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On the Water: Proverbs and Patience

Blackfish, also known as tautog, are perhaps the most challenging of fish to catch in our local waters, and quite a few good fishermen are not ashamed to admit that they have never mastered the knack of catching the elusive, bait-stealing fish.

Oct 23, 2020
On the Water: A Bass Blitz Like Old Times

Anglers last week saw an influx of migrating striped bass mixed in with bluefish and false albacore that has brought back pleasurable memories of the productive fall run of years past. "It's insane action at times," said Capt. Michael Vegessi of the Montauk party boat the Lazybones.

Oct 16, 2020
On the Water: Gone Too Long

I really don't have any excuses, but it's been well over a month since I have picked up a fishing rod. I'm not quite sure of the reason, but other than pulling my lobster and crab traps out of the water for the season shortly after Labor Day, I had not even untied my dock lines. My boat, and my body, have sat idle for too long.

Oct 9, 2020
On the Water: Memories of the Pond

Since 1921, the Ryder family lived in the white farmhouse next to a small pond on North Haven that has been known in local lore as Ryder's Pond. This week, the Village of North Haven held a name dedication ceremony to officially designate name the pond for the family.

Oct 1, 2020
On the Water: The Land Route to Orient

On the fishing front, the gusty winds have made it a challenge for many anglers, whether fishing from boat or shore. So The Star's fishing columnist took his motorcycle for a ride to the North Fork, where he got the fishing report from the boats tying up at the Orient by the Sea Marina.

Sep 25, 2020
On the Water: It Was a Mad Summer

At times, the local waters this summer looked more like Cannes or Monte Carlo, with yachts that are seemingly larger than ever and more elaborate. David Geffen’s ship, which anchored up in Gardiner’s Bay back in July, was 450 feet long. 

Sep 17, 2020
On the Water: A Maestro With a Fly

Capt. Paul Dixon, a fly-fishing guide with To the Point Charters of East Hampton, is a pioneer in this specialty fishing locally and thanks to his advocacy helpint to preserve the stocks of striped bass and other fish, was recently named to receive the 2021 Izaak Walton Award from the American Museum of Fly Fishing.

Sep 10, 2020
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