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Date posted October 9, 2018 8:22 PM
Posted by CHoffa
Report location New York > Central South Shore
Fishing method Surf
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This is the first of 3 reports. No fish were caught and actually not even a bite on all 3 trips so ok to stop reading now if you

Fished Sunday morning with my 8 year old son. We just picked up the 4x4 beach access pass so pretty cool to be able to drive to the spot. More time fishing and a lot less walking. Despite not catching any fish spending that time is priceless. Anyway I planned the trip location around tides, wind, sunrise etc. many of my trips are unsuccessful so figured I would try to be a little smarter in my approach. Feel free to chime in with any advice. This particular trip I felt the tide, sunrise and wind were all going to work in my favor.

Here are the conditions. I picked this south shore beach because of all the conditions in particular. I thought the lite wind would help with pushing bait closer to shore.

October 7th

Warm - 70 degrees

Water Temp - 69

W - S/Sw 7mph

High tide: 6:22am

Fished : 6am - 10am

High through slack and beginning of outgoing

No bites

Buck tails, sP minnows, diamond jigs, darters

Size able bait fish spotted jumping out of the water. Possible shad or bunker

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Joined: 11/22/2007
Posts: 30
 10/10/2018 12:47 PM  

Sounds like you did just like me tryed my hard for sure but coming up empty .....It will happen soon a nice cold blast will light it up....

Joined: 06/29/2016
Posts: 14
 10/10/2018 02:39 PM  

Keep at it, thats fishing smart. I've been fishing all over the island past couple of weeks. Only managed schoolies, but tons of bait. Looks like we got our colder nights coming this weekend. Should be good.

Joined: 08/22/2001
Posts: 113
 10/10/2018 04:34 PM  

Get ready.....its coming.....or not.

Joined: 09/12/2006
Posts: 103
Location: W. Islip
 10/10/2018 07:58 PM  

waiting game it is

Your not alone. Been out last 3 nights along the Robert Moses area. Just one hit on a swim shad and nothing else. Same deel...tides, wind. Threw everything in the bag, twice. Nothing.

Soon, so soon...

There are schoolies in the bay.

"Man must know his limitations"

Joined: 05/24/2012
Posts: 19
Location: Massapequa
 10/11/2018 08:06 AM  

Since this seems to be an honest report going on... I'll be honest... I have been out five nights soaking large, fresh, half bunker pieces in the hours of midnight to 2-ish... Not a single bass. First time that has happened to me this time of year since living here. Sure the October temps have been riding unseasonably warm, 12 degrees higher on average for the first two weeks, so maybe everything is just 2 weeks or so delayed... but Im be more pessimistic than that when it comes to the state of our fisheries, oceans, and just human beings in general. Hypothetical situation: we could live in a world where you hook 8 or 10 plastic bags every trip, bass are near extinction and you never see one, and then suddenly someone pulls in one of the last 50lb fish, and like 90 - 95% of the population would still kill it immediately.

Joined: 04/18/2012
Posts: 8
 10/13/2018 08:50 AM  

I am not sure about the current bass population as you mentioned. What I do know is that there are plenty of short/schoolie bass around. To me this is a sign of a healthy population and that reproduction is happening. I am sure the charter boats are not helping the case with the larger class fish but look fishing has been a business for many years. It's a business for them and provides many people the ability enjoy the sport of fishing.

With that being said I can not worry about what they do. I can only focus on my own behavior towards fishing.

I prefer surf fishing over boats and this is the primary way I fish. I also primarily use artificial Over bait. With that being said I have two rules for keeping fish. Actually I keep about 1 fish per season. Maybe Two if it hits my rule.

Rule 1 - keep 1 28/30" fish per season for the table. Everyone should reward themselves with a free meal that they worked for. It's how it's suppose to be in a hunter gatherer society.

Rule 2 - anything that beat my personal best from the shore is coming home with me. As of now it has to be a 30lb class fish. Anything under goes back. And when I finally do get that fish the next one will have to be bigger than that one for me to keep. Long story short this rule has not happened since 2013 for me.

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