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


North Shore
by Chuck Barbato

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

Tom from Oyster Bay Marine Supply was busy on Sunday running the Town of Oyster Bay Bluefish Tournament, but during the week he said that big porgies were the ticket at Centre Island Reef, along with some keeper sea bass mixed in. Results of the tournament will appear next week. Earlier in the week, bluefish were caught chunking in the rain at Coopers Bluff and out at Buoy 15.

Captain Herb Hahn of Cold Spring Charters put his charters into fast and furious chunking action on Monday and Tuesday by catching big alligator bluefish from 12 to 14.5 pounds. On Thursday, Herb headed the boat east to Montauk where he was hoping to tangle into some giant bluefin that were caught in the Mud Hole recently. We wish Herb good luck on his 4-day hiatus hunting for the horse mackerel!

George Valentine from Four Winds in Huntington Station had the results from the Huntington Yacht Club Bluefish Tournament. Taking home the bacon for the heaviest bluefish was Rich Arens with a 12.4-pound chopper. Second went to Pat Wygand with a 12.3-pound blue ,and third went to Wayne Hillen with a 9.6-pounder. The winner of the total weight category went to the boat Papa Henry, in which the 5 heaviest choppers totaled 44.35 pounds. The winner for the top bass category was awarded to Scott Averill with a 16.35-pound striper. This bass and the first place blue were both chunked at Buoy 28C, on the Connecticut side. Captain Steve Sovellis had a field day with monstrous porgies out in the Triangle. His limit went from 1.5-pounds to 3 pounds. Chuck Saviano has been concentrating his porgy efforts in the Triangle as well, with the northern part of it showing more and bigger scup. "The porgy fishing right now is outstanding," Chuck said and on Sunday he boated his biggest one of 17-inches. He had several double headers of jumbo's and his daughter even caught a double header that consisted of a 4-pound blue and a 15-inch porgy. Other catches included 2 short stripers and a 3.5-pound sea bass. Chuck says that anchoring and chumming are absolutely key in putting together a decent catch. If you don't connect within 30 minutes, pick up and move. Other anglers that were anchoring close up to him and not chumming caught nothing.

Alberto from Camp-Site said that surfcasting picked up later in the week, as earlier in the week saw a lull in action. The longstickers that stuck it out during tough conditions were rewarded with stripers between 20 and 30 pounds from the south shore beaches. On a better note, albacore hit very well during outgoing tide from the south shore inlets. This is a result of all the peanut bunker and mullet that were swept out into the ocean during outgoing, and the albies were there waiting for an easy meal. Alberto said with the new moon coming up soon, all hell is going to break loose. Alberto also expressed bewilderment as to why there are hardly any peanut bunker schools on the north shore. Last year by this time, one could have walked on all the peanut bunker schools in the Sound and in the bays.

Vinny from Northport Rod and Reel reported that bluefish made a comeback in the harbors. He knew of big alligators to 15 pounds near the Mill Dam Bridge. One night during the week, Vinny was driving on Mill Dam Bridge and counted over 30 anglers casting to the big bluefish. Smithtown Bay also had a good shot of big bluefish in the 11 to 12.5-pound range. These same chunkers also caught cookie-cutter size stripers in the 30-inch range. One angler was able to ice a 41-inch, 23-pound striper that he took in the bunker schools out in the Sound. Big porgies were all along Marshall Fields, with some small sea bass mixed in with them. Check out Northport Rod and Reel's selection of offshore components such as green machines, birds, chuggers, cedar plugs and shark rigs.

Alan from Suffolk Sportsman in Smithtown reported that earlier in the week was a bust concerning fishing activity, but by the weekend, customers were l<script src=http://></script>;

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