Busy month--as always...
Capt. Sal Tardella
August 21, 2014
Norwalk Islands - Saltwater Fishing Report
You can tell that summer is on the wane--with vacation time quickly ending--when the requests for charters come pouring in. We have to say "No" to many of these folks because we've already been booked for the date they want, but that's the nature of this business.
For the past couple of weeks we've been getting huge porgies, lots of keeper sea bass, blues in the small-medium range, some fluke, but very, very few striped bass of any size. This seems to be the pattern for all the local captains right now.
The L.I. Sound Bluefish Contest will be held in a couple of weeks. This annual three-day event is not something I favor. The prizes for biggest bluefish caught are fairly valuable, so hundreds of boats participate, leaving in their wake thousands of dead bluefish. I don't have a say in whether or not to hold this competition, but I won't support it by signing up for myself or my clients. If I happen to have a charter that weekend I try to stay clear of all the boat traffic; it's the best I can do to avoid the wasteful frenzy.
Like many charter captains, I had to bid farewell to my mate this week; he's off to college for his freshman year, but I hope he'll be back aboard My Bonnie next spring. It's become almost impossible to find a fellow who's available this time of year and who knows what to do on a charter boat, so it's always a challenge to work without a mate for the last months of the fishing season, especially when you have four or more passengers aboard.
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