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.
COURTESY PHOTO Moving in for the kill.
Earlier today I made calls from Florida to my East End fishing sources.
With the exception of a report of small bass being caught in some of the creeks on the south shore and a very occasional flounder being taken, there still isn’t much going on right now.
It’s hard to believe it’s really spring in Florida, but with clear days, temps in the high 80s and stiff breezes I know it is true. Spring here is the time when all the wild animals are having babies and all the birds are on their nests. We have a hen mallard duck on a nest of eight eggs in the low bushes separating our driveway from a neighbor’s; there are bunnies running all over the place; frogs are singing love songs in our adjoining pond through the night; and alligators are enticing mates with bellowing grunts.
I haven’t seen a poisonous snake this year, but other dangers still exist. (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Well done, Luke!
Luke Lowell-Liszanckie proudly shows off a striped bass he landed on May 29. (more…)
Summer treats in store
I was so happy last week to have my first corn of the season — tender, sweet and delicious! I decided to use it as a base for this recipe, adding local ingredients to make a succotash.
When helpmate saw that I was using beans and zucchini she said, “Why don’t you call it three sisters?” (more…)
COURTESY PHOTO Mike Stromberg with 36-pound bass he landed on Dr. Bruce Brewer’s boat late Monday afternoon on a popper.
Big stripers are moving into Shelter Island waters.
Recently Larry Ferrari caught a 48-pound bass off the beach, and check out Thursday’s Reporter’s “Fish On,” where columnist Larry Winston chronicles flyrod fishing for bass in shallow water.