Well, it has been some time since I have posted here on the Blog. Truth of the matter is I just have not had much to speak about so far as fishing news is related this season. A VERY disappointing accident has had me sidelined since the first week of April and the doctor figures me to remain so until early June The short version is that I broke the fibula in my left leg and the long version follows below.
The nasty winter we had this year did not let me get the cover off of the boat until the April 1 as one late season snow after another seemed to keep hitting us. I was able to get a break in the weather on April 4 and managed to start on the usual Spring commissioning tasks of getting the boat ready for launch. I posted the following picture on the Maybe Tonight Charters Facebook page and all was starting to look good.
That is until April 6th. As luck would have it I managed to find a way to spastically trip over a gate we have in the house to keep our four dachshunds out of the living room. After an extremely UN-GRACEFUL fall I was left on the floor with what I thought at the time was a bad sprain. A visit to the hospital for X-Rays proved me wrong. I had broken a bone in my leg and estimated time in the cast was 4-6 weeks!!!
Fast forward to my May 16 Dr appointment and I finally get the fiberglass cast cut off but my happiness was short lived as the cast was replaced with a ski boot type of contraption and I am then told by the doctor “I will see you in THREE WEEKS” That brings me out to June 6 for my next visit where hopefully this mess will finally end.
So, here I sit, looking out the window at the boat STILL sitting in her Winter resting place in my driveway and STILL needing the remaining Spring chores completed before her 2013 launch. I get the added joy of having to clean all the tree buds/pollen/twigs that are part of the Spring blossoming process out of the boat!!! In a typical season the boat is LONG gone before the trees start dropping their junk but this 2013 Spring has been anything but typical to date.
I am relegated to visiting waterfront locations where I can sit in the truck and watch the boating and fishing activities going on while waiting for this leg to heal. I can’t tell you how much I am looking forward to being able to join in on it!!
I have had a GREAT deal of support from my family and friends. My wife Donna has been just AMAZING to me as she has basically been my personal caddy for these past weeks. What a lucky guy I am for having such a treasure of a wife.
I would also like to thanks all the folks following Maybe Tonight Charters on Facebook for their well wishes and I hope to be back in action by the middle of June and actually posting some FISHING related news then!!
It’s 35 degrees outside as I type this on St Patrick’s Day 2013. This winter just does not want to leave us alone this year. One thing is for sure though, at some point it WILL leave and we will be back on the water pursuing our favorite pastime. Here in NY the new fluke regulations have yet to be announced but initial word is the size for fluke is going to be pretty much around the same as 2012. Like I said nothing is OFFICIALLY stated by NYSDEC so be sure to keep an eye of the announcement.
Our fluke size limit during the 2012 fishing season was 19.5 inches which is a VERY nice sized fish, especially for those who prefer to fish inside the Great South Bay. Fluke fisherman want to do whatever they can to give them the best chance at a keeper fish for the dinner table and the following video demonstrates two custom fluke rigs used aboard the Maybe Tonight that produced EXTREMELY well for my anglers in 2012.
I hope these two fluke fishing rigs help you nail that doormat fish during the upcoming 2013 fluke fishing season.
I took advantage of some decent winter weather to hop around various locations on the Ocean Pkwy to check out the progress of the Fire Island Inlet dredging project. The company arrived in Fire Island Inlet just a few weeks back and from the looks of things they are move large amounts of material from the inlet bottom and onto the beaches that Hurricane Sandy destroyed.
Starting at the West end of Gilgo I found the beach to be extremely narrow despite it being close to LOW tide while I was there. The beach was also very flat with no height to keep the wash from running right up to what is left of any dune-line.
Moving East I saw a HUGE mountain of sand being built up by the dredge company’s bulldozers. I spoke briefly to one of the operators and found they are pumping the sand from the inlet (about 1.5miles east) through the pipeline and onto this mountain. From there dump trucks are being filled to transport the sand to where it’s needed.
My last stop was the Babylon Overlook beach which was the closest I could get to the area the dredge itself was currently working. On this day the dredge was on the south side of the inlet up behind Democrat Pt. The pipe from the dredge angles across the inlet in the shallows before going underwater where the actual channel would/should be. The pipe comes ashore on the north side approximately 1/2 mile west of the Sore Thumb.
With the zoom lens on my camera I was able to make out numerous floating buoys and markers related to the dredge pipeline. With this project reportedly to run into May, Fire Island boaters are going to need to be on their toes when transiting this area.
The late fall offers the striped bass fisherman in my area a shot at some of the hottest fishing of the entire season. The Fall migration of stripers and bluefish is in full swing and these fish are feeding endlessly in their preparation for the long journey.
One of the best methods to really LOAD UP on the fish is diamond jigging. A lot of times the birds diving on the water will give away the fish feeding below, other times it’s idling around until you mark the schools of bait and fish on your recorder. It’s then a simple matter of dropping your diamond jigs down on them and bail fish till your arms fall off.
Diamond jigs are a very durable lure and stand up well to the assaults of these game-fish. But like anything else in the saltwater environment, over time they will get in rough shape. The video included below shows the steps I take during my winter fishing tackle maintenance to make sure my diamond jigs are always ready for the action.
When Hurricane Sandy crashed into the Northeast coastline on October 29th 2012, she brought with her an historic storm surge that pushed water levels along the New Jersey and Long Island New York shoreline to record breaking heights. This surge was responsible unprecedented flooding all along the coast. Buildings, homes, boats and cars were no match as Sandy racked up damages in the billions with rebuilding efforts sure to continue for months if not years.
The record storm surge associated with Hurricane Sandy also caused many wash overs along the Atlantic Ocean facing barrier beaches. In fact, the barrier islands were breached in three locations as a result. The east side of Moriches Inlet and the Smith Point County Outer Beach Park were cut through and quickly filled in by the Army Corp of Engineers are part of their Breach Contingency Plan.
The third breach was in an area of the Fire Island National Seashore called the Otis Pike Fire Island High Dunes Wilderness area and fell under the National Park Service jurisdiction. The stretch where this breach is located is ironically called Old Inlet due to the fact it was actually a navigable inlet many, many years ago.
NPS took a different approach to this breach by deciding to leave it alone for a period of review after which they would then make a decision. During this time there has been public meetings to discuss the possible impacts. One side of the coin has public officials and some waterfront residents urging the Park Service to close the breach to prevent further flooding. The other side, includes area scientists, naturalists and enviroment organizations who feel this breach is a wonderful opportunity for the Great South Bay.
I count myself among those who feel this breach should be left to it’s natural course of evolution. This breach occurred in an area of the Great South Bay where there is historically NOT a lot of natural flushing action due to the area’s remoteness from other south shore inlets. The clean, clear water exchange between the Atlantic Ocean and Great South Bay is doing wonders already.
Stony Brook University has been conducting studies on the Great South Bay for several years now and reading through their reports shows nothing but good news. To date there has been no evidence of increase flooding due to the breach and the water quality has greatly improved. In my very un-scientific opinion, and this just coming from someone who’s entire life has been on Great South Bay, this breach can do nothing but GOOD things for the bay.
Those of us who care for the Great South Bay can only hope the powers in charge of the final decision will consider what a wonderful gift this breach is, and understand this is the single bright spot Long Island received from Superstorm Sandy
Last winter I posted a video on YouTube describing the knot I use for connecting my braided fishing line to monofilament and/or fluorcarbon leader material. That video has recieved a pretty positive response but I still get comments and emails weekly asking for clarification on certain portions of the knot.
With the questions regarding this knot continuing to roll in I decided it was time to re-visit this subject and see if I could shoot a better video that showed this braid to mono connection in a clearer manner.
The lines seen in the following demonstration are Suffix 30lb test braid and 50lb test Berkley Big Game monofilament. I used the BRIGHT green Suffix with the hope of it showing up better against the background. I hope this video presents an easier to follow demonstration of this handy fishing knot.
There is no doubt there are plenty of knots out there for tying braided fishing line to mono leaders but after trying several different ones I continue to come back to this one. I find this knot the simplest to tie while rocking on the boat, in the dark, while the bite is red hot. I hope you find it works as well for you as it has for me.