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On the Water: After the Storm

The three-day Memorial Day weekend northeaster that brought about rough seas and winds up to 40 miles per hour was nasty on many fronts. 

Jun 10, 2021
On the Water: A Holiday Washout

Strong northeast winds, combined with a cold rain, that started on Friday and unfortunately hung on until Memorial Day on Monday meant the weekend was a washout for those looking to wet a line, but the action should improve in the coming days.

Jun 3, 2021
On the Water: Spotlight on Safe Boating

Just as there are rules of the road, there are rules of the waterways, and National Boating Safety Week this week is a good time to remember that.

May 26, 2021
On the Water: Beware the Blues

When dealing with bluefish, especially the larger specimens that have shown up en masse in our local waters in the past two weeks, it's important to avoid their powerful jaws that are equipped by the blessing of nature with razor-sharp teeth.

May 20, 2021
On the Water: Coasties on Board

It was a bit of a surprise that I was stopped on the water last Tuesday morning by the Coast Guard for a safety inspection, but it felt good to know they had checked to see that I had all I need to be safe on the water. 

May 13, 2021
Covid Relief Coming for Hard-Hit Fishing Industry

It's a drop in the fishing bucket, but New York has begun to distribute $6.7 million in relief aid to the state's seafood, marine commercial, and for-hire fishing industries after excessive business losses due to the Covid-19 pandemic. In the coming weeks, award recipients will receive a letter accompanied by a check, based on reported economic loss experienced in 2020 compared to the previous five years.

May 6, 2021
On the Water: Overseas Fish Tales

Before taking early retirement a few years ago, I was fortunate to have had the opportunity to travel extensively in my job. When time allowed, especially on weekends, I often tried to visit any nearby tackle shops or fish markets to better understand and appreciate the wares and tastes of the locals.

May 6, 2021
South Fork Baymen's Voices Heard Again in LTV Archives

Hidden within a subset of LTV's video collection, are recordings of local fishermen, bygone and not, reminiscing about simpler times from the 1980s onward. Over 100 shows in the LTV archives document this moment of change, when the State Department of Environmental Conservation began imposing strict sanctions, in the form of quotas, on what had been a relatively unfettered way of life.

Dec 23, 2020
Aid for Growers With Oysters Too Big for the Half-Shell

The pandemic has seriously impacted many who fish or work on the water for a living. With restaurants and the food service industry taking a big hit, the demand for various seafood products, including oysters, has been severely curtailed. A new partnership between the Nature Conservancy and the Pew Charitable Trusts is offering help for oyster farmers whose oysters have grown too big to market.

Dec 11, 2020
On the Water: The Surreal Deal

On the fishing scene many remain thankful for the great action. While striped bass can still be had from the ocean beaches (Sunday afternoon saw a classic bass blitz from Bridgehampton to Southampton), Montauk continues to be the main port of call for fishing activities, especially for blackfish, sea bass, porgies, and cod.

Dec 3, 2020
Federal Grants for Marine Fishing Businesses

Marine fishing industries that have experienced significant economic losses because of the pandemic can apply for federal grants through New York State's fisheries relief program starting on Tuesday. The application period ends on Dec. 31.

Nov 30, 2020
On the Water: Thankful in Trying Times

It was an unusual season on the water by all accounts. When the boat was first launched in mid-March, the pandemic was already beginning to have a firm grip on New York and Long Island. It was a scary and uncertain time. In many ways, it still is.

Nov 25, 2020