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I can safely say the fall run has started. The Storm from last week really started bait moving and dipped the water temperatures a few degrees. within this last week I have personally witnessed "rainbait", mullet, snappers, and bunker moving along the shoreline. And yes, game fish were actively in pursuit of this prey.
Earlier in the week Montauk I witnessed a a day-time blitzes along its south side. Schoolie stripers and bluefish were crashing on rainbait and other bait fish. Angers were using Joe Baggs bucktails and small tins to catch these fish. . At one point the fish were blitzing right at my feet. It was quite the exciting event.
I wasn’t really around during the the old days of Montauk blitzes somewhat ten years ago, but from what the old timers described to me, it was quite similar in my mind. The fish were all fat and spitting up rainbait upon landed them. The action lasted from the early morning until the late afternoon.
Shinnecock Inlet has shown some great signs of the fall run this week too. The jetty has been filled with cocktail blues, bass, spanish mackerel as well as albies. It appeared that the bass were either feeding on mullet or rainbait. Anglers caught their share of fish using Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs Resin Jigs, bucktails and Charlie Graves tins. .
A Fish Tale: Zeppi from the shop takes the prize this week. . While fishing Shinnecock inlet and targeting large porgies (that the jetty has had recently ) Zeppi got a hit on his dead-stick rod in the rocks. At first he thought is was a big porgy nibbling on his sandworm. The moment his pole doubled over he knew he was in for a fight. Grabbing the rod he chased the fish down the rocks jumping from one to another. Finally the fish surfaced twenty yards out. I could make out the stripes on it. He worked the fish in slowly. The pounding waves didn’t make it an easy task. When he got it close a large swell came and washed the fish in between two rocks, wedging it headfirst. Now came the part where we had to figure out how to get it on the rocks. The waves were too big for me to go right after it. After five minutes of trying to hold the fish in the rocks the line snapped. The fish was at the mercy of the waves for the next 10 minutes wedged in between the rocks. I sent zeppi down the jetty to find a gaff. He came sprinting back with one as I kept an eye on the fish. The waves were coming over my head at one point. He handed me the gaff and in one swift move I was able to stick the large bass in the tail which was the only part of the fish showing. I passed the gaff off the Zep as I climbed my way out of the rocks dripping wet. He yanked the fish out and we sat for a moment laughing at the series of events that just took place. Unfortunately the fish couldn’t be released as it received too much trauma from the waves. The fish brought the scale down to the thirty pound mark. A great catch anytime but especially impressive considering the circumstances. Maybe a tiny bit of luck was involved too (a lot of luck). These are the stories that come from being out on the water and can be told for years to come.
An abundance of "fun fish" are still being caught down at the local Patchogue's Mascot Dock. These would be the snappers, kingfish and blowfish. For snappers small tins are doing well casted out and retrieved at a moderate pace. The snapper poppers or ever just snapper bait fished under a float are working great also. Blowfish and kingfish are feeding along the bottom on mostly clam but squid is catching too. Try a double hook rig because both these species are bait stealers.
Im still getting in great crabbing reports from the local docks. Pine Neck Dock, Patchogue's Mascot Dock and Bluepoint ( Corey Beach) are all good docks to try out. Both traps and scooping are doing very well. Use bunker in the traps for best results. NOTE: Note: we have crab nets in stock. Local pick up only. Call for details 631-654-2311
Fluke fishing in Moriches and Shinnecock bays is still very productive. Some quality fish are still around. Andy from the shop managed a 8-lber in Moriches last week with a medley of shorts. Spro bucktails with spearing and squid suffice. Fluke rigs are doing well also either tipped with gulp or spearing/squid combos.
As mentioned earlier the Porgy fishing has been consistent in the inlets. The size of these fish is quite impressive. It seems that the fish holding up in the inlets is larger than the sound fish. Although the fish in the sound seem to be more numerous. Give either Shinnecock or Moriches inlet a go. Sandworms appear to edge out clam this week. Grab some extra rigs too. The fish are in close to the rocks and you may lose a few.
Albies have been making a few quick showings at the inlets. Finally they showed up in full force the other day. I got word that anglers were getting multiple hookups using Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs Resin Jigs and Shimano Coltsniper jigs . Retrieve them fast along the surface to entice an Albie to hit.
The cooling weather has made the freshwater bite heat up. The bass fishing is great in the early morning and evenings, with best results using small poppers, senkos, swimbait and buzz-biats pulling the most fish. Locally Great Patchogue Lake has been great at first light and afternoon with action continuing into dark. The live shiners are also a productive bait. Patchogue locals have pulled some nice pickerel, perch and crappie.
Some other ponds with the good action are Gibbs Pond , Fort Pond, and Blydenberg County Park. All these spot also have excellent panfish fishing, with jumbo perch, bluegill, crappie, and pumpkin seeds. All can be caught with night crawler or a small curly tail grub and jig head combo.
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