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STATE PERMITS AND WARD MELVILLE SHOW

Time is running short for getting your state park sportfishing and beach vehicle permits.
By Fred Golofaro  |  March 2, 2020
STATE PERMITS AND WARD MELVILLE SHOW
The deadline for state 4x4 permits is March 31. The next opportunity to get a permit will be the day after Labor Day.

By the time you are reading this, the deadline for State Park Fishing Permits will be less than a month away. Waiting until the last week will ensure that you’ll be waiting on lengthy lines, and there is also the risk that you forget until it’s too late. If you don’t get your permit by the March 31 deadline, they will not be available again until the Tuesday after Labor Day. Vehicle Registration, Driver’s License and DEC Marine registry are required for all permits.

NIGHT SPORT FISHING PERMIT: Fee of $35.00, $60-Out of State. Permit is valid for fishing after sunset only from April 1-December 31, except where noted. Valid for: Captree - Main field, Overlook and Captree Drawbridge (north side only – 24 hr access) Jones Beach - Fields 6, 10, West End 2, West End Boat Basin, West End Dock Area (24 hr access) & Green Island (24 hr access) Hither Hills - Except Memorial Day to Labor Day Montauk Point - Lower Parking Lot only. Robert Moses - Field 2, Field 3 September 15 to December 31 (24 hr access), Field 4 April 1 to June 23 (7pm-7am) and September 15 to December 31 (24 hr access), Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow - Field 1 & Field 3 (24 hr access), Wildwood – Main Field. Sold at: Babylon Headquarters - Permit Office, Jones Beach, Montauk Downs, Robert Moses, Governor Alfred E. Smith/Sunken Meadow and Wildwood.

FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE BEACH VEHICLE FISHING PERMIT: Fee of $80.00, $125-Out of State. Permit is ONLY valid for fishing at: Hither Hills (Year round), Montauk Point (Year round), Napeague (Year round), Robert Moses (Democrat Point and Sore Thumb) - April 1 - December 31, hours vary. Sold at: Babylon Headquarters - Permit Office, Jones Beach, Montauk Downs, Robert Moses and Sunken Meadow.

CAMP HERO FISHING PERMIT: Fee of $40.00, $75-Out of State. Permit is valid for fishing after sunset only at Camp Hero State Park, April 1 - December 31. Sold at: Babylon Headquarters - Permit Office and Montauk Downs.

CAUMSETT FISHING PERMIT – 500 available permits are sold out.

For more information on permits, call 631-321-3510 or visit www.nysparks.com.

Several weeks back there were reports floating around social media concerning the transfer of the West End Two Jones Beach Work Dock area being converted to a staging area, including a helicopter pad, for the planned wind farm south of Long Island. We addressed this issue last year and were assured by state parks that a different location had been designated for this use. Since the latest rumors, we were reassured again that this is a dead issue and that people were likely reacting to the transfer of sand from the stockpile area to the outer beach, so rest easy folks.

WARD MELVILLE HIGH SCHOOL FISHING EXPO

The long range forecast is not looking like Saturday is going to be very conducive to fishing on the heels of this week’s string of 50 degree days, but that’s okay. The Ward Melville High School Fishing Expo is set for this Saturday and it has become one of the premier shows in our region in a relatively short time thanks to the efforts of the school’s fishing club advisor, Bob Wilson, and the club’s students. It features the largest number of exhibitors of any show in the region, and a huge raffle with loads of great prizes that benefits the school’s fishing club, including charter trips, custom rods, marine art and all kinds of tackle. There is also a special raffle for a trip to Tanaku Lodge in Alaska. Free seminars with some of the area’s best anglers and a panel of experts will help sharpen your skills for the coming season. Doors open at 8:30 and, by the way, admission is free. The school is located at 380 Old Town Road in East Setauket, 11733. For more info, email wmhsfishingclub@gmail.com or call 631-730-4900.