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THE FISHING REPORT

By Capt . Al Tunes

BE CAREFUL OUT THERE !

As much fun as fishing is there are risks whenever you take to the water . That is particularly true for commercial fishermen who go

down to the sea in good , bad and occasionally deadly weather and seasons . Just this past month a New Bedford fisherman was lost at sea after falling overboard . A similar but thankfully happier tale happened in Montauk four years ago .
As chronicled in the newly released “ A Speck in the Sea ” local John Aldridge narrowly escaped drowning when he fell off the back of the lobster boat “ Anna Maria ” on the night of July 24 , 2013 . Below decks his partner Anthony Sosinski was asleep , while John drifted away from the boat . Hours later Sosinski came up top , only to find the cockpit empty and no sign of John . What ensued was a desperate search and rescue effort by the Coast Guard and local boats to scour the ocean for any sign of John .
Through luck , fortitude , experience and no doubt a little help from the man upstairs , John was found almost a full day later clinging to a buoy , the last ounces of energy and faith ebbing away . A riveting read , a cautionary tale of the sea , a highly recommended book for anyone who takes to the sea for fun or money .
EAST END FISHING
Home to some of the best salt-water fishing on the East Coast local waters teem with striped bass , blue fish , fluke , blackfish and more all just a short drive from port . And we have many a ways to find and bring home your trophy , too . Of course if you ’ ve already got a boat here you know the drill . Gas it up , load it with ice and bait , consult your latest fishing reports and head for the horizon !
Now for those who don ’ t have a boat but still want to scratch that fishing itch there a number of ways to fill your cooler . The easiest is to simply book a seat on one of the many party boats the ply local waters . These 50-100 ’ take anglers one at a time for trips that range from a half day in local waters to multi-day trips deep offshore . All you have to do is provide a warm body and the cash , they ’ ll get you the rods , reel and bait . More importantly , the best share their hard-earned knowledge of how to capture the elusive prey ,
If you ’ re in the mid-Hamptons you ’ ll find the nexus of activity is in Hampton Bays . Specifically the main marina on Dune Road just to the east of the Ponqogue Bridge . There you ’ ll find the SHINNECOCK STAR 631- 728-4563 and the HAMPTON LADY 631-521-3366 berthed at Sundowners Wharf . Both party boats offer everything you need for success on the water : tackle , bait and the all-important know-how . The first is sailing half days for local fluke , bluefish and weakfish leaving the docks at 7AM and again at noon . The second is an all-day cruise from 5AM - 3PM looking for fluke and porgies . Both boats both have great reputations for filling your cooler . Forgot your lunch ? Stock up at the café on site with breakfast or lunch .
MONTAUK MANIA
If you want to fish for the big boys , you have to head to Montauk . With schools of trophy fish just minutes cruise from the dock the very East End is an angler ’ s paradise ! And with plenty of Captains to show you how even a raw novice should be able to bring home dinner . Here we add a flotilla of blue-water charter boats to the fishing fleet mix . Licensed to take up to six anglers anywhere the fish are biting these 30-50 feet greyhounds are your choice for sharks , tuna , striped bass as well as fluke and bluefish . As with party boats you ’ ll pay the fare while they stock all the equipment and bait you require . Just remember to tip the mates generously , they more than earn their reward .
In this harbor you ’ ll find the greatest concentration of charter boats at STAR ISLAND YC 631-668-5052 or the
MONTAUK MARINE BASIN 631-668-5900 . Between them they have a lock on the best blue-water boats in the area . Hite then for a half-day and you ’ ll be targeting striped bass , blues and porgies . Go for a full day and you ’ ve time enough to roar offshore to search the monsters , tuna and sharks .
On the party boat scene you ’ re best bet is with the newly expanded EBB TIDE 631-668-2818 . Up until this year they ’ ve filled coolers with the one boat , this year they ’ ve added a even bigger , better version for a twopunch offering that covers more ground and sailings . Weather permitting the Ebb Tide I is sailing half days for local fluke with 8 AM and 1 PM sailings from the docks in front of Salivar ’ s Restaurant . Meanwhile the Ebb Tide II is going bottom fishing every day from 5am - 1pm for porgies and delicious sea bass . Later in the season they ’ ll blend in full days fluking as well as late-afternoon bass trips out to the Point . All you have to do is provide the fare they provide the gear and bait to land your quota of those delicious fish .

BIG FISH , BIG BOATS

DO IT YOURSELF
Last but not at all least , you can always hire a boat and take to the seas with your own crew ! The best and longest practitioner of this is Montauk ’ s own UIHLEIN ’ S MARINA 631-668-3799 . Over 50 years ago they started renting simple wooden skiffs to folks you wanted to try their hand at local fishing . Today they have a fleet of 18 modern cruisers that can take you safely and swiftly to almost any fishing hole in the area . Like the idea but are a little uncertain of the captaining ? They ’ ve provide an experienced crew to help make your time in the Atlantic a breeze .
Further west Hamptons Bay ’ s SPELLMANS MARINE 631-728-9200 is not only the area ’ s largest Grady-White dealers ( the preferred boat for fisherman from Maine to Manhattan ) they also rent what they sell ! Daily and weekly rates are available for their fleet of blue-water craft . All are of course Coast Guard approved , fully provisioned and ready to take you where ever the fish are biting !

Home of the largest great white caught on rod and reel

Montauk celebrates the hunt with a number of tournaments . The last of the season will be held August 4 & 5 at the STAR ISLAND YC . 631-668-5052 . The “ 25th Mako , Thresher and Tuna ” tournament offers anglers cash prizes of over $ 100,000 plus a raft of prizes and gear to be won . Spectators are more than welcome to watch the boats weigh-in beginning at 4pm each day , with plenty of food , drink and “ ooohs ” and “ ahhs ” to go around !
Speaking of eye-catching fish catchers across the street the newest and most innovative charter boat in town is the ELITE 631-560-3224 . A custom designed , 35 ’ down-easter it set its sights on being the most technologically advanced fishing platform in this harbor . Of course it carries all the latest radar , sonar , depth finding and fish-hunting electronics . But add to that on-board Wi-Fi and video capacity that would make CNN jealous . Basically a system designed to record every minute of the trip and make it available live across the internet . So , as you ’ re hooking a trophy bass the wife can watch it back home as it unfolds .
Berthed at the Montauk YC , run by Capt . Pete Jakits of the old Rainbow Runner , they ’ re fast booking half day and full day charters through mid-October . Plaque to proudly hang on their wall . Better yet , they ’ ll all entered to win a 7 ’ Inflatable boat with a genuine Mercury outboard . To enter the whole family just call Uihleins at 631-668-3799 or go to their web site at www . montaukgrandslam . org .
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THE FISHING REPORT By Capt. Al Tunes BE CAREFUL OUT THERE! A s much fun as fishing is there are risks whenever you take to the water. That is particularly true for commercial fishermen who go down to the sea in good, bad and occasionally deadly weather and seasons. Just this past month a New Bedford fisherman was lost at sea after falling overboard. A similar but thankfully happier tale happened in Montauk four years ago. As chronicled in the newly released “A Speck in the Sea” local John Aldridge narrowly escaped drowning when he fell off the back of the lobster boat “Anna Maria” on the night of July 24, 2013. Below decks his partner Anthony Sosinski was asleep, while John drifted away from the boat. Hours later Sosinski came up top, only to find the cockpit empty and no sign of John. What ensued was a desperate search and rescue effort by the Coast Guard and local boats to scour the ocean for any sign of John. Through luck, fortitude, experience and no doubt a little help from the man upstairs, John was found almost a full day later clinging to a buoy, the last ounces of energy and faith ebbing away. A riveting read, a cau- tionary tale of the sea, a highly recommended book for anyone who takes to the sea for fun or money.   EAST END FISHING Home to some of the best salt-water fishing on the East Coast local waters teem with striped bass, blue fish, fluke, blackfish and more all just a short drive from port. And we have many a ways to find and bring home your trophy, too. Of course if you’ve already got a boat here you know the drill. Gas it up, load it with ice and bait, con- sult your latest fishing reports and head for the horizon! Now for those who don’t have a boat but still want to scratch that fishing itch there a number of ways to fill your cooler. The easiest is to simply book a seat on one of the many party boats the ply local waters. These 50-100’ take anglers one at a time for trips that range from a half day in local waters to multi-day trips deep offshore. All you have to do is provide a warm body and the cash, they’ll get you the rods, reel and bait. More im- portantly, the best share their hard-earned knowledge of how to capture the elusive prey, If you’re in the mid-Hamptons you’ll find the nexus of activity is in Hampton Bays. Specifically the main marina on Dune Road just to the east of the Ponqogue Bridge. There you’ll find the SHINNECOCK STAR 631- 728-4563 and the HAMPTON LADY 631-521-3366 berthed at Sundowners Wharf. Both party boats offer everything you need for success on the water: tackle, bait and the all-important know-how. The first is sailing half days for local fluke, bluefish and weakfish leaving the docks at 7AM and again at noon. The second is an all-day cruise from 5AM - 3PM looking for fluke and por- gies. Both boats both have great reputations for filling your cooler. Forgot your lunch? Stock up at the café on site with breakfast or lunch.   MONTAUK MANIA If you want to fish for the big boys, you have to head to Montauk. With schools of trophy fish just minutes cruise from the dock the very East End is an angler’s paradise! And with plenty of Captains to show you how even a raw novice should be able to bring home dinner. Here we add a flotilla of blue-water charter boats to the fishing fleet mix. Licensed to take up to six anglers any- where the fish are biting these 30-50 feet greyhounds are your choice for sharks, tuna, striped bass as well as fluke and bluefish. As with party boats you’ll pay the fare while they stock all the equipment and bait you require. Just remember to tip the mates generously, they more than earn their reward. In this harbor you’ll find the greatest concentration of charter boats at STAR ISLAND YC 631-668-5052 or the 46 | Montauk / Hampton Life | August 2017 MONTAUK MARINE BASIN 631-668-5900. Between them they have a lock on the best blue-water boats in the area. Hite then for a half-day and you’ll be targeting striped bass, blues and porgies. Go for a full day and you’ve time enough to roar offshore to search the mon- sters, tuna and sharks. On the party boat scene you’re best bet is with the newly expanded EBB TIDE 631-668-2818. Up until this year they’ve filled coolers with the one boat, this year they’ve added a even bigger, better version for a two- punch offering that covers more ground and sailings. Weather permitting the Ebb Tide I is sailing half days for local fluke with 8 AM and 1 PM sailings from the docks in front of Salivar’s Restaurant. Meanwhile the Ebb Tide II is going bottom fishing every day from 5am - 1pm for por- gies and delicious sea bass. Later in the season they’ll blend in full days fluking as well as late-afternoon bass trips out to the Point. 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