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Newsletter Dear Anglers:

Well, the "Fishfinder" is finally in the water and the fishing season has begun in earnest. Many of us in the higher latitudes hung close to our wood stoves and kept our snow shovels at the ready after the stormiest winter since 1989. We were huddled indoors for months with cabin fever rampant here. We hope everyone has survived this coldest of winters.

This season we have introduced some new ultra-light Bass Pro Shop 6'5" Graphite light action Tourney Rods with new Charter Special Shimano reels with drag control. Also, we are trying some level-wind reels so as to avoid tangles to help make retrieving easier. We even have a new scale and fillet knife thanks to George Behling.

The water temperature here in Newport is still quite cool at 54 degrees but with these long spring days, the water will warm quickly. The bite has been good with many school stripers and recently the harbor blues have arrived but no ledgemonsters yet! We trust they will be along soon.

We are pleased to inform you that we won the Island Trophy for largest ledgemonster. The beast was over seventeen pounds and 39 inches. A new All Time Boat Fishing record has been established by the "The McVeigh Fishing Team." A new record of 35 bluefish and 8 Bass (keepers) was set during a fishing frenzy at the reef last August 23rd. Congratulations to Trevor, Tristin, Brian, and George for a remarkable 4 hour trip. Also, a hardy thanks to mate Chris for a great job! Winners of the F. D. Flaherty Memorial Fishing Contest are listed below:

Ages 7 & Younger: Eaton Joyce and Ryan O'Conner; both Bluefish

Ages 8 - 11: Morgan Joyce age 11, Fluke; Danny Logemann age 10, Bluefish

Juniors: Michael Chalfin, Bass

Adults Division : All-Time Boat Record: McVeigh Fishing Team. Bob Galvin caught a 25 lb. Bass with a 10 lb. test line. Paul Miller got a Blue, Kurt Asplund got a Fluke, and Eric Juhl got a Sea Bass.

Congratulations to all!!!! See you this summer!

All the Best and Tight Lines,

Captain Tim Flaherty

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