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Date posted August 26, 2018 6:49 PM
Posted by shipofools
Report location New York > Moriches > outside
Fishing method Boat
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went out a few hours the last two days. changed it up to PINK GULP. weirdest thing. IT was like using bait. couldn't hook a thing. everything took the tails. That's NEVER happened to me before on any other color. Maybe just a coincidence. Has PINK ever done that to anyone?

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Joined: 07/22/2011
Posts: 2
 08/26/2018 09:25 PM  

Last week in the bay same situation in East cut.Destroyed tails of pink 4" swimming mullets.Never hooked a fish and top hook was only 2/0.Somebody else mentioned blowfish .Anyway Iam retiring gulp for the time being

Joined: 07/03/2018
Posts: 5
 08/26/2018 10:43 PM  

Rest assured, it’s 100% def blowfish destroying bait. The entire bay floor is covered with them so expect to lose ALL Gulp, shiners, and squid wishing 5 seconds of drop to those piranhas. I caught a bunch of the puffers to see what was causing the mayhem. The worst news is, they’re all like 3 to 4 inches long. Best bet - fish with Fluke bellies, Robin bellies, and live bait. Those baits will hold up long enough for a fluke to find them.

Finally got rewarded with 23” in the Bay using Robin strips yesterday!

Joined: 10/26/2007
Posts: 2
 08/27/2018 05:35 AM  

Curious, do fluke, striped bass, etc. prey heavily on these little puffers? Curious as to what will happen next.

Joined: 04/17/2002
Posts: 752
Location: mass. cove
 08/27/2018 07:14 AM  

Funny thing a while back found a bass in the serf dieting. He had a blowfish lodged in his gullet puffed up. Don’t think they prey on them or lion fish. There not dumb they have there stripes. Lol

Joined: 10/27/2013
Posts: 0
 08/27/2018 10:24 AM  

I had the same issue Saturday afternoon. I was on a wreck a few miles off of Moriches with 2 lines out. One with squid and one with white GULP. Both were getting a whole lot of tiny little pecks. I could see the bait was getting chewed up, but they weren't biting the hook. It was definitely something small. Someone else mentioned small blowfish, which doesn't surprise me at this time of year.
On the other hand there whales at the surface. I saw at least one baby and one adult. They were staying right by the wreck...maybe feeding on the little fish.

Joined: 01/03/2002
Posts: 1670
Location: Selden
 08/27/2018 11:08 AM  


I've been reading for a few years the excitement of seeing blowfish returning in numbers to the bays. Yum, chicken of the sea, but forgetting they make it almost impossible to fish for any other species of fish without being harassed. Good and bad I guess.

Joined: 07/03/2018
Posts: 5
 08/27/2018 09:18 PM  

And I speculate they won’t leave before the end of the fluke season! Oh well, every trip know involves keeping sea robins to make bait. They actually don’t taste bad either so long as you cut out the dark meat.
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