It’s Time To Go Fishin’

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Richard Schiff had a 10-minute battle with this beauty. He landed this 40-pound Striped Bass off Barkers Point on a bunker tail chunk. The fish was revived and released. It was caught with a G. Loomis Pro Blue rod, Avet reel.

Living on Long Island, one of the favorite pastimes for families is fishing. Surrounded by water on all sides, Long Island is a prime fishing area. Fishing has many health benefits. Being outside and active makes you feel better and encourages a healthier way of life. It allows you to de-stress. The thrill of pursuing and catching fish is an age-old need and even if you have a bad day of fishing, it still beats a day in the office.

Fishing offers you the chance to improve your self-esteem through respect for the environment, mastering a skill and achieving personal goals. Obviously, the thrill is in catching a fish, but you need to practice patience, a talent that needs to be developed. It is a lifetime skill and an activity that can be enjoyed at any age. It is best when shared throughout the generations. It is something you can do alone or with friends. Quite a bit of social development occurs.

Michael LaSalle caught this big fish out on Manhasset Bay aboard The Angler 3, a fishing boat manned by Captain Pete. The Angler Fleet is located in Port Washington. The fish weighed 6 pounds and measured 24.5 inches long.

There are many ways to enjoy this sport, but if you don’t know how or don’t have the right equipment, the place to start is at Atlantic Outfitters in Port Washington. The store, located at 405 Main St., has everything you need to gear up for the sport including bait, fishing rods and boat rentals. There is a bait machine outside so you can get going on those late night and early morning excursions, which is usually when the fish are biting, without missing a beat.

When fishing, fisherman should always consider sun protection and wear a hat and long sleeve shirt—and don’t forget to bring plenty of sunscreen. Don’t be fooled when it is overcast—clouds don’t guarantee that you won’t get any sun, the sun’s rays are the most potent. It is a good idea to wear clothing that incorporates SPF in the weave of the fabric.

Once you are set with clothing and equipment, you are ready to catch some fish. When casting a line, fishermen typically use a technique called angling. That is why you hear the term angler in fishing. An angler is a person who fishes with a hook and a line.

If you are into more ambitious fishing, you can book a charter. The Angler Fleet, located at Inspiration Wharf, 405 Main St. in Port Washington, has open boat fishing. Trips are available daily to fish for striped bass, bluefish and fluke. For more information, visit their website at www.theangler.com.

So go outdoors and explore the beauty and majesty of fishing. It can lower your blood pressure and give you the thrill of the hunt.

Here are some other locations to enjoy fishing:

Captree State Park

3500 Ocean Parkway, Babylon

Municipal Fishing Pier

700 Magnolia Blvd., Long Beach

Port Washington Town Dock & Walkway

Main Street, Port Washington

Cold Spring Harbor Fish Hatchery & Aquarium

1660 Route 25, Cold Spring Harbor

Harborfront Park

East Broadway, Port Jefferson

Montauk Point State Park

2000 Montauk Highway, Montauk

Lake Ronkonkoma

Ronkonkoma

Laurel Lake

Laurel

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Elizabeth Johnson is editor of Manhasset Press and Manhasset Press Magazine. Growing up in nearby Garden City and attending New York University, she is well-versed in the locale and knowledgeable about the beat she covers. Her community involvement is extensive and includes the Manhasset SCA, Kiwanis International, Manhasset Chamber of Commerce, St. Mary’s Church, and various civic and local charitable organizations. Curious by nature, her travels, community service, love of the arts as well as local sports give her the inside view to unique content. During her time at Anton, she has received several awards from the New York Press Association and the Press Club of LI, including the coveted "Best Community Newspaper" several years in a row.

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