Capt. Ray Kelly
anglers know of the fantastic fishing in Riverhead,
New York. The Peconic River is home to excellent
fishing. Riverhead is undergoing major changes.
One of the largest shopping malls, The Tanger Outlet
Mall, is located in Riverhead. Riverhead town
has refurbished the waterfront area. The town
marina has dockage for large and small boats with
electric, water and cable. There are picnic
tables. It is really a great place to fish from
the dock especially for children.
snappers start to bite and any child or adult can
catch them right from the dock. Anglers may also
catch a striped bass, weakfish or bluefish. I am
also glad to report that the Town of Riverhead has an
Annual Snapper on the Saturday after Labor Day.
So mark it on your calender and come out and fish this
tournament with us. It is an excellent way to get kids
involved in fishing. Last year, the ages of
anglers were from 3 years old to 90 years old.
The 90 year old was my aunt, Anna Brennan.
I pick up
my many of my charters right at the town dock. On
many of the trips we stayed right in the Peconic
River. You can see fish breaking water and at
times, an angler can catch fish on just about every
cast. When bluefish and snappers are feeding it is
easy to catch them. I use a tandem rig and
sometimes catch two at a time. The anglers want
to stay in the river and catch these fish. There
are plenty of short bass in the river. I
especially like the area in and around the Route 105
Bridge. It seems the bass and bluefish like to
hide around the bridge pilings and ambush the baitfish
as they are being swept in or out with the tide.
The stripers are averaging between 15-18 inches. These
fish are fun to catch. Striped Bass must be 28
inches to keep and an angler can only catch one fish
As most of
you know we try and promote catch and release as well
as tag and release.
Tag and release is an excellent way to teach children
about the importance of conservation. Tags can
be obtained from the American Littoral Society in
Highlands, NJ 17732. It is interesting to
see where your tagged fish that you release is caught
again. You can see
where it migrated to and how large it grew after you
tagged the fish. I was recently in the North
Fork Grill in Mattituck and spoke with the owner, Phil
who told me he recently caught a nice 37 "
striped bass that had a Fish & Wildlife tag from
Annapolis, Maryland. Recently, I had the
pleasure of fishing with my son, Chris in the Peconic
River and we tagged a bluefish. It will be
interesting to see where this fish ends up before
being caught again. Chris is busy broadcasting
various events on the internet throughout the world.
Needless to say, I love it when we have time to go
have to give my son, Chris, a plug here for creating
and maintaining The Adventures In Fishing Website (http://www.adventure-fishing.com).
Chris did a great job on our website. He
hopes to add video clips in the near future.
Check out the website for more fishing information,
other fish stories and information about our weekly
ADVENTURES IN FISHING WITH CAPT.
Peconic River is a great location to fish. It is
not recognized as one of the best places to fish like
Montauk, Shinnecock or Orient Point but it is
definintely one of the great places. Another
benefit about fishing the river is you can even get
out when the weather just is not
cooperating. Boats are protected in the River so
even when there are rough seas in the bay and ocean,
an angler get still go fishing.
I like to
troll for the fish or cast to them. On my
charter boat, Adventures, clients have their choice.
They can even flyfish as we have two flyfishing rods
on board as well. This year white bucktails and
Rubber grubs made by LOVES LURES and The PETRI-FISH
TACKLE COMPANY are working real well. I have
even landed a small bass on the new Petri-Fish
only way for you to catch these fish and experience
some fantastic fishing is to get out there and give it
a try. Like I said, you do not even need a boat
to do it. I highly recommend going out with a
charter captain the first time, especially if you are
with a child.
Children tend to get bored if you do not catch fish
and most good captains will put you onto fish.
We try and take a photograph of the child with their
fish and send it to the child after the charter as a
memory and keepsake.
are not that expensive and we teach adults and
children if they would to learn.
We even bring you to our best fishing locations.
If you want to go fishing with us, all ADVENTURES IN
FISHING at (631) 744-5951 or email email@example.com.
AND REMEMBER- "LETíS GET KIDS HOOKED
ON FISHING...NOT ON DRUGS!"