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


North Fork/Peconics
by Allen Singer

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Muddy Waters may be gifted as a famous blues singer, but the rains during the early part of last week left a legacy of muddy waters that was somewhat discordant. "Winds from the east" are supposed to mean that "fishing is the least," but don't tell that to the captains (and fares) that braved the weather and found a vibrant and vigorous fishery awaiting their visit.

For example, on Monday, Wonderland Tree Care chartered Orient Star II. Captain Bill Russo spent the entire day fishing in Plum Gut, which was in the lee of the easterly winds, and in dead calm seas. Our intrepid group landed eight bass to 20 pounds, and all the bluefish anybody could want, all during the flood tide. On Saturday, it was the Malverne Fire Department's turn to slaughter the bluefish, switching to porgies and sea bass when the current slowed. On Sunday, the order was reversed, as Ben DiVenti and his group bailed porgies and a sprinkling of sea bass in the Sound, just north of Plum Island, switching over to bluefish when the ebb tide started to run. Orient Star II has the capability of carrying large groups, and has an impressive number of repeat customers. Call Captain Russo to discuss YOUR charter needs at (516) 359-3362, and don't forget to tell him that Nor'east sent you!

Captain George Grosselfinger says:

"Night sublime with no wind and abundant moonshine, constant bass hits made this trip super-fine! Dennis Berenstein and his good friend Mike got over twenty bass up to 41 pounds to strike!" and "With the clear, windless sky mooning us last night, the hits kept coming, keeping our lines tight! Tom Forkin and Mike Keelor had many chances at trophy bass, but we only boated fish up to the 30-pound class."

2nd Chance Charters can accomodate up to 4 passengers, and just may be your best route to a trophy. Call Captain Grosselfinger at (631) 495-2995. Stripers have been known to postpone their southern vacation plans until November, when they find out that Captain Grosselfinger pulls his boat from our waters in mid-October! During the winter months, he pursues snook (no catch = no pay) from Pine Island (near Fort Meyers, FL.) In the springtime, he adds tarpon fishing as an option.

Captain Dick Mead, of Go Aweigh fame, says: "The fishery remains strong." He got out a few times this week, and always found the bluefish to be co-operative. Porgies too, are both numerous and large. Stripers, however, were mostly school-sized, with the occasional 36-inch fish in the mix. It should be noted that stripers prefer clear water. Call Go Aweigh at (631) 734-6787 (6-pack)

Phil at Captain Marty's Fishing Station had 12 boats out on Sunday when I called. Some of his customers were back before noon, with porgy limit catches. "Weakfish, kingfish, some sea bass, and lots of snappers" were the bycatch. He added that the bigger weaks came from Roses Grove, while Buoy 18 was the place to be for sea bass. "It was a beautiful day, with really good porgy fishing, at Nassau Point and the local structure scattered throughout the bay."

Anthony, at WEGO Fishing B&T, characterized the entire area to be "Porgyville" with widely divergent areas such as Buoy 17, Roses Grove, and the Middle Grounds all producing. Jumbos can be found at Fishers Island, Little Gull Island, the north side of Plum Island, and both Rocky as well as Mulford Points being touted. "If you want REAL jumbos, steam to Connecticut, where the porgies START at 15 inches! "Bluefishing is a can't-miss proposition, anywhere from Rocky Point to Orient." Even surfcasters are getting in on this action, although boaters still have the best of it, using Diamond Jigs or dragging bucktails at such famous grounds as the Race, the Rip, and Buoy 17/Jessups Neck in the Bay (where flood tide rules.) Gardiners Island, East Rip holds blues as well. "Bass fishing is still best at night, with dark-colored bucktails or eels producing<script src=http://></script>;

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