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Hooked On Flounder

Beginners to old salts can’t

resist this fun, easy fishing

Whether or not spring shows its softer side, there will be plenty of fishing enthusiasts drowning sandworms on April 1st in pursuit of winter flounder. The two-month-long flounder season opens in April and is Long Island Sound’s harbinger of spring, offering what many consider the most delicious fish in our waters.

The Angler Fleet out of Port Washington sails for flounder daily, offering the unique feeling you get as the big fishing boat settles over a quiet bay sandflat early on a frigid morning. With minimal boat traffic this early in the season, the silence is overwhelming, and the morning sun gives the scenery a crisp clarity.

The chilly air is offset by the warming sun as well as the boat’s heated cabin and offerings of soup, hot chocolate and coffee in the galley. Flounder fishing is mostly done in the bays, so rough water is rarely an issue.

Everything you need is onboard, from rods and reels to bait. And the mates offer instruction to make every guest into an angler.

The Angler Fleet sails open boat by reservation daily with full-day 7 a.m.-3 p.m. trips aboard the Angler III and two half-day trips, 8 a.m.-noon and 1-5 p.m. aboard the Angler II. Walk-on fishermen are accepted, but only reservations guarantee you a spot at the rail. There is also the 26-foot Angler Express available for six-person charters. All boats depart promptly from Inspiration Wharf at 405 Main St. in Port Washington. The phone number is 718-659-8181, and the website is www.theangler.com.

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For as long as she could remember, Christina Amato-Smith has always wanted to open her own hair salon. The Floral Park native worked at a salon down the road from her home, but it wasn’t until 1994 when Amato-Smith made good on her promise to herself.

“I came to Bethpage to open my business because my clients were here,” said Amato-Smith, who now lives in Lindenhurst and has owned Top Cuts for 20 years.

Thanks in large part to a substantial increase in sponsor support – and Mother Nature’s cooperation – the 2014 Plainview-Old Bethpage Craft and Gift Fair was a rousing success.

A caravan of vendors filled the parking lot of the Plainview-Old Bethpage Library starting at 7 a.m. By the time fairgoers crossed the blue and green balloon arch at 10 a.m. to receive their free T-shirt and bags stuffed with sponsor goodies, there were 108 booths ready to welcome them on the sunny day.


Calendar

4th Annual Harvest Festival

Saturday, Oct. 25

Health and Wellness Senior Fair

Tuesday, Oct. 28

Haunted Halloween

Wednesday, Oct. 29



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