October 18, 2006

Gone Fishin'

The Blitz is On!

"If this was not one of the most spectacular weeks of surfcasting in the past two years, I don't know what was," said Ken, owner of Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor. "The reports were phenomenal. Guys were reporting the best fishing days of their lives. One guy said that he had 90-plus fish, another caught more than 80."

Ken reported that people were throwing back 25-pound fish! Shinnecock was exceptional on Wednesday he said, with fish to 19 pounds caught early in the morning on the rock pile with bucktails.

"I really would anticipate that the next few days at Shinnecock to be fantastic. There will be a lot of fish in the water. Even in the bad weather last Wednesday, the fish were there on both the incoming and outgoing tides," Ken told me. "The cut at Sag Harbor has been very good with a strong bite. It's tough to describe how unbelievably productive it's been."

When I asked him where he felt the two best fishing spots were at this moment, he advised anglers to "start in Montauk . . . and work your way east and also to concentrate on the jetties at Shinnecock and Georgica."

Paulie from Freddie's Bait and Tackle in Montauk reported that, "From Tuesday on out there were full scale blitzes all over the place with lots of blues and bass. When the wind turned dead west, it slowed a little, but the beaches have been catching fish, mostly blues. It was great from Tuesday to Friday."

East End Bait and Tackle reported lots of blackfish out at the ruins while anglers were also reeling in nice keeper stripers and bluefish in the inlet on eels. Porgies are still all over the Peconics and they are big!

Steve at WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle in Southold reported that the surf fishing out east has been really hot with Truman's Beach being particularly busy the past few days. Bluefish blitzes were a frequent occurrence, especially if you were one of those early morning anglers casting bombers, spoons and bucktails along the beaches. While the night bite is always hot this time of year, the day bite has been more than holding its own.

Steve noted that poppers and metals were snagging those speedy bluefish and the last few nights have become a line of wall to wall anglers from Goldsmith's Inlet to McCabe's and in most well-known locations all the way to Orient. Porgies are still readily available, especially if you look for them along the north side of Plum Island, off Fisher's Island and just within close proximity to Little Gull.

As for the great blackfish action, Steve said it's been really picking up along the Sound and near Fisher's Island and the Connecticut shoreline. He'd weighed in some nice blackfish to seven pounds on the weekend, hooked primarily on green crabs. The owner of WeGo predicts a continuation of this incredible fall run, especially with all the spearing and mullet baits in the Sound.

Phil at Capt. Marty's Fishing Station in New Suffolk reported that porgy action continues to be strong, especially near buoy #22 and Nassau Point. The afternoons have been the most productive in recent days with lots of fat scup to 14 inches. Of course those feisty blues continue to keep their stronghold off Nassau Point and many anglers have been bringing back six to eight pounders. Capt. Marty's has all the live crabs and eels you need to go home with tog and bass.

Posted reports from the Noreast.com website have been praising the skill and hard work of local charter and party boats that continue to put their customers on the fish. Aboard the Prime Time III, Thursday's group went home with several bushels of large scup. When the tide changed, they went after sea bass and blackfish and were not disappointed. The Prime Time III sails daily out of Orient at 8 a.m.

The Brooklyn Girl out of Orient ignored those superstitious folks who look negatively upon trips taken on Friday the 13th and turned the night trip into a great bass bite on the ebb tide. According to the Noreast.com log entry, the Bob Meltzer group hammered the striped bass, landing over 30 and going home with their limits weighing into the twenties in a 32-36 inch length range.

Aboard the Peconic Star out of Greenport, Capt. Dave reported that the porgy bite has been keeping anglers happy, especially those who book and board with families. Kids love to succeed as anglers and the scup bite is still very good. Those porgies are quite large and their season ends on October 31. If you haven't taken the family fishing yet this season, now is definitely a fantastic time.

Enjoy this incredible weather and take advantage of all the angling opportunities that the East End has to offer.

Good Fishin' to all of you!

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