Welcome to dailysaltwater.com. My name is Bill Purkins.

Dailysaltwater's Bill Purkins and an 8 pound even fluke caught on the Island Princess out of Captree.

Dailysaltwater’s Bill Purkins and an 8 pound even fluke caught on the Island Princess out of Captree.

I’m a native Long Islander and have been fishing Long Island salt and fresh waters since 1959, at the age of 5.

I caught my first fish at Bubble Falls, a 2.5 pound sea run Splake (cross between a male brook trout and a female lake trout), on a tiny Mitchell 3xx spinning reel and a no name 1 piece 4.5 foot ultra lite rod that was much taller than me at the time, on an old fashioned  gold striped bass hook and a chunk of beef liver. I imagine there were a few split shot or maybe a tiny sinker on a dropper loop or a slider, I don’t remember.

My father cast it out into the middle of the outflow pool into the hole and told me to sit there and wait for a bite and I sat there and waited, while he tossed and retrieved a spinner for trout, standing on the west side dam outflow wall with no luck. I don’t remember but surely asked and or said the usual kid stuff a dozen times or more, “Do I have one? I think I have one. I have one…” and do remember hearing, “You’ll know when you have one.” Amazingly, I eventually did, and long story short, I needed help reeling it in, but was told, “No. It’s YOUR fish. You get it in.” And I was the littlest, scrawniest kid you ever saw. I COULDN’T get it in, and my sneakers were getting wet…

I was unable to crank the reel at all to gain on the fish and was whining and about to cry, still got no help, and out of frustration I finally put the rod over my shoulder and half walked half crawled up the bank, my mother was pissed later when she saw the dirt on my good pants, I think it was a Sunday and I was still dressed for Sunday School, but anyway, I was headed in the direction of where the car was parked until I had dragged the big trout out of the water onto the shore and my father told me something like, “You got him, come take a look.”

I was hooked, okay? Fugeddaboudit? Yeah I played baseball and did all the usual Long Island kid stuff, but every spare moment I’ve had since that day has been planned around and subject to preemption on whether or not there was an opportunity to be fishing. And no matter where in the world I ever wound up.

So, I’ve caught my fair share of most of the usual suspects that swim around this beautiful 110 mile strip of land we cal Long Island. And I’ve fished in a lot of places around the United States and Canada, even Australia, but Great South Bay is my home away from land, and I was born the same year the Captree Bridge was built, 1954, and the Captree Fleet party boats are one of the greatest places in the world to grow up.

Great South Bay is actually a lagoon, did you know that? Yep. Check it out…

Great South Bay is a lagoon, not a bay

Great South Bay is a lagoon, not a bay

Map of Great South Bay
Great South Bay, actually a lagoon, is situated between Long Island and Fire Island, in the State of New York. It is approximately 45 miles long. Wikipedia

The question gets asked of me, do we really need another fishing website? To which I firmly answer, “Uh…”

I cannot tell a lie. Yeah, right. You’re gonna believe that from a fisherman. But the real answer is, NO, probably not, but one more certainly won’t hurt, why complain? Maybe you might like Snapchat. I won’t stop you, but sorry, I’m not gonna give you a link.

I grew up reading fishing reports in The Fisherman Magazine, and the weekly reports in the old Long Island Press by the great Frank Keating, one of the finest fishing writers ever to spread ink on paper.

In 1989 I published my first article series in The Fisherman Magazine, “CHARIOTS OF COD,” a how to on Winter Codfishing on Long Island. I soon began writing features for the then New York Saltwater, which became Nor’east Saltwater Magazine. I wrote weekly fishing reports for them for fifteen years or so.

In 1991, I revived Fishing Talk Radio on Long Island with a weekly talk show first on WBAB AM which became WGBB 1240 radio out of Freeport, a show that ran from 1991 to 1994, and at one point was either simulcast or rebroadcast on WLNG FM out of Sag Harbor, and WRIV out of Riverhead. I had the opportunity to meet and interview and become friendly with larger than life characters such as Frank Mundus and Capt. Charlie Nappi, numerous IGFA world record holders, and many of the finest fisherman of the era, Bill “Doc” Muller, Fred Golofaro, too many to mention here right now, suffice it say that I was like a kid in a candy store. The show ran until 1994, as I say, and not long after we went off the air, a fellow named Rich Johnson started doing a weekly radio show in the same time slot on WGBB, he named it The Fishing Line, and it still is on the air today. Rich was a steady caller on my show, every week nearly, and later on a frequent guest of mine.

I also wrote and worked for a number of other saltwater fishing magazines in more recent years, I had a brief run with another radio endeavor with Nor’east.

Just as I got hooked on fishing when I was a kid, I’m a fishing report junkie. So, do we need another fishing website? Probably not, but I need one, cuz I wanna know what’s going on and I don’t like going to 50 different web sites to find out. I got REAL spoiled when I had the radio show, people called ME with reports, then for years I called THEM, writing my magazine reports. Meanwhile, there was this thing called the Internet that was starting to happen.

Some computer fad, some people said but it looks like it’s gonna stick around. For the last 35 years I have also been a computer programmer, and I wrote some of the first interactive business websites back in the 90’s. I’m an old stand-up comic and musician, an entertainer at heart, and when you slosh it all together, running a fishing website is a blast. I love it.

So, enjoy dailysaltwater.com. I do. Where it goes is up to me a little bit, but moreso up to you, because unlike other fishing websites, membership on dailysaltwater is free, and any member can post their own reports and photos. Right now we are advertising free, and that may change, in fact I hope it DOES change, cuz I got a fishing habit to feed.

The problem with advertising right now is that a LONG LONG time ago I used to sell advertising and I hate selling advertising. Plus I’m a lousy salesman. Worse, I know a lot of people in the fishing business here on Long Island, and many I consider friends, and it’s even worse trying to sell something to friends when they don’t wanna buy something from you. So, if you’re looking for a gig, I guess I’m looking for an advertising manager.

Or, if you are a potential advertiser? Drop me a line and let’s talk.

I have worked for fishing magazines and other publications where advertisers got first preference as to where their reports appeared in my column and or who got the headline, and I can understand that. It’s business. But this is also supposed to be journalism, or at least news, and if someone catches something newsworthy and I find out about it, I don’t care if you advertise with whoever I’m writing for or not, I’m gonna cover it. So don’t be shy or feel guilty if you own a fishing related business on Long Island and you don’t advertise with dailysaltwater.com. Hell, NOBODY advertises with dailysaltwater.com right now, and I’d like to see that change, but I’ve got patience.

That’s all for now. Thanks for stopping by. Gimmee a call if you want.

Bill Purkins,

Oh, and please…

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