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January 5, 2005

No More Stories About The One That Got Away

Pekka Paavonpera (

Southampton, NY – Are you tired of having to tell all your buddies about the one that got away simply because your knowledge of local fishing isn’t what it should be?

If so it may be time for you to enroll in “Sportfishing on Long Island,” an especially popular class offered by the Southampton College Continuing Education Program.

Instruction will be given in the techniques for catching many of the marine species (including flounder, blackfish, fluke, striped bass, and tuna) which are found in local Long Island waters (Long Island Sound, Moriches Bay, and East End waters including Orient, Montauk, Block Island, and the off-shore fishing grounds).

The aim of this six-week course is to educate the novice as well as the more advanced angler in the areas of fish finding, bait and lure selection, terminal tackle, knot and rig tying, safety, and chumming and baiting techniques. Students will be treated to the extensive use of audio-visual materials: slides, overhead transparencies, and videotapes. In addition, each participant will receive an original computerized handout for each species covered during class, as well as free sample copies of fishing magazines.

An optional fishing excursion on an East End charter boat is also planned. There will be an additional fee, for the excursion, as determined by the instructor, Capt. Jerry McGrath, an avid fisherman and experienced instructor who was honored by the Suffolk Association for Continuing Education with a 1994 Teacher of the Year Award.

Capt. McGrath is also a former charter boat owner and skipper. He has written articles for sportfishing publications and has given numerous sportfishing lectures throughout the Long Island and New York Metropolitan area.

The six-week course, costing $160, will run on Wednesdays from January 26 to March 30, from 7.30 to 9.30 pm. Registration is currently under way.

To register or for more information, please call the Southampton College Continuing Studies Program at (631) 287-8319.