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“It was great to give them an opportunity to be out on the water and get that unique perspective of looking back at land from offshore.” on his 270 Vantage. “Most of the vets were not ‘hardcore’ fishermen, and many hadn’t really been fishing since they were kids,” he says. “It was great to give them an opportunity to be out on the water and get that unique perspective of looking back at land from offshore.” The hours passed quickly, with team members taking turns working the lines and the more experienced fishermen offering tips and tricks. Last year, the crew on Pat McCarthy’s boat won for an impressive 8-pound fluke, but this year victory eluded them. “We caught a couple of sea robins, nothing to brag about,” Pat says, chuckling. “That was okay, though. Everybody had a really great time regardless.” Among the tools in Pat’s arsenal was a spinning rod handmade by Hank Altenkirk, a third-generation rod builder well-known among the fishing crowd in Hampton Bays. Hank’s grandfather, Charles, made rods for Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig, among other notables; modern-day customers of the Altenkirks are said to include Martha Stewart and Billy Joel. Hank himself attended the tournament to lend his support. As weigh-in drew near, the crews headed back to show off their biggest catches. Boats were secured in the harbor, pounds and ounces were tallied, photos of noteworthy fish were snapped, and finally, the important part: lunch! Hampton Watercraft hosted a big cookout and awards ceremony to wrap up the event. Many of the veterans’ family members joined in the fun, feasting on hamburgers, hotdogs and BBQ ribs. Local bait and tackle shops had contributed prizes for giveaways, and the winners in each fish category were given their due. New York 1st District Congressman Lee Zeldin even came by to pay his respects. “It’s such a friendly, social event,” Megan says. “You get this strong sense of camaraderie. We love doing it.”

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