Technology has changed since Paul’s arrival. I remember fishing the bass run in the mid ‘90’s from his red Hewes flats boat, bouncing in the rip off of Montauk point. Today he guides the fall run from a banana yellow Contender 23T which is powered with a much bigger engine than he used on his flats boat.
The Contender has a deeper V shaped hull that sliced through the waves with ease and is outfitted with a padded rail around the inside of the boat at knee height allowing the angler a chance to tighten up to the edge of the boat and gain leverage that otherwise would be less safe and a lot less comfortable. He also has a quiver of rods set up with a variety of lines and high quality Tibor reels.
I used a Rise rod set up with a Tibor reel holding Cortland intermediate line, a 10 foot tapered leader and #16 leader. The hot fly on Friday was tied by Paul, an epoxy design, developed by Bob Popovics and it worked for both Fred and me. Fred used his own 8 weight set up which, until Friday, had never been tight to a fish. He was ecstatic to hook into 5 albies and with Paul’s help bring 2 into the boat.