Party boats are breaking ice

December 13, 2008 at 2:41 am Leave a comment

Neither rain, sleet nor snow has discouraged some of our dedicated party boat captains and diehard anglers from seeking their quarry. Currently, that is blackfish, ling, schoolie bass and cod. Only winds seem to prevent these boats from leaving safe harbor (check ahead).

There are added incentives for New York anglers. The state’s striped bass season closes on Monday and blackfishing season ends a week from Saturday.

I will steer you to the hardiest of the intrepid fleet still sailing: the Capt. Al and Super Hawk out of Point Lookout, the Island Currents out of City Island and a hardy Sheepshead Bay bunch that includes the Flamingo III, Ocean Eagle V and the Capt. Dave.

In fact, stir-crazy from a lengthy recuperation, Capt.Tom Weiss earned extra points Saturday for returning to brave the elements as skipper of the Capt. Al. Capt. Steve Kearney is taking the Super Hawk on 18-hour trips to offshore wrecks, where he’s been getting ling along with some big sea bass and cod. He will be at it until mid-January.

For those who aren’t up to chilly adventures, the New York National Boat Show opens tomorrow at the Javits Center and goes through Dec. 21.

Instead of playing up extravagant yachts, the show is instead promoting an “affordability pavilion,” featuring boats which officials say can be financed for $250 or less a month.

For show hours, daily boating and fishing seminar schedules and ticket information, go to www.NYBoatShow.com. An offer to save $3 off the regular $15 adult ticket ends Friday with online purchase.

The Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership, recognizing the 150th anniversary of Teddy Roosevelt’s birthday, offers “The Gigantic Book of Hunting Stories” just in time for Christmas. This 782-page heavyweight was edited by Jay Cassell, who leads off the collection with a half dozen writings by the sporting president himself. This one’s at bookstores but also can be ordered directly from www.TRCP.org.

Alexandra Kenney
Daily News

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