Archive for April, 2011
The weather could not be timed any better either as Sunday May 1st marks the opening day for the New York Fluke season. NY State Department of Environmental Conservation has finally announced the regulations on their website which are as follows;
3 fish per angler at 20.5 inches
Open Season of May 1 through September 30
There was much fanfare over the regulations for this season but that is behind us now, the regulations are official and the season is right around the corner. I hope everyone is able to get out there Sunday and have a great day on the water.
As for myself, I have plans for a preliminary peek around the Great South Bay and Fire Island Inlet area tonight hoping to find a few of the stripers and bluefish that are rumored to have already entered this area. I also have the crew rounded up for a more another attempt on Saturday afternoon.
Whether we have fish on these initial trips or not I know it will be GREAT just being back on the water. After the winter we had I will take solace in knowing if they are not around just yet then they are NOT far away
As I have chronicled over on my Facebook Page the 2011 Spring commissioning has had some setbacks as I needed to wait for parts orders that were crossed up and some decent weather that would allow the bottom paint to be applied.
I can tell you that the New York weatherman does NOT own a boat. I am convinced of this fact with the weather we’ve had so far this Spring!! With that said, I was not going to allow him to throw another wrench into the works for the scheduled launch date.
I had the hauler, (Mike from MNL Marine) scheduled for 9am on Saturday morning. I awoke at 7:30am to give myself time to review the checklist making sure all equipment was aboard. It was POURING rain!!!! The phone rang at 8am. It was Mike calling to confirm I was still going. My words to him were “If he was good to go then I was”. Mike told me he’d be there on time
Mike arrived 9am on the dot. The rain welcomed him by starting to come down even harder. He had the boat on the trailer in no time at all and with that we were off the the ramp. We were greeted at the ramp with SE winds around 20kts blowing the rain sideways.
Backed the Maybe Tonight down the ramp and drove her off the trailer for the trip to her residence for the next 7 or so months at Seaborn Marina in Bay Shore. Even with the nasty weather it was a GREAT feeling to be back on the Great South Bay after a long winter.
The New York Fluke fishing season kicks off on 5/1 and the Maybe Tonight will be ready to go. If you would like to fish take a peek at the Charters page for details.
I hope everyone has a great and SAFE season this year.
April 15th is a date that is very dear to Long Island saltwater anglers. This date signifies the opening of the Marine District Striped Bass season!! Long Island endured a very tough winter this year with a seemingly endless line of snowstorms one after another over the stretch to two months. While the fishing is generally still slow at this time of year, the striped bass season opening day, for me personally, has always brought promise of a Spring season loaded with big stripers.
In the Fire Island area I fish the reality is that the vast majority of the fish caught this time of year are under the 28inch size limit. That doesn’t matter. The knowledge that it is STRIPER season and not the HOLIDAY season is good enough for me.
So, to all my fellow striped bass fanatics, I wish you a very good 2011 striped bass season and hope you find the COW of a lifetime this year. See you out there!!!!
Please forgive my sarcasm in this post’s title. It’s been a hectic three weeks of boating “joys” that has unfortunately kept me from my blog updates. It is amazing how fast time can pass sometimes. I left off in my last post discussing some of the tasks I had left to finish up the boat for her Spring launch. Over the past two or so weeks I’ve been able to knock out the tune-ups, filters and anodes on the motors. Gave the entire interior a good detailing clearing up the crud that always seems to find the best hiding places.
All was going according to plan. At least until firing up the motors! They both started up perfectly and were humming along, however upon further review I noticed the water stream from the cooling system was not what it should be. Intermittent spitting is NOT a good indication of a well running cooling system. Time for the water pumps to be serviced.
I had a beautiful day weather-wise on a Saturday and the plan was to replace the pumps and then wrap up with bottom painting. You know what they say about the best laid plans right?? We got the lower units off and pump housing removed with no issue. Next encounter was with a little item called a woodruff key!! Joyful little piece of metal. There is a slot in the shaft this crescent shaped item fits in. It is metal, the shaft is metal and they both spend a LOT of time underwater. You know what happens here. They rust together to live as ONE!!
We spent the better part of 4 hours WD-40′ing, tapping, banging, chiseling, drilling and cursing trying to get this thing out of the shaft. When we reached our wits end and I’m not sure why I didn’t do it earlier, I hit Google and found that we were not alone in our struggle with this metallic devil! Options suggested included icing the key to contract it, cutting a slot with a dremel and, the solution that we opted for, using a pliers called an End-Nipper. This thing snatched it right out.
Next step was ordering my replacement pumps. I placed the order on a Tuesday and when they did not show up by the following Saturday I called them. Seems the order got mis-placed and had to be re-submitted. Frustrating but I understand that “stuff” happens. I deal with them all the time and the service is very good there.
While waiting for my new pumps to arrive I spent some time below decks checking the through-hulls and their related hoses and clamps. I then did some testing on the bilge pump systems and found a faulty float-switch was stopping the bilge pump from coming on. Seems it did not survive the winter lay-up. I comforted myself with the knowledge that I was happy to have caught this while the boat was on the blocks and not in the water.
The weatherman is definitely not helping any this week with rain forecast for several days this week as well as the weekend so that will push the painting off. It has certainly be a very weird and wild start to the Spring but I am confident the coming season will erase all this from memory.