3rd Annual Fishing The Hudson
Yonkers, NY - Experience the thrill of fishing on the Hudson River aboard a 50’ fishing vessel. Island Current II returns to Yonkers for Beczak Environmental Education Center’s third annual Fishing the Hudson during school’s spring break.
The week features daily fishing excursions Monday, April 9 through Friday, April 13 for ages 8 and up, as well as group reservations for Striped Bass Fishing Charters on April 9, 10 and 11, and, new this year, Singles Night on the Island Current II on Thursday, April 12.
Programs are sponsored by Jack’s Bait and Tackle and Island Current Charters.
For information or reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 377-1900 x 12. Beczak Environmental Education Center, 35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, NY 10701. www.beczak.org
SIGNS INDICATE GREAT SPRING FISHING
Hudson River striped bass season opened on March 16. Fishermen up and down the river are talking about how this year’s catch is going to be good—and early—because of the winter’s unseasonably warm temperatures. Striped bass travel north up the Hudson and other rivers to spawn, or lay their eggs, when water temperatures reach approximately 58 degrees.
John Vargo, a 76-year old resident of Verplanck who has been fishing on the Hudson for his entire life, sums it up: “It’s going to be fabulous – in fact it’s already great. The fish are three weeks ahead of schedule.”
Bob Gabrielson, Jr., a Stony Point resident who was one of the last commercial fishermen on the Hudson before he retired three years ago, says, “This is going to be a better year. We haven’t had winter melt so the water is more brackish. That’s what stripers like. We’ve been catching 20” – 26” striped bass already, and the herring are even early—that’s a good sign.” Gabrielson predicts, “The season should peak just around April 10.”
Chris Cullen, Captain of Island Current Charters, agrees. “We have had such a mild winter the bait concentrations are already in motion and looks to be a solid early run for spring fishing.”
Vargo, who runs the website boatingonhudson.com, says, “Some lucky person is going to win $100,000 for his or her striper this year.” He’s referring to the Hudson River Fishermen’s Association Striped Bass Derby, held on April 28 and 29 this year, with prizes ranging from $25 for seventh place to $100,000 for “Catch of a Lifetime.” His tip: “Fishing at night will increase your odds of catching larger striped bass by a factor of 50%.”
FISHING THE HUDSON APRIL 9 – 13
- Daily Excursions April 9 -13, 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM daily, ages 8 and up (including adults), $300 for five day program / $75 a day; Yonkers Public School Students Special: $250 for five day program / $65 a day; reservations with email@example.com / (914) 377-1900 x 12
- Evening Charters / Group Reservations Only: April 9, 10, 11, 6:30 – 9:30 PM / $1200 per evening, reservations with firstname.lastname@example.org / (914) 377-1900 x 12
There’s nothing else like Fishing the Hudson in the lower Hudson Valley for hands-on, on the water adventure and learning. It was created by Beczak Environmental Education Center to show children the magnificent river in their backyard and introduce them to the life in its waters. Beczak’s staff work with Capt. Chris, a third grade teacher in Irvington, NY, who operates Island Current, a fishing fleet in City Island.
Fishing the Hudson participants gather at Beczak Environmental Education Center, a nature center along the Hudson River in Yonkers, NY. From there, it’s a short walk to Yonkers’ historic pier, a stately, century-old structure that is in daily use by commercial tugboats. There, children and Beczak’s educators board Island Current II, a 50’ United States Coast Guard certified fishing vessel that’s fully equipped withfishing gear, safety equipment, heated cabin and head and the latest navigational tools. Experienced crew helps people bait their own rod and reel. The day also includes setting and hauling up trawl nets—to see what’s living at the bottom of the river—and opportunities to take the helm and blow the horn.
“Kids love being on the boat, and especially catching fish,” says Captain Chris, the owner of Island Current Charters.
Vicky Garufi, Director of Education for Beczak Environmental Education Center, is equally delighted to be taking children out onto the river. “There’s no better way to see how rich the Hudson’s aquatic life is than by boat.”
Garufi adds, “Beczak is always thinking about river programs that young adults would be interested in. That’s why we created Singles Night on the Island Current II this year. It’s a great value--$60 for an evening on a boat. And you just never know what you’ll catch!”