Category Archives: Local Reports


As most of you know, I’m now a permanent resident of the State of Florida. 

My C-Hawk 25′ Center Console fishing boat is currently being stored at a Hudson River marina in New York.  If you know anyone who might be interested in buying this unique vessel, the contact number is 845-236-4486; ask for Luke Mondello. 

I’m also available to answer questions about the boat; my phone number is 772-589-4952.  Thanks!

                                                                                                                                                                        Capt Sal Tardella


To all the anglers who’ve sailed with me for the past 35 years, I want to let you know that 2018 will be my final season as a charter captain.  My wife, Bonnie, and I have sold our Norwalk home and will be making Sebastian, FL our permanent residence at the end of October.

I want to thank you for trusting me each time you jumped aboard My Bonnie;  I always got you back to the dock safely, and we usually caught the fish for which you’d jumped aboard.  At least we always tried our best to get you what you wanted, and I hope you were aware of that on every trip.   Sometimes the fish didn’t cooperate, and sometimes it was poor weather conditions that made it unsafe to remain out on the water; whatever the reason we always did our best to bring smiles to your face and some stories to tell when you got home.

If any of you get down to the Sunshine State and might want to go fishing with me, I’d be happy to talk to you and tell you what’s going on in the local waters.  My Florida phone number is 772-589-4952.  My website,, will shortly be closed down and the domain name may be used by another charter boat with the same name.





Local fishing is finally heating up, but our marina will be shutting down at the end of the month in anticipation of its much-needed dredging project. We’ll be pulling My Bonnie from the water two weeks, so if you’d like to book a trip before then, please contact me ASAP.


Since our last report we’ve been out a half a dozen times, doing very well with porgies, short sea bass and the occasional keeper fluke.  On one of the trips we ran into a school of small bluefish and were able to enjoy some top-water action.  The blues were only in the 1-2 pound class–but welcome nonetheless as the 2018 season was disappointing for anglers hoping for large blues.

Today we fished with Jim Babashak of Wilton and his son, 11-year old Danny.  (Shown with his catch below.) They did well with porgies and a half a dozen sea bass, one coming in at 20″–as well as a stray bluefish–all caught while bottom fishing.


We hope good action will continue and we’re looking forward to the annual arrival  of striped bass in late October or early November.  My Bonnie will be in the water until the end of October, when our marina will close down to begin its long-overdue dredging project.

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 20 2018

We fished on Thursday with co-workers Blake Paris and Lance Wika of Stamford, along with Norwalk residents Lindsay Merchant Henke,  Adam Henke, and Akshar Crupta.  We were busy for six hours bringing in porgies, fluke (including a keeper dropped at the boat,) some sea bass and  sea robins.  Sixteen porgies were kept for a barbecue dinner. 

On Friday we went out  with Patrick Gillespie, his brother, Ed, and nephew Daniel–along with Pat and Ed’s mom, who lives in Eastchester NY.  They caught lots of porgies, some fluke, and a sand shark–a special treat for Daniel, who’s a novice angler.  He’s shown below, holding a nice porgy.

JULY 18 2018

Today was cool and windy, but we left the dock at 8:30am with Dr Steve Eliot of Weston and his friend, Ben Cohen–entertaining his grandchildren, Josh and Ethan, visiting from Costa Rica.  They hauled in porgies nonstop and kept six for their evening barbecue.