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Fishing briefs New England


A look at the world of a fishing guide

“Guide House: Montauk” is a half-hour weekly series featuring five fly fishing guides living together in a house during Montauk, N.Y.’s legendary fall run.

The show follows the guides and their clients for three weeks of intense fishing and competition while the guides search for striped bass, bluefish, false albacore and the occasional bluefin tuna and bonito.

The show began in April, but runs through June 4 on Saltwater Sunday on ESPN2. Originals air at 10:30 a.m. on Sundays with repeat airing at 6:30 a.m. Sundays on ESPN2.

“Everybody’s friends, but anytime you put five people in a house together it gets interesting,” said Paul Dixon, renowned fishing guide and part of the five-member crew. “There’s a lot of camaraderie, a little bit of tension and a lot of fun. It was a blast doing it.”

In the house, viewers get to know the real personalities of the guides and may even learn a thing or two about tying flies, repairing gear or discovering new techniques for their next trip.

Those making special appearances on the show include snowboard champion and singer Greta Gaines, fly fishing book author Peter Kaminsky and Kerry Heffernan, executive chef of the hip Eleven Madison Park restaurant in New York City.

“Guide House: Montauk” was filmed mid-September and November, 2005.


Keys tourney targets wide variety of fish

One-hundred-thirty-one anglers fishing from 35 boats targeted 15 species of fish during the 2006 Key West Fishing Tournament Kickoff that ended March 12.

Winners included Jeff Leach of Jacksonville, Fla., who earned top honors for the heaviest kingfish with a 54-pound, 4-ounce fish. His catch came on the heels of a fight with another large fish that pulled the hook.

“Once he tired himself out, it was only about a 10-minute fight,” Leach says. He fished aboard the Second Generation with Capt. Rob Delph.

Ten-year-old Brendon Roebuck of Ontario caught and released the tournament’s heaviest fish (an 8-pound redfish) in the junior division despite participating on only one of the two scheduled fishing days. The young angler also released a 7-pound redfish, five jack crevalles, three sea trout and a ladyfish.

Karl Paganelli of Sand Lake, Mich., took home the award for the heaviest cobia, which weighed in at 76 pounds, 12 ounces, and set a new tournament record in the men’s 20-pound test line class.

The award for most sailfish releases (three) went to Holly Amolio-Barr of Key West.

Tournament veteran David Stern of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., scored the most released tarpon with eight. Stern also took the tarpon award in the 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004 and 2005 kickoffs.

Another veteran participant, Gloria Rampfel of Sugarloaf Key, Fla., triumphed in bonefish releases with 27. Rampfel also earned the bonefish award during the 2002, 2003 and 2004 kickoffs.

Target species in the 2006 angling challenge were dolphin, kingfish, mutton snapper, cobia, grouper, blackfin tuna, wahoo, mangrove snapper, grunt, barracuda, tarpon, permit, bonefish, marlin and sailfish. There were no qualifying catches in categories for the heaviest blackfin tuna or wahoo, or for marlin releases.

The Key West Fishing Tournament also incorporates a one-night swordfish tournament scheduled for June 10.