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Fishing Trips Are Also Scenic in Brooklyn's Sheepshead Bay

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It's the city's most populous borough but in the neighborhood of Sheepshead Bay there's a small fishing town feel. NY1's Jeanine Ramirez filed the following report.

Dozen of boats line Emmons Avenue in Sheepshead Bay every day, ready to take visitors out to fish. On the Sea Queen, there are two trips during the day and one at night. Bob Bleakney is the captain during the day runs.

"I've just been doing this all my life. Starting fishing and really got hooked on it. And I've been running the boat since 1970," says Bleakney.

Depending on the tide and the winds, Bleakney heads to a fishing spot. With Coney Island and the Verrazano Bridge in the distance, Bleakney directs the boat about three miles off the Far Rockaway Beach. Those who don't know how to fish, can get a rod and a lesson.

"The important part of the lesson for these people is learning how to use the rod. You want to put your thumb on the spool. We have a saying, 'Don't be dumb, use your thumb.' It's pretty catchy and it seems to work," say one crew member.

Fluke was the fish of the day when NY1 visited the fishing tour. But according to the Department of Environmental Conservation if it doesn't measure at least 18 inches it needs to be thrown back.

"I just take them home, fry them, good fish, good eats," says one fisher.

And even when they don't catch, many say they just enjoy the outing.

"It's a great thing to do. I took my kids out when they were growing up. And now I go out with my friends," says one passenger.

"I go out like three times a week. I just like the fact the fight the fluke give a nice fight to. It really builds up your muscles," says another passenger.

"I like being on the ocean. I like smelling the fish, the salt water," adds a third passenger.

For those taking fish home, the crew filets it ready to go.

"We like to see everybody on the boat catch fish. Always makes for a good trip," says one crew member.

For those leaving empty handed, there are plenty of restaurants along Emmons Avenue and lots of scenic beauty to take in from land.

Visitors can also take a stroll across a 19th century wooden footbridge that spans the bay. ClientIP:, UserAgent: CCBot/2.0 ( Profile: TWCSAMLSP