The fluke are back
To start off this week's fishing report, The Great Salt Pond is beginning to produce. The winter flounder are becoming active. I had decent action fishing over them last week. More and more bait is filtering into the pond, and while putting in some evening fishing time looking for striped bass, I noticed a handful of horseshoe crabs scuttling around the edge of the pond. So we should start seeing striped bass making their way into our waters quite soon.
On another note, I'd like to take this opportunity to offer most sincere words of gratitude.
Over the course of the winter, eight year-round island residents, myself included, enrolled in a class to get our OUPV/100 gross ton Captain's licenses from the United States Coast Guard. This was done over eight, eight hour classes. First and foremost, I wish to thank Chris Willi for getting the ball rolling, not only through his many contacts in the boating world, but by also coordinating the classes. He did this on his own volition and as a community service. He brought in Confident Captain. They have various classes pertaining to boater education and safety for all ages, as well as offering this Captain's course. I am thrilled with and extremely grateful for the energy, effort, and command of the information, our teacher, Capt. Eddie Persichetti brought to the classroom. It would have been incredibly difficult, and much more costly, for us to take this course off island over multiple weeks, so Captain Eddie flew out to the island, where we met at the Island Free Library.
I am not able to speak highly enough about what a fantastic resource the Island Free Library is for our community. The process of reserving one of the conference rooms in the lower level of the library was quick and easy, and both Kristin Baumann and Allison Dodge were eager to assist, were accommodating, and had all the necessary cables and technology to interface a laptop with the hi-definition TV. Thank you, Island Free Library, for being the resource you are to this community!
Last, I'd like to thank and congratulate everyone who took the class, studied hard and passed the test. You made the experience incredibly enjoyable! Those who took the course and passed the test are: Deandra Verbeyst, John Grant, Nick Battey, Chris Reeves, John Bates, Max Balmforth, John Spier, and myself.
Fair winds, following seas, and catch 'em up!