East Hampton DU Chapter Of The Year

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Congratulations to the East Hampton Chapter of Ducks Unlimited, which was named the New York State DU Chapter of the Year last week by the organization’s national and state directors.

Chapter Chairwoman Jo Rea Brennan and her husband, Tom, were singled out by DU as having been the driving force behind the chapter’s 32-percent increase in fundraising and a whopping 63-percent increase in sponsors, a growth the organization credited to the Brennans bringing back the sponsors print incentive.

“This chapter has always been high achieving,” New York State DU Chairman Joe Nicosia said. “But this year the committee members dedicated themselves to a dramatic increase, and that’s exactly what they did.”

Don’t forget that East Hampton DU will hold its annual striped bass tournament in about a month at the Star Island Yacht Club. It’s $250 per boat, regardless of crew size, and prizes and calcuttas make for some nice potential winnings. Call Jo Rae at 537-7611 for more information and to sign up your crew.

Stripers have set up nicely off Montauk now, with a few big fish in the 30s and 40s hitting the scales this week. A 50-pounder was caught up off Newport, so the big breeding fish are now moving into our waters.

With no big schools of bunker parked off Jersey and the New York Bight, as there have been the last few years, we can hope that we’ll get a healthy run of big fish along our beaches this month. There are plenty of bunker in the area, and a few squid are reportedly finally showing up in the area, so, hopefully, there will be ample bait species to keep the cows in our range for a while.

Fluke fishing has slowed down a bit, as the fish have spread out, but there are still plenty of keepers to be had in Shelter Island Sound and the bays. The Montauk bite has been a bit of a struggle.

Big porgies are still the best bet for putting a heavy bag of fillets in the fridge. Limits this year are generous, and the fish are an easy target in Little Peconic Bay. They’re not quite as thick as they were a couple of weeks ago—considering that dozens of boats have been hammering at them for a month, it’s a testament to just how many there are that you can still catch any—but a chum log will have the bites coming fast and furious in no time.

When you’ve had your fill of them, jogging over to the channel edges at Jessups Neck or Cow Neck will give you a shot at tossing in a few fluke or weakfish as well.

Catch ’em up. See you out there.

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