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FISHING LOGS: Long Island, Metro NY


Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 15, 2018

The East End ocean beaches through Southampton East Hampton lit up with quality stripers from Friday night through Sunday morning, shattering any inklings that this fall would be a repeat of the last couple of years where short stripers dominated the Island’s surf and even a keeper was hard to find through most of the fall. Sand eels, and some big ones up to 9 inches, have settled into the wash, along with a mix of shad, adult and peanut bunker and snapper blues. Super Strike Needlefish, diamond jigs with tubes (day and night), SP Minnows, darters, pencil poppers (dawn), soft plastic sand eel imitations like the Tsunami Swim Eel, and bucktails, especially those dressed with sand eel colored Fat Cow strips were all mentioned as taking fish in reports from shops and those on the beach. Sand eels are also in the wash to a lesser degree to the west with a few nice fish scattered among small blues and bass. The hope is that the East End action will work or spread its way west over the next week or so as water temperatures continue to drop with nighttime temps this week in the 40s and in some areas dipping into the 30s.

The South Shore Classic held over the weekend, with its eastern boundary Moriches Inlet did not benefit from the East End run, but it did produce a few nice fish. I’ll give a full wrap-up in the November issue, but here’s how it finished. Largest striper went to Ziggy Sokolowski with a 41.04 pounder caught at Moriches. That fish came with an amazing story that I’ll relate in the wrap-up and a Tale End column. Second went to Rob Bersani with a 32.66 from the backside of Robert Moses and third place was a 31.26 beached by Joe Crean. Rubin Fournier took the Striped Bass release division with a 37 incher. Not one qualifying bluefish (5 pounds) was beached among the over 350 participants.

Next up is the Babylon Autumn Surf Fishing Cup, sponsored by Town of Babylon and hosted by Paumonak Surfcasters and the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA). It takes place from October 26 to 28. We’ll have more on this one next week.

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