On The Water TV Films 100th Episode

Yesterday, we celebrated an incredible milestone when we filmed the 100th episode of On The Water TV. To make the episode special, On The Water’s Publisher Chris Megan invited the entire staff to skip out of work and spend the day party boat cod fishing.

The Island Current Fleet is based in City Island, New York, but in the wintertime they run two boats—the 76’ Island Current III open boat and the 50’ Island Current II—out of Snug Harbor, Rhode Island, to take advantage of the winter cod bite off of Block Island. We reserved the Island Current II and filled it with 15 anglers and a boatload of snacks, tackle, foul weather gear and cameras.

After leaving the dock at 5 a.m., we steamed for 90 minutes, anchored up and found a steady early morning bite on clams. A couple-dozen nice codfish and some throwbacks found their way over the rail before the bite died off. For the next few hours, we bounced around and targeted pieces of structure, enjoying some great action and adding more cod, ling, a couple of pollock, and a cool variety of bottom-dwelling fish that included ocean pout, spiny dogfish, sea bass, cunner, blackfish, and scup.

Winter party boat fishing is a lot of fun and a great way to break up the cold months with some open-water angling. Party boats are running right now out of Rhode Island, Long Island and New Jersey.

photos by Andy Nabreski, George Clondas and Kevin Blinkoff

On The Water's Neal Larsson (left) and Chris Megan hosted the 100th episode of On The Water TV.
On The Water’s Neal Larsson (left) and Chris Megan hosted the 100th episode of On The Water TV.
Neal Larsson holds a remarkably big wreck-dwelling cunner.
Neal Larsson holds a big wreck-dwelling cunner (bergall).
Graphic Designer George Clondas eyes a delicious cod. A smiple dropper rig baited with clam accounted for most of the fish.
Graphic Designer George Clondas eyes a delicious cod. A simple dropper rig baited with clam accounted for most of the fish.
Joe Pechie took "biggest fish" honors with a big pollock.
Joe Pechie took “biggest fish” honors with a big pollock.
The ocean pout has a big mouth and an eel-like body. We kept a few to eat.
The ocean pout has a big mouth and an eel-like body. We kept a few to eat.
Ling, or red hake, are a bottom-dwelling fish with delicious meat that some people prefer over their cousins the cod.
Ling, or red hake, are a bottom-dwelling fish with delicious meat that some people prefer over their cousin, the cod.
OTW's Anthony DeiCicchi pulled up an out-of-season scup.
OTW’s Anthony DeiCicchi caught and released an out-of-season scup.
Anthony battles one of many spiny dogfish that he targeted throughout the day with remarkable success.
Anthony battles one of many spiny dogfish that he targeted throughout the day with remarkable success.
Editor Jimmy Fee got tough on some tasty ling.
Jimmy Fee got tough on some tasty ling.
A fine brace of Block Island codfish that fell for fresh skimmer clams.
A fine brace of Block Island codfish that fell for fresh skimmer clams.
OTW's salty Business Manager Val Watts has often claimed that the character "Quint" from Jaws was based on her.
OTW’s salty Business Manager Val Watts gazes out at the sea.
Val beat out Jimmy Fee for "Best Dressed" and assisted with cod-gaffing duty.
Val beat out Jimmy Fee for “Best Dressed” and assisted with cod-gaffing duty.
First mate Randy Brown (left) and Chris Megan showed off a couple of keeper cod at the end of the trip. By occasionally leaving a rod unattended in a rod holder, Randy outfished the editorial staff of OTW.
First mate Randy Brown (left) and Chris Megan showed off a couple of keeper cod at the end of the trip. By occasionally leaving a rod unattended in a rod holder, Randy outfished the editorial staff of OTW.
Clams were the key to enticing the keeper cod.
Clams were the key to enticing the keeper cod.

12 on “On The Water TV Films 100th Episode

  1. Neal Larsson

    Great day with a great crew! 100 Episodes couldn't have been done without the passionate group of individuals we have at OTW. Thanks to everyone who's been a part of making it happen all these years.

    1. Jon Alexander

      I remember being there at the beginning. You could tell it was going to be a huge success. Congrats Chris, Neal, and the whole OTW crew!

  2. Skip Montello

    OTW is the best fishing magazine and TV show of all time, thanks to all of you!

  3. Randy Brown

    Congrats on your 100 episode. What a way to spend a day with me on the Island Current 2. I have been a mate for many years , but I have to say the crew of OTW were a bunch of great fishmen and women. Chris your one of a kind and I will never forget that rod and reel. That I will always keep in my heart. Be well until next time. Randy

  4. Wayne Barber

    You have set the bar that only others can dream of achieving, congratulations, Wayne Barber.

  5. Paul Roderick

    Oh boy I can feel the wind and waves, great pictures and hansom fish.

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