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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 20, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 20


Salt on the Fly
by Anthony Alessi

This fish was taken on Captain Vinny Catalano’s boat Joey C Charters. Looks like the albies are in the Sound!

I guess some things are worth waiting for and connecting with bonito on the fly rod will have to go down on that list for me…for now. They are out there, that's certain. Their appearance is just sporadic in my particular part of Long Island Sound at this point. They seem to be in pretty solid to the east but I have only spotted them myself once briefly off Eaton's Neck, though, I have heard of others spotting them there. I also know of an angler who hooked up with four fish in the Lloyd's Neck area. I will continue to hunt for them in here as I know they will make a good showing soon enough. There is a ton of rain bait in the area. Gas prices have definitely helped re-shape my tactics though. I will no longer run from Lloyd's to Eaton's and then to Crane's Neck looking for them. I'm not too concerned about that, though, as I think that it is probably better to wait it out with all the bait in one area. More often than not you can intercept and figure out a pattern that way. I wish I had a nickel for every time I gave up on one spot to run ten or twenty miles to another spot, find nothing there and then, about one half of a tank of gas later, come back to where I started to hear that I had just missed a great blitz that lasted for hours. In the meantime, there are other species to pass the time with.

Carmine from Campsite Sport Shop in Huntington Station said the game hasn't changed much in the last few weeks. Cocktail blues are still tearing up bait and flies all along the beaches from Lloyd's Neck to the Nissequogue River while bass can be had at night or at dawn or dusk along rocky shorelines. You can still find bigger blues and some bass on the bunker schools inside the bays and harbors. Cold Spring Harbor and Northport Bay are two areas worth investigating. Use a sinking line and a big bunker imitation along with some patience and determination and you will score a big fish on the fly. Peanut bunker are starting to filter in and some bonito are popping up here and there. Warren from Parkwood Outfitters in Bohemia spoke of bluefish inside Moriches Bay and inlet as well as inside Shinnecock Bay and inlet. There have been spanish mackerel and bonito showing up just outside the inlets too. School bass are in porpoise channel and the Nissequogue.

Captain Vinny Catalano of Joey C. Charters out of Smithtown has been finding the bonito for his charters on a daily basis with some days seeing his anglers score double digits. You can check out Captain Vinny's new website at

I heard from Captain Don Kaye and he had this to say about the past week on Shinnecock Bay: "Well mates, the calm August breezes and full moon brought lots of fishy activity to Shinnecock Bay. A mixed bag of surface-feeding bluefish and stripers allowed for a great many fly-fishing opportunities. The many bluefish hook-ups cost us quite a few flies (toothy critters), but, after adding a trace of light wire above the fly, many blues came to the boat. Trout fisherman, Chris Straus, had quite a few blues and school bass come to his fly, and, he finally saw his fly line backing when a good size bass gave him the battle of the session. Soon we will be chasing the albies. You can reach Capt. Don at 631-728-8175.<script src=http://></script>;

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