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


Western Sound
by Craig Korproski

Week of Sept. 11 through Sept. 17

For not having any real bait to speak of, we had another excellent week of fishing in the Western Sound. The porgy bite is red-hot off the local points, with scup pushing the 3-pound mark. There was also a nice showing of sea bass and bluefish off the deeper structure. Now is the time to start fishing plugs, poppers and any other artificial lure you can think of since the bluefish seem more than willing to attack anything that resembles an easy meal.

Captain Chris from the Island Current Fleet has been very busy trying to put his clients on some quality fish. I speak from personal experience, since we headed out Thursday for my office outing. The fishing was slow, but the captain and crew couldn't have worked harder to put us on the bite. We ended the night with eight bluefish to 6 pounds and one short fluke. All in all it was a great trip aboard a great boat! Wednesday, Rob Thomas brought forty police officers aboard for a great day of bluefishing off Matinecock. The fish weren't very big, but there were plenty of them. Paul Killigan and his group also did very well chunking up the bluefish off Rye. Brian Leote capped off the week of bluefishing by landing two keeper bass along with a mess of blues on Saturday. The porgy bite was also fantastic with Alex Szabo and company doing a number on the scup off Oyster Bay. Dagostino Silmer and company also did very well with some monster porgies in the same area. The worms seem to be outproducing the clams, so keep that in mind on your visit to the bait shop.

John over at Glen Cove Sports reported plenty of predators on the prowl for very little bait! The result has been fish willing to take anything that resembles a meal. "The snapper patterns are still producing very well with the lack of bunker," John said. The porgy bite has also picked up, especially off Morgan's Beach where scup to 3 pounds have been brought to the net by clams and worms. Jose Rheas had over twenty keepers to 3.2- pounds using clams and worms right off Morgan's Beach. Louis Dillard limited out on scup to 2.9 pounds, also using clams and worms in the same area. There were also some very good reports of sea bass mixing in with the scup. Matt Gayton tossed a "Bomber" and a Tsunami Swimmer off Creek Club Beach and landed six bluefish to 8.4 pounds. Peter G. fished a popper off Center Island Reef and scored six stripers to 37 inches. There are plenty of fish around, and with the lack of bait, now is the time to experiment and see what entices the bite!

Captain Joe from Moontide Charters reported some very good bluefishing from Hempstead to Rye this past week. "We found them stacked up pretty good off Rye later in the week," Joe said. Joe also reported some very good porgy fishing in the same area, but there were quite a few shorts in the mix. There were also some reports of some nice sized bass starting to show during the night bite. The bottom line is that now is the time to get out and fish, with just about every species gorging themselves before they start to migrate. You couldn't ask for better conditions!

John Knight at Hudson Park B&T was very happy with the arrival of some very nice bass this past week. "We saw bass to 30 pounds start to show up last weekend," John said. Chunking is still out producing on both bass and blues. John also reported some bonito and false albies being taken earlier in the week, but true to form they were here and gone in the blink of an eye. The porgy fishing was very good this past week, especially off Huckleberry and Pea Island with some fish pushing 16 inches. With the lack of bait, sharpies have been trying plugs, poppers and trolling in order to put together a decent catch so don't be afraid to mix things up!

Captain Steve Jagoda from the Molly Roze reported bluefish galore all over the Western Sound. "Chum and fresh chunks were key to putting fish in the boat," Steve said. Dr. Larry Wang and company were living proof after bailin<script src=http://></script>;

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