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FISHING LOGS: Long Island, Metro NY


Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 29, 2018

Lest there be any doubt of the impact that sand eels can have in drawing fish to the beach, one has to look no further than this fall. The last good run of stripers along our South Shore and South Fork beaches coincided with the last good showing of sand eels along these beaches. The last several years have been very lean with the exception of lots of very small bass and virtually no big bass in the suds. The current run of fish which now stretches from Montauk well to the west, is being fueled by an abundance of sand eels, most of which measure anywhere from 5 or 6 inches to as long as 10 inches. Those big sand eels have added fuel to the fire, drawing in a fair number of big bass (there have already been several fish around the 50-pound mark and a good number of 40 pounders reported) into the mix. Even better is the fact that sand eels trend to linger in an area, providing good fishing over a longer period of time. Make sure you take advantage of it. The weekend’s nor’easter put the run on a very brief hold, with good action right up to early Friday night in some areas, and picking right up again on Sunday morning.

The Babylon Autumn Surf Fishing Cup, sponsored by Town of Babylon and hosted by Paumonak Surfcasters and the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) was hampered by the big blue as trucks and campers had to vacate the beach Friday night into Saturday morning due to the high tides. The first couple of hours saw a handful of fish from 17 to 31 pounds beached on needlefish plugs along Cedar Overlook and there was another flurry of fish Sunday morning but most did not make the 36-inch minimum size requirement. Kevin Donahue and John Stahley took the top spots with fish of 31.2 and 17.8 pounds respectively.

This weekend is the Jones Beach Surf Cup sponsored by Jones Beach Fishing Station located at Jones Beach Parking Field #10. Fishing kicks off at 9 a.m. Friday, November 2ND and wraps up at noon Sunday, November 4TH. There will be prizes for the three largest striped bass and bluefish, including $500 for the largest bass and $500 for the largest bluefish paid at awards ceremony. Entry fee of $15 includes free giveaways. Contest boundaries are Debs Inlet to Fire Island Lighthouse. You can enter at the Captree Food Concession during the week and/or at the JB Fishing Station from Friday morning through noon Saturday. For more info, call Ed at 631-559-5938.




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