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FISHING LOGS: Long Island, Metro NY


Posted By Fred Golofaro, September 24, 2018

Action along the South Shore and North and South forks continues to build with most of the activity centering around small blues and small stripers, along with increasing numbers of albies. Albies have finally established themselves on the East End, giving casters another option to small blues and bass. In talking to a couple of casters at the Montauk Classic awards ceremony on Sunday, I was told of some better quality blues and bass (including a 30 pounder) coming from the Jones Beach area the last few days.

As far as the Classic, Some casters found a fair number of small stripers and small blues over the course of the weekend, but quality fish were definitely lacking as evidenced by the results of nearly 300 casters flailing the surf from noon Friday to noon Sunday. One exception was the 39.96-pound striper beached Friday night at Shagwong by Terry Marburger on a Super Strike Darter. Terry’s fish was followed by a 22.54-pound bass beached on the sand beach near town by George Lang. George took his fish on a Yo-Zuri Hydro Minnow. In third place was Nick Antonelli with a 17.28 pounder. Although the outer rips at the point have been well populated with big blues, they steered clear of the surf on the weekend. The best contest participants could do was 7.24 pounder beached by Frank Mercurio. Second place went to Gerard Doyle for a 6.82 pound blue, while Jordon Ruberto closed out the scoring with a 6.02 pounder. There were no qualifying striped bass release entries. The minimum size for a release was set at 36 inches. Kudos to Paul and Ray at Paulie’s Tackle shop for keeping the doors open throughout the 48 hours of the tournament.

Next on tap is the South Shore Classic running from October 12 to 14, followed by the Babylon Autumn Surf Fishing Cup, sponsored by Town of Babylon and hosted by Paumonak Surfcasters and the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) from October 26 to 28.

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