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November 12, 2018:
Paul from River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin said once again the wind has been keeping all but the most diehard anglers from fishing. Pet Shop Charlie braved the cold and spent the only calm day on the high seas searching for bass. He had loads of action all day on diamonds jigs. The only problem was that they were all dogfish. Dental Rob was also out but closer to the beach where he was into schoolies that were feeding on small sand eels. Photo Taso took a break from work and went out to Robert Moses. Due to the wind he left the long wand in the car. By throwing tins he connected with a nice schoolie bass. By early morning the wind really started to kick and the water got too dirty. LIRR Tom reported he also was at RM at 3:00 a.m. and he scored by throwing a dark needle fish that duped an 18-pound striper. On Election Day he was landing mostly schoolies in the wash that were jumping the teasers. Tom said if the wind lays down, now would be the time to use the fly rods. Captain Timothy O'Rourke in Montauk called in to report that fishing is starting to slow down. Bass that are being caught are small but there have been shots of larger fish. He is hoping this year's herring run will return to what it used to be. Once again River Bay Outfitters will be starting their fly tying classes for both fresh and saltwater anglers. Please go to their website for more information.



Previous Reports

  • November 5, 2018 Open or Close

    Paul from River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin said the only thing that is holding back the fishing is the wind. The fish are there and when the wind lays down fly anglers are hitting the beaches. Bass are running the lip and feeding on sand eels that are showing up. Both Robert Mosses and Jones Beach saw good fishing on the incoming tide. Paul heard that both Points still have fish and the run is moving to the western portion of the South Shore surf. If it follows last year's pattern we will have bass into December. When the gannets show and fish the big herring patterns you can catch your biggest fish of the year. At this time of year his flies of choice would be very thin to imitate sand eels or a wide peanut bunker pattern. The biggest disappointment this year has been the lack of bluefish. Paul feels that too many are being kept. This isn't the time to put away your rods if you want to have a tight line.

  • October 29, 2018 Open or Close

    Paul at River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin said the ocean has been wild with the wind and rain and only the brave have been going out. Pet Shop Charlie did make it out and sent photos of some very large bass caught very close to the beach. LIRR Tom reported the beach bite with schoolies is really taking off. Captain Timothy O'Rourke checked in with a report of great fishing right up until the blow. However, he did get a chance for some private surf fishing on the Montauk open beaches during the Northeaster. The albies are finishing up but his prediction is for everything to open up with the bass. Captain Andrew Derr came back from Montauk just in time for the terrific bite on the North Fork. If it is anything like last year it should hold up until after Thanksgiving. Captain Craig Cantelmo also reported the same action on albies and bass, with bass really make a big showing. Charlie D stopped in and reported having action in the Rockaways on the incoming tide and a SW wind. The bait is moving out and time is getting shorter so don't wait, it's going to be a long winter. Or you could always go steelheading. The shop is having its annual steelhead trip on December 2nd and there is still room. If anyone is interested, please contact the shop for more information.

  • October 22, 2018 Open or Close

    Paul at River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin reported wind and dangerous seas have kept most anglers home but there are opportunities out there. Photo Taso reported getting into shad at the inlet until the seals showed up. Montauk Point is still going strong with albies, stripers and blues blitzing in the massive schools. Capt. Timothy O' Rourke, when he could get out, reported the action is still going strong. Paul noted that it is a good time to get out as most of the part time guides have left and the pressure on the fish has been reduced. If you are interested in a trip, please call the shop. The Salty Flyrodders had the annual Conclave on the North Fork over the past weekend and at the dinner everyone was coming in with reports of many fish being brought in. The good fishing combined with the beautiful weather saw everyone have a good time. It was a good move having it in the fall and I am sure it will only get bigger and better. The Salties honored Paul by inducting him into their Hall of Fame. When the wind is down the local surf will give up bass and blues but they are still on the smaller size. There is fishing still to be had or there is always fly tying.

  • October 15, 2018 Open or Close

    Paul at River Bay Outfitters in Baldwin reported maybe it's him but two trips out east with twenty anglers and it was the worst week on both Forks. Even the spin guys couldn't buy a fish. On the way home Paul got a text from Pet Shop Charlie indicating albies in all of the western inlets. Photo Taso and his brother went to Field 6 with fly rods but when they arrived they were greeted with high waves. They switched to small spinning rods with Deadly Dicks and that saved the day with small blues and some nice shad. Tommy C called to report there are bass in the Jones area and more schools of albies off the Rockaways. LIRR Tommy braved the cold and went out at 1:00 a.m. to fish the dock lights for 23 bass, two shad and one albie and he was complaining that he had to work for them. Paul didn't feel so bad for him when he told him how cold it was. Sometimes it pays to stay local and fish the waters you know. Paul said please don't believe the fishing is done for the year with this cold snap. It will only spark things up and give us a good run; or anglers can always go for steelheads.

River Bay Outfitters

River Bay Outfitters
980 Church St.
Baldwin, NY 11510
phone: 516-415-7748


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