BKUAA member Jon Capobianco sent me a couple pics of some great fish he recently caught off the Block Island coast. With the way my spring and summer have gone, including capping it by breaking my rod on my third cast last week, I was simultaneously stoked for Jon and totally jealous. He sent me this email to go along with the flicks: I’ve been out on Block Island and the fishing is so hot right now. I went out on my friend’s boat (he’s a charter guy) on July 3rd and we caught fish from the first to the last cast for 4 hours. We were on the SW ledge about 3.5 miles off Block Island and then inshore on the south side of the island. We were fishing light tackle w/braided line, throwing top water plugs in 20 – 40 feet of water, and the bass and blues were attacking! Attached are pics of a 15 lb blue and 34 lb bass that I caught that evening. You’ve got to plan a trip up there soon! Congrats on some great fish, Jon!
The dog days of summer are upon us in New York City and in less than 24 hours the heat wave will be here and that will probably spell the end of my fishing the local waters until fall or I head east, which I can only do once a week at most. I suppose I could always start working on the 2011 BKUAA Derby and in fact, I’ll start right now by saying send us your suggestions on what you’d like to see in this fall’s contest. You can either post ’em in the comments section or email them to me in case you have something particularly venomous or personal you want to settle with one of us. We’re already bouncing around a bunch of ideas for the Derby this year, but we (I) want to hear from you all. Anything you want to see changed, improved, brought back with fervor, discarded with prejudice, etc. let a man know. Personally, I’m pushing for a Weekly Big Fish Award. And also anyone caught keeping short fish will get the boot.
Related to the Derby, we’re looking for some people to help out with organizing and spreading the word, and also someone with some web and design skills. I’ll be posting this pretty regularly in the next couple months, so if you choose to ignore me now I will just keep badgering you later.
Also looking for someone (preferably a bunch of “someones”) with a bunch of money to help get this thing going. Hey, Ben… what’s up with the Cooking Channel? Have them flow you some cash and put it toward the prize money. Speaking of which, please recall how I won the bluefish category last fall, pretty much because nobody else submitted photos of bluefish, except for Ben’s 6″ snapper. Well, we could have had a cash prize for that category too, but since the only people with pics of blues were from the BKUAA organizing board, we didn’t award any money for that and pooled it all into the striper winners. The point is, don’t forget that this is a striped bass AND bluefish derby.
The spring and summer have not been kind to me this year, but in fairness I did cover a lot more fishing ground so far than in previous years. There’s still a lot to learn about knowing the fundamentals of fishing a place like Montauk and familiarizing myself with local places in the Rockaways and Jamaica Bay that last year were accessible only by rides by benevolent friends. I guess there’s a tradeoff there—learning more and catching less until one starts to catch up with the other. I always thought it would (should) rise equally, but like using Ziploc bags as waterproofing, I was wrong about that. So, like my landlord says, whattaya gonna do? Not fish? Hell no. I’ll still be out there, provided my rod isn’t broken.