Background on this question - I think most of you will be happy for me when I state that I am getting off Long Island and moving to North Carolina - Raleigh/Durham area. I've gone down with the family 4 times in the last year and we decided to pull the trigger on the move. I also spent some time on the Outer Banks - I look forward to fishing and boating with about 99% less as$)([email protected] on the water with me. Yes, I've got at most 36 months left to spend here, i Could be out of here in 6 months - Thank Good God Almighty, soon I'll be free at last. Oh Lord - free at last . . . I ask the question for the following reason -
I spent a good portion of my childhood fishing off the Captree piers, off the day boats, etc. - primarily for fluke. My family and I largely gave it up when the Great South Bay seemed to go devoid of fish in the 1980's. I went out on boats maybe 3 or 4 times in the 1990's and I would watch 45 people on the boat catch at most, 20 keeper sized fluke. I went out on a Cod boat in the dead of winter and 20 cod come over the rails. I then watched the boats start charging extra for a rod rental, for a sinker and hook if you lost it, and then for live killies. I remember the ginzo's on the Captain Lou Fleet charging for them and stating at every stop "its never to late to buy fresh bait" while we were given semi-frozen spearing to put on the hook.
Now from what I understand, the Captree piers have been taken over by the Flushing express and its wall to wall crab pots and nets while whole families bring dinner tables out onto the docks to eat. I don't see any real change in the lack of fish coming over the rails of the party boats either. It seems to be, given the sheer amount of internet hits - that the Captree boatman's association is using excellent internet marketers to disguise what the true conditions are, and have been for decades now. There does not seem to be any bad press regarding Great South Bay fishing - I could be wrong, but over the years I learned to read the 'fishing reports' that are as good as lawyers documents advocating for why their rape perpetrating client should get the minimum sentence. They look like the same BS as it was back in the 90's NOW
I want to recreate for my sons and daughter a little bit of what I had as a kid before we end up moving down south. I want to do it as much for them as for me just to let a little bit of the 1970's/EARLY 1980's long island life was life.
I need to take the kids to one of the piers at Captree and have them catch a lot of Snappers AND
I would like to take them on a Fluke Boat once and have them catch a few each
I would like to take them on an offshore bluefishing boat once as well