50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day: Go Fish

Go fishing before Memorial Day
Go fishing before Memorial Day, Photo: Courtesy Hampton Lady

Memorial Day weekend draws ever closer, and while we at Dan’s Papers can’t wait, we also know there are many things we have to squeeze in during the next week on the East End, lest we lose our chance with all that summer brings. We know that if we don’t get out and do these now, we’ll have to wait until after Labor Day before we try again…and so will you!

We continue our countdown of things to do before Memorial Day on the East End with #5: Go Fish

Fluke season just started on May 17, so there are still plenty of doormats roaming the waters waiting to be caught. With the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation’s announcement of relaxed regulations (lowering minimum length from 19 to 18 inches and raising catch limits from 4 to 5) and no summer tourists, the odds of catching dinner are more in your favor.

And if fluke isn’t your fancy, drop lines in for bluefish, striped bass, blackfish, porgy or cod—all of which are swimming the bays.

If you own a boat, head out and spend a day on the water with some friends and reel in some dinner. For those who don’t, there are many charters available to fish the hotspots before the Memorial Day rush. Here are a few suggestions:

Hampton Bays: Captain Jim Foley’s Hampton Lady sails full day, every day from 7 a.m.–3 p.m. for fluke and sea bass. Call 631-521-3366 for reservations and info. (thehamptonlady.com)

Montauk: With a fleet of over 20 boats, Montauk Fishing Charters has the boat and trip to fit your needs. Both full and half-day trips are available, both inshore and offshore, afternoon and morning. Call 631-668-1635 for reservations and info. (montaukfishingcharters.com)

Orient Point: Captain Jim Montalbano of the Monty Man II will get you and your group out on the water day or night, full or half day for angling fun. Call him at 631-363-2020 to schedule your outing. (montymanfishing.com)

Dozens of charters are available locally, so surf the web to find the one that’s best for you. Tight lines!

Come back tomorrow for 50 Things to Do Before Memorial Day in the Hamptons #4.

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