Father’s Day is Sunday June 21. And there isn’t much more of a Long Island-esque gift for dad than to take him fishing on a charter boat out of Captree. The waters around the Robert Moses Bridge and inside and outside of the Fire Island Inlet have been the fishing grounds for generations of Long Islanders. Since most of us were first taken on these magical trips as youngsters by our fathers, it’s the perfect gift to give back to dad.
The fleet is a strong as ever (still LI’s largest), with many boats with names that remind us of our childhoods like Capt. Rod, Capt. Gillen, Laura Lee, Jib VI (who remembers Jib I thru V?), Captree Princess, Island Princess, Capt. Whittaker and so many more. The boats have been fishing out of Captree since the 50s (it’s amazing they haven’t caught all the fish yet, thank you nature) and Father’s Day falls right when the fluke really start biting. Full day or half day trips are available (or sightseeing and various other non-fishing charters) and there are all kinds of discount coupons available online on sites such as groupon (use the google, you’ll find them).
The only thing better than a day of drifting near the Robert Moses Bridge, bouncing that weight along the bottom waiting for those quick tugs that signal a bite before you pull in a doormat, will be when dad catches an even bigger fish and wins the pool with a monster on the last drift. And if the fish aren’t biting that day, well, always remember the old saying, “A bad day of fishing is better than a good day of work.” Then just hit the fish store on the way home and get your stories straight.
Photo: Donny Walter