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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 12, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 19


Surf Side
by John Skinner

Larger blues to 12 pounds found the bunker schools in Hempstead Harbor last week, according to Diane at Duffy's in Glen Cove. The timing is right, since August and September usually see some wild action with big choppers pushing bunker in the western Sound bays and harbors. Diane heard of one legal bass caught from a local beach, but said fluke and porgies continued to make up the bulk of the catches. Snappers were big enough for the kids to have some fun on the local docks.

"Tons of blues" was what I heard from Scott at Northeast Bait and Tackle. Most were small cocktails, but there were enough larger blues and schoolie bass mixed in to keep things interesting. Makamah and the causeway in Cold Spring Harbor were good bets for blues and bass taking popping plugs and small tins. Big porgies were being caught on clams at Caumsett in the early mornings.

Small blues dominated the action on the beaches between Mount Sinai and Shoreham, according to Charlie at Rocky Point Fishing Stop. Several keeper bass were caught in the late afternoons and evenings on clams. Anglers throwing swimming plugs after dark were catching some small schoolies. Porgies were plentiful along all of the beaches.

"Bluefish all over" was the word from Steve at WEGO Fishing in Southold. "Can't miss" was how he described the action for those throwing tins such as diamond jigs and Kastmasters. A respectable number of keeper bass were being caught on bunker chunks, bass worms, Yo Zuris, and Bombers at dusk and dawn in the Horton's Point area. Porgy fishing was superb. The spanish mackerel that were in the area a couple weeks ago were hard to find last week.

Paul at Paulie's reported a mostly slow week in the Montauk surf. The one exception was a 40-pound plus bass caught by Zeno Hromin on Friday night on a rigged eel. His fish was caught on the South Side rocks, but other than that cow, there was nothing else over 10 pounds. Paulie heard a second-hand report of a couple of bass over 20 pounds caught in Camp Hero the same night. As it has all summer, the North Side held bluefish and small bass. The South Side sand had a slow pick of bass. The best Paulie heard of there was a 24-pounder caught by Gary "Toad" Stevens on a tin. Paulie added that the best catches were generally being made on the incoming tide, which typically brings in cooler water.

Ken at Tightlines Tackle in Sag Harbor said Ralph Wackerling caught some bass and big blues on Montauk's North Side on Wednesday evening before the storms moved in. Georgica had some small blues during the day and a few bass at night. Poppers and tins worked well there during the daylight hours, with swimming plugs taking over after dark.

Keeper bass were hitting worms and bunker chunks along the Westhampton beaches, according to Peter at Haskell's in East Quogue. The Ponquogue Bridge area was giving up bass on surface swimmers and small popping plugs. Peter felt it was an unusually good summer for bluefish in Shinnecock Inlet, with the medium choppers frequently hitting tins there. Fluke fishing from the inlet jetties also remained strong.

Charlie at Smith's Point Bait and Tackle reported bass into the teens being caught from the Moriches Inlet jetties on the night tides. Eels and bucktails accounted for most of the fish. A few keeper bass were plugged on the backside of the inlet. Clams saw most of the action on the sand beaches, with schoolies and an occasional keeper being caught on both sides of the inlet.

Mike at Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip reported bass and weakfish falling to worms on the front of Sore Thumb and the backside of Democrat Point. Small tins and bucktails were producing bass and blues in the early morning and late afternoon. Clams were producing a good number of bass, but there were very few keepers. Anglers fishing bunker chunks on the open beaches were tangling with an occasional dusky shark. Quite a few keeper fluke were being caught from Demo and Sore Thumb. The best approach was to cas<script src=http://></script>;

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