Happenings at the Hempstead Harbor Anglers Club Monthly General Meetings
The Board of Directors works diligently to ensure that our general
membership club meetings are interesting and well attended. Among our
guest speakers at meetings are expert fisherman, Marine biologists,
conservation officers, charter boat captains, fishing tackle
manufacturers, environmental groups, and meteorologists, all of whom
have a wealth of valuable knowledge to share.
In the past we have had speakers from:
York State Department of Environmental Conservation
Each year we had welcomed Byron Young, a Marine Biologist from the D.E.C.
Mr. Young retired in 2005. We wish him well in his retirement.
In 2006 Steve Heins took over the duties of Mr. Young.
Mr. Heins, also an accomplished speaker, brings the club up to date on
current and proposed fishing regulations. An added benefit of having Mr.
Heins is that he served as head of the
New York State Artificial Reef Building Project, which added another level of interest
to his presentation. When a speaker from the New York State D.E.C. is
scheduled, a representative from the
Division of Law Enforcement usually attends. This lends
itself to a variety of discussions and opinions relating to the fishing
regulations in effect at the time.
R&G Fishing Charters
We have had the pleasure of hosting seminars by Captain Rich Tenreiro
among others. Captain Tenreiro who charters out of Port Washington, New
York, mesmerized all in attendance with his views of fishing the western
Long Island Sound area. Captain Tenreiro shared fishing methods that he
has developed over his long fishing career, as well as his preferred
tackle and terminal gear.
Another speaker that has captivated our club members is
Captain Stret Whitting of the Charter Boat Wake
out of Montauk Point, New York. Captain Whitting has lectured on topics
ranging from Striped Bass and Blackfish fishing at Montauk Point to
repair and maintenance of fishing tackle and the tying of fishing rigs
for all species of fish that reside in the western Long Island Sound.
The Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor
Ms. Carol Dipole a representative from a local environmental group, The
Coalition to Save Hempstead Harbor, spoke to us about ongoing programs
to clean up the harbor. Hempstead Harbor was one of the most
contaminated bodies of water in the western Long Island Sound. Ms.
Dipole explained to the members that the poor water quality and the
major silting of the back harbor were caused by the commercial
activities in the area. The good news is that the commercial activities
have since stopped and the water quality improves year after year.
Custom Fishing Rods by Capt. Neil
Another guest speaker was Captain Neil Faulkner Representing
Custom Fishing Rods by Capt.
Captain Neil came to our meeting and gave a very informative speech
about the dynamics of the fishing rod. Captain Neil demonstrated to our
members the different “ actions ” and rod wrapping techniques that are
incorporated in the construction of a custom made fishing rod.
National Weather Service
The Board of Directors invited the National
Weather Service to address one of our meetings. Science and
Operations Officer (SOO) - Jeffrey Tongue from the Upton Forecast Center
accepted our invitation. Mr. Tongue explained how the weather forecast
is predicted and how the announcements are made over the Weather Service
Radio. The members complained, moaned and pleaded with Mr. Tongue, but
the reality is:
He CAN NOT change the weather.
Mobile Marine Mechanic - Tim Binder
A Mobile Marine Mechanic - Tim Binder, has spoken at more than one of
our club meetings. Mr. Binder has lived in the area of the western Long
Island Sound and has traveled to many far off places around the country.
This seminar was very interesting and the club members present were made
aware of the differences between an automobile engine and a marine
engine. We also discussed the changes that have taken place with the
refining of present day gasoline, this made for some very interesting
conversation as many members had additional insights to share.