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Captain Eddy's

by Chris
(Formerly Long Island. Arizona now.)

Getting ready to go out on a cold day in May, 1971 (photo submitted by Jeff Karpiscak).

Getting ready to go out on a cold day in May, 1971 (photo submitted by Jeff Karpiscak).

Wow, what memories that brings back (See note below). I grew up in North Seaford and moved away when I was in my twenties back in the late 70's.

One of my friends had an old 1950's 3½ horsepower Johnson outboard that we would take down to Captain Eddy’s in the back of one of our Mom’s cars. We always got there by 6:00am to rent one of the old wooden boats and a five gallon gas tank. Then we’d head out into the bay for flounder.

I remember freezing our fingers when we would go out in April with usually four of us in the boat. Sometimes we would just rent one of the boats they had with a cabin and take a Hibachi grill to keep warm.

In the warmer months we would walk alongside the boat, barefoot during low tide and get clams to take home. Our parents loved it when we went because we always came home with fish.

One time we headed east after heading out of the canal and tied up to a channel marker and caught 127 flounder using blood Worms for bait and chumming with mussels that we pulled out of the bank in the marsh.

There was an old guy named Lou who was hard of hearing and we would talk him into selling us beer when the two owners were out back. We were probably 15 back then.

Eventually two of my friends got boats and we would go down and "borrow" Dave’s Boston Whaler telling Lou that Dave said it was OK.

I also remember soaking one of the cops with the rooster tail from my buddy Dennis's hydroplane the "Beatnik Fly" When he tried to pull us over for going too fast on the way to Wantagh Park.

The police had a Boston Whaler with a 135 Mercury that was not fast enough to pass us, but just fast enough to keep up with us. We would slow down just enough to let him get about 25' behind us and then speed up. Man did he get wet. He eventually gave up and turned around.

I spent many a night in that parking lot with a certain local blond in the backseat of my 69 Charger fogging up the windows.

Yep, those were the days.

Oh, I found your Blog while Googling Captain Eddy’s as I am coming back in October for my brother’s wedding and wanted to show my son some of the places I used to hang around.

Editor's note: Chris is referring to a blog post I did back in Jan, 2008 about Seaford Dock. Before the area became a park it was the site of Captain Eddy's and Pop's, two very small businesses that rented boats to weekend fishermen. If anyone has pictures please let me know, I'd love to post them here. -Bill

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Jul 23, 2017
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Growing Up Near Captain Eddy's NEW
by: Paul Flockhart

I have fond memories of Captain Eddy's. I grew up across the canal on 26 Jackson Place and Captain Eddy kept boats on a cable about a half a block down from my house. The first motor my Father bought for me was a used 3-1/2hp Evinrude he bought from Captain Eddy's. Got all my pre-mixed gas there. Those were the days!

Jan 17, 2016
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my dad lou
by: Richard. lindner

My dad Lou my name is Richard I. ... spent my summ ERS at the boat house me Todd Ralph all diving off the gas dock. Never will forgetting all the good times





Dec 12, 2015
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Fishing in the 70s
by: Hawk

I grew up in Massapequa and spent many a morning fishing off the dock at John J. Burns Park, but sometimes we would get a treat and Dad would take us with his 10 HP Evinrude and off to Captain Eddies or Pops we would go. Most times we'd try and get a Garvey Hull, but it really didn't matter as long as we got out there. I really cannot think of a time when we didn't come home with a bucket full of fish, and most times left them biting. We kept only the bigger fish, and let the little ones grow up, there was really no size regulations except for fluke then at 14 inches. There was lots of open space back then, on and by the water and a lot more fish than there are now. I have lots of great memories and its something I'll always treasure. We'd always stop at All American and get a burger, fries and a shake to end a perfect day. Cheers

Jul 17, 2015
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Mid '60's idiots
by: Anonymous

I was strolling down my mind's memory lane, and was wondering if anyone else remembered Capt. Eddie's on Long Island. Blown away when I found this site.
I was one of about 5 guys from Wantagh/Levittown back in the late '60s who had heard of Captain Eddie's, but knew nothing about boats or fishing. We just wanted an adventure. We were all around 15-16 yrs old, and somehow convinced "Eddie", or whoever ran the place to let us take out a boat and motor. We didn't know where we were going, but a sensible person would know we were headed for trouble. At one point, after tooling around all over the islands and channels, even under the Causeway bridge, we decided to get more gas for the motor. We didn't know anything about a gas/oil mixture for outboards, so we "filled it up" with regular. The motor died, and we were finally found by one of the people working at Eddie's, who towed us back in.
We were embarrassed and felt like idiots, and though we never did it again, we told many stories of our heroic odyssey.

Jul 17, 2015
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ramp
by: Anonymous

that was Bill Webers house last I heard he was selling his houses and land where the ramp is

Jul 13, 2015
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Launching Ramp on Archer Street
by: Bill Drago

Who can tell me about the launching ramp on Archer? When I was a kid back in the 70's people could use the ramp and leave money in a can on the property. I saw a for sale sign on that lot that led me to believe it was subdivided. Anyone?

Jul 11, 2015
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the good old days
by: Anonymous

Capt. Eddies was a nice place to hang out in the 70's. I never met Lou but knew Kenny and Jim who worked there after Lou.I worked there after they left. The beatnick fly was legendary fast boat for awhile. Dennis lived around the corner from me. I didn't know anybody with a boston whaler named Dave. But Dave Daratanney or something like that had a Mitchell boat. he was also a great fisherman.I cant figure out who you are but I.m sure I've met you.

Mar 10, 2015
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fishin'
by: Anonymous

Pop's for y-e-a-r-s... eventually we bought our own 5 1/2 jonhson outboard, indestructible... It was ALWAYS flounder in spring and fall.. fluke in summer was hardly worth it..tho once in a while and at the time.. blow fish were. Even motor to Jones Beach bayside.

Sep 27, 2014
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Captain Eddie's
by: Bob Koorse

Nice to see all the comments about Captain Eddie's. One of the owners was my uncle, Marty Koorse. Uncle Marty and another NYC fireman named Al (?) were partners in the place. My father, Bernie Koorse would take me there and then Marty's son Eddy and I might go out on one of the wooden boats with pilfered pack of cigarettes. When I was older I went out there with my friends to fish for flounder, usually with blood worms or sand worms.
I think the last time I went there was early 1970's, even did some snorkeling off the boat. Still recall one morning, out on Great South Bay just after sunrise. Clear, still morning. The water like glass, clear down several feet. Going over the shallows, the amount of sea life was startling. Those "fishing stations" are gone from Seaford Harbor I believe. Wanted to take my son there maybe 10 years ago. Of course disappointed the whole landscape had changed. A man in the neighborhood directed me to Point Lookout/Jones inlet where we were able to rent a boat, just like in the "old days," and have a great day of fishing right out on the water.
My uncle provided a lot of fun and opportunity for comaraderie for hundreds of people over the years. He was a great guy.

Mar 18, 2014
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Fishing with my dad
by: Gail

i grew up in the 50's and 60's in seaford.My father started taking me snapper fishing when i was 5 and we went every summer until he passed in 1988.Captain Eddies was our spot,we caught so many snappers there,he used to laugh at me because i would get so excited when i caught one that i would yank my bamboo pole so hard that the fish would hit my dads car windshield!! Lots of laughs and great memories.I cannot believe it is a park now,i have to go there some day and check it out.

Aug 17, 2011
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Fishing at the dock at Capt. Eddies
by: Anonymous

There were many people who fished at the town dock next to Capt.Eddy's. Most caught were spider crabs, some red crabs, hackleheads and sea robins. I never saw anything worthwhile caught at that dock but it gave you something to do if you could not go out due to inclement or windy weather.

Aug 16, 2011
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I remember
by: Anonymous

Grew up in Massapequa during the 60's & 70's. Spent a lot of time at Capt' Eddy's. Never had enough money to rent a boat fished from the dock. Great summers, sorry to see it as a clean park. Old and rundown is the way I will always remember it.
When we finished fishing for the day we would ride home on Merrick Rd and stop for pizza and a coke.
Cost .25 cents.

Great times

Jan 06, 2010
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Captain Eddies and Lou
by: kelsci

HI; I started fishing at Captain Eddies in my preteens in the late 1950s. The owner, Marty Koorse was the brother of one of my mother's marshong friends. I always topped off the fishing day with a nice cold Yoo-Hoo. My father and I started with boat rentals and later I kept my own boat docked with Capt. Eddie.

And that guy Lou was Louie Lindner who was a hand at the fishing station. He was a real coot but very friendly. He moved down to Margate, Florida where I visited him a number of times in the early 1970s until his passing. He was hard of hearing because he had been a paratrooper and had jumped without equalizing the pressure on his ears by not opening his mouth. That is what he told me.

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