"It's a hobby for me"
is how Ted Wondsel, owner of Ted's Fishing Station, describes
his business. It's also his passion. Ted got his Safe
Boating Certificate at age 9, so that he could boat from home,
Oceanside, to his Grandmother Feller's house in Point Lookout.
After moving to Point Lookout at age 14, he worked as a 'dock
boy' at Scotty's. There he learned to rebuild boat motors, among
other things. He was also responsible for 'managing' the other
dock boys - Chris McGrath, Bob Burke, and Mark Donahue.
Ted married Point Lookout girl
Sue Burkard almost 20 years ago (on August 15, 1981 to be
exact). They knew each other for years as friends, then started
dating after a fun night at the Bay House. After they married,
they moved upstate to join the Feller family business, which was
building scenery for Broadway shows. But they always
returned to Point Lookout in the summer. The pool in the
backyard upstate couldn't replace the ocean and bay in Point
In 1992, after Ted started
working at Radio City Music Hall, the family returned to the
Point. Ted's 'day job' is Assistant Property Manager there.
Together Ted and Sue bought
the Fishing Station in May 1999. It's open every morning at 6:00
a.m. They sell gas at the dock and bait, tackle and food at the
snack bar. The big draw are the great skiffs for rent. For
Ted the best thing about the station is the customers.
"People have been coming here for years. They came with
their fathers, now they bring their sons."
In the last two years Ted and Sue
have worked hard to improve the station, with help from friend
Greg Goldberg. The biggest improvement is the extended
The whole family contributes to
running the Station. Sue runs the store, Ted runs the dock, and
Ted's Dad supervises everyone. Ted's oldest TG "wouldn't
mind" running the business some day.
Ted's favorite part of the work
day is the morning. The other day, at 6:00 a.m., "I saw
porpoises swimming close to the dock." But we all know
that the best time of day on the bay is the evening when the sun
is setting. At that time, you can find Ted, at the station,
sitting on his dock just taking it all in.
For more information about Ted's
Fishing Station visit http://www.tedsfishingstation.com/,
created by Glenn Wondsel webmaster