A Perfect Day: The Lazy Fisherman
3 AM wake-up calls, full wetsuits and fins, treacherous rocks…impressive. But not for everyone. Sometimes you just want to take it easy, enjoy a leisurely day on the water and come home with some fish. We map out how to do just that below.
**2016 Fluke Season opens May 17**
Before you head down to the docks, hit up the Montauk Market (run by the same people who owned Four Oaks Deli), at the east end of Main Street for eats. It opens at 6AM and you get in and out. We’d go BEC and coffee, plus a sandwich for a second breakfast or early lunch on the boat.
Meet Captain Mike over at the dock by 7:30 AM for a (not-crazy-early) 8 AM morning fluke fishing trip. Bring a sweatshirt, (maybe the Dramamine) and rent all your gear on the boat.
What’s a fishing trip without some (more) beer? Walk all of 15 feet from the boat to Salivar’s for a roof-top beverage and view of the harbor.
If you’re staying for the weekend, the Montauk Soundview is a great hotel option. It’s just a few hundred yards from the docks and right on the water. Kick back for a lazy poolside nap then wake up with a dive into Block Island Sound from the sweet little beach just to the east of the hotel.
6 Soundview Drive (631) 668-5500 (1 minute drive from Salivar’s)
Time to lay in supplies for dinner and after. Follow the road along the water to Gosman’s Market (in the dock area), where you’ll find everything you need to turn that fluke you just caught into this tasty meal (link to recipe). Then as you loop back to the hotel, see Mike at Finest Kind Wines & Liquor for all your sunset-watching drinks needs.
Swap fishing stories with the professionals. Depending on the night (less-so on summer weekends), this place can look and feel like a scene from The Perfect Storm—real fisherman and real crazy stories, if you’re lucky.
401 West Lake Drive (back towards the docks)
Photography by Randy Harris