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SURF TAKING SHAPE

Posted By Fred Golofaro, October 1, 2018

Some encouraging signs this week that could bode well for the October surf scene. Montauk’s rips received a new infusion of big bass but the action has been limited to diamond jigging by boatmen taking advantage of an abundance of large sand eels up to 10 inches in length. The hope is that with water temps finally dropping, some of those fish might wind up in the suds on the next hard easterly. There’s also hope that when they do move, it is down the South Fork and South Shore beaches. At least we can hope.


Another encouraging sign this week was some quality bass into the 30-pound class taken along the oceanfront east and west of Shinnecock Inlet when bunker schools moved in tight to the beach. Those fish are a far cry from the 20-inch class fish that have been populating the sand beaches along most of the Island’s south shoreline. And, don’t forget the preponderance of bait that seems to be surrounding Long Island.
Finally, there are enough albies around, especially on the East End, to make some people forget about bass and blues for a while at least. Shinnecock was hot again on Sunday, the mouth of Montauk Harbor has been alive with the speedsters, and the North Fork came alive with them the latter part of the week.


Don’t forget the South Shore Classic coming up October 12 to 14, followed by the Babylon Autumn Surf Fishing Cup, sponsored by Town of Babylon and hosted by Paumonak Surfcasters and the Long Island Beach Buggy Association (LIBBA) from October 26 to 28. The mail-in deadline for the Classic is this Friday but you can sign up in person at Captree Bait & Tackle right up until 9 a.m. on Saturday the 13th, for those who can’t shake free of work to catch the start of the tournament on Friday.
 

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