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Date posted July 31, 2018 12:43 AM
Posted by Jillybird
Report location New York > Offshore > Captain Wylie’s Montauk Birthday Weekend
Fishing method Boat
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My son, Capt. Wylie, turned 20 this weekend and he wanted to spend it in his favorite fishing haven, Montauk. A late start Friday afternoon got the Jillybird loaded and ready to go, but then a nasty squall appeared just to our west. I decided on safety first, so we pulled the plug til early Saturday morning.

At least that gave us a glass calm ride east. We picked up our friends at Star Island, fueled up and headed to Frisbees. The ocean was still rolly and the fishing was slow, with way too many short sea bass. A move to Outer Frisbees improved the size, and we picked at some keeper sea bass and managed two keeper fluke, including a beautiful 7 pounder. A couple of mackerel, blues, a triggerfish and a spotted hake rounded out the catch.

At 3 am we awoke for a day trip canyon run. I do hate running in the fog and dark, especially in 4-6 foot seas. At least once false dawn arrives, you can sort of see which waves will launch you and which will just give you a bucking ride.

We got to Block Canyon around 7 am, about an hour later than I had hoped. Still sporty, we put out our 9 rod spread. The canyon was pretty deserted, just a couple of commercial boats. Very good water color and clarity but little life. After a troll out to 3000 feet, on the return, halfway up a canyon wall, we had a five pack of nice yellowfin crash the spread. Two hooked up and came tight, and we landed both - in the forty pound class. About a half hour later, we spotted some birds and porpoises and trolled over. Our shotgun - a Joe Shute with a bally - got crushed. The 50 wide dumped its line at an insane rate and we were completely spooled in under a minute. No doubt this was a big blue marlin or giant bluefin. We never had a prayer. That was all she wrote on this canyon run.

This morning, we eeled the flood tide at the Point. Normally this is the surest bet in the world. Not today! Despite a good drift and nice rip line, the bass simply did not chew. Just terrible bassing. Nothing like the insane fishing two weeks ago when we were crushing big bass even on the ebb. I think the full moon put the bass off, but it has surely slowed down big time.

Then it was out to Frisbees and Cartwright for some very slow sea bassing and fluking. Mostly shorts. Very few fluke. On the way back, I took my crew to my secret rip where they bailed fish - some fluke, porgies, sea bass, small blues, and birds non-stop, including a couple of keepers.

After dropping off two of the crew and fueling up, we cruised back to Mamaroneck in flat calm seas to finish off another great Montauk trip.

Block Canyon twin pack

First time yellowfin for the kid. Great job, Carl!


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Joined: 10/01/2001
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 07/31/2018 07:25 AM  

happy birthday my friend,, sounds and looks like a blast on you birthday,,, all stay well,,,,><(((:>



Joined: 03/29/2001
Posts: 984
Location: Port Washington
 07/31/2018 01:16 PM  

Great read, as always.


Joined: 03/11/2001
Posts: 292
Location: Long Island, NY
 07/31/2018 05:38 PM  

Jilly- how long is the ride back to Mamaroneck from Montauk on manageable seas?


Joined: 09/03/2001
Posts: 2274
Location: Mamaroneck
 07/31/2018 07:02 PM  

Porgyman, the run is about 100 miles. So the time required depends on how fast you want to run. We cruise at 30 mph to avoid sticker stock at the gas pump so it takes us just over three hours. In my last boat, a Fountain with diesels, I did the trip in 2 3/4 hours and burned half the fuel — when I didn’t break down. Pick your poison.
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