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The Fall Run '2016 Has Begun

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The 2016 fall run has taken off. Recent cold snaps have sparked an aggressive Striped Bass Bite. From local beaches all the way to Montauk
surfcasters are catching Stripers both during the day and under the cover of darkness. Baitfish triggering the feeding frenzy are sand eels,
bunker (full and peanut sized), mullet, and rain-bait. Local inlets such as Moriches and Shinnecock inlets are seeing a good pick at Stripers
on bucktails as well as rubber shads. The fish are ranging anywhere from schoolies size up to 20lbs. You can also focus your efforts on the
sand beaches. We have gotten the word that fish have been feeding on sand eels. This makes great day time as well as night time fishing.

For the beach I would suggest you use sp minnows, bucktails and diamond jigs during the day. Using a small teaser will work excellent. Montauk
should also see a good run of fish now. Its supposed to blow NE for the next few days so that should put fish on the Beach. If you decide to
make a trip to Montauk, go prepared. Korkers are a must. Make sure you have a good waterproof top as well. If you own a wetsuit then I suggest
you wear that. Bucktails will be your go to lure so make sure to stock up on them. Anywhere from 1-3ozs. Bluefish have been mixed with the
stripers. They are ranging anywhere from cocktail sized up to 15lbs. The same lures used for Stripers will work for bluefish too.

Scattered reports of weakfish have been coming up too. Bay bay bridges and rivers are holding a few. Customers say that the biggest seen recently are about 22" but it would not be a surprise to see some larger ones roaming around. Small swimming plugs and soft plastics are the way to go for the weaks.

Snappers are more cocktail Bluefish size now but can still be caught around the local docks such as Bluepoint and Pine Neck dock. Small tins and popper have been most effective. You can still use spearing under a float too with success.

Along the docks are crabs too. Blueclaws are very nice size now. Those going crabbing are coming back with buckets full of them. (50 is the limit) Most are saying that they don’t even have a need to keep the smaller sized legal crabs since so many larger ones around. Bunker in the traps have had the edge over anything recently.

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