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Posted By Fred Golofaro, September 16, 2019
Albies have settled in around many parts of the Island, creating lots of excitement among light tackle anglers.

Out east, bite continues to be solid with striped bass, sea bass and scup despite some rain, wind and lumpy seas. And while the bottom dwellers continue to cooperate on rocky bottom on both the North and South Forks and especially off Block Island, the albies have finally arrived in full force with the best showing occurring off of Montauk’s north and south sides, and outside the harbor entrance where Yo-Zuri Crystal Minnows and pink Hogy Epoxy Jigs are top producers. Some bluefish, striped bass and bonito are mixed with the little tunny. And while a mass concentration of the speedsters are settled off the point, the fish are widely spread from Shinnecock on east and all along the North Fork and west into the Sound. Striped bass fishing was also productive this week, but you had to troll along Southwest Ledge to score with limits to 40 plus pounds. Fluke fishing has slipped but there are some true doormats off the radar tower on the south side of Montauk, including a monster 17.90 pounder and 14.01 pounder, both caught on Saturday.

Along the South Shore, false albacore were also making headlines as they have moved into Moriches and Fire Island inlets and near shore waters. Both bays are seeing good mixed bag action for porgies, blowfish and kingfish. A chum pot with clam or bunker chum, and worms, clams or squid for bait will keep the rods bending. The better fluke action is now concentrated near the inlets or outside on the edges of the reefs.

Further west, there are some indications bass are stirring and preparing to get into their fall feeding mode. They were found crashing bait west of Jones Inlet. The fish have been taken on tins, epoxy jigs, diamond jigs, popping plugs, bunker chunks and live lined bait. Some larger fish are beginning to show with one west end party boat registering a pool winner of 36 pounds. If the blowfish population continues to expand at its current rate, by next year we may see party boats doing half-day runs for them. They are all over the South Shore bays. Massapequa Cove, Gilgo, the Copiague Hole and John J Burns Park are holding excellent numbers of blowfish. Clams and chum are the essentials, and there’s a nice by-catch of kingfish, porgies, sea bass and the occasional weakfish along with the puffers. It remains to be seen if the summer flatties have fled the scene. No significant fluke reports were received from any party or charter boats on the west end this week.

In Long Island Sound, blues are making their move and jumping on diamond jigs with some also falling to bunker chunks and trolling. Little Neck Bay and Manhasset Bay were inundated with choppers smashing small tins and jigs. Some schoolie bass have been mixed with the blues. The waters around Eatons Neck also experienced a strong run of blues in the 5 to 10-pound range off of Huntington. Watch for birds working along the beach off of Diamond Point and Eatons Neck, and also out around 11b and the OB Buoy. Porgies fishing remains excellent around City Island and the upper Sound. Scup to 20-inches were bagged around Huckleberry Island, Execution Rock and Orchard Beach. Eatons Neck, Cranes Neck and Old Field Point also saw very good scup action this week. Bass action is slowly picking up as the waters cool down. Schoolies can be found in most harbors which are packed with peanut bunker, and along some stretches of Sound shorefront. Albies have been popping up in scattered locations but the better concentrations are still well to the east along the North Fork.

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