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AUGUST 29 2018

We’ve been telling you about the bountiful porgy catches throughout this month, and Dan Welch and his party caught some of those scup; he sent us a photo of the Thai Porgy Stew that they enjoyed for dinner last Sunday evening.

Here it is.  Doesn’t it look great?

And last night I microwaved some porgy filets in pico de gallo sauce.  It was delicious.  To microwave porgies and other small filets, cover them in your favorite sauce and heat them in the microwave 3-5 minutes, depending on the power of your unit.

AUGUST 27 2018

We’ve gone out several times since our last report; again, large porgies were extremely plentiful.  Today we also got fluke, sea bass, and a half dozen sea robins.

Lots of bunker schools and small bait are all over the place, so maybe large bluefish and stripers will be attracted to our part of L.I. Sound over the next several weeks.

AUGUST 13 2018

Rain, rain and more rain.

We managed to slip in one trip yesterday and caught the usual crop of porgies and small sea bass, etc.  Again, no bluefish around our part of the Sound; hard to understand this situation, but we’re still hoping they’ll arrive along with the big striped bass in a few weeks.  We’re not alone with this dilemma; all the other local boats are dealing with the same scenario.

AUGUST 8 2018

We’ve fished several times since our last report, and the results for each trip were quite similar.  PORGIES.  Lots of porgies.  Of course, we got some small sea bass and fluke, but no bluefish–which is very unusual for this time of year.

Striped bass can be caught at night–and a few schoolies in the early morning.

JULY 11 2018

We’ve been out a few times since our last report. The weather’s been fairly good, but the fishing is fair to middlin’. Some porgies and sea bass, the occasional keeper fluke, schoolie striper, and the always-reliable sea robins.

JULY 4 2018

Happy Birthday, America!  We love you.

It’s the 4th of July and very hot and muggy, as one might expect.

We went out at 8am with Tom Gardiner and his guests from upstate New York.  There was no wind at all, and everyone was a bit uncomfortable–even close to sea sick–but they brought in porgies, fluke, sea robins–all in all 50 fish, keeping 20 for their July 4th celebration barbecue.



JULY 2 2018

We had a very hot and very slow day on Sunday, but our passengers caught fluke, sea bass, porgies and sea robins.

Today we had aboard Gary Mergian and his son, Alex, residents of New Canaan.  They had a great morning catching fluke and porgies, along with sea robins.

JUNE 24 2018

We sailed today 7:30am, and it was a disappointing start.  But we moved to the middle of the Sound where our Darien clients, Ted Rykowski, Kevin Buckley, Zeke Adkens and Chris (surname unknown) brought in bluefish up to 12 pounds, as well as porgies and lots of sea robins.

MAY 11 2018

My Bonnie had her  2018 maiden voyage this morning, and the results were less than spectacular.  Aboard were Chris Alvanos of Stamford CT, along with Pennsylvania residents, Jon Alvanos, Pat Lilly, Dave Iaboni and Sean Dunn.  We were dealing with low tides throughout most of the trip, but we managed to bring in some striped bass and fluke–working very hard for each fish. 

Obviously, the long, long and cold, cold winter has had a negative effect on our local waters, and we’ll need a few more weeks of spring weather to go by before we begin to see a significant body of bait attracting game fish to Long Island Sound. 

APRIL 20 2018

We’ll be heading back to Connecticut next week, hoping to launch our boat the week after that, and starting our charters on May 12.  It was great to escape the very cold and wet winter in the northeast, but we’re looking forward to working L.I. Sound after five months on the San Sebastian and Indian Rivers–a totally different fishing experience.