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ACTION SPREADING WEST

Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 16, 2017
 A few days of northeast and east winds failed to fire up any action in the Montauk surf this past week, but there appear to be more fish spread along parts of the South Shore. Certainly nothing to get excited about, but at least a pick of fish in areas that have been pretty much void of surf action to this point. There have been pockets of action along the north side of the Island, and the far west end of the South Shore finally showed some signs of life. Overall though, the fall run remains a major disappointment at this point in the season. Exceptionally warm water temperatures, fish holding to our north, and a general lack of bass and blues in the fishery could all be at least partially to blame.
The results of the South Shore Classic held over the weekend exemplified this fall’s fishing. Most of the 300 or so casters had a tough time finding fish between Moriches and Jones inlets, while a small percentage managed to pick away at stripers and a handful of blues. Once again, striped bass release entries outnumbered the striped bass open category. Gerard Doyle took the release category with a 44-inch, 32-pound striper. Brett Ranier had a 42.5 incher and Joe Gallichio filled out the category with a 39 incher. In the open category, Richie V. took the top spot with a 28.5 pounder. Prachak Leelavva took second with a 27.60 pounder, and J.J. took third with a 22.80 pound bass. Bluefish were tough to come by. Ziggy Sokolowski took first with a 10.84-pound chopper. Phil Tubiolo placed second with a 10.5 pounder and Jorge Estrada took third with 7.56 pound blue.
This coming weekend, the South Shore Surf Spectacular hosted by Jones Beach Fishing Station takes center stage. See the events calendar, or contact Ed at 631-559-5938 or jonesbeachfishing@yahoo.com for more info.
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