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BLACKFISHING STAYS HOT

Posted By Fred Golofaro, November 11, 2019
BLACKFISHING STAYS HOT
JD Spadaro with the biggest tog of the season thus far – an 18.1-pound brute caught out of Montauk.

Out east, hit one of the open or charter boats from Orient by the Sea Marina or inside Montauk Harbor and head out for blackfish since the fishing continues to be exceptional during both tides with the big females starting to chew well. Most anglers get their limits of fish between 2 and 5 pounds with an occasional 9 to 11 pounder thrown in for good measure, and there was that 18.1 pounder caught by JD Spadaro last week. That said, blackfish will again be this week’s best bet. Boats steaming to Block Island continue to knock the socks out of sea bass and big scup with some cod, bluefish and even a few weakfish coming over the rails as well. Dogfish have seemed to calm down this week. There are blackfish on the Shinnecock Reef and mixed size stripers just inside and outside of the inlet with live bait working best on the bigger fish.

Along the South Shore, watch the inlets and along the open beach for bass. Reports of some larger bass to 30 pounds have come in from the bay, so it also may be time to try live bait by day or eels after dark on the inside. For blackfish, it still remains the best in years with anglers scoring fish to 6 pounds and more. The inside pieces are getting hit as hard as outside, so pick your spot and get in on the action. Another option outside, which I saw Saturday was albies and bonito crashing bait on the surface. Deadly Dicks reeled at a high speed through the fray will entice a bite from the speedsters.

To the west, the Atlantic Beach Reef area was a hot spot for ‘tog on the days the weather and sea conditions cooperated. Fat ‘tog to 10-pounds plus were hauled up from the 50 to 65-ft. ranges. A majority of blackfish anglers swore by the ‘tog jigs as being the best choice over bait rigs. Green and Asian crabs both worked well. Bass are still very active and responding to Mojos, bunker spoons, diamond jigs, tins, plugs and live eels. The waters east and south of Debs once again saw good action, and anglers reported taking bass south of Lido Beach. The waters from the Pink Hotel and the Roundhouse were also very productive.

Up on the North Shore, when anglers were able to get out, blackfish were the main target. Action was very good on shorts and nice size keepers to 9-pounds were drilled. ‘Tog were found at Rye, Huckleberry and Glen Islands, Hudson Park and the CI Bridge. Heading up the Sound anglers scored at 11b, 28c, the Middle Grounds, Old Field, and the Connecticut coast. Depending on the area blackfish anglers saw a decent amount of sea bass as a by catch. Green and Asian crabs were employed by most anglers with one report indicating the bigger ‘tog wanted greens. Bass action was just okay as far as keepers as once again most spots held schoolies from 20 to 27-inches. Bass along the beach areas jumped on tins and diamond jigs.

In the surf, plenty of school bass continue to parade down the Island’s southern shoreline and there are plenty more to come based on the reports I’m getting from friends in Montauk who say the rips were clogged with huge schools of small bass right into the weekend. Those same fish were also on the beach on Saturday but hardly any casters were there to greet them. Robert Moses continues to draw the biggest crowds and we had good reports from there on Saturday and Sunday mornings, and good fishing was reported all the way to Brooklyn. Small bass are also the rule on the North Shore, and squid have showed up in some of the harbors in the Huntington area. The North Fork’s beaches from Southold to Orient have been seeing frequent blitzes of schoolies as well, just be sure to pay attention to parking signs when fishing those beaches.
 

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