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Date posted October 16, 2019 2:25 PM
Posted by Jillybird
Report location New York > Shinnecock > Shinnecock - Striped Bass Blitz
Fishing method Boat
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Yesterday I was invited out by my friend Shelley on Captain Jim's Peace of Mind out of Oakland's Marina for a 6:30 am start. We began drifting the inlet 1 minute from the dock, using live spot as bait. First hookup was maybe 30 seconds later. We basically had double hook ups on every drift through the inlet. The bass were mostly schoolies in the mid-20 inch range. But we did limit out on keepers.

After running through a lot of Capt. John's expensive supply of live spot, we tried diamond jigging in the inlet. That was productive, though not quite as non-stop, and we picked up a couple more that way.

Then we headed offshore. The bass could be found under the birds but the fish were scattered. The most productive way to find them was to troll an umbrella rig and then diamond jig once we located the bass. We caught multiple fish on the umbrella, including 3 at a time and 4 at a time.

In our 4 hour trip with two anglers, we caught at least 100 stripers. It was a bit windy out of the north, but the seas were fine. A spectacular fall trip.

Thanks, Shelley and Jim.

Next up, on my drive west, I stopped in Moriches to fish with my old friend, Capt. Jan of Fretless Charters. By 1 pm, the wind had died off completely and the sun was shining brightly. We caught the last of the outgoing tide in the inlet, and on our first drift, caught a nice short bass on a spot. Then we headed offshore. Off Moriches yesterday afternoon, the birds and we were searching for active fish.

We found loads and loads of bait. Massive pods of "happy" bunker were swimming around without a care in the world. I picked up one striped bass on a diamond jig around a diving gull. Trolling was NOT productive at all.

At 4 pm, we went back to the dock to pick up Jan's 8 year old grandson and took him out to enjoy the calm ocean. Still, no real surface action until sunset. I did manage to hook up another bass on the diamond jig and gave it to little Vinnie to reel in, but he hasn't mastered the art of keeping the line taut at all times. We saw only one other boat hooked up all afternoon.

Oddly, the party boats off of Fire Island reported an all out blitz at the same time yesterday afternoon on big bass. And when I was Montauk over the weekend, the bass seem to have completely vacated the area. Very interesting.

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Joined: 12/10/2004
Posts: 1931
Location: East Moriches
 10/19/2019 08:50 PM  

Yes, it was FUN. However, Today was even BETTER!!!!

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