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FULL MOON BASS BITE

Posted By Tony Salerno, October 9, 2017
FULL MOON BASS BITE
Blackfish are a good bet going into this week, while Montauk’s rips were stacked with stripers on the full moon.
I hope you were able to take advantage of the fantastic striper fishing that occurred just about every evening this week in the rips off Montauk as the ticket to victory is indeed the full moon and an incoming tide. Pollack Rip leads the pack for the hotspot honors. Most of the bass were of mixed sizes as one drift may produce a 28-incher, while the next drift may produce a 40 pounder. If you missed out, fret not as the new moon should be just as active, especially starting three days before and after the new moon phase. On a very positive note, the rips remain full of life which bodes well for the days and hopefully weeks ahead. Blackfish have jumped out to a quick start since opening day on both sides of the isles and between the Forks. Although catches consist of many shorts, determined sharpies are coming close or achieving their limits to 10 pounds. With such a positive start to the tog fishing, and coming off of the moon for stripers, we’ll make the white chins this week’s best bet. Obviously as the waters continue to cool, the quantity of keepers will increase. Therefore fasten those seatbelts ladies and gents, looks as if a solid tog season is just around the corner. Bluefish continue to roam all over the East End with some real gators wreaking havoc on light tackle intended for the false albacore. Speaking of the albies, they are turning up from Shinnecock Inlet, extending east around Montauk Point to Gin Beach. The Sound and Gardiners Bay also host lots of the speedsters, but man are they picky if you don’t have an imitation of what they are chasing. Surprisingly, the porgy and sea bass fishing was quite tough for most of the week, however the porgy fishing rebounded, nicely on Friday and into the weekend. Consistent action with big chunky sea bass will especially rebound once sea bass season reopens on October 21st in Federal waters, as those productive pieces of bottom will be reloaded for round 2. Triggerfish are still going strong, although it seems as if they are beginning to move off to the deeper pieces. The Peconics continue to produce outstanding weakfish action to 6 pounds.
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