November 08, 2006

Gone Fishin'

Paulie from Freddie's Bait and Tackle in Montauk reported that there were a lot of fish around although most were on the smaller side. The water is still slightly brown due to the recent storm, but it's starting to clear. North and northwest winds cooled the water down a bit and the fishing should continue to pick up on the beaches after the full moon.

He told me that Steve Tag weighed in a 36.75-pound monster bass caught under the lighthouse early Tuesday morning. "There are a few [big fish] around, you just have to look for them," he said, adding, "The best may be yet to come."

Ken, owner and operator of Tight Lines Tackle in Shinnecock, reported that, "The ridiculous wind really ruined things for a few days and we knew that it was going to take a few days to clear up. By Tuesday, there were fish along the beaches in Southampton and Montauk was consistent just to the west of Turtle Cove, which has been a very good spot to fish most of the week."

Ken said that there were no reports out of Georgica and that Sunday seemed to be ultra-slow despite the nice weather. He reported that black-fishing was excellent with one weighed in at the shop that was just over seven pounds, caught by female angler Terry Diat, who had several impressive fish in the bucket. "She usually outdoes me," said her husband, John.

Steve, at WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle in Southold, reported that the day bite for striped bass has been excellent with fewer bluefish to wade through. He said that the weekend was phenomenal for stripers in both the Gut and the Race with light bucktails and diamond jigs being the tackle of choice.

WeGo noted that everyone who targeted blackfish and were well-prepared to catch tog went home happy last weekend. According to Steve, "those anglers who did their homework and paid careful attention to their choice of green crabs as bait were limiting out." Two great tautog weigh-ins at the shop were an 8.5-pound fish caught by George Georgaklis and a 7.9-pounder hooked by George Lafatzis.

Obviously the day bite action for bass, blues and blacks is finally here. The Noreast.com website provided several accounts to substantiate this activity over the weekend. One boater who fished Plum Gut on Saturday used light green and white bucktails with pork rinds to connect with a nice 32-inch bass while another angler worked the southwest side of Fishers Island for his keeper striper. His report noted that he'd ended the day with a few drifts through the race for a total of a dozen blackfish in the cooler along with that bass.

Out of Shinnecock, the weekend trips aboard the Shinnecock Star provided good action. The trip on Saturday saw an excellent blackfish bite with tog to more than six pounds and sea bass in the mix. The party boat slammed the tautog and sea bass again on Sunday with blackfish to more than five pounds and an abundance of sea bass. The Shinnecock Star sails from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the rest of the season.

An angler on the Noreast.com website fished the surf on Sunday evening off of Moriches Inlet to land a great 34-inch striped bass that was hooked at the beginning of the outgoing tide. Remember, Sunday evening witnessed the full moon of the month and it proved not to disappoint.

Speaking of the full moon, it's always been my favorite time to fish, not necessarily because I usually catch one monster fish, but there is no way to describe what the water looks like under the awesome light of the full moon. It's similar to a mystical experience. It also worked well for a boater off Montauk who struggled with the blues in competition with the bass on Sunday until that moon came into view. Striped bass became the focus as those fishing the full moon near the lighthouse scored very well that evening.

In general, the day bite is on and it won't last forever. The night bite is hot now due to the presence of that full moon although the drifts are usually faster when this event takes place.

As Steve at We Go said, "Do your homework and you'll find what you're looking for."

Good Fishin' to all of you!

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