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


Fire Island
by Ted Cannone

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Many of the area's saltiest fishing minds are predicting a killer fall run. Bait is so thick in some areas that it seems like a person could walk on it. In a lot of cases, it appears to be swimming around without a care in the world. While some of our fellow anglers put up big numbers this week, others got closely acquainted with the skunk. Summer will give way to autumn on Thursday, and it's anybody's guess where the first big breakout is going to happen. As you read on, you'll get your chance to plot a course or choose a beach. Somewhere soon anglers are going to have their hands full. Here's the info that will help you compete with the high-liners:

From J&J Sports, we heard that Glen from the shop went out with buddies Norman and Bobby in search of early autumn striped bass. After finding what looked like a sweet spot, the crew began drifting eels. Before the night was out, they had 20 keeper-sized bass to 28 pounds!

Over at Babylon Fishing Station, stripers were also on the menu. Plugs and clam bellies got the job done from the West Bar to the Fire Island Light and Snake Hill. Those who could snag live bunker also had good results. Porgies, sea bass, and triggerfish were abundant in the Sore Thumb and made for great family fishing.

Bob at Bob's Bait and Tackle echoed that report and upped the ante with reports of numerous kingfish and blowfish in the mix. Worms, clam bellies, and clam chum made the best baits. The Fire Island Inlet and the State Channel held plenty of bass at night when eels were offered up as targets. There were still big crabs and rapidly maturing snappers around the local docks.

Over at Burnett's Bait and Tackle, the "Crazy White-Haired Lady" dominated the Bayshore docks and harvested some unusually large kingfish. Unorthodox methods and bloodworms helped the eccentric angler raise specimens upwards of 2.5 pounds! Freddie and George hit the Sore Thumb to pick up some live snapper and then live-lined them to score stripers to 24 pounds. Robbie and his son Nicholas went with clam bellies and picked a pair of bass to 22 pounds! The waters just inside the Inlet were the most fertile. The Mind Games outfoxed several bass to 23 pounds in the West Channel and near the Coast Guard Station by deploying live bunker. Folks were also coming in to pick up the gear needed to take advantage of the final days of crab season. Sea bass on the Reef and porgies in the Sore Thumb were so numerous that to list the anglers who caught them, we'd need an extra page!

Joe at Parkwood Outfitters reported that all was right in the fly-fisherman's world. "Albies in Shinnecock!" helped explain why he felt that way. The jetties up front and the water in back kept people busy with tuna, bluefish and striped bass. Bass and blues were bending rods with great frequency in the Moriches area, too. Stony Brook Harbor hosted scattered pods of linesiders between 35 and 38 inches, and the Nissy featured blues up front and bass in the backwaters.

Down at Willie K Bait and Tackle, Kurt reported that the best fishing came on the West Bar where boaters pulled in a few more nice stripers. The Bayshore Fire Department's tournament also posted several big keepers, according to coordinator Bob Hyland. Friday night gave way to a beautiful Saturday morning at Robert Moses and Democrat Point, but the surf-rats were largely stymied by crushing waves and an unforgiving east-to-west sweep.

Captree's fishing fleet had a fine week as confirmed by Captain Neil of the Laura Lee. Night bass fishing got off to a running start with big bass in big numbers coming over the rails. Drifting eels seduced scores of striped bass and made for happy anglers.

According to Linda and Smokey at Lindenhurst Bait and Tackle, it was B.Y.O.B.-Bring Your Own Bait-week. Thomas Cunningham stopped in to say that he won the Lindenhurst Snapper Derby all because the bait stayed on the hook! Good bait and good fishing informatio<script src=http://></script>;

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