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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!!
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.
Over the years I have spent countless hours adrift on the Atlantic Ocean during the month of September fishing for my favorite gamefish. Many of these trips are quite a distance off the beachfront and some would be several miles. During these trips I was always amazed at the amount of monarch butterflies we encounter. I had always heard of their migration to Mexico from more northern regions but believed they’d take a route over land to their destination as opposed to the open ocean.
Last September a fishing buddy of mine who is the quintessential outdoorsman and an AMAZING photographer posted some pictures he captured of the butterflies roosting in a stand of trees. They had the tree just about completely covered. I was amazed to see that many butterflies in one location. When I asked him where he shot the photos I was floored to hear “right on Long Island”!!! He explained to me that as the monarchs are migrating they travel in the day but then take up “roosts” in the early evening for the night-time. This was something I thought was VERY cool and I wanted to get a sight of it first hand. However, as things go, I never got the chance last September. I promised myself September 2012 would be different.
Fast forward to 9/15/12. With my wife and in-laws willing to take a ride we headed east the beach areas of Hampton Bays. We got out there a bit earlier in the afternoon than planned and there were no butterflies in trees at ALL!!! We were going to wait till twilight so we took the opportunity to jockey along the jetty on the west side of the Shinnecock Inlet and pass some time watching the beautiful sport fishing boats returning. All the time there the butterflies were floating everywhere.
At 6pm I figured we should re-visit the area and sure enough, there they were. As I parked the car we could see hundreds, if not thousands of monarch butterflies streaming over the dune line from the oceanfront and taking up residence in a stand of evergreens right in front of the parking lot. I had been feeling the pressure since you know whenever you tell someone about an amazing sight it just never appears when someone else is watching. The butterflies did not let me or my family down and we spent the next 90 minutes watching the evergreens get FILLED with the bright orange butterflies coming in to rest from their journey for the evening.
I’ve read some further on this since and learned that this is a sight seen along the entire length of Long Island’s barrier beach environment and is not at all unique to the area we were in. I was actually able to find pictures from folks who found the very same behavior right down the highway from us in Smith Point Park and further to the west in Robert Moses State Park.
I had my brand new Canon 60D DLSR camera along for some test photography and while the pictures are nowhere near those my buddy produced I was just happy enough in having the opportunity to photograph this phenomenon.
Very, VERY cool stuff and I can’t wait to visit them again NEXT September.
My wife and I had a great time at the Riverhead Aquarium hand feeding stingrays, watching HUGE striped bass swim under the walkway bridge and a bunch of other marine related activities.
The aquarium is located in Riverhead New York and features many different displays featuring the local marine environment of Long Island’s bays, rivers and estuaries. What a great place to visit
In the past I did a brief write-up here on the site discussing the Star Rods Stellar Lite series of fishing rods. I recently had a charter trip and my clients were commenting about how nice the rods they were using were. They also mentioned they had never heard of Star Rods.
I figured I would do a video update to the written article and here it is, a discussion of the Star Rods Stellar series and the particular models I use from the Stellar Lite and Stellar Surf lineups.
As the old saying goes, “Ya gotta start somewhere”. So, with that said I started the 2012 Long Island Fishing and Boating season on Saturday 4/7 by getting the boat out of the driveway and back into the water where she’s now ready to chase after those Fire Island striped bass, bluefish, etc.
We’ve been having some wonderful weather around Long Island considering the date on the calendar. Temperatures into the high 60s have been pretty common since early March. Sorry to say that Saturday morning had the thermometer reading 39 when I got outside to get ready for the boat hauler. A decent Northwest breeze was blowing as well making it feel even cooler.
Mike from M&L Marine in Patchogue NY was right on time (as usual) for our 9am appointment. In no time at all he had the Maybe Tonight loaded on the trailer and off we went to the Smith Point County Boat Ramp. The launch went smoothly, the motors fired right up and hummed beautifully.
Eased out of the marina and into the channel of the Narrows and then onto Great South Bay. Nice and easy to start making sure the motors were good and warmed up. Jumped the boat up on plane and cruised down the Great South Bay on the way to the slip in Seaborn Marina in Bay Shore.
Of course before heading to Seaborn I just had to take a detour down around the Fire Island Inlet area for a little recon. The inlet itself showed signs of the shoaling that has been well documented this winter. It was very obvious that some pieces were going to be high and dry on the lower tidal stages. Running back through West Channel and the flounder fleet we even got to see one of the boats land a nice flattie. It was awesome being back on the water despite the chilly morning and I was very happy with how the boat ran.
It won’t be long now before the moby sized stripers are prowling the local waters and I’m looking forward to being out there when they show.