FISHING REPORTS - NEW YORK


Title/Location FISH N KIDS Field Trip on CQ (Pt. 1)
Region New York - North Shore
Fishing Method Inshore
Posted By Schoolman
Date Posted 2009-06-18 09:01:18

It's always aces on the Celtic Quest and yesterday was no exception. I coordinated a fishing excursion for two fourth grade classes with chaperones from the Oxhead Rd. Elementary School in Centereach. Despite some iffy weather (what else is new?), it turned out to be a most rewarding and enjoyable day. It always is when a boatload of porgies arrive on deck accompanied by lots and lots of whooping & hollering from ecstatic youngsters. For many of the 9 & 10 year olds it was a first-time angling experience, no less an initiation to sailing on Long Island saltwater. Also included during today's trip was the usual work sessions where students learned first-hand about various L.I. fish species & their habits, the how to's of fishing gear, piscatorial art expression, as well as seamanship and electronic navigation. By day’s end, we dredged the L.I. Sound bottom for marine critters with the results including a temporary harvest of conch, hermit crabs, slipper snails, clam shells and the like. It’s amazing how intellectually curious kids can be when a wholesome hands-on experience is presented to them.



Everyone on board was rewarded with something to take home for a fish fry. Ninety-nine percent of the catch was scup, with a sprinkling of small sea bass and sea robins. Surprise of the day came near the conclusion of the field trip, when Julia Wos connected and successfully boated a.striped bass on a porgy hook and, yes, it was easily a keeper by one inch. As a result, Julia received special recognition for the Largest Fish Caught. Also recognized was Brianna Keehner and Patrick Makady for the Biggest Porgies. Danielle Regan captured the Most Fish Caught for the day and Yarrell managed to corral the Most Unusual Fish (a close to one pound starfish whooper).



Many thanks must be extended to deckhands Tommy & Josh for their never-ending patience, understanding and teaching abilities. Capt. Chris did an excellent job of keeping everyone happy, safe and consistently on the fish throughout the day.



We cancelled today’s FISH N KIDS Pt. 2 Field trip on the Celtic Quest due to a little more-than-iffy weather prediction, but we’ll be back next week for more porgy & sea life pleasure.

Capt. Jerry McGrath


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Re: FISH N KIDS Field Trip on CQ (Pt. 1)

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Re: FISH N KIDS Field Trip on CQ (Pt. 1)

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