As we entered october, we were hit with high winds from the northeast storm and heavy rains from hurricane Joaquin. This was just what needed to start the fall run!! If you were able to get out to Montauk during the heavy blow then you most likely saw some hot and heavy Montauk "Striper" surf fishing action. Most fish were taken on bucktails (due to the fact that you wouldent be able to work any sort of other lure in the high surf.) Fish fell to surfcasters up to 40 pounds but the average fish taken was 10-15 pounds.
Besides that great bite in Montauk, we have been hearing of a fish taken here and there. The inlets have seen a steady pick of stripers on bucktails and rubber shads. Most taken after dark.The sand beach have also seen a pick at a few fish on swimming plugs after dark. "Go to plugs" would be sp minnows, darters, and bombers.
The north shore saw a very nice run of large bluefish. The fish were more than willing to take any sort of topwater lure that you threw at them. Most fish were over 10 pounds.
Our blackfish season opened October 5th and right away anglers reported catches of some nice tog. Ocean wrecks are holding fish but due to the high seas, most anglers have been sticking inside and working rock piles as well as bridge pilings and doing just fine. Green crabs have been the ticket. (If you can find them. We're experiencing a shortage. Why, really not sure. Water temperatures? Something effecting them? Time will tell) Remember the minimum size on blackfish is 16" and you can keep 4 fish a day.
Despite what we thought about the snappers leaving after the storm, they are still here around the docks and they are cocktail size now. Very fun on light tackle. Small tins will be your best bet with snapper spearing doing good too.
Freshwater has seen an increase of action with the cool-down of the lakes. Large Mouth Bass have been taking lures such as soft plastics and spinners. Freshwater shinners can almost guarantee you some fish. Bluegill and perch will also take a piece of nightcrawler without hesitation.
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