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Fishing

On the Water: Scallops? So far, So Good

A lot of people are keeping an eye out, but from all that I've seen and heard so far this summer, the water clarity in the creeks, estuaries, harbors, and bays has been rather good.

Jul 30, 2020
On the Water: The Summertime Blues

As we enter the apex of the dog days of summer, the fishing scene has shifted into a lower and slower gear. "While some weakfish, porgy, and a few kingfish are around locally, the better fishing now is off to the east where the waters are cooler," said Ken Morse, the proprietor of Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor.

Jul 23, 2020
On the Water: The Striper's the Star

Because striped bass are so popular and so heavily pursued, the stocks of the linesider have gone through some rather severe ups and downs over the past few decades. Most seem to agree that the current fishery is in a rather precarious position, but efforts to help conserve stripers are extensive.

Jul 15, 2020
On the Water: Will Travel for Oysters

It was an excursion I was looking forward to. Ever since the outbreak of the pandemic, other than checking on my lobster traps and doing a bit of fishing on my boat, I have not ventured far from home. I’ve been playing it safe.

Jul 2, 2020
On the Water: Off the Hook!

Many businesses have struggled to survive during the coronavirus pandemic and subsequent economic shutdown, but one niche industry is witnessing solid sales. Bait and tackle shops around Long Island have seen a significant uptick in business as more people take up fishing as a social distancing pastime.

Jun 25, 2020
Environmental Groups, Fishing Advocates Clash over Marine Monument Suit

Bonnie Brady of Montauk, the executive director of the Long Island Commercial Fishing Association, said the creation of the marine monument was devastating to the commercial fishing industry in the Northeast.

Jun 24, 2020
On the Water: Killer Seaweed?! What's Next?

As if we didn't have enough to be concerned about these days, Mother Nature has been in a rather ornery mood of late. I'm not sure what's ticked her off, but her unpredictable exploits have left a mark in many parts of the world, including our area.

Jun 18, 2020
On the Water: In the Mood for Love

They have been around for a very long time. Well before even dinosaurs roamed and roared about the planet.

Jun 11, 2020
On the Water: Charter Boat Captains Ready for Business

Charter and party boat captains, eager to get back to their livehoold and get clients back on the water, finally got the chance to do so this week.

May 29, 2020
On the Water: Scanning the Bottom

I was completely baffled. For over 10 minutes on Sunday morning, the screen of the fish finder to the left of my helm seat clearly showed the contours of the sandy bottom 45 feet below. However, the markings of any life, fish that is, were totally absent from view. From the look of things, apparently nobody was home.

May 21, 2020
On the Water: Neither Man Nor Beast

“When the wind is in the east, it’s for neither man nor beast. When the wind is in the north, the old folk should not venture forth. When the wind is in the south, it blows the bait in the fishes’ mouth. When the wind is in the west, it is of all the winds the best.”

May 14, 2020
On the Water: 'Itching to Go Fishing'

Despite below normal water temperatures, things are starting to open up on the fishing front at least, especially in areas west of Montauk.

May 7, 2020