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BABYLON SURF TOURNEY THIS WEEKEND

Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 23, 2017
 A few more positive reports this week is evidence that some fish are on the move down both shores of the Island. Quite a few mentions of very small bass (12 to 22 inches) in some areas, and 22 to 28/30 inches in other areas are the result of the most recent good year classes in the Hudson and Chesapeake. Some bass in the teens and 20-pound class mixed with smaller fish in some of the South Shore Inlets, along East End beaches, and scattered along the North Shore are helping to keep casters motivated.
Albies are keeping casters on their toes from Montauk to Breezy Point, and especially along the North Fork, with catches of a dozen or more of the speedsters not uncommon this fall. Bass and blues are in the mix with the albies from Mattituck to Orient Point. Bluefish have been pretty much a no-show in many other areas. A few places like Rockaway, Shinnecock and Moriches inlets have blues coming and going but most are only 1 to 3 pounds. That run of big blues in North Shore harbors saw the size drop this week to an average of 7 to 8 pounds. While some casters snub blues, the reality is that having blues around helps motivate stripers to feed and the choppers tend to keep baitfish on the move and tight to the beach.
There are schools of bunker stretching the length of the South Shore. Not many bass are on them, although boatmen got into them good a few days this week east of Fire Island Inlet. Spotty reports of sand eels as the surf is still likely too warm for sand launce, but many shops are reporting peanut bunker and lots of white bait in area waters.
This coming weekend is the Town of Babylon Fall Surf Fishing Tournament running from 5 p.m.
Friday, October 27 through 12 noon on Sunday, October 29. Boundaries are Babylon Town beaches from Gilgo to Sore Thumb. Co-sponsored by LIBBA and Paumanok Surf Casters, an awards ceremony featuring lunch and a free raffle immediately follows the close of the tournament at the Overlook Beach pavilion. Throughout the tournament, drive on access to the Babylon beaches will be open at Overlook Beach for residents and non-residents. This is a striped bass and bluefish tournament with prizes for the top three fish in each category. There is also a prize for the largest, witnessed, released striped bass.
LIBBA members are invited to participate in a member only beach pool, with the largest fish entered winning the entire pool. Entry into the pool is $10, and can be done at the tournament weigh station at Overlook Beach. LIBBA and the All Island Surfcasters fishing club have funds to start the pool at $200.
Not a member of LIBBA? You can join and enter the tournament at the weigh station (Overlook Beach parking lot), or go to http://libba.com/. Be sure to print your receipt with your paid membership information. In the past this tournament has had some wonderful fishing and great camaraderie on the beach. The Town of Babylon does a great job running this event. Come join the many surf casters who enjoy fishing these beaches.
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