08/29/18 2:01pm

Saturday, Sept. 15, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.: Snapper tournament at Ammann Park, Riverhead riverfront. All ages may fish and raise money to benefit Riverhead Recreation Department’s scholarship fund. Prizes: rod and reel for first place winner in each division, trophies to top three finishers in a each division. Chinese auction will follow the tournament. Fee: $13 adults; $7 children. Tournament begins at 11 a.m., fishing ends at 3 p.m. On site registration at town dock at 10 a.m. 631-722-4444, riverheadrecreation.net.

08/22/18 12:50pm

Thursday, Sept. 6, 5:30-7:30 p.m.: ‘I Fish NY’ clinic at Peconic Riverfront, Riverhead. Learn fishing techniques, recreational fishing regulations, fish identification and stewardship. Loaner rods and free bait provided. Registration required; call 631-444-0283 and have first and last name, phone number, email, and number of adults and children in party, including ages of children.

09/05/18 6:13am

‘It’s not fish you’re buying – it’s men’s lives.’’

— Sir Walter Scott

The Predator sits dockside in Greenport, behind Alice’s Fish Market, a rusting hulk of a fishing trawler, 75 feet long and with no certain future to speak of. It is Mark Phillips’ boat, but he is away most days trolling offshore for squid in his other trawler, the Illusion.

“It is not going to sea anytime soon,” Phillips said by cellphone, an edge of weary disgust in his voice. “The Predator’s days have come and gone.”  (more…)

10/17/16 6:00am
The author holds up a black sea bass. (Credit: Chris Paparo)

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…)

05/01/15 6:03am
Porgy North Fork

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…)

02/25/15 4:17pm
wo ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

wo ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

In the year of the big freeze, Long Island’s East End presents myriad opportunities for a so-called third season, fishing what is known as “hard water.”

For those who venture out onto area ponds and small lakes, some basic tackle and a little common sense can produce excellent winter table fare and a way to get out of the doldrums. (more…)