Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club Information

It was motivated by the desire to fish in the USATT and as a way for private boat owners, charter boat captains and individuals who fished these vessels to belong to a fishing club. The objectives then, as they are now, were the promotion of sportsmanship, the art of competitive angling and the welfare of fishing in general. 50 years later, the motivations and objectives remain the same.

In 1955, the two main fishing docks were Corrigans and Canoe Place Dock (Altenkirch’s). Corrigan’s was home to private sport fishing boats like the ALONE owned by Hans Heinrich and the VAL JEAN owned by Bill Horvath. Across the canal charter boats such as the CMB (Al Veltman), KIDDI KAR (Squeek Carter), DOLPHIN (Fred Muhs), the GLAD TIDE (George Dickson) and SCAMP (Buzz Raynor), and head boats like the LILLY R and the CHUCK, moored at Canoe Place Dock.

Now at this time, fisherman from both docks came together at the Angler’s Rest (also known as the Chart Inn) to swap stories and share adventures. Hans Heinrich had already organized the “Shinnecock Gamefish Club” but it was restricted to private boats. The captains and fisherman from Canoe Place Dock wanted to belong to a fishing club – motivated by their own desire to enter the USATT (United States Atlantic Tuna Tournament). Thus, the birth of the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club.


On November 7, 1956 incorporation papers were filed with the office of the New York Secretary of State and the first meeting was held November 9, 1956 at Altenkirch’s Tackle Shop.The temporary Chairman was Dr. Norman Murray and the secretary was Mickey Altenkirch. A committee consisting of Eugene Ruddy, William Horvath, Mickey Altenkirch, Johnny Weiss, James M. Murray and Dr.Murray drew up and submitted a proposed set of by-laws at the first annual membership meeting. These men would eventually become the first board of directors and set the first dinner meeting for May 25, 1957. In September of that year, the first annual trophy night was held and a slate of officers was sworn in. The first officers were: Norman Murray, President; Bill Horvath, Vice President; Johnny Weiss, Secretary; and Mickey Altenkirch, Treasurer.

From season to season, a tradition of great fishing grew with the club. The details of the early years are sketchy. However, over the course of time the club grew and fished successfully.


In 1982, Mike Polina took first place in the swordfish category of the Billfish Tournament. In the junior division of the club’s yearlong fishing contest Alex Dunn landed a 101 lb. White Marlin and Tom Carter caught a 292 lb Mako. 1983 saw Ray Cadorette (past president) bring in an outstanding 340 lb Swordfish and Cyndy Lehman knocked ‘em dead with a 392 lb 5 oz Mako. The crew of the FISH HAWK took 4th place honors at the USATT. Gloria Dunn was the first woman in club history to be given the Captain’s Trophy.

“Shinny” became a household word among club members in 1984 and was widely read in “FISHTALES”, the club’s new newsletter established in January, under the guidance of Bob Hubler, Editor. The crew of the VAL JEAN and FISH HAWK vied for high hook honors through the summer’s tournaments. Mickey Arrow on SANITY took first place honors in the first annual women’s Billfish/Tuna tournament by boating two white marlins. The Mark Silverman perpetual trophy for the largest Bluefin tuna caught by a member angler was established.


The reign of the TIGER LILI started in 1985 with the landing of the 764 lb Blue Marlin. In fact, nearly every annual award category was filled, illustrating member’s participation and good local fishing. Approaching its 30th Anniversary, the club roster reached nearly 350 memberships. A perpetual trophy for the largest Billfish by a female member angler was established in memory of Ann Horvath.

In 1986, Jim Hummel weighed-in a record-setting 892 lb Mako Shark. Tom Johnson made the record book with a 190 lb Yellowfin Tuna, as did Dave Wilmott with his 67 lb Albacore. Large numbers of members participated in the new multiple-day tournaments, including the addition of the Inshore Tournament. The year’s roster was over 370 memberships making the SMTC one of the largest fishing clubs in the New York metropolitan area – a fitting tribute to our founding fathers.


     In 1987, long-time member Dick Goodwin died. That year a memorial perpetual trophy was given for the first time. Shaler Carrington was recognized for his dedication and commitment to the club and safe fishing. This was also the year that the Shinnecock Artificial Reef was reinforced with three newly sunken vessels donated by Jackson’s Marina, Rambo Construction and S&L Irrigation. The addition to the reef was made possible through the joint efforts of the U.S. Coast Guard, the DEC, SMTC and former and non-Club members. The late Marty Arrow was instrumental in getting the new additions this year. Bill Tomasek, SMTC advisor and past president, was credited with the original idea to construct the artificial reef, which began in 1970 with the dumping of junk automobiles, and cement filled tires. The following year, the old Shinnecock Trestle Bridge was added to our reef and a new bridge was constructed over the highway. 1989 was the first presentation of the Marvelous Marvin Trophy given for the first Yellowfin Tuna of the season over 55 pounds caught by a member. Ron Scott was the first winner of this perpetual award. Leslie Santapaul was the winner of the Ann Horvath Memorial Award with her 48 lb White Marlin. This year was also a big year for politics as we were involved with the fight to regain federal funding for the long-awaited Army Corps of Engineers dredging project for the Shinnecock Inlet. Then-President Floyd Carrington worked closely with local commercial fishermen, fish packers and concerned Wives of Shinnecock Fishermen on lobbying efforts. Rallies and brainstorming sessions were held, as were trips to Washington DC to lobby Congress in an attempt to get them to re-think their positions. In 1990, we were stilling battling the odds on the inlet project. Funding was granted for the dredging of the inlet after extensive lobbying. Unfortunately, the assumed funding for the second phase – reconstruction and extension of the jetties – was not included. Again, Floyd and others from the community along with Congressman George Hochbrueckner journeyed to Washington DC to express their concern. In appreciation for his efforts, the Club honored Congressman Hochbrueckner at the annual Christmas Party. For the second time in three years, the Ann Horvath Memorial Award was given in 1993. Sandy Dumais won the trophy for her 49 lb White Marlin caught on the FRIGATE. This beautiful trophy was the subject of our 1991 Journal cover.


     In 1999, John Scott Prudenti took the helm with aspirations of reinforcing and assuring that the club would carry on. He put together a new board and began his crusade. Membership grew and the fun began. President Prudenti added Scott Horowitz to the team who enhanced the SMTC with the building of relationships with other marine interests. This enabled the SMTC members to look forward to a proud run of quality tournaments and events. The SMTC, a club with a long track record of supporting local charities, under the vision and organization of Capt. Scott Horowitz, President, became one of the biggest contributors to the Big Brothers, Big Sisters in 2002. The club had a very successful tournament. An unbelievable awards dinner was organized by one of our past presidents, Doug Oakland. The club presented a check for $27,000.00 to help the children. In 2003, the Hamptons Invitational attracted more than 40 boats and raised almost $30,000.00. The Third Annual Hamptons Invitational in 2004 was extended to 9 days and drew 70 boats and a record $60,000 was donated to Big Brothers-Big Sisters. In 2006, Big Brothers-Big Sisters of Long Island received $70,000. Over the years, the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club Inc., and its members have seen the best and the worst of our favorite sport. We’ve had seasons of plenty and seasons of few. We have much to be proud of – world records, fighting for the improvement of the inlet and the preservation of our local waters, support of local charities, representing sports fisherman at hearings, education through public seminars – overall, a tradition of excellence.

      In 2013 Tony Vaccaro added a new insurgence to the Shinnecock Marlin & Tuna Club. Club meetings were held monthly through the year. Board of directors were directly involved with a few first annual events. There was the first time blessing of the fleet at Shinnecock inlet.  A great end of the year holiday party with recognition to notable "Atta Boy" catches, fund raising raffles and more. There were swap & shop tackle events and even a pig roast to generate good times, comradery  and a needed club adhesion for all.
 Working hand and hand with club members, the community, and always encouraging guests to join, makes the tradition continue. 

     Let the tradition continue!


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