Report from the Field: Mattituck, Long Island, Day 1
August 6, 2014
This has been a very interesting and unusual shoot for New England Boating TV. The saga began on Monday morning when the crew assembled at Westbrook Marine Center in Westbrook, Connecticut. Unfortunately, as we were informed by WMC owner Paul Cusson, we had arrived at dead-low tide, and there were no Westbrook ramps that were deep enough to launch our Pursuit C 260. With the morning slipping away, we opted to tow the boat to nearby Clinton, where we splashed the Pursuit at the Town Landing. This is a great facility, although at $20 a day to launch and park it’s not cheap. On the plus side, you can keep your rig here for several days at no extra charge, which is great for folks who are spending a few days on Long Island—like us!
With the boat launched we made the 15-mile run across the Long Island Sound to Mattituck Inlet in about 35 minutes, thanks to the excellent conditions (the run from Westbrook is about the same, making Westbrook another good jumping-off spot for trips to Mattituck). After idling along beautiful Mattituck Creek, which seems to have more osprey per square mile than any place on the globe, we arrived at Strong’s Waterclub. Ted Webb and the marina staff gave us a warm welcome and got us squared away, then Scott Hill of Casual Pointe Transportation shuttled us to historic Love Lane in Mattituck Village for a quick deli sandwich at Amaretti’s.
Well fortified, we returned to Strong’s and met up with local outdoor writer and fisherman Tom Schlichter, who hopped aboard our Pursuit for the evening fishing segment. We didn’t have to run very far, as Tom explained that some big fluke had been caught right inside the creek, drawn by the abundance of bait, including snapper bluefish that could be seen chasing silversides near the docks. Unfortunately, the tide and wind were in opposite directions, so drifting the creek was difficult. However, we eventually managed a small fluke for our efforts, plus a pair of gruesome hackleheads, the local name for oyster toadfish. Hey, we’ll take it.
We returned to Strong’s at around 8:00, secured the Pursuit then checked in at the Cedar House Inn bed and breakfast around 9:00. Owner David Perrin greeted us warmly despite the late hour and showed us around the former barn and farm that he and his wife Donna restored 5 years ago. The design successfully blends rustic and modern elements, but most importantly, it is comfortable. This is due in no small part to the Perrins themselves, who made us feel right at home in short order.