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


Surf Side_New York
by John Skinner

Mike at R&G Bait and Tackle in Port Washington reported good dawn and dusk action with schoolie bass hitting swimming plugs and soft plastics in Manhasset Bay. Bunker chunks and poppers caught bluefish to 10 pounds throughout the day. Anglers chunking the night tides had some bass to 32 inches.

Diane at Duffy's in Glen Cove said the stripers were becoming more numerous and larger. The best she heard of from the shore was a 20-pounder that hit a bunker chunk inside Hempstead Harbor. The outside beaches at Morgan's and Pryibil's had mostly bluefish and porgies.

Dave at Northport Rod and Reel knew of a few keeper bass being chunked at Crab Meadow. Eastern Smithtown Bay had some decent bass falling to needlefish plugs and swimming plugs on the night tides. 10- to 12-pound bluefish were providing lots of action in the back of Centerport Harbor on live shad and shad chunks.

John at Terminal Tackle in Kings Park also had big bluefish to report from the back of Northport Harbor. The choppers ranged up to 13 pounds, and were feeding on large schools of adult bunker. Bunker chunks and live bunker were the best bets. The Sound beaches had mixed sized blues anywhere in the 2- to 12-pound range. Most of the bass action was happening at night. Big bluefish hitting bunker chunks was about the best game in town on the Mt. Sinai to Shoreham beaches, according to Eric at Rocky Point Fishing Stop. Eric noted some adult bunker along the beaches, and figures they're probably the reason the big choppers are hanging around. Matt at Wading River Bait and Tackle reported small bluefish along the beaches. I saw a bunch working just out of casting range of Herod Point on Saturday evening. My son and I were scuba diving the area on Sunday afternoon and came across three bright blue and yellow tropical fish. I've dove the Sound many times since I was a teenager and had never seen anything like these.

"Bluefish city" was how Anthony at WEGO Fishing in Southold described the North Fork Sound beaches. They weighed up to about 8 pounds, and hit just about anything. Some false albacore made an appearance near Goldsmith's Inlet.

Thursday and Friday's snotty weather were the best days to fish the Montauk surf, according to Paul at Freddie's in Montauk. Most of the fish being caught during the day were schoolie to teen size. There was a pick of better fish into the low 20s at night. On Friday, Steve checked in with a 34.24-pounder eeled from the South Side. Bluefish were on the sand beaches behind town on Friday.

Ken at Tightlines Tackle in Sag Harbor found a load of bass and blues at Shinnecock East on Wednesday. The action started around 6:15 a.m. with bass into the keeper range and bluefish to 12 pounds. Ken had to go to work at about 7 a.m., and said the action stretched a few hundred feet east of the East Jetty, and there was no one there to cash in on the action. False albacore hit the inlet on Wednesday and Thursday afternoons.

Steve at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported bass to 20 pounds being caught on bucktails and eels at Shinnecock Inlet. Similar sized fish were hitting bunker chunks near the Ponquogue Bridge.

The outer beach between Smith's Point and Moriches Inlet was closed most of the week, but it reopened on Saturday afternoon. Charlie at Smith's Point Bait and Tackle said Fred Menken bucktailed a 23-pound bass in the inlet early in the week. Russ used a bunker chunk to land a 24-pounder on the open beach on Saturday. FINS (Fire Island National Seashore) beach driving permits are now on sale for $50. Oddly enough, they're not accepting cash for the permits; you have to have a check or money order.

Ed at Comb's in Amityville said it was a pretty slow week on the beaches near Fire Island Inlet. One exception was Wednesday, when there was a good chunk bite on bass to 20 pounds and bluefish to 15 pounds at Gilgo, so you might want to think about getting out there now.

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