The "Reel" Story of CT Charter Fishing - NBC Connecticut

The "Reel" Story of CT Charter Fishing



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    Fishing on Long Island Sound with Rock and Roll Charters.

    Captain T.J. Karbowski has been fishing the waters of Long Island Sound all his life, and he’s made a career out of helping others troll Connecticut's tidal waters for the state's bounty of sea creatures.

    When NBC Connecticut caught up with Karbowski and Rock & Roll Charters for a day out on the water, the trip began at the Cedar Island Marina in Clinton, on a 41-foot Hatteras.

    Karbowski has been running his own charter for six years and says he can't imagine doing anything else.

    "I grew up fishing, watching other guys make money doing this, and I said, ‘Why can't I do that?" Karbowski said.

    The journey took us about five miles south of Hammonasset, to what Captain T.J. calls "secret spot" number one.

    After just a few minutes, the blue fish were biting.

    With some help from Rich Karber, we pulled in four bluefish and moved on to search of our next conquest.

    "You've got a lot of line out sometimes and you get a big fish, it's a battle," Karber said. "Reeling the fish in is 50 to 75 percent skill and technique and 25 percent strength. Finding the fish is 75 percent skill and 25 percent luck."

    The best part of fishing on a full-service charter is that anybody can do it.

    Captain T.J. said he sees all kinds.

    "I've had CEOs on the boat, and I've had unemployed people on the boat, especially lately, a lot of unemployed contractors, but everybody seems to find money to go fishing, so that's fine with me," he said.

    As the day went on, the fluke weren't biting, so we moved on in search of porgies.

    In all, our catch included blues and striped bass porgies. Not bad for a few hours out on the water.