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Posted By Fred Golofaro, January 13, 2020
Connetquot River State Park Preserve has been yielding quality rainbows like this one displayed by Andrew McGeough.

The first show of the winter season is ready to tee off this Sunday, January 19, at Ward Melville High School, 380 Old Town Road in East Setauket. Striper Day, hosted by Surfcasters Journal, will feature more than 80 surf fishing related vendors, including manufacturer representatives, well known authors, guides, tackle shops, local plug builders and more. There will also be ongoing seminars by some of the region’s best known surf fishing experts. A giant raffle at the end of the day with loads of great prizes benefits the student members of Ward Melville High School’s Fishing Club. Hours are 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and the first 400 attendees will receive a goody bag from the show’s sponsors. F

or more info, go to the show website at www.striperday.com. Tickets are $15 and only available in person on the day of the show.
On the fishing front, there seems to be no letup to the wind and rough seas that have kept open and charter boats tied to the dock for most of January. As this is being written, the only trip sailed over the past week was made by the Viking Fivestar last Monday. That day, a five man charter managed 35 cod on the Block Island grounds. If there is any good to be found in the inability to leave the dock, it is the promise that comes with unfished wrecks and virgin bottom when boats are able to sail.

Herring remain an option for land-based anglers, with the best chance for scoring residing on the west end of the Island, particularly at places like Magnolia, Canarsie and Coney Island piers. White perch are being picked from some of the Island’s tidal creeks and rivers, but we are not hearing of any real solid action from any one body of water. Most reports indicate a “pick” of fish at best.

On the freshwater side, some of the Island’s lakes and ponds have been yielding catch and release action for pickerel and largemouth bass, while others are producing some holdover trout from last fall’s stocking. The ace in the hole for those adept at the fly fishing game remains Connetquot River State Park Preserve where quality rainbows and some nice brook trout have been keeping rods bending.

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