NEBO TV Report from the Field: Clinton, CT, Day 2

On Friday, July 10, New England Boating TV was back in Connecticut to wrap up our shoot in Clinton Harbor.

Co-host Tom Richardson and cameraman Tyler Adams kicked things off with a fishing trip aboard Priority One Charters with Captain Jack Bucci at the helm. We left Cedar Island Marina at noon and headed for nearby Meigs Point, a rocky area that had been holding some large stripers in recent days. We drifted the reef with live bunker, but given the bright sun and tide conditions, our baits failed to draw any interest. No matter, as NEBO is all about versatility, so we changed gears and headed to Six Mile Reef to try our hand at black sea bass. The “sea biscuits” did not disappoint, and we quickly caught a mess for dinner, along with some scup and a couple of reviled sea robins.

Photo by Tom Richardson
Photo by Tom Richardson

With fishing taken care of we returned to Cedar Island Marina for a quick interview with longtime dockmaster Mark Tardiff, who gave us the rundown on the 400-slip marina’s many amenities. These include a heated pool, floating slips with water and electric, ship’s store, on-site restaurant, fuel dock (the only one in Clinton), courtesy shuttle, showers, laundry, grills, huge fish-cleaning station and more.

By 4:00, Parker Kelley and Director/Producer Gene Allen rolled into town with the Pursuit C260 in tow. We quickly splashed the boat and headed out for a harbor tour hosted by our fishing friend Jack Bucci, who explained some important things for visiting boaters to know about the harbor and its narrow, winding channel.

On Friday, July 10, New England Boating TV was back in Connecticut to wrap up our shoot in Clinton Harbor.

After dropping off Bucci at the launch ramp, we idled over to the famous Lobster Landing and tied off to a small work float near the side of the weathered building. Waiting to greet us was Enea Bacci, who, along with his wife Cathie, have owned the iconic waterfront restaurant for 20 years. The playful, white-bearded Enea is quite a character, and he explained on camera the secret to the Lobster Landing’s success: fresh lobster done right! The entire crew got to sample the restaurant’s delicious lobster rolls, which truly are among the best we’ve eaten in our travels. The lobster meat is served warm on a buttered, toasted roll and drizzled with butter and a hint of lemon. Simple and superb!

Fortified by lobster, we hopped back in the Pursuit and rendezvoused with the Flanagan family and some of  their friends for some tubing adventure. Parents Tracy and Dia had quite a crew assembled for the segment, and we put them to work immediately by pulling them all over Long Island Sound. And yes, there were some epic wipeouts!

With daylight fading we said goodbye to the Flanagan crew and made a quick stop at Cedar Beach as the sun set behind the Hammonasset River. This sandy beach can be accessed by boaters in shallow-draft vessels, as long as they stay west of the private homes near the point and don’t wander into the protected bird-nesting zones. It’s a beautiful spot, and just one of many treasures we found in Clinton Harbor!

 

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New episodes of New England Boating TV will begin airing this fall on Mondays and Sundays on NESN.

Check local listings or stay tuned to NewEnglandBoating.com for details.

 

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