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Date posted November 17, 2014 10:45 AM
Posted by tomjg
Report location New York > Western South Shore
Fishing method Surf
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Been a while since I've posted, fishing/writer's block. Really just a matter of not wanting to rehash each dreadful outing after another. Like a lot of other people , fishing had been tough by me. Lots of empty nights with other nights just picking up a single fish in hours of fishing.

Last week it looked like things were going to pick up finally. Had some good fish around Monday night- then the weeds moved in Tuesday and hung around for a couple of days. Got out Tuesday and Wed and de-weeded the ocean for no fish. The weeds , which are normally a big problem in my neck of the woods , weren't too bad this year- until of course when the fish showed up.

I got out Friday night around 10pm hoping weeds were gone. Walked down to really nice conditions, first cast- no weeds. Second cast- hit immediately and beached a quality schoolie- cool , been a while since that happened. Spent the next 4 plus hours picking through decent fish. No big fish and a couple looked about keeper size. Fish hit bombers, SPs, Darters and teasers. Let em all go . Awesome night out ( first one in a while) except forgot my gloves and got pretty painful after a while. The last couple of fish were tough to get unhooked as my fingers weren't working too well. If I had gloves I may never have gone home - it had been so long since I had that kind of night.

The last month had been bad but still a month to go so hoping for a solid last month to wipe away the bad month. With that in mind I was anticipating getting out Saturday night all day long.

After spending the day with my wife and boy I got down around 10pm again Saturday night. Had an hour or so before the tide would start coming in so decided to work the open beach a little bit before heading to the rocks. Conditions, surf wise, not as good as Friday but expectations still pretty high. Cast my way around the open beach for an hour with a darter and SP for no hits. Headed for the rocks as the tide started coming in and started to get that dreaded feeling of skunk that's been so prevalent this year. Fought the feeling off and thought- no way the fish would be gone already - keep positive! 3+ hours later , eyes half closed I had to accept the fact that there were no fish around.

The amount of spearing in the water was insane. Not just pockets of them but it seemed every inch of shoreline was covered with spearing (for the couple of miles I covered). Friday night those spearing were getting harassed and eaten by bass- Saturday night they were in as much danger of being eaten as a T-Bone steak at a Vegan picnic. They were just frolicking around, without a care in the world. Bone tired I accepted another skunking and dragged my way home around 3am.

Ran down last night around 8:30 to see if anything was happening. Much different conditions with the W/SW wind - felt fishy but with no water to fish yet I worked a couple of areas for no fish or hits then called it a night. Back at it tonight.




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ExTechjunkie


Joined: 11/01/2012
Posts: 306
Location: Landlocked on LI
 11/17/2014 02:02 PM  

Nice report, Tom. Thanks for sharing. Misery loves company as they say. Count your blessings though; many of us haven't had a day or night this Fall that included a bite that lasted for any duration. Me personally, I've only caught bass on five occasions this Fall, and never more than three in any one outing, and always bookended by hours of not catching for hours before and after. I was limited to two or fewer hours from first light on Fri, Sat and Sun this past week and am presently wreaking of skunk.


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RockawayJB

Joined: 10/20/2013
Posts: 81
Location: Neponsit
 11/17/2014 02:47 PM  

Way to go, Tom. I've been skunked since last Monday night. It did look good last night...all except those harbingers (hoot!).
 
MacedoStyle


Joined: 04/14/2014
Posts: 23
Location: West Babylon, New York
 11/17/2014 03:07 PM  

Hey Tommy, another nice report, good job, like to read your reports....but just like TechJunkie says, you go a bit east of where you are things have not been good over here at all, be happy you are catching some up! Some of us will take some schoolie action right about now!
 
KennyP13


Joined: 12/30/2012
Posts: 367
Location: Bellmore NY
 11/17/2014 06:53 PM  

I know the feeling Tom although I have 2 10 fish nights and Shaka was with me for both of them I must give him lots of credit for making the decision where we were going to fish and it was 2 different spots I caught them at other than that fish then a few skunks here and there trying to make up for it late this season.


A bad day of Fishing is still Better than a good day at work
 
Shakaantoine


Joined: 04/03/2013
Posts: 583
Location: Brooklyn NY
 11/17/2014 11:12 PM  

I just love this report

Tom your reports are the best. Keep them coming. Even with all the weeds you still have a way of finding fish. I could only catch three shorts the time before last I was there.


If you ask me why do I go fishing the answer will always be I'm a Antoine, Antoines go fishing!
 
smoothrover

Joined: 04/03/2010
Posts: 137
 11/18/2014 06:23 AM  

Nice report buddy...I am hopeful thing will soon light up in our part of the woods. I have seeing lot of gannets working east of you, they should be moving any time.upup
 
Nopoints

Joined: 07/02/2012
Posts: 51
 11/18/2014 06:47 AM  

upSmile
 
fishing19

Joined: 12/25/2012
Posts: 256
 11/18/2014 08:55 AM  

I have to disagree. No shortage of schoolie bass. There is a shortage of keepers.
 
fishinthedark

Joined: 12/01/2007
Posts: 54
 11/20/2014 05:52 AM  

Tom,
Keep it up, I fished Friday night east of you for one fish and numb hands.
Hasn't been a great fall at all, but we gotta keep these fish honest.
See you out there
 
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