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STRIPERS TO OUR NORTH

Posted By Fred Golofaro, September 25, 2017
 The effects of hurricane Jose did little to inspire any surf action along the South Shore and East End this past week. In fact, what many hoped would be the trigger for some solid fall action turned out to be a complete dud. The high surf also shut down beach access for most of the week, and in the case of Montauk, into the weekend. That resulted in many anglers running their forays from the lighthouse parking lot. The access road at the point was opened Saturday morning but space on the beach was extremely limited. Participants in the weekend’s Montauk Classic found Napeague and Hither Hills closed through the weekend due to the high surf and high tides. Surprisingly, Gin Beach and Shagwong, despite Thursday and Friday’s howling winds out of northerly quarters managed to remain drivable. Unfortunately, a likely brush with Maria later this week will at the very least generate big surf again which could compromise access. Hopefully, this one triggers some action with stripers and blues, but ocean temperatures back up to the low 70s, might be a factor in holdings things back.
Fishing was tough for nearly all the participants in this year’s Montauk Classic. Stripers were hard to come by, and while blues did put in one or two decent showings along Shagwong on Friday and Saturday, the action was relatively short lived and did not repeat on consecutive tides. Still, a handful of decent fish helped settle the standings, with most of them caught Friday or early Saturday morning. German Ceceres took the top striper, a 28.12-pounder. Mike Coppola’s 22.14 pounder nailed down second place and Frank Mercurio’s 18.26 pounder held up for third place. The top blue was a 14.36 pounder beached by Tony Cristostomo. James Schneider followed with a 12.96 pounder and John Rieweris was right behind him with a 12.38 pound blue. The only qualifying release bass (36-inch minimum) was Damian Toeman’s 38 incher.
A month long catch and release striped bass tournament launched by Unreel Anglers Surf Club kicks off on October 1 and runs through October 29th. Boundaries are Montauk to Manhattan and there is a $40 registration fee. Sponsors include Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor and Nor Easter Reel Repair. Five dollars of every entry will go toward Kids Need More. To enter or for more info, go to Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor or unreelanglers@gmail.com.
And don’t forget the South Shore Classic coming up October 13 through 15. See the ad in this week’s issue for details.
While our local reports were pretty dismal this week, there is room for optimism. I’ve included the Rhode Island report from Dave Anderson’s New England Edition’s Surf Report. Hopefully the bass up there will find their way along our shores real soon.
RHODE ISLAND REPORT
Mike over at Watch Hill Outfitters said, “Don’t let this dirty water get you down, you should be fishing!” Watch Hill has been red hot this week with one of the guys from the shop stopping to kill an hour and catching 17 bass on 17 casts! These fish have been topping out at about 40 inches. There have also been albies running in tight to the shoreline there. Mullet have been spilling out of the breachways this week setting up this rough water bass bite. Despite the heavy dose of baitfish, there have been very few bluefish around. The fishing has been very good.
Robin over at Quonny B&T in Charlestown said it’s been a windy week of big waves and dirty water… and bass. Pretty much the entire stretch from the West Wall to Watch Hill has been hot with bass from 25 inches to 20 pounds. The bite has been best during the day and topwater plugs have been catching a lot of fish. Poppers in white or yellow have been hot and redheaded versions seem to be catching best. Bucktails have also been catching their share of nice fish during the day. Albie reports have been scarce, a few rumors from the West Wall. Bait is thick, it’s been a great fall for peanuts so far.
I missed Dennis this week so I called my friend Peter Jenkins and he told me that Ocean Drive has been loaded with schoolie bass with the occasional keeper up to 30 inches mixed-in. Albies have been popping pretty good from Brenton Point all the way around to the Mount Hope Bridge. Epoxy Jigs have been selling like hotcakes, along with Albie Snax, but don’t sleep on the Point Jude Pogee—this tin features a keel making it much easier to fish on or near the surface, keeping it on the dinner plate longer.
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