L.I. Sound tournament offers $25,000 prize
Anglers alert: by next weekend you’ll be having the blues. However, that’s not a depressing thought, since I’m referring to the Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth, to be held Aug. 29-30.
Longtime sponsor station WICC in Bridgeport has joined forces with Kia of Milford to conduct the 27th annual edition of this big Long Island Sound event, which boasts guaranteed cash prizes of more than $45,000.
Next Friday at 5 p.m. is the final deadline for all registrations. The fee is a mere $37 per angler. With that small investment, you just might score the grand prize of $25,000 for the heaviest blue.
Goto www.WICC600.com to sign up or to view the nearly 30 registration and weigh-in stations located along both shores of the Sound.
Harbor Bait & Tackle and Hi Hook Bait & Tackle, both in Huntington, L.I., have joined this year’s roster. New in Connecticut are Frenchy’s Bait & Tackle in West Haven and Seaview Avenue Fish in Bridgeport.
You can also register by phoning (203) 366-BLUE.
In addition to the first prize of $25,000, second place earns $10,000, third brings $3,000, and fourth- and fifth-place winners each get $1,000. There are also special $200 port prizes for the heaviest blue presented at each of the weigh stations.
Two additional prizes are new this year. The registered charter boat’s captain with the two heaviest bluefish in combined weight, as well as the registered club with the three heaviest bluefish in combined weight, will each be awarded $500.
Believe it or not, there’s more. Swimming somewhere in the Sound is a specially tagged bluefish that if caught will net that angler $50,000.
As the saying goes, you gotta be in it to win it.
If you want some good jigging practice in advance, you’d do well to sail with Capt.Bob Wiegand on his Flamingo out of Sheepshead Bay. His best bluefishing is now off the Jersey coast and even out around the Mud Buoy.
Otherwise, porgies are the prime prizes on both sides of Long Island. The Jet’s captain, Chuck Patterson, said that by 9 a.m. yesterday his customers had all reached their limit of 10 scup, taken in about 20 feet of water just 30 minutes from his Sheepshead Bay dock. After that he steered over to Sandy Hook for some sea bass action.
His Jet passengers also enjoyed a look at a few triggerfish, some porpoise and even a whale.
In City Island territory, Jack’s Bait and Tackle’s John DeCuffa claims that this is the best porgy fishing he has seen in some 25 years. Whether fishing from a skiff, the shore or a bigger boat, just drop a line over a structured bottom. And that can be in anywhere from 15 feet of water up to 50 or 60 feet for the bigger three-pound variety.
The Riptide III on City Island continues full-day porgy trips, except on Thursdays, when new daytime jigging trips have started.
By Alexandra Kenney