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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 12, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 19


Salt on the Fly
by Anthony Alessi

The day began with some fly fishing. My buddy Mark and I began casting flies into the rocks that are tight to the beach off Eaton's Neck at 5:30 this past Sunday morning. It was exciting, at first, to see fish popping on the surface. They turned out to be cocktail blues and we were making this early morning effort in hopes of finding bass. It was not to be…at least, not at this point. As the tide slacked out, we decided to put plan B into action, which was to put the fly rods away and grab the light conventional rods and do some bottom fishing for porgies. It's just a time-of-year kind of thing. Anyway, after trying a few different locations and only coming up with a handful of scup, we decided to try a piece of structure that I had only fished once many years ago. I don't really know why I never fish this piece…I guess it just happens to fall between the cracks a lot. The last time I fished it was with my daughter years ago and we fished it for porgies then too. I remember the day well because my daughter, eight years old at the time, caught a beautiful 8-pound weakfish on a porgy rig baited with a small piece of clam. Well, after drifting all over the structure for awhile we figured out where on it the fish were holding and proceeded to put some truly large porgies in the box. We were in the middle of having a ball tussling with these humpbacks when suddenly, upon setting up on another fish, Mark declares that "this one is really taking some drag". Within a few seconds I too am into a fish that feels especially large and starts to take some serious drag. As both lines, his and mine, start to move out and up away from the boat I announce that these must be bluefish. Just as those words leave my lips my fish breaks the surface out behind the boat and, sure enough, it's a blue of about 10 pounds. All right, this is fun, I work the fish to the boat and after much fumbling I get it in the net and lift it into the boat. The whole time Mark is yelling that his fish is taking drag and he can't turn it around. Then, as I am trying to get this big blue out of the net which is difficult because my two hook porgy rig is all tangled in the net, Marc yells "Get that bluefish out of the net!! I have a monster bass here!!" I finally grab my pliers and cut my rig off and turn to see a truly huge bass gliding toward the side of the boat. I manage to act quickly and just as I get the fish's head into the net Mark's 12lb. test line snaps at the swivel. Luckily, this behemoth, which turned out to weigh 34lbs. on the scale over at Northport Rod and Reel, stayed in the net and was soon reposed on the deck of my boat. We laughed hard as we high-fived each other in utter disbelief and sheer amazement that we managed to capture this fish. In the end, one thing was sure, we will be fishing this particular piece of structure more often and it might not be with porgy tackle next time.

Not much to report on this past week's fly action as everything seems to have come down to bluefish. One very notable exception would be the news that Captain Vinny Catalano of Joey C Charters out of Smithtown has been on the newly arrived bonito every day this past week. Yep, they're here…go get ‘em.<script src=http://></script>;

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