We had a nice little bit of global warming this past week, and I made the best of it by heading over to New London to get
TWIC’ed. I had pre-enrolled online and made an appointment for this Friday, but got the dates screwed up and thought it
was for this past Friday, so I went over without an appointment, and it was no big deal. I took the slow ferry from Orient
Point and walked about a half a mile to the office. When I got there, one guy was just finishing up and there was no one
else in the office, and it took about ten minutes. While we were waiting for a taxi to take us to donate to the Indians, a
truck driver showed up only to find that he was lacking something and couldn’t get taken care of. My wife and I made a
day of it, and if you want to do that, Foxwoods is $35 by taxi and Mohegan Sun is $20.
If you just go over and take care of business, there is a ferry about every hour, and it costs less than $25, round trip. I was
told by some guys who went over before me to get there early. Wrong!. I spoke to the TWIC guy and he said that there is
a line waiting around 8:00 am, but by mid morning you can usually walk in and walk out in fifteen minutes. No waiting.
It makes it easier if you pre-enroll online, but that will only save you a couple of minutes. You need to bring your
captains license (not a photocopy) and proof of citizenship like a passport or birth certificate (the real thing, not a
photocopy). You also need a government issued photo identification, like a driver license (a passport serves as proof of
citizenship and photo I D). You can only pay with a Visa, Mastercard, certified check or money order. No cash or
They’ll notify me when I can get my card, in approximately six to eight weeks and the I can arrange to pick it up in
Riverhead if that office is open by then. You don’t have to have it until September 25, so I’m going to wait until
Riverhead does open even if it a couple of months late.
Fishing has been pretty decent for the few boats that have been sailing regularly, namely the BLUEFIN IV, CAPT
MARK & SEAWIFE. They have been doing OK with the cod and blackfish, but the season on blackfish ends today.
It’s obvious that the fluke are in. All you have to do is take a look at the draggers off the south side. I understand some
have also been caught by guys with commercial fluke permits. The stripers have started showing up as well. I hear that
there have been some shorties taken on the sand beaches to the west of town. Also, apparently there are some squid at
Rough Riders, but that’s private property, and if it gets too crowded access will be denied to anyone who doesn’t live
there, or have an in.
I forgot to mention another charter boat that will be up for sale soon. Capt Dave Kohlus spent the winter in Florida
getting his new ride in shape. It’s a 48’ Rybovich, which will replace the HOOKER his 41’ Whittaker. The new head
boat that will be replacing the SEA OTTER is Capt Jamie Quaresmino’s. I think it is called the MISS MONTAUK, and
is the old VIKING STARLITE. It will be sailing all day trips, probably starting around mid May when the fluke season
From the BLUEFIN IV (http://www.bluefiniv.com/)
Had one of the local landscaper groups out on Thursday again. Tried several rockpiles between Montauk and Block
Island. Got a few on most pieces. Three anglers (and 2 crew) kept their limit of 20 good size Blackfish. Many were 6 to 8