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SMITH POINT OUTER BEACH REOPENED

Posted By Fred Golofaro, August 7, 2017

Before we get into the fishing, the big news is that Smith Point’s Outer Beach was reopened with access to the inlet in time for this past weekend. Kudos to the County Parks Department for wasting no time in reopening the beach as soon as the plover chicks fledged.
On the fishing front, this week’s reports continue to be less than stimulating if your surf fishing world revolves traditional targets like stripers, blues, weakfish and albies. Again this week, sharks and to a lesser degree porgies, were the most talked about species where surf fishing is concerned, but there is a ray of light at the end of the tunnel. It seems more and more that the lack of bass news has a lot to do with lack of effort. Outside of our regular report sources, I’ve been getting word of lots of bass in some areas. Most of it revolves around schoolies ranging anywhere from 22 to 30 inches which bodes well for the future. Last week I mentioned Mark Freedman and all the success he has been having this summer along Westhampton. Last week I had family camping at Shinnecock East. My son reported paddle boarding over loads of bass on the bayside and in the ocean. This week I had family staying at Cupsogue. Snorkeling on the bayside in the Elbow, they reported bass being stacked up along that stretch on several occasions. Johnny Ferrara who has a home on Reynolds Channel reported loads of stripers in his dock lights this week. He’s been catching them on soft plastics. Paulie from Paulie’sa tackle in Montauk said his son Nick has been catching plenty of school bass along the Smithtown Bay shore, and there was solid schoolie action at Ditch Plains this week. So, there are bass to be caught if you make the effort, and more important, all these schoolies bode well for the future as we are seeing the results of a couple of good recent year classes.

 

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