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Captree State Park's Island Princess...Don't Miss The Boat
By Rich Johnson
Many of you who know me know that I preach the facets of fishing and the great angling opportunities available throughout the season. Whether its bass & blues in the surf, fluking, blackfishing the local wrecks, jigging up bass and blues, you owe it to yourself to get out and fish no matter what your quarry is or how you choose to pursue it. Many of us do our fishing from piers, party and charter boats and some of us even like to dive the wrecks to see how the "other half" lives. What would you say if I told you that all of this can be found in one place? Would you believe me? Well seeing how Ive never steered any of you wrong before, let me give you the real scoop on this amazing place that really does exist, right here on Long Island!
Theres no better place to take advantage of this action than Captree State Park! The full lineup of boats at Captree State Park offers a full slate of boats to cover all the fishing you can possibly do in, plus fishing piers and even a dive boat. In total, there are approximately 30 party boat size vessels, half of which are open boats and the rest private charter boats for large groups. There is a dive boat, the Wahoo, plus a six-pack boat. Some boats stay in the bay, while others go into the ocean, so whether youre an experienced angler or a novice there is a boat for you. There are half or full day boats to suit your special fishing requirements as well.
PARTY BOATS. Now that you know Captree has party & charter boats, whats the difference you ask? Well, a party or open boat is a larger vessel that you do NOT need a reservation to fish on. You just step aboard and fish for the day. Some of these party boats will sail full day trips while others sail two half-day trips, depends on how long you want to fish. The party boats at Captree sail for every specie imaginable with topnotch service and experienced crews. They truly cater to the family fishing experience, which is so important in todays world.
CHARTER BOATS. Charter boats come in two categories, six pack and larger. A "six pack," is a term used when a charter boat is only licensed for six anglers or less. While a charter boat may range in size from 20 up to 41-foot, theyre only Coast Guard licensed for six anglers or less. There are charter boats in Captree that will charter for groups larger than six and are licensed to do so. These boats are as large as the party boats and cater to the needs of corporate parties, fishing clubs, boy & girl scouts, bachelor & bachelorette parties, or any occasion fishing or non-fishing, where a large group from six to 60 and even more can be accommodated. Think about it, isnt this a great way to plan your next business party or fishing club event.
MY FAVORITES. If you like bottom fishing for blackfish in the bay or diamond jigging bass in the waters along the beach get on the Island Princess (516-587-4054). Capt. Nick Manzari has been piloting the Island Princess for over 20 years on the two daily half-day trips and will fluke fish through the end of fluke season. He then switches to porgies, sea bass and blackfish all done in the bay, before switching over to striped bass with jigging trips and even some night trips with live eels for bait.
As you can see, Captree State Park has it all no matter what you choose to do. While I obviously cant list all the boats in Captree or write in depth about the fishing piers, dive boat and the other great stuff that goes on inside Captree on this one page, this is one place you have to visit and experience for yourself. Make sure you do it this fall and get in on the great action Im always talking about. Youll be glad you did!
DIRECTIONS. You can get to Captree State Park by any of the major parkways without any traffic lights. Pretty convenient isnt it? Take any parkway to the Robert Moses Parkway, Captree is located at the southern end of the Robert Moses Parkway on the barrier beach. Upon reaching the end of the Robert Moses, head east following the signs. As with any state park, there is a $4 parking fee, a nominal fee for the tons of fun available at Captree State Park. You can beat the fee with buying a $39 Empire Pass. This pass allows you as many entries to any state park as you want in a given year. A great deal and well worth the money, particularly now that you have become a regular at Captree, and will, after visiting here just once.