FULL DAY & HALF DAY TRIPS Striped Bass - Bluefish Fluke - Sea Bass
Multiple MBCA Striped Bass Tournament Winner
3 First Places
1 Second Place
2 Third Places
Captain Tom Herlihy got started in the fishing business early. By the age of 11 he
was pinhooking for striped bass, bluefish and fluke on his fathers skiff here in
Montauk, and peddling them to the local restaurants. Of course he was only allowed
to go as far as Shagwong, but he learned that area very well indeed. By the age of
13, and all through high school he was working summers as a mate.
After a year at college, in 1975, he made up his mind to pursue fishing as his primary
career, and started mating for captain Dave McMahon on the MARIE III, a direct decendent
of one of Montauk's original charter boats. After twelve years as Dave's apprentice,
Tom bought the boat and business. It only took a year before he realized that the
MARIE III, an old wooden boat, was not the one that he would keep forever. A 42'
Bruno and Stillman charterboat in Connecticut came on the market, and he jumped on
it, renaming it the HERL'S GIRL.