially,” he said, noting that a single bluefin tuna can bring in several thousand dollars when its meat is priced anywhere from $7 to $15 a pound and the fish weighs in between 250 and 450 pounds. (more…)