Yankee Fisherman, Thursday, Aug. 18, 2016

Anglers are rallying around a captain, and the Long Island Sound is about the host the Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth.

We’ll talk about efforts to help Capt. Todd Mackechnie on Yankee Fisherman on the HAN Network Thursday, Aug. 16, at 1 p.m. You can donate here.

The 34th Annual WICC600 Port Jeff Ferry Greatest Bluefish Tournament on Earth is the weekend of August 2728 on the Long Island Sound, and we’ll talk with director Chris Mancini on Yankee Fisherman.

With guaranteed cash prizes exceeding $44,000, this year’s tournament offers a grand prize of $25,000 for the heaviest bluefish, $10,000 for second place, $2,500 for third, $500 each for fourth and fifth places and $200 each for the next 10 heaviest catches. There is also a Special Port Prize of $200 for the heaviest fish caught at each weigh station.

Registration by phone at 203-366-BLUE ends Friday, Aug. 26, at 5 p.m. In-person at any official registration station in Connecticut or New York ends Friday, Aug. 26, at 7 p.m. Registration at wicc660.com ends Friday, Aug. 26, at 11:59 p.m.

We’ll catch up with the high school anglers fishing on the Connecticut BASS Nation tour, and take a quick peek at Ocearch‘s Expedition New York, which will be featured on upcoming shows. There’s also a presentation coming up regarding the Mill River and the South Park property in Easton.

Yankee Fisherman, presented by The Dock Shop, airs Thursdays at 1 p.m. on the HAN Network. Previous episodes can be watched on demand or listened to as a podcast.

Yankee Fisherman is hosted by John Kovach, editorial director, host and announcer for the HAN Network. A native of New Jersey, Kovach has fished since his father first took him out as a child. Kovach fishes fresh and salt water, ties flies, dabbles in lure making and promotes conservation, including a leadership role in the Connecticut Council of Trout Unlimited.

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