Nov. 11th is Veterans Day..Take "A Vet Fishing"

Posted by Montauk Matt on

For once it seems that we are finally getting some colder nights this fall. Up until the past few days the nighttime temperatures have been rather mild which resulted in warm water for this time of the year.
This past week has some ok action. Up front surfcasters who fished the beaches anywhere from Montauk to Robert Moses could find a decent pick at bass up to 32”. Night fishing seemed to have an edge over the daytime. Many surfcasters fishing the night tides have had success with Sp Minnows, Mag Darters and super strike Darters.
On the bayside “casters” also had some success. Moriches and Shinnecock being good locations. Small bucktails and swimming plugs can account for the action in these spots.

Boaters who have been in pursuit of Striped bass are having some decent luck fishing around the inlets with clam. No big fish but plenty to be had. A few teen sized fish have been coming up after dark from the boats fishing live eels. Shinnecock, Moriches and Fire Island have all been good places to try around. Montauk was still holding some large bass up to last week.
Boat fishermen have also been casting soft plastics around the bridges and consistently been landing schoolies with the occasional keeper.

We heard of larger Bluefish to the west harassing bunker pods but in our area most of the action has been with cocktail sized blues. Some have been concentrated near the bridges while a decent amount of these small blues can be found running through the inlets at certain times.

Blackfish has been keeping a good amount of boats busy. The bite has been pretty good off the south shore in the ocean as well as on north shore rock piles. Zeppi from the shop took his "toys-r-us" kayak off Mt Sinai During the week and put together a nice catch of three keeper tog with plenty of shorts. His method of choice was light blackfish jigs in combination with green crabs. Larger crabs were cut in half and small ones were fished whole. He noted that once the jig hit the bottom was when he got most bite so awareness was key.

Seabass is open again in federal waters (3 miles) and the “bite” is on. Find your favorite wreck or structure and drop some clam for a for some pretty good action. Fish up to 6lbs!!! have been reported.

Some good Porgy fishing is still going on in the sound. Clams are being used for best results. Sandworms are ok too. Structure off Mt Sinai, Rocky Point, Wading River and Smithtown bay are all good spots to try.

A recent stocking of brown trout at West lake has kept the local freshwater enthusiasts happy. Trout between 12-15" are responding well to flies bait and lures. Try nymphs, streamers or scuds for flies, Nightcrawlers or even live shiners for bait and small kastmasters or Thomas lures.

History of Veterans Day
November 11th

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