Some Fine October Fishing. And....Montauk Matt's Recommendations

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This past week saw great Striper fishing across the board. From the ocean, inlets to deep in the bays, it was “lock and load” fishing.  The boaters have been producing well on bass from Bellport to Sayville. Lures of choice have been rubber shads and topwater poppers.
Bucktails and shads will get you the numbers of smaller fish, while eels can cull you a few bigger fish on the night tides.
Fire island and Moriches are good locations to try. A few boats have been able to located bunker pods in the ocean too between Moriches and Fire Island. Snag and drop is giving boaters a shot at fish up in the 30lb class. Using clam in the inlets is
effective during daylight hours.

Surf fishing has also been outstanding this past week. A "ton" of fish from 26"-34" are roaming the surf line and off the jetty rocks.
Don’t be surprised if you hook up with a 30lb class fish. As far as lures to use I suggest Sp minnows, mag darters, bottle plugs, needlefish
bucktails and rubber shads. Colors of choice have been white as well as yellow.

Having a problem finding a super strike darter?, Montauk Matt’s recommendation of the week, is try a Vertebrae lure. Swims great, natural darting action, multiple colors available and They catch fish.

Local fishermen are reporting “Sands Spit Marina” is holding a ton of bait.  These critters are being harassed by hungry schools of Stripers.
The Locals are also reporting fish in the 29-32” class. Rubber shads are producing great results. It’s nice to see a local fishery. You don’t need to travel east for some fine fishing action.

Boaters opting out of Striper fishing and heading out for “Tog” and they are being rewarded. The ocean wrecks are holding good amounts of
blackfish. (16” min size, 4 per day, open till 12/14)) North Shore Rock piles are holding numbers of Tog too. green crabs will make an excellent choice of bait.
Try using a blackfish jig to change it up a bit.

The freshwater scene is keeping many anglers busy. Bucket Mouths are still active and will not hesitate to engulf a live shinier or soft plastic
lure. The fall stocking of trout in the lakes are also giving anglers a great shot at hooking up. Nightcrawlers as well as small gold tins
have been doing the trick.


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(when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….)
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