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


Moriches Inlet
by Tony Salerno

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

The big news this week is the incredible run of weakfish that has been taking place since Friday in Harts and Seatuck Coves. Reports of up to 25 fish per man to 5 pounds have come into many of the local tackle shops. The only problem was that only a handful of anglers took advantage of the action.

In other news, the striped bass action has been great outside the inlet in the whitewater on live bunker. However, let me remind you that the bar just outside the inlet can be extremely treacherous and should not be attempted in small crafts or by inexperienced boaters. A fish is not worth risking danger.

Mixed bag bottom fishing is good on both sides of the bay on the top of the tide, and snappers are everywhere, including all the local docks. Bluefish are here and there and no shark or offshore reports came through this week due to the rough seas and unsettled weather.

Chet Wilcox of B&B Bait and Tackle in Center Moriches reports loads of weakfish to 5 pounds can be found in Harts and Seatuck Coves as of Friday morning. Hi-lo rigs baited with sandworm or squid strips as well as pink plastic twister tails produced up to 25 weakies per angler over the weekend. Havens Point in 8 feet of water or in the channel just northeast of buoy 26 has been best. Striper fishing has been good in the cuts, but on fire outside the inlet in the whitewater. Live bunker has been without a doubt the best bait towards some quality bass. Bluefish can also be found in the whitewater, as well as terrorizing schools of bunker with just about anything tossed at them, nailing them. Snappers continue to hold on at the docks as well as the crabs.

Gene at Mastic Bait and Tackle reports 9-year-old John Johnson fished with his dad just before fluke season closed to nail fish of 5.75 and 5 pounds fishing south of the inlet in 45 feet of water. Gene also heard of the good bite taking place in Harts Cove this weekend and suggests anglers be armed with worms or squid strips either on hi-lo rigs or soft plastic jigs. Striper fishing remains very good with lots of schoolies in the inlet and at the cuts and the bigger bass just outside the inlet along the bar. Snappers are all over the place with many of them in the cocktail size. Crabs remain solid in the creeks and at the docks.

Craig over at Smiths Point Bait and Tackle reports that the outer beach is now open as of Saturday to beach buggies and their owners. Speaking of surfcasting, the action continued to be strong along the open beach, as well as the jetties at the inlet mainly with schoolies, but a few fish in the 20-pound class have been hitting the suds. Pencil poppers continue to produce best. Boaters are finding plenty of bass in the cuts and outside the inlet with live and fresh bait producing best. There are lots of blowfish from buoys 12 to 15 taking clams, worms and squid along with some kingfish, porgies and small sea bass. Anchoring and working a couple of pots filled with frozen clam blocks will certainly put you in the action. Anchor south of the channel in 8 feet of water and let the chum draw the mixed bag to the boat. The top of the tide has been best. Snappers are all over the flats hitting the entire usual arsenal.

Hank Kurz of Harts Cove Bait and Tackle reports a slow week mostly due to the fluke closure. However, for those interested, there are some porgies and sea bass on the outside reef as well as the Dredged Hole. Clam and squid strips have been working well with some triggerfish and catch and release fluke in the mix. Striper action has remained productive at all the usual areas with fish to 26 pounds. There is a mixed bag of blowfish, porgies and sea bass at buoy 15, with anchoring and chumming keeping anglers guessing at what is coming up next at the top of the flood tide. Weakfish have been in Harts and Seatuck Coves with soft plastics slamming fish to 5 pounds. Snappers and crabs remain a good bet at the local docks.

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