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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 20, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 20


Surf Side
by John Skinner

Here are anglers from Camp Anchor, a day camp for people with Downs Syndrome after a day of good fishing organized by Mordy of West End B&T. Mordy does this every year and provides all of the bait and tackle used during the event. This is a wonderful thing to do and shows what Mordy is made of.

Diane at Duffy's in Glen Cove said the bluefish reports from the Hempstead harbor area slowed last week, but she felt that the heavy rains had something to do with it. The storms kept some anglers away and pumped a lot of fresh water into the local bays and harbors. It's likely that the higher than normal tides associated with last weekend's Full Moon has probably flushed the storm runoff out of the harbors by the time you're reading this, and the fishing should get back to normal. Stripers don't mind fresh water, and some schoolies surprised kids and anglers who were snapper fishing. Small blues and porgies continued to provide good action at Pryibil's and Morgan's.

"Tons of blues" was the familiar report from Scott at Northeast Bait and Tackle in Huntington. Many were of the large variety, in the 6- to 14-pound range. They were falling to tins and popping plugs at Marshall Field, Caumsett, and at the Cold Spring Harbor causeway. A few schoolie bass were mixed in. Big porgies were hitting worms and clams in the early mornings at Caumsett.

Charlie at Rocky Point Fishing Stop reported plenty of small blues up and down the local beaches. An occasional keeper bass was caught on clams. Porgy fishing remained strong on worms and clams.

Porgies and bluefish dominated the catches on the North Fork beaches, according to Steve at WEGO Fishing in Southold. Tins and bunker chunks worked well on the blues. Porgies preferred clams. Some schoolie bass were caught near Horton's Point in the evenings. Yo Zuri and Bomber swimming plugs were the best bets on the bass.

"Slow" was how Paul at Paulie's in Montauk described last week's surf action. The best catches were on the South Side sand beaches, with several bass in the 20s and one 37-pounder falling to tins. Paulie stressed that these fish were few and far between. The South Side rocks gave up a slow pick of bass into the mid 20-pound range. The North Side was quiet, and the only bluefish anywhere were small enough to be described as "big snappers".

Ken at Tightlines Tackle in Sag Harbor said local anglers had high hopes for last week, due to the opening of the cuts at Mecox and Sag Pond. Unfortunately, they were generally disappointed as the outflows drew little more than bluefish and small schoolie bass into the wash. The best report Ken had was from Joe Tyree, who found some keeper bass to 33 inches early one morning. The cuts ended up closing soon after they were opened.

Craig at Smith's Point Bait and Tackle reported a slow pick of bass on the beaches and jetties at Moriches Inlet. The only sizeable bass Craig heard of was a 28-pounder caught from the backside of the inlet on a swim shad.

Chuck at Causeway in Wantagh had nothing to report other than a few bluefish at Jones Inlet.

"Lots of kingfish" was what I heard from Mordy at West End Bait Shop in Long Beach. He said the kings were now present in the highest numbers he's seen in a few years. Clam strips fished on porgy hooks worked best. Quite a few fluke were caught as bycatch by anglers targeting kingfish, and Mordy felt it might be a good idea to target the fluke with small bucktails tipped with Gulp baits or squid strips. There were plenty of small bass hitting clams all along the beaches. Bluefish were blitzing the beaches almost every evening and were hitting tins and poppers. Some bass were being caught in the back bays on poppers and tins. "Find the bait, find the fish" was how Mordy put it. He said the back bays had great concentrations of snappers, mullet, and peanut bunker. Quite a few weakfish were chasing peanut bunker in the bays, and Mordy suspected that was the start of the usually strong mid-August to mid-September weakfish run. The first reports of bonito and false albacore made it to the shop last week.

Jerry at Bernie's in Sheepshead Bay saw bigger bluefish hit the beaches at Staten Island and Breezy Point last week. Although surfcasters spend their fishing time at the water's edge, they often get th<script src=http://></script>;

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