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Fire Island: A Nautical Weekend

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I can’t think of a more relaxing weekend than on Fire Island. I really don’t need to travel very far, just a long train ride on the Long Island Railroad and to cross the Great South Bay, I’m there. no cars, no traffic or hustle. Traditionally, it’s a destination hot spot for summertime fun, but I enjoy the muted serenity of winter, getting together with a few friends and good fishing.

Crossing the Great South Bay

The Great South Bay is great for fishing too. Fluke, flounder, stripers, snappers, blackfish and weakfish are commonly caught, as are eels, skate, blowfish, bluefish, sand shark, and sea robins. Awesome clamming here too if you don’t mind diving for clams – could be challenging, but they are so good. (Pasta with clam sauce, yum!).

Pitch Pine One of the dominant trees you’ll see here.

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I’ve enjoyed my trip around Fire Island - by way of your blog, Bathgate. You sell it very well.
The beautiful clean beaches, coastal homes, wildlife and the Flora too. I’m a fan of the coastal vibe, love the boat pics too.
The photos of the long “boardwalk” paths look inviting, to the beach maybe?

8 Feb, 2020

 

Thank you Paul I agree with Kate a very enjoyable trip round the Island ,The beaches really are wonderful and clean , did you catch any fish or was it the one that got away ;o)) 😊

8 Feb, 2020

 

yes I agree a beautiful day out. and what about the fishing? did you cast for anything.
BC [before children] hubby and I would go boat fishing off Whitby/Hornsea/Bridlington and sometimes we had too much fish, so we'd give it away to our neighbours and other times just enough for our tea. As a child I used to fish off the beach up in Sunderland. During the day with older brothers, if at night with dad.

But I can certainly say no where near as pretty as here Paul. You must be feeling better then. Good.

9 Feb, 2020

 

That brought back memories Sbg my hubby use to go fishing I remember he once brought back a lot of Dabs ,he gave some to our elderly neighbour she put them on her work top , her husband found her screaming her head off when she went back into the room they were flopping about on the floor ,she didn't know they were still alive ..

9 Feb, 2020

 

oh dear but that is so funny Amy2. We always killed the fish as soon as landed if they were big enough to keep.

9 Feb, 2020

 

Thank You Kate. All paths lead to the beach. It's all about the beaches here, of course a watermelon margarita would make it that much better. Feels more like Honolulu in the Summertime.

Amy: The fishing is really good here. We've caught lots of fluke and flounder. I think anybody can catch 'the big one'. the fish are so abundant. The snappers are really good. I really love diving for clams, but too cold now. The bottom is literally covered in clams & oysters - and the occasional artifact from times gone by.

Eileen: the fishing is abundant here, but I do it more for sport - just for the thrill of catching something competing with my friends. I'm not a huge fish eater except the snapper is really good. I'll keep one and throw the rest back. I love the clams though (or are they oysters?) - and diving for clams is really fun. The bay is only about 5 feet deep in parts. Plenty of nice restaurants here as well - in the summer.

LOL Amy that must of been hilarious. We have a cooler full of ice. When I catch a keeper, it goes right on the ice. It keeps the fish fresh until we can prepare it. We only keep what we can eat for that day - it's mainly for sport - we throw most back in, except the clams they are so good, can never have too much.

Thank you everybody for your comments. I so glad to share this with you.

9 Feb, 2020

 

What a fantistic place to spend the weekend and as you said with out to many people around ,I throughly enjoyed the journey over on the boat then the amazing walk around even though it was in photo form thank you for inviting us !

10 Feb, 2020

 

I'm so glad you enjoyed it. Thank you for your lovely comments.

10 Feb, 2020

 

What lovely place it seems fun to go and explore.

10 Feb, 2020

 

Oh yes, each time I go, it's a whole new experience. Just meeting all kinds of interesting people - music concerts. The whole atmosphere is very uplifting. The sand glows at night under the moon. Sometimes the ocean is like glass and sometimes you better run like heck to higher ground - if you can find it.

11 Feb, 2020

 

At least music concerts will bring in revenue for the island hoping of course it doesn't destroy the island. The sand and sea effect sounds great . Is that incase the ocean doesn't swamp the island running to higher ground? I would love to see it wnut with the crowds of people😁

11 Feb, 2020

 

Yes, sometimes a hurricane or Nor'easter comes ashore and it's time to pray. They leave a lasting impression or take a house or two.

11 Feb, 2020

 

Ahrr so it's the winds and hurricane thank you for letting me know Paul.

11 Feb, 2020

 

Great blog Paul - thanks for giving us a “taste” of your fish! Why is it called Fire Island?

15 Feb, 2020

 

LOL Hi Sheila. Do you like to fish? According to my research. It was named by the Dutch in 1789. The name came from a mispronunciation of 'Five' Island Inlet. Somehow 'Five' became 'Fire'.

16 Feb, 2020

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