August 16, 2006
Paul, at Freddie's Bait and Tackle in Montauk, told me that all of the boaters that he encountered this past week claimed to have been part of an incredible week of angling magic! He noted that the surf was rather quiet, but boaters were scoring big time in more locations than can even be listed.
Paul said that fluking was simply marvelous from Hither Hills to the lighthouse, while the moon and the new bait moved in, tempting fluke to be everywhere. He noted that the striped bass bite at night was phenomenal during the past 10 days, including giant cows in excess of 50 pounds. He exclaimed, "anglers were smiling and went home more than happy."
George, at Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor, told me that porgies were around in various locations; some up to three pounds, especially near Gardiners Island. He mentioned that chumming heavily was a must if your target was scup and that squid was the most luring treat. He reported that fluking off Gardiners, including the waters north of the Ruins and where you could find real depth, worked best these past days.
Weakfish were still being hooked by buoy #16 and at Roses Grove, but a few anglers had told George that they believed the fluke still in the harbor were soon to be history. Bluefish, as expected, are still their aggressive selves, appearing everywhere especially in the Peconic. Even if you don't want them, expect to see them as they are always a large part of our usual upcoming fall run.
East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported that there were plenty of decent snappers in and around the Shinnecock Canal, with a feisty mix of bluefish and striped bass not far from the Ponquogue Bridge. Contacts told me that the best bite of the last 10 days was definitely that of fluke, defined best by their ocean presence in about 50 feet of water just outside the canal while striped bass did become very obvious within the inlet.
On the North Fork, Steve, at WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle in Southold, said that you can't go wrong with bluefishing in our area as there are a ton of them in the bays along with an entourage of cocktail blues. Pigeon's Rip and the Sluiceway have been dominant these last two weeks for night stripers, especially if you were using black or red bucktails. Steve said that weakfish have been making a comeback, preparing for the traditional fall run.
WeGo noted that porgies were scoring very well at Fisher's Island, the Sluiceway and all along the Sound. One incredible catch of this past week was weighed in at WeGo; a 55.8-pound striped bass taken in the Race on live bait that shall remain nameless. Costas Skoufas was the lucky angler for this giant fish. Peter Miller of East Marion, while aboard the T-Timer, took home a whopping doormat fluke that tipped the scales at 14.60 pounds. It was all the result of skilled angling and some fresh spearing, one of the specialties at WeGo.
Steve pointed out that the full moon was wondrous for all who fished its magic; sending anglers home with full baskets and a sense of success. WeGo has a new website to visit at www.wegobait.com.
In the interest of those who look for classes and tournaments, the Great Gun Anglers 30th Annual Shark Tournament will take place on September 16 and a Captains meeting is scheduled for the previous evening at the VFW Hall on Montauk Highway in Center Moriches. The tourney will include cash prizes of $24,000 and entry fees for the 100 boats allowed to compete total $300 each. A shark tagging and release trophy will also be awarded. Call Capt. Frank at 698-1742 for more information.
From Friday through the August 27 will be a special time set aside for the Hamptons Offshore Invitational. Sponsored by the Shinnecock Marlin and Tuna Club, it will be based out of Oakland's Restaurant and Marina in Hampton Bays. The best part of this benevolent event is that proceeds will be donated to the Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Long Island. For information, call Capt. Scott at 744-1200 or visit the website at www.smtc-online.org.
So anglers, while the living is easy these days, so is the fishing. All that's left in this equation is for you to get them. Take your family along on one of these wonderful summer days, where warmth predominates by day and the night is touched by a hint of the next season.
Good Fishin' to all of you!