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.
Just so you know what they look like — a false albacore landed by our columnist on a trip two years ago.
Several readers have asked about the status of my secret weapon (“Secret agent fisherman,” September 13). See below. (more…)
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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…)
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…)
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…)