Tom Schlichter with a big blackfish caught off Orient Point. (Credit: Capt. Jerry McGrath)
Summer flounder (aka fluke), snappers and blue claw crabs are favorite targets of North Fork anglers. However, as the warm, sunny days of summer are replaced with the brisk, cold northerly winds of autumn, those species retreat to more pleasant waters. As they leave, a “bulldog” of a fish has begun its migration to our inshore waters. (more…)
The author holds up a black sea bass. (Credit: Chris Paparo)
It is time to celebrate the fall harvest on the North Fork. Trekking from great distances, people flood onto the North Fork in search of the freshest vegetables, the juiciest apples, the savoriest of wines, and of course, the “Great Pumpkin.” Although the fall harvest typically focuses on agricultural products, there is another North Fork commodity that is just as equally sought after; seafood. Fishing has been and continues to play an important role in the heritage of the North Fork.
And as temperatures begin to drop, the fishing really heats up. (more…)
The ‘Clam Man’ Bob Bourguignon counts out some blue claws for Val Abbate of Southampton (center) and her father-in law Gus Abbate of East Meadow Friday when the seafood stand opened on Flanders Road. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
Gus Abbate of East Meadow and his daughter-in-law Val Abbate of Southampton were first in line at 11:45 a.m. Friday to buy crabs in front of Bob Bourguignon’s seafood stand at his home on Flanders Road.
“Oh, definitely we are first in line,” Ms. Abbate said. “We try to get here a 1/2 hour early and we always get the crabs. There is none better and the price is right.” (more…)
It’s porgy season on the North Fork. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file photo)
Happy porgy season! The catch is on for the North Fork’s star spring fish, but you might want a boat to reel them in. We caught up with Captain Bob Busby, whose Eaton Lobster III charter boat takes dozens of fishermen out each season from Greenport. We asked Captain Bob what fishing newbies need to know to get out on the water. (more…)
Nick Raynor of Riverhead at last year’s snapper tournament. (Credit: Rachel Young, file)
The 17th annual Snapper Tournament along the Peconic River in downtown Riverhead is set for Sept. 27. Hosted by the Riverhead Town Recreation Department, the tournament’s goal is to get get more people into fishing while also raising money for the Riverhead Recreation Department Scholarship Fund. (more…)