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On the Water: Bunker in Short Supply

So far this year, Mother Nature has served up a curveball, as bunker showed up on schedule but dispersed rather quickly to parts unknown.

Jun 30, 2022
On the Water: Another Canceled Trip

Once again, the weather gods, despite sunny skies, spoiled our plans, as a gusty 30-knot breeze from the northwest would make fishing difficult and downright uncomfortable.

Jun 23, 2022
On the Water: An Age-Old Question

On the local fishing scene, the action has generally been good in many locales, and anglers of all ages have taken part.

Jun 16, 2022
On the Water: Striped Bass Amass

Want to catch a striped bass? Then Montauk is clearly the place to be right now.

Jun 8, 2022
On the Water: Turbulence at the Gut

I decided to try a few quick drifts for striped bass in Plum Gut last week. The bass, according to reports, have been running in great quantities there.

Jun 2, 2022
On the Water: Out on a High Note

In baseball parlance, the fishing season is now formally in the bottom of the ninth inning. There are two outs and two strikes on the batter at the plate, or in this case a fisherman with a rod and reel in hand. For my part, I did not want to strike out by not fishing one last time before the end of the year.

Dec 9, 2021
On the Water: Back to the Beginning

The other night, I came across my first fishing logbook, started back in 1978, in which I began to inscribe my saltwater exploits when I was 15 years old. Back then I considered it a chore to take time to make notations of success or failure in my fishing excursions and wondered how it would ultimately serve me. But now I finally know.

Dec 2, 2021
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