Sorry for not getting around to posting this yesterday.
In the spring, Capt Tom Mikoleski approached me and stated that he would like to invite out members of the club for a charter. Well, having to sort through 40 kids wanting to go and having to arrange for a canceled trip due to weather...6 members of the Ward Melville High School Fishing Club met Capt Tom at the dock Tuesday morning for a trip on the Grand Slam Charters.
Simply said, the kids had an incredible time. Beautiful weather and loads of fish. Capt Tom put us on some jumbo porgies and sea bass. The kids filled up coolers in literally no time! Every kid was rewarded with lock and load action for a few hours. Capt Tom then recommended that we try some fluke fishing and the kids were once again rewarded with steady action. The kids boated a few dozen flat ties keeping several nice fish. While they were reluctant to leave the porgies and sea bass, they were happy we did. Most of the kids are petty new to fishing and this trip easily ranks up as one of the best they've ever been on, if not the best!
Captain Tom should be applauded for several reasons. Not only did he invite us out with him, which is extremely generous to say the least but he also set all the kids in the club up with a copy of his book, Bass Buff. During the trip, Capt Tom fished along side the kids and helped out the kids showing technique and taking advantage of teachable moments. I know the kids really appreciated this hands on experience and I am sure that Capt Tom handles all his charters this way.
Scup, sea bass and fluke...almost a Grand Slam. Hopefully next time!