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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
September 20, 2006
Volume 17 � Number 25


by Karim Farid

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Although the weather wasn't perfect this past week, anglers that were able to get their lines in the water were rewarded with some great catches. The bluefish action continues to produce cocktail and chopper blues both inside and outside of the bay. The striped bass have made a comeback, and they are being caught all throughout the bay on plugs in the marshes and by the reeds, or chunked beneath the schools of bunker. The sea bass are all over our local inshore structures, and they are getting bigger with each passing week. And with the end of the porgy season less than 6 weeks away, it's time to really start working those local bridges, wrecks and reefs.

Causeway Bait & Tackle is reporting that although anglers had some trouble getting outside of the bay during the week due to the easterly weather, the near-perfect conditions on Sunday produced action on the reefs that was just explosive. In between 50 and 60 feet of water anglers hooked a mixed bag of jumbo porgy and sea bass, along with the occasional striper. Inside the bay, bottom fishing was also producing porgies and sea bass on a mix of clams and sandworms. Bluefish are running all throughout the bay, and they are taking both baits, and diamond jigs. If you are fishing for blues then look for the birds and works your jigs right underneath them. The striped bass action has picked up considerably inside the bay and inlet during the high, outgoing tide. The bass are being hooked with poppers and plugs, as well as with clams and clam chum.

Atlantic Bait & Tackle is hearing about the great striped bass action from their customers. "Striped bass fishing is excellent in the bay!" The stripers are being taken with clams and clam chum, as well as on plugs. Mixed in with the bass are chopper blues in the mid to high teens. Anglers working the areas around the bridges are hooking a mix of jumbo porgy and keeper sea bass. Although the porgy action has slowed down somewhat over the past week, the porgies that are being hooked are jumbo-sized. There is still plenty of baitfish inside the bay, and there has even been a report of an angler hooking mullet in his canal. Reynold's Channel has been producing the occasional weakfish. If you are looking to hook into a weakfish, then your best bet is to work the Channel at night with a mix of worms and clams. On the outside, by the West Bar, you will find more striped bass action, and they are also being taken on clams and clam chum. Outside and to the east, towards the Fire Island Inlet, anglers are hooking a mix of keeper striped bass and bluefish beneath the schools of bunker. Local reefs are producing larger sea bass than what you will find on the inside, but most of the porgies seemed to have moved to the inside.

The Super Hawk and The Princess Marie returned to dock with some happy anglers this week. Anglers aboard The Super Hawk are enjoying half-day sea bass trips that sail daily; from 7:00 am to 12:00 pm, and again at 1:00 pm to 5:30 pm. Some of the trips have produced up to 20 fish per angler so if you haven't been hooking your fill of sea bass, I'd suggest you hop on to one of their boats. I'd also like to remind you that if you are planning on taking a tuna trip, then make sure to call their main office and ask for a list of available dates. The overnight tuna trips are scheduled to start on September 11th and will continue through November the 6th. The boat is limited to 20 passengers, and the trips fill up quickly. Reservations are a must! For a full list of dates, or for any other information, call (516) 795-6355, or visit their website at

Kwak's Bait & Tackle has seen quite a few anglers returning from fishing trips with their limit of keeper striped bass. "The fall run has just about begun." Striped bass are being hooked just about everywhere on the inside; in the creeks and channels, as well as in the inlets, and off local beaches and bridges.<script src=http://></script>;

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