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Date posted September 17, 2011 10:55 PM
Posted by emuehlbauer
Report location New York > North Fork
Fishing method Surf
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Well, so far this year, its been a bad spring and summer in the bay. In fact, my worst fishing year in over 10 years. This spring? A total of 2 blues. (In the bay, that is) This summer? 3 blues, 1 short fluke, 0 weakfish, 0 bass...not even a schoolie! (I'm not counting snappers, which I actually try to avoid by using a large lure. So...tonight I get back out here, hoping that the last few days of cool weather changed things. Got to the beach about an hour before sunset. Fast moving outgoing tide. Good. east wind, bad. Water definitely cooler. Not too cool though. Just snappers on a 1 oz krocodile. 1 of them was badly hooked, so I tossed it in the bucket, released the rest. After sunset I decided to liveline the snapper, then leave in another few minutes. Something took it, but when I tried to set the hook, the line popped. Must have been a bad knot. I had been ready to quit, but with that hit, I decided to stay a little longer. I tied on a bunker plug, and tossed it out. Got a last! Great fight, brought in a weakfish 21", nearly 4 lbs. I don't really like weakfish, but I'd rather have fresh weakfish than old ravioli, so I kept it. Decided to take a few more casts...nothing more. OK, time to give up. 1 last cast. Half way in, a hit. Felt solid, didn't go anywhere. Wouldn't come in, but didn't do much. I assumed it had to be a bluefish, about 4 lbs. I was bluefish way more than weakfish. I finally start to get it in (I'm using 10lb test), it splashes at the top. Then it decides to run. At this point, I was sure it was a blue. Typical blue fight...act up at the top, take your time and only decide to fight when you get near shore. But when it ran, it ran! I knew it was no 4 lb fish. To make a long story short, I was really happy to see what it really was when I got it to the shore....32", 10.5 lb bass! Good thing it was a keeper too, as it completely inhaled the plug into its throat. The carcass was still twitching when my fillet went into the oven..tasty! Firmest fish I may have ever eaten. Belly was full of small calico crabs..weakfish had a mantis shrimp. What a way to have your luck change!

Luck at last!

Luck at last!

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Joined: 12/31/2004
Posts: 687
 09/18/2011 08:39 AM  

Yes, the joys of fishing. Just gotta put your time in, pay your dues, due your homework and KEEP TRYING. Nice job. Plenty more in store so get back out there. Nice report.

Joined: 01/02/2009
Posts: 6610
Location: Bay ridge Brooklyn!
 09/18/2011 08:54 AM  

There ya go! Sometimes it's that little extra effort that pay's offup Nice job..

Prowling the shore line's!

Joined: 08/08/2011
Posts: 2
 09/18/2011 02:03 PM  

I've had the same bad luck all summer. I've fished the bay at Cedar Beach and South Harbor Park in Southold, but only caught one bluefish over 2 months ago. I've also fished the sound at McCabe's and Kenney's beaches, Mattituck inlet and Orient Point. I'm thinking of trying Shinnecock inlet. Would you please tell me where you've just fished?
Thank you.

Joined: 02/04/2006
Posts: 29505
Location: Raritan Bay NY
 09/18/2011 04:19 PM  

nice catch and good eats Toungueup

Joined: 04/27/2006
Posts: 20
Location: Garden City/Cutchogue
 09/19/2011 01:08 PM  

Peconic Bays

I had given up on the bays this summer and spent my time Fluke fishing doen in Shinnecock Bay or the ocean, for much better results. But after Irene that died off so back to North Fork Fishing. All day in the Gut Friday for 1 small bass and a handful of blues, all released. But this time of year that was an off day. The birds were just floating around, never saw bait chased to the surface, did not even mark that much on the sounder. I did see 2 seals already, but then maybe they are again becoming year round. Was hoping for some surface action and Albies. Will keep trying. The first signs of fall are here in the water temps as the creeks have cooled to 66 Friday morn with deeper water holding heat at 70. So bait should be moving out to start the fall run.

Joined: 09/16/2011
Posts: 4
Location: western north shore
 09/19/2011 06:16 PM  

first fish

Keep the faith, it will get better. I am surprised about the luck, thought it would be better out the. I am over by crab meadow, nothin going on here, from surf, have to have a boat, which I don't
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