Archive for October, 2010
I would just like to wish everyone a very Happy Halloween. The weather looks great for Sunday and I hope everyone has a great time out there trick or treating with the little ones, or big ones for that matter. Be safe and enjoy the day out.
The striper fishing in Fire Island Inlet has been very good of late and with cooler temperatures in the forecast it should really take off. I love this time of year!!!
I had a couple of hours to kill last night so I did what any red-blooded fishing fanatic would do, I headed to the boat and hit the water by 5:30pm. I knew the current was not going to be my favorite as I had the last 2 hours of the outgoing. The wind coming from the south around 15kts. Water surface temps in the upper- 50′s
I fished several favorite pieces in the back bay area with swimming plugs and managed a striper in the low teens while having another blow-up on the plug but missed hooking up. That was all the action to be had as the current slacked.
Moved toward the inlet for the start of the flood and had no further luck on the plugs. A switch to bucktails produced a couple of bluefish. The visibility was starting to close in so it was back to the dock and tied in by 9:30.
Not a great night, but not terrible either and it was better than sitting home on the couch.
Tight lines everyone,
I fished this striped bass contest for the first time this past Saturday (10/23) and I have to say that I am sorry to have missed it in previous years but will not make that mistake again. The contest is run out of the Viking Inn in Islip which for years has been a THE place to be for the best dart players in the area. Well, they can add Contest hosts to that now in my humble opinion
Fishing started at sunrise and contestants were greeted with more of the howling wind that has become all too familiar this season. This made for tough conditions as the water was browned up quite a bit and positioning the boat was a chore at best. Never the less, there were fish caught. The first place fish was a beautiful 36lb cow, second place was nailed down by a fishing buddy of mine, Bob Highland (pictured here) who took a fish of 26.25 lbs and the final spot went to a 23 lb bass.
Congratulations to the winners for pulling some decent fish in tough conditions.
I had one take the entire day, a fish in the upper 20lb class that was dropped boatside after getting a good look at her. Tough luck!!!
Following the weigh-in was an awesome BBQ. VERY NICE and well appreciated after a long day on the bay. Plenty of door prizes were donated by several local businesses but two tackle shops really took donating to the next level. Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale, NY and Greg over at Burnetts Tackle in Bay Shore made sure there was all sorts of equipment prizes to be raffled off. I deal with both these shops on a regular basis and they are both great shops.
This contest will surely be on my calendar for next year.
This years version is set for Election Day, (November 2, 2010). Guys from all over Long Island’s South Shore have this one marked on their calendars months in advance. The contest usually draws anywhere from 150-200 boats with 500-600 anglers being the average enlistment searching for the MONSTER bass that will win the lucky angler the jackpot.
We have fished this contest the past 8 years and it has really taken off since it’s inception. I have fished with the same crew every year but fate has not shined upon us to date. Every year it seems we have great fish leading up to the day of the contest with the bite falling off on the day of the event. We have had fish the day before that would have won the contest if only they were caught a day later. The crew is hopeful that we can turn this trend around during this year’s edition (but we say that EVERY year!!)
Whether we catch fish on contest day or not, we always have a blast at the after party as the Riverview (now The View) do an amazing job with food and drinks during the awards ceremony and raffle. The restaurant underwent a makeover in the spring of this year and it is beautiful. We thought that would be the end of the contest. Who would want 600 stinky fisherman stomping around on the new carpets and furniture but lo and behold, here it is.
If you have not fished this contest in the past I would strongly suggest giving it a go. It is a BLAST!!!!
I am VERY excited to announce the launch of Maybe Tonight Charter’s new website. This is something I have been considering for some time now and finally came to the conclusion it was time!!!
I believe I have just about everything in place and have tested the configuration on a few different browsers but I am sure there will be some glitches as is the case with anything new. There are bound to be some additions and deletions until I am finally happy with the content. First target of action will be that header image. The word cheesy comes to mind but when I have more time to sit down with Photoshop that will hopefully change
The striped bass fishing in the Fire Island area has really taken off this couple of weeks and I am sure that will delay some of the site’s development, but for now I thank you for visiting and would like to say that any and all commentary/suggestions/ideas for the site are more than welcome