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MONTAUK CLASSIC

Posted By Fred Golofaro, September 17, 2018

Another dose of east winds this past week, and the heave from Hurricane Florence limited beach access some days and shut down fishing along the oceanfront for a time as well. By Sunday, some reports blues and small bass made their way back to South shore and East End tackle shops from places like FINS, Amagansett and Easthampton beaches. Over the course of the week, there was lots of bait, including bay anchovies, mullet and peanut bunker gathered in the inlets and backsides, which fueled some action with small bass and blues. Another round of weather is due in on Tuesday - the remnants of Florence – which could help ignite some beach action. Albies still remain very much MIA, but that could change any day. Those “small albies,” and probably bonito, that guys are reporting are more than likely frigate mackerel (aka frigate tuna). The photos I have seen were frigates, not albies. Google them and you will see what I mean.
Hosted by The Fisherman and Long Island State Parks, the Montauk Surf Fishing Classic is slated for this weekend, September 21 through the 23th. Fishing kicks off at noon Friday, and continues through Sunday at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at the Point at 12:30 p.m. on Sunday. The first 100 attendees at Sunday’s awards ceremony will receive a goody bag of tackle and all attendees will receive a free ticket for the awards ceremony raffle.


Weigh-in for this year’s contest will be Paulie’s Tackle Shop where the doors will remain open 24 hours a day throughout the weekend. The in-person entry deadline is 9 a.m. on Saturday morning at Paulie’s for those who can’t get to Montauk before the weekend. The entry fee remains just $15 per angler.


Boundary lines for this contest are all shore areas east of the westernmost boundary of Napeague State Park. All areas must be accessible by foot or wading. Swimming, using a boat, kayak or any flotation device to access an area is prohibited. The minimum size for striped bass entries is set at 36 inches, while the bluefish minimum is set at 5 pounds. The Striped Bass Release Division was created four years ago in an effort to reduce the number of bass brought to the scales. Winners of the release division are determined by overall length measured to the nearest half inch to expedite the release. Another registered participant in the Classic must witness the measuring and release, and sign off on the angler’s entry card. It is up to the angler to check their entry in at Paulie’s, just as if they were weighing a fish in. There are three places in the Striped Bass Release Division, and the Striped Bass and Bluefish divisions. Winners of the striped bass (weighed) and bluefish categories will receive $750. Second and third place winners, and first through third place in the striped bass release category will receive quality tackle prizes. In the case of a tie, the earliest fish checked in will take priority.
 

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