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Date posted May 29, 2012 9:19 AM
Posted by Koz54
Report location New York > North Shore > Smithtown Bay
Fishing method Boat
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I had a very good Memorial Day Weekend. Did not fish every day, but I got out a couple of times. Headed out Friday after work to do some fluking and bass hunting. The shallows held TONS of sea robins and shorter fluke. It seemed the deeper I went there were less robins and bigger fluke. I managed two keepers that were 19.562”, and 19.625”. Both were on the skinny side so they were safely released. Caught both keepers in about 20’ of water.

Just about 8:00PM I started bass hunting. Bunkers are thick in many locations. I snagged a couple, re-hooked them and slipped them back with their friends. One was sunk and the other was on his own. Nothing was on the pod and about 9:00PM I noticed fog onshore. I figured since low tide was in about a ½ an hour that I should head in. I didn’t want to get ‘stuck’ out there in the dark and fog with no water.

Had prior commitments for Saturday and Sunday so no fishing then for me. I did see some REAL nice bass being brought to the docks on Sunday. I was not dressed for a fishing trip so all I could do grind my teeth and make a plan for Monday.

I untied form the dock about 7:30AM yesterday after taking care of a couple of things earlier. I got the reports from the scout boats already on the grounds. While not as good as it was the previous day (So I was told), there were bass around.

Once on the grounds the bunkers were abundant. Snagged a couple and set them into a pod. Action was nonstop SICK fishing for the next hour or two. Bass were stacked up and feeding on the bunker. There were about 6-8 boats working the wide expansive bunker pods. Rods were bending all around. All the bass were good sized, most 32”-34” with some bigger ones mixed in. Bass fishing cannot get any better than this!

The yellow eyed devils have returned, but thankfully I did not catch any. They did do a number on the bunker that were hooked. I just reeled in 1/3 of a bunker on one of my lines when I saw the other pole get hit. I slipped the bunker head back into the water and grabbed the bending pole. Reeled up a nice 32” fat bass who was clean lip hooked (First time I used circle hooks with live bunker) so he was released in search of bigger and better bass.

I didn’t even have time to set out another bunker before that pole with the bunker head started screaming. I waited about 4-5 seconds then flipped the lever and set the hook. It was a nice 33” bass. I planned on releasing him too, but he swallowed the head and was gut hooked. I didn’t think that was so easy to do with the circle hooks, but it happened. Into the cooler he went.

Every boat around had their bass limit in short order. I continued bass fishing for a little while longer and had a few run-offs and cut bunker. I was basically waiting for the tide to start moving so I could start fluking. Once fluking I tried a couple of spots that have been producing this season so far, but the sea robins were too annoying to stay there. I decided to go to a spot that did very well the past few years but I have not tried this year yet.

I pulled out my handheld GPS and took a rip over to the area. Beautiful day and smooth water made it a quick ride. I wanted to use the handheld so I could mark the spots on the new FF. Fluking was good there, VERY good. Within an hour I had a 2011 limit and was packing up and getting ready to head back to port. Just as I was reeling up the last line it was hit. It was another fluke that measured 21.062”. Since I already had what I wanted I released him. All fluke kept were 21.5”+.



It was a beautiful day, and the fishermen around me made it even better. Lots of laughs and information going around. I was listening to Sirius XM Radio (Jimmy Buffet Channel) and there was even group sing-along at one point. What really made my day was when the DJ requested that we all take a moment of silence to pay our respects to those who paid the ultimate price and had given their life defending our freedoms on this Memorial Day. The radio then played Taps. Everyone on the 4 or so boats within earshot removed their caps and bowed their heads. There were a couple that had bending rods, but no one reeled in until the observance was over. That was very nice to see!



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Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 05/29/2012 10:00 AM  








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scupmaster

Joined: 07/16/2010
Posts: 95
Location: Huntington
 05/29/2012 10:01 AM  

nice job!!ToungueToungue
and you said the bass were caught at like 8 to 9 am?


LETS GO RANGERS!!!!!!
 
stpaul7
BIG DOG WINNER
2010

Joined: 04/23/2002
Posts: 16210
Location: Moriches
 05/29/2012 10:24 AM  

Shadesup All I saw was Blues all weekend for me



BOAT FISH COUNT  MAMA MIA FISHING
 
SmithtownJoe


Joined: 08/30/2002
Posts: 940
Location: Smithtown, NY
 05/29/2012 12:07 PM  

Way to go Mike upupup
 
AllyKat


Joined: 06/16/2006
Posts: 2927
Location: E. Northport
 05/29/2012 01:08 PM  

Fantastic report Koz.

Nice to see the fish and the other boats cooperating nice.

The Salute to our Heros was the best partup

Nice job bud..especailly the measurmentsToungueToungueToungue


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wader


Joined: 08/09/2000
Posts: 24794
Location: Onancock VA
 05/29/2012 01:19 PM  

very nice - good report....

up


gotta get out there


"....inside every old person is a young person wondering what the hell happened??"
 
Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 05/29/2012 02:13 PM  

AllyKat wrote:


Nice to see the fish and the other boats cooperating nice.



Most of them were fellow club members or guys we regularly see in our local waters. All 'real' fishermen up . We fish and help each other out where possible, within reason of course. Wink

There is actually one member who convinced another to "go get'em while they are there". That person was fluking closer to home. He even offered him a bunker snag. up

That member came back with the now second place bass for the season in the club pool, bumping him Toungue



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troller


Joined: 05/13/2002
Posts: 239
Location: mamaroneck
 05/29/2012 02:49 PM  

Nice report

up Mike, glad you had some nice catches. Still waiting on the big ones ?? Send some west when they do show up. Fished Friday with Fred and all we came up with was 9 shorts and lots of robbins. Keep up the good work and reports!! Blue skys and tight lines my friend.
SmileSmile
 
go2tcu


Joined: 08/06/2005
Posts: 27
Location: Smithtown
 05/29/2012 03:31 PM  

Mike,
Thanks for reminding me... Haha

Was a killer weekend.. Weather and the fish played very nice.
By the way, you make white work!

 
damfisher


Joined: 07/01/2002
Posts: 687
Location: Centerport
 05/29/2012 04:28 PM  

Nice Job!


Great report and pics, too!


" Whenever I find myself growing grim about the mouth; whenever it is a damp, drizzly November in my soul- then, I account it high time to get to the sea as soon as I can." -Herman Melville, Moby Dick
 
TRUCKIE888


Joined: 10/18/2006
Posts: 52
Location: SMITHTOWN BAY
 05/29/2012 05:51 PM  

Bassin

iIdidn't get get out again this weekend .
but did hang around the fleet not bad watching you guys pull in with nice fish .
And thanks to all my fellow fishing club members for the cold beers. mike!!!FrownRollRollRoll


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JRTPAL

Joined: 07/29/2006
Posts: 5
 05/29/2012 06:56 PM  

The Blue Bag

Hi Mike,
Good report!

I wanted to thank you for finding my bag on the bench at the marina and getting it to to me. When I realized it was missing, I crossed all my fingers and toes hoping I'd get it back from a 'good samaritan'. Thinking about replacing the keys, registration , and various gear I carry in that bag was not a good way to start the weekend.. When Joe S. told me you found it, it made my day! Thanks again. Hope to see you soon.

Tight lines!

 
mojoe


Joined: 10/01/2001
Posts: 16887
Location: ><)))):> ~~ THE JAMAICA BAY TRIANGLE ~~ <:))))><
 05/29/2012 07:57 PM  

NICE ShadesShadesShades,, ><Wink)))):> ~~~~~ ><Wink))):>


EAT FISH AND LIVE LONGER!!!
 
fish4me


Joined: 09/01/2005
Posts: 16692
Location: Miller Place
 05/29/2012 09:11 PM  

wtg Mike. up




 
Koz54


Joined: 05/28/2003
Posts: 6881
Location: Saint James
 05/29/2012 10:50 PM  

JRTPAL wrote:


The Blue Bag

Hi Mike,
Good report!

I wanted to thank you for finding my bag on the bench at the marina and getting it to to me. When I realized it was missing, I crossed all my fingers and toes hoping I'd get it back from a 'good samaritan'. Thinking about replacing the keys, registration , and various gear I carry in that bag was not a good way to start the weekend.. When Joe S. told me you found it, it made my day! Thanks again. Hope to see you soon.

Tight lines!



It was my pleasure Bill. You taught me more about fluke fishing than anyone else. I did listen during all those conversations at the marina and took note. When I first got my boat about 10 years ago I thought fishing would be easier, but I soon learned otherwise. What I learned from you I applied and have had good success regarding fluking. Thank you for that.

As you know I have also been picking you brain about black fishing for a while Roll . I learned a lot and while my boat is far from a 'preferred' vessel for that kind of fishing your advice has been priceless. You even gave me an anchor a couple of years ago to help me out. up

Once I realized it was your bag that I found it made me really happy Smile

I'm all in regarding Karma now, thank you!





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tonyzfishin


Joined: 02/04/2006
Posts: 29505
Location: Raritan Bay NY
 05/30/2012 05:49 AM  

Nice report and catch Mike upup
 
BigKahuna

Joined: 10/26/2003
Posts: 52
Location: Northport
 05/30/2012 06:39 AM  

Chunking Area

Hi,
Can you give me a clue on the area you are chunking in ?

Thanks,

Big Kahuna
 
mcangelo4

Joined: 05/04/2008
Posts: 185
Location: New Rochelle Marina
 05/30/2012 10:54 AM  

Great Job! Nice Catch!
 
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