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Spent my weekend in Montauk. Picked over a few short bass in some very inhospitable weather (all fish released). Here are some notes and observations from my trip:

Shagwong Point: Due to recent storm activity, Shagwong is impassable by 4/4. This means you cannot drive to Oyster Pond from Gin Beach. Don't try it! Saw this idiot in a shiny black, late model Jeep Grand Cherokee coming back to gin Beach on Sunday. He must have gone around Shagwong at low tide and now had to haul a#$ at high tide to keep from being washed out. Watched two waves break over his hood. Hope that truck is leased pal!! He almost hit my buddy Rich too!!

Camp Hero: I don't know when it became common practice to leave the gate open before dawn, but I find it absolutely appalling. It doesn't matter if the whole south shore is un-fishable. Camp Hero is a gem and a boon to the surfcasting community. If we abuse it, we will lose it. Lock the f-ing gate!!! Anybody else feel this way?

Fireline & waterfowl: I realized the fireline and birds don't mix after a turkey sized seagull crashed into my line while I was bait fishing. Over the course of ½ hour, I had work him back into shore and attempt to unravel the fireline knot from his wing. Had a crowd of spectators and I heard several chuckles. I would love to see a video tape of the event, especially to hear my yelps every time the brown SOB pecked me or when his huge wings slapped me in the face. I never had an animal try my patience as much as this guy. No help from Rich either. He ran for the dunes like a little girl.

What I did not see: I did not see schools of large bass crashing bait and happy fisherman towing huge fish to their vehicles. I didn't even see any bait in the water. However, I did not spend any time at the bluffs b/c it was so crowded. Did I miss it? Is the season over? Say it ain't so.

Crac...It ain't they had fish all
day...from Kings to Oyster Pond....some 30's....go
get 'em....I am....roc'

This message was edited by roc'hopper on 10-17-01 @ 11:24 PM
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