I was just googling around this morning and I was talking to a friend about the late Capt. Charlie Nappi, who for a long long time held the IGFA world record all tackle fluke (summer flounder) honor at 22 pounds 7 ounces. I was fortunate enough to get to know Charlie very well in the last few years of his life, and he was a huge supporter and contributor to the charity fishing trips that Harold Wunderlich and I arranged and promoted from 1991-1994, party boat fluke trips, one a season which we sold tickets to and promoted as the
In 1991 as the FIRST ANNUAL ONCE IN A LIFETIME GO FISHING WITH THE FISHING SHOW WITH BILL PURKINS
then in 1992 as the SECOND ANNUAL ONCE IN A LIFETIME GO FISHING WITH THE FISHING SHOW WITH BILL PURKINS
and in 1993 as… you get the idea…
Each year we raised anywhere around a thousand dollars or so from listeners who paid their fares to fish with the people from the show, myself included, and we also had folks like Doc Muller from the Fisherman Magazine, Michael Lowndes from TV News 12, Rich Johnson, then of the Let’s Go Fishing organization, my producer Harold Wunderlich, who was also my fishing buddy until he died of leukemia in 1997. Harold and I went way back before that and he was a hell of a comedy writer, writing gags in his time for Joan Rivers, Rodney Dangerfield, and even sold one skit to Saturday Night Live in its 1st or 2nd year. But I digress (I hate that word, makes you sound pompous I always thought, but I looked it up again just now and it still beats )…
The trips ended after the one in 1994 I guess, when the show had run its course and the radio station and my producer had some kind of disagreement of something like money or some such silly thing, and a few months later that’s when I started writing weekly for the noreast saltwater print magazine, covering debs jones inlet and then fire island inlet, also doing a few features a year.
These were the early days of the Internet, and noreast.com became the world’s number one fishing website, and Noreast publisher George Scocca was truly a pioneer in his website, far ahead of its time. Now there’s a million of ’em, dailysaltwater.com included, and I’ve worked and contributed for a bunch over the years, but the whole purpose of this post is really to acknowledge and remember Capt. Charlie Nappi, and the influence he had on fluke fishing and recreational fishing on Long Island back in the day…
This little snippet here is taken from a noreast.com forum question from 2003, in which a guy asks a question about combo baits getting fouled up on his main line while fluke fishing. I post the question as well as my response…
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note: it is assumed this content below is © of noreast.com, which is still a great site in its own right…
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“Ok I?m having a problem that maybe you guys can help me with. Lately when fluke fishing I can?t help but getting my fluke squid combo all fouled up. Seems like the combo is spinning and the leader runs up the main line and catches the teaser. I don?t want to use a three way. What is going on please help me?
“Assuming that you are drifting, with a leadered hook attached to the main line with likely a dropper loop (you say you don’t use a swivel), be slow and sure about how you lower your rig to the bottom. If you just “LET IT GO!” in a race to get to the bottom as fast as possible, that is when a lot of leaders will get twisted up around the main line.
“Instead, I like to see how my bait is going to look for a second or two, and watch how it moves just a few inches below the surface.
“The bigger the bait? The more carefully you let it down, so the presentation you get on the bottom matches the one in your mind from watching it, while also reducing fouling your own line on the way down.
‘This is not my idea, by the way. The late Capt. Charlie Nappi (IGFA world record fluke 22 lbs 7 ounces) taught me this a long time ago.
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