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FALL RUN TIME

Posted By Tom Melton, September 25, 2017
FALL RUN TIME
The fall run of stripers should be getting underway as migration time nears. Photo courtesy Skimmer Outdoors.
 This is the week in my opinion that the South Shore from Shinnecock to Fire Island will bust open with bass. This past weekend already produced signs of heated activity with bass to almost 30 pounds reported in Moriches. There are bunker pods staged outside, sand eels moving in and out of the bay, and I trust we will begin to see some mullet movement any day now. If you have sick days, vacations days or any other means of getting out of work and on the water…DO IT! For the nuts and bolts part, I would definitely try live bait, or get on one of the bunker pods. Live spot, kingfish, bunker, eels and even legal live porgies will all turn a bass’ head. I also prefer the outgoing current in the inlets and along the inside bay beaches like South Beach in Great South Bay. For livelining, use a fluorocarbon leader at least 72 inches in length with a size 4/0 to 7/0 hook. Circle hooks are great, but that is up to your preference. Another tip would be to hook the live bait through the tip of their noses with a duo-lock swivel and allow the hook to hang freely. The fall run is here, hit the water and bring home, or snap a quick photo and release that trophy bass you have been waiting for.
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