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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
September 03, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 22


Surf Side
by John Skinner

Diane at Duffy's in Glen Cove said there were a lot more bass caught in the last week of August than in the previous weeks. Most of the bass were in the 26- to 28-inch range and were hitting small plugs and soft plastics. The bluefish action was slower, but look for it to pick up again as more adult bunker move into the harbor. Porgies were still in good supply at Morgan's and Pryibil's.

"Bluefish, bluefish, and more bluefish" was what I heard from Rich at Northeast Bait and Tackle in Huntington. Crab Meadow Beach was especially productive for the choppers that ranged up to 9 pounds. Poppers, tins, and bunker chunks accounted for most of the fish.

"Plenty of blues" was what I heard from Matt at Rocky Point Fishing Stop. On Thursday evening and Friday afternoon, blues to 10 pounds pushed shad and adult bunker against the beach at Rocky Point and Shoreham. Matt found plenty of 5- to 10-pound blues on the North Fork on Friday afternoon. Clams produced some bass to 34 inches from the beach at Shoreham at night. With water temperatures beginning to drop, look for the after dark plug bite to pick up soon.

Bluefish and porgies provided most of the action on the North Fork beaches, according to Steve at WEGO Fishing in Southold. Blues in the 2- to 5-pound range were hitting tins and poppers at many of the beaches. Porgies were being caught on worms and clams in the rocky areas. Bass fishing was improving, with fish hitting swimming plugs in the evenings and after dark near Horton's Point.

Paul at Paulie's in Montauk reported blitzes of small bass on both sides of the point almost every day last week. He said the tide didn't matter. Early in the week the vast majority of the fish were only in the 3- to 4-pound range. The size improved a little toward the end of the week with more keepers mixing in. Paulie said the night bite was quite slow, but a handful of teen to 20-pound class fish were picked from the South Side rocks. Kevin Williamson had a 28-pounder on Saturday night. Paul Melnyk, while fishing in waders, had four keepers from the North Side on Saturday night.

Surf Guide Bill Wetzel worked very hard on the night tides to put his clients into better fish than what were being caught during the day. He put Billy Riker into a 21-pounder on Friday night, and Matt Carlson into a 24-pounder on Saturday night. Both fish fell to live eels. Bill caught bass to about keeper size on Super Strike darters while his clients threw eels.

Ken at Tightlines Tackle in Sag Harbor said a couple of his customers did well on bass in the teens at Montauk, east of Ditch Plains. Nick's 26-pounder was the best fish Ken heard of there. Some big blues to 12 pounds were mixed in.

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays said the bass fishing remained slow, but divers reported seeing bass stacking up in Shinnecock Inlet. Schoolie bass action was pretty good near and in the inlet with an occasional keeper mixed in. Bluefish were in good supply at the inlet. Scott heard his first report of bonito feeding along the beaches with the bluefish, so it might be time to hit that area with Deadly Dick tins.

Bass fishing was improving in Shinnecock Inlet, according to Peter at Haskell's Bait and Tackle in East Quogue. The fish ranged from schoolies to 25-pounders and were feeding on 5-inch herring and balls of tiny anchovies. Peter recommended throwing into the schools with Fin-S fish on light jig heads, 6-inch Storm Wildeyes, and lures similar to Pt. Jude Butterfish tins. Both jetties of the inlet were producing.

Charlie at Smith's Point Bait and Tackle reported a few bass being caught in Moriches Inlet on bucktails and eels on the night tides. With temperatures starting to cool, plugging the beaches near the inlet should become productive soon.

Mike at Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip said he heard reports that ranged from full out blitzes to nothing but small blues. Fresh bunker chunks worked for Michael O'Donald, as he managed a 27.8-pound bass off<script src=http://></script>;

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