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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 27, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 21


Surf Side
by John Skinner

"A lot more action" was the good news from Diane at Duffy's in Glen Cove. The bluefish were getting larger, with more 9- to 10-pound choppers being landed on the shores in the Hempstead Harbor area. Bunker chunks were taking most of the larger fish, while tins and poppers caught fish in the 3- to 5-pound range. More bass were mixing in, with some keepers and near keepers landed on plugs last week.

Scott at Northeast Bait and Tackle in Huntington said poppers and small tins, such as diamond jigs and Kastmasters, were catching lots of blues to 12 pounds. Bunker chunks were catching some of the larger blues. Schoolie bass and an occasional keeper were mixed with the bluefish catches. Cold Spring Harbor was productive, but Scott said just about all of the Sound beaches were giving up bluefish. Porgy fishing remained strong at Caumsett in the early mornings.

"Plenty of blues" was what I heard from Matty at Rocky Point Fishing Stop. The larger ones were in the 7-pound range and were being caught on bunker. Tins and plugs caught lots of smaller blues. Schoolie bass and occasional small keepers were hitting clams and plugs after dark. Bill Scherer proved there was at least one bigger fish around by nailing a 23.5-pound bass on a purple Bomber at Shoreham on Friday night. That's a nice fish for that area at any time of the season, and even more so in the middle of August.

Steve at WEGO Fishing in Southold said there were lots of bluefish being caught on tins, bunker, and popping plugs at Kenny's and McCabe's Beach. There were loads of porgies at Truman's and the Southold Town Beach. He said the bass fishing was on the slow side, but that should change as the water temperature drops.

Paul at Paulie's in Montauk said the best action last week was had by those throwing tin from the sand beaches behind town. The best bass to hit the scales was a 38-pounder caught on Wednesday evening. A few weakfish were mixed with the bass. Anglers fishing the South Side rocks were finding a pick of mostly small bass for their efforts. The North Side saw good action with bluefish and schoolie bass.

Ken at Tightlines in Sag Harbor said it was a very slow week in the South Fork surf. His customers who made the trip to Montauk also complained about the lack of action.

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported a few bass hitting topwater plugs near the Ponquogue Bridge. Dawn and dusk offered the best opportunities there. The shop is now gearing up for the fall surf run and has JNSki plugs in stock and will have After Hours plugs soon. They also have a large selection of Gibbs, Super Strike, Yo Zuri, and Bomber plugs on hand.

Peter at Haskell's in East Quogue reported a few 36- to 38-inch bass among the schoolies falling to clams near the Westhampton Beach jetties. A few fish were also being caught at Moriches Inlet. Bluefish were plentiful throughout the area and were hitting tins and popping plugs.

Neither Smith's Point Bait and Tackle nor Causeway had anything in the way of surf action to report. Both shops said the beach fishing was very slow. Chuck at Causeway said the only excitement he heard of concerned an angler fighting a big ray for over an hour on Saturday. Rays and small sharks have been surprising anglers fishing with chunks for a good part of this summer.

Mike at Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip reported schoolie bass and an occasional keeper hitting sandworms near Fire Island Inlet. Fluke were being caught on squid and spearing at Sore Thumb and Demo. Tins and bunker chunks were producing small blues.

Manhattan Beach and Brighton Beach produced some nice blues on poppers and tins, according to Jerry at Bernie's in Sheepshead Bay. There was quite a bit of variety in the area, with porgies at the Coney Island Pier, fluke on the beach at Floyd Bennet, and kingfish at Fort Tilden. Birds with bluefish and some bass underneath were showing up at Breezy Point in the evenings. Anchovies were the fuel for that activity.

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