May 17, 2006
The Weather Is Here, "Wish It Were Beautiful"
Anglers have expressed several views about the past few weeks of poor weather, but the fish are here and the bad weather doesn't seem to have hurt the local fishing scene. Steve at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported that blues and fluke continue to be caught daily within and just outside the Shinnecock Canal. Weakfish are also quite evident in Peconic Bay, especially near Roses Grove, while Jessups has seen both fluke and weakfish catches in recent days. Stripers hooked near the Ponquogue Bridge have not been large in size, but their numbers have strengthened.
In Sag Harbor at Tight Lines Bait and Tackle, the shop's annual fluke tournament was rescheduled for this Saturday due to the dense fog. They were really socked in with those heavy clouds of gray, but the upside to the story is that next weekend promises to hold some great weather. If you haven't yet registered to take part in the tourney, be sure to call Ken at 725-0740.
Ken explained that there is a $20 entry fee for adults and a $5 fee for children under 12. There will be an additional side tournament for the largest bass, bluefish, and weakfish and that entry fee is also $20. The shop weighed in some impressive fish in recent days, including a 12.97-pound weakfish reeled in by Officer John Schern and a 23.14-pound striped bass, hooked by Marty Downs.
In Greenport at White's Bait and Tackle, Ken reported that the action was busy off Greenport Harbor and in Peconic Bay by the Greenlawns. Fluke and weakfish were taken on squid and spearing. Ken suggests using long, thin squid strips to keep the bait from spinning around. The shop also reported that the angling activity around Cedar Point and Robin's Island had picked up during the last week.
As we talked on the phone on Sunday, a fisherman came into White's with a 9.6-pound fluke that was caught by Capt. Pete from the Bass and Time out of Greenport. Surf and Turf Charters made a few trips this week and returned with decent keeper fluke on each run. Ken suggests that the creek outflows have been hiding some nice bass, while the best time in those locations appears to be just before dark. The most interesting sighting of the week was a porgy that was returned to the water but measured a whopping 22 inches! (Be careful when you return them as they must be placed back gently in order to survive.)
Steve at WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle in Southold reported that he'd had some decent weigh-ins in the last few days. Mr. Swiskey had a 10.85-pound doormat fluke, while Linda Riedener came into the shop with a huge 13.55-pound weakfish. John Robins hooked a 7.90-pound fluke off Eaton's Lobster while Chuck Cotsalaf also reeled in a 7.50 pounder in that same location.
WeGo weighed in an 11.20-pound weakfish taken by Mike Horcath, but the excitement of the week was hauled in by 11-year old Thomas Johnson from Eastport. The youngster went home with a double-digit doormat fluke that tipped the scales at 12.25 pounds! Even his proud dad caught a 10.5 pounder. WeGo has all the bait you could possibly need at this moment in time and Steve described the spearing as jumbo.
So anglers, you don't need a magic touch to find fish in our local waters. They are here, in spite of our inclement weather. Think sunny thoughts.
Good Fishin' to all of you!