Long Island Sound was rocking and rolling on Saturday morning, but we sailed at 9am with Jeremy Grimes of Norwalk and his brother Matthew, who lives in Richmond VA. Because of the heavy wave action we couldn’t go to our favorite spots, but the Grimes brothers had fun bringing in several bluefish of varying sizes and took home two for the table.
Boats of all sizes were criss-crossing L.I. Sound on Sunday morning, with hundreds of anglers trying to win the biggest bluefish prize in the annual contest, but we found a spot for our two passengers, Scott Spaulding of Darien CT, and his dad, Greg Spaulding, a resident of Tempe AZ. They caught around 30 fish including many large porgies, and some short sea bass, taking home seven of the porgies for a cookout.
We sailed Saturday morning with Sandi Capisi of New Canaan CT, her dad, Mike of New Canaan and Hollywood FL, and her 9-year-old son, Cole. The trip was in honor of Mike’s birthday, and everyone had a great celebration–catching keeper fluke, keeper sea bass, and keeper porgies–saving seven fish and releasing more than two dozen. The highlight of the day, however, was when Cole caught a sand shark about a yard long.
Thursday’s trip was with Norman Tengstrom II of Somers NY, along with his nine-year-old son, Mark.
It was a memorable experience for the twosome. They brought in more than 50 fish, including more than two dozen keeper porgies, two keeper sea bass, and two fluke 17 and 17.5″. They took home seven of the porgies for a cookout dinner.
The weather was ideal Wednesday afternoon when we left the dock and headed straight for the middle of L.I. Sound in search of bluefish. Aboard were John Bohmke of Norwalk and his grandson, Mikey Heiss of Westport and his neighbor, Max Kim. We found some blues at our first stop, but the action was not long lived, so we moved closer to the Long Island side, where everyone caught porgies and fluke. (John must be a super grandpa; see the halo over his head?)
On Tuesday we left the dock at 8am with Newtown residents, Valerie Frate and her 12-year-old daughter, Shane. We immediately headed toward the middle of the Sound, where they jigged up some nice bluefish, after which we lost the tide, and then we moved to another area and drifted, catching porgies and sea bass–keeping of few of both species. The ladies had a great time, especially as this was their first attempt at saltwater fishing.
With daily temperatures climbing into the 90’s over the two past weeks our local weather forecasts have included chances of thunderstorms on a regular basis, so we’ve had to plan our fishing strategy to deal with the possibility of lightning and heavy rains.
We went out on Saturday with Richard Cardi and his son, Jack–along with his brother and nephew, Joe and Shane Cardi–all Danbury residents. High winds kept us were rocking and rolling, and we were keeping track of an angry sky, so we had to stay close to shore for most of the trip. Our passengers, however, managed to bring in 20 porgies, with six keepers among them, as well as two bluefish and some small fluke and sea bass.
Sunday’s trip was with Dr. Scott Berger of Mt. Kisco, NY, and his son Jordan–along with Jordan’s cousins visiting from England–Justin and Sofia Berger. It was another day with threatening weather, and we had to curtail the trip a bit early as young Justin was getting sea sick whenever we moved through deeper waters. But the family did bring in some porgies, fluke, blues and sea robins.