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FISHING LOGS: Long Island, Metro NY


Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 22, 2018

The ocean beaches through Southampton and East Hampton, and to a lesser degree further west (Demo saw a good bite Sunday morning) continued to produce excellent striper action both in quantity and quality. Some casters labelled the action epic at times this week, with fish from the low teens to 40 pounds pouncing on an assortment of artificals, and the better action taking place mostly at night, although Tuesday saw the bite go all day long on some Southampton beaches. Sand eels up to 9 inches long and shad have been the dominant baitfish. Super Strike Needlefish, diamond jigs with tubes (day and night), SP Minnows, Yo-Zuri Hydro Minnows, darters, pencil poppers (dawn), soft plastic sand eel imitations like the Tsunami Swim Eel, and bucktails, especially those tipped with sand eel colored Fat Cow strips were all mentioned as taking fish in the course of reports. Parts of the North Fork saw very good action with bass, blues and a few albies on the weekend. Most of the bass are running from shorts to 12 or so pounds.

This coming weekend 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 has grown dramatically over the past couple of years and should draw a good crowd. It runs from 5 p.m. Friday through noon on Sunday. All entrants will have parking and 4x4 access to Town of Babylon beaches. Boundaries are the western border of Gilgo to the Sore Thumb. If you haven’t already registered, you can sign up Friday evening in the Cedar Beach Overlook parking lot. For $20. There is also a special pool for LIBBA members. For more info, contact the Town Clerk’s office at 631-957-4286.

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