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BAITFISH ON THE MOVE

Posted By Tom Melton, September 10, 2018
BAITFISH ON THE MOVE
Sea bass action remains good on South shore reefs and wrecks. This big knot head was caught aboard the Captree based Laura Lee.
As the waters cool, baitfish will begin to leave the canals and head for open water. It’s the second week of September so don’t be surprised to see larger bass begin showing up from the east before you know it. I was out this past Wednesday evening and spotted a massive school of adult bunker just outside Fire Island Inlet. Inside the bay is loaded with snappers, small weakfish, peanut bunker and a host of other baits, all boding well for a great fall run. As for fluke, the larger fish can still be had, but it looks more and more like an ocean bite. Try the edges of the reefs or rough bottom for best results. Fluke season closes the 30th, so get out know and get your fill. Sea bass action is also good on the outside pieces, but you are best off finding a smaller, un-hit piece than the larger well-known spots. Albies and bonito have also made a showing outside Fire Island and Moriches inlets. Light tackle makes for loads of fun. A simple Deadly Dick will turn the trick on these speedsters.
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Ken - 12 days ago

Don’t count out Moriches back bays for fluke just yet. Went out via kayak the day after Labor Day and the following Saturday AM. Caught about 20 fluke total, 4 keepers were netted including a fat 24” 5 lb fish in 6’ of water, and lost two more keepers at the at the net. Hang on the outskirts of the snapper blitzes and use bucktails tipped with strip baits to ward off the piranhas, I mean blowfish. Have had great success as soon as I switched over to the sea robin amdfluke bellies.


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