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TOG SEASON OPENS; LI SOUND 10/11 - NY BIGHT 10/15

Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 7, 2019
TOG SEASON OPENS; LI SOUND 10/11 - NY BIGHT 10/15
Nicole Cook with one of many stripers she caught at Robert Moses on Sunday, 10/6. The surf has been hot.

Out east, a strong dose of wind, rain and more wind certainly made this week one of the slowest so far this season. Rough seas and the other elements kept most charter and open boats tied to the dock. When captain’s and anglers found windows of opportunity, they found acres upon acres of small stripers out in front of the Montauk Lighthouse with plenty of blues mixed in along with some false albacore. The fishing has been spectacular on jigs and light tackle. Some larger stripers have settled into the rips at the Point, while around Block Island, those willing to brave the ride through lumpy seas have been rewarded for the long hike with plenty of quality bass to 48 pounds. Plenty of bluefish are in with the bass also. Sea bass are big, abundant and spread from Block, Fishers and Plum Islands and as far west as Mattituck Inlet. That said, sea bass will again be this week’s best bet as the action has been consistent despite the harsh weather. Plenty of porgies are mixed with the biscuits and can also be found in depths of 40 feet of water, especially along the Sound. There have been plenty of false albies up in the Sound as well. Blackfish season opens this Friday in the Long Island Sound and on Tuesday October 15th along the South Shore. Most open and charter boat captains are looking forward to what should be a solid season. Unfortunately, the weather this week does not look like it is going to cooperate.

Along the South Shore, cooling water temps and a lot of bait on the move, with some larger bass into the 20 pound class beginning to show along Moriches and Fire Island on a more consistent basis. Live bait in the form of kingfish, bunker and spot should produce some quality keepers in the inlets this week, weather permitting. And, if stripers are not your cup of tea, the bottom bonanza just keeps on ticking with porgies and blowfish very active. For some flat out fun, weakfish from 12 inches to 3 pounds are thick in the Kismet, Heckscher and State Channel areas. Try drifting sandworms or pink soft plastics for best results.

To the west, bottom fishing in the bays continues to produce good to excellent action with good numbers of blowfish and kingfish keeping many anglers happy. The waters from Massapequa Cove to Amityville are loaded with fish. Bass action at local bridges such as the Wantagh and Meadowbrook has been good on clams, poppers and plugs, but the catch is mostly shorts with just an occasional keeper. The near shore reefs are still holding a variety of species such as scup, sea bass, cocktail blues and blowfish. There have been reports of blackfish being caught as by-catch prior to the October 15 opening on the South Shore.

Up on the North Shore anglers are anxiously awaiting the Long Island Sound blackfish opener this Friday, October 11th. Make sure you are prepared with some blackfish jigs. Porgies are still holding the spotlight and if you can’t find them, you should probably take up golf. They are all over the North Shore and hitting worms and clams. The Middle Grounds saw decent catches of porgies and sea bass, and good numbers of weakfish are showing up in the by-catch. Cocktail blues are going strong and are slamming small tins and jigs up and down the Sound. Once again, the better bass activity took place at the Middle Grounds on trolled umbrella rigs. Small bass are spread from Eatons Neck to Cranes Neck.

Offshore reports have been slim to none due to the weather but the surf has been hot over the past week with loads of school bass action reported from Montauk to Breezy Point during the week and on the weekend. Small blues are mixed with the bass in many areas.
 

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