04/26/15 12:00pm

Horses and boats have much in common. When you begin to fish frequently from small craft and subsequently sail on larger party boats, you see the obvious advantages of having your own boat. When you take trail rides or pack trips with horses or rent horses to ride in field trials for pointing dogs, you quickly see the advantages of having your own horse, too. But then you look at the big picture, and you wonder: Should I really be doing this?  (more…)

04/05/15 6:00am

On Paumanok the snow pack is gone except for traces; way upstate we’re still dragging the horse manure out of the barn on snowshoes. Back on the West End the ice has finally left the harbors and you can at least contemplate fishing for early stripers; upstate, however, there’s nary a thought of early trout streams. To make a long story short, the “tween” season is a crazy one!  (more…)

03/22/15 12:00pm

When we drove out to help a colleague of ours on the West End recently, his car was stuck in a deep icy rut at the bottom of his driveway. Clad in a light jacket and wearing no gloves, he was frantically trying to shovel his way down to the bottom of the tires with a small straight-handled snow shovel that might have passed for a child’s toy. (more…)

02/24/15 3:00pm
Two ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

Two ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

In the year of the big freeze, Long Island’s East End presents myriad opportunities for a so-called third season, fishing what is known as “hard water.”

For those who venture out onto area ponds and small lakes, some basic tackle and a little common sense can produce excellent winter table fare and a way to get out of the doldrums. (more…)

12/07/14 12:00pm

Whenever we fish Long Island beaches in the fall and look at anglers fishing the suds, we always see one or more individuals slinging surface lures. In most cases, especially when there’s no “blitz” of diving birds and splashing bait, these folks would be better served casting tipped bucktails or tins. Yet they persist. Why? (more…)

10/12/14 5:00am
Swimmers in a triathlon can often bunch together, making for challenging conditions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Swimmers in a triathlon can often bunch together, making for challenging conditions. (Credit: Daniel De Mato)

Confidence is a funny thing. If you ever find yourself in a place you have never been before, out on a broad river or a beach that seems featureless, you know how important confidence can be. If you’ve cast for hours and hours with no response, you also know how easy it is to lose confidence. To paraphrase the great outdoor writer, William Harnden Foster, “to catch is history, to be shut out is mystery, and history is a much better teacher than mystery!”  (more…)