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On the Water: Fishing on Other Boats

With my boat prematurely out of the water for the season with various and costly engine issues, I have to find other vessels to fish on. Many friends have already hauled out their crafts, so I’m resigned to fishing on open boats, and that’s just fine with me. Two weeks ago, I took passage on the Peconic Star 3 out of Greenport for blackfish. It is skippered by the ever-youthful Capt. Speedy Hubert, he of the age of 84. Spry and energetic as ever, he anchored us up on a wreck off Horton’s Point in Long Island Sound. I had not fished that area in probably over 35 years. It was nice to be back.

Nov 24, 2021
On the Water: Season Ends for Some

Rick Pickering, the owner of Ship Ashore Marina in Sag Harbor, broke the bad news: “The turbocharger on the engine of your boat needs to be rebuilt, or we can get you a new one.”

Nov 18, 2021
On the Water: Winds Abate, Fishing Great

After a few weeks of incessant gusty winds, the weather gods who rule from the clouds high above finally provided anglers with a much-welcomed reprieve for several extended days of very fishable conditions, a rare occurrence by November marine weather standards.

Nov 11, 2021
On the Water: Wishing for Scallops

I was determined to find out for myself if the dire prediction of another terrible scallop season was in fact true.

Nov 4, 2021
On the Water: Back in the Boat

Saturday’s marine forecast looked promising for a change. The bushel of green crabs that I bought two weeks ago would finally be put to good use for a few hours of blackfishing in and around the Plum Island area.

Oct 28, 2021
On the Water: Black Gold Found

As the gusty east winds finally abated last week after a four-day blow, the opening of blackfish season was eagerly welcomed by a multitude of anglers.

Oct 21, 2021
Winds Hinder Holiday Fishing

A three-day blow over the holiday weekend put a severe damper on things for those intent to wet a line.

Oct 14, 2021
On the Water: Fishing Exploits on Hold

Sadly, I’ve not been fishing on my boat in well over a month, and my 30-foot Nova Scotia-built craft is high and dry on land while it receives a new stern deck.

Oct 7, 2021
A Tale of Two Bivalves

“Oysters are incredibly hardy,” said Kim Tetrault, who oversees the Cornell Cooperative operations in Southold. “They can withstand a lot of what Mother Nature throws at them.”

Sep 30, 2021
On the Water: A Hole You Throw Money Into

Owning a boat certainly has its ups and downs. Lately, it’s been more of the latter.

Sep 23, 2021
On the Water: So Many Fish on the Menu

We are getting close to August and it's clear that the fishing scene has shifted into full summer mode. The summer menu of fish includes everything from wahoo to swordfish, codfish to red hake, as well as dozens of other fish in between.

Jul 22, 2021
On the Water: Poached Lobster

Last week, I was mugged. Someone pulled my lobster traps, whatever lobsters they may have contained, and three dozen oysters I had placed in the traps and left the rope tangled in knots. "Some people really suck," said my companion, who helps me on deck.

Jul 15, 2021