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  • Writer's pictureTrail Guide Joe

2019 Campout #4

Updated: Oct 1, 2021

At long last, it was once again time for the annual trout fishing trip to Montauk State Park!

Emptyhanded after last year, again, it was time to give it another go and see if I could catch anything close to resembling a trout. This would also be the third and final trip of the year using the Explorer trailer and it definitely proved it's worth on this trip! Bringing the additional fishing gear and loading the bed of the truck with firewood for the cold weekend, I was certain I didn't leave the kitchen sink at home this time.

One of the biggest reasons for purchasing this trailer was to keep a greater separation of gear from bug filled firewood without sacrificing cargo capacity. That was of tremendous importance since I do like to camp prepared. The Rain-X cargo carrier and Yakima Megawarrior are great at separating gear from bug filled firewood but just not that great at capacity. This is largely due to the Rain-X cargo carrier's finite size and the Megawarrior's low weight limit. With nothing to worry about, I loaded up the trailer a day before departure which made it really easy to leave work, hook up the trailer, and roll out fast! Another big perk of the trailer!

The first day in the park brought the first opportunity to catch a trout! Needless to say, I've waited all year for this! I also cannot even begin to express how great it was to have all that extra firewood along for the trip as well. This was one of the first colder weekends we had this fall season so I wasn't as acclimated as I could have been. Even the dense fog conditions spoke to the cold conditions overnight in case you were still oblivious to the other obvious signs. Unfortunately, despite my best efforts, the ideal temperatures, and the sun to keep me warm while standing in the stream, I was unable to lure a trout out of the stream. I'm not sure how it happened but I'm starting to believe I lost something... maybe skill... but whatever it was became painfully apparent in its absence.


The final day of the trip had finally come. This was it. Late this afternoon I would be forced to return home in preparation for the coming work week. I needed to give it my all once again to try to bring home the fish I have been lacking in these last several trips. After a gallant effort, I came up short once again. Another year had come and gone and another year with an empty freezer to show for it. Time to start looking forward to 2020!


Span of 3 days; Approximately 6 hours and 20 minutes of cumulative driving; Approximately 324 miles; Approximately 27.65 gallons of gas used; Approximate average MPG 11.72; Approximately $61.67 spent on gas; Average fuel consumption rate 4.3658 gallons per hour.

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