SOUTH SHORE CLASSIC AND LI SOUND BLACKFISH TOURNEY
On the fishing front, striped bass action on the East End remains red hot for boat anglers with some captains describing the fall action as the best in nearly two decades. Montauks rips are providing blitz-like action on a daily basis, with most of the fish falling to diamond jigs. Further west, the action has been more hit and miss with good and bad days, but some of the good days have been very, very good. In the surf, most areas are seeing a pick of fish with more consistent action as you go east.
Blackfish season has been off to a fast start with numerous glowing reports of bag or near bag limit catches from boats, and even from shore. That’s good news for this Saturday’s Long Island Sound Blackfish Tournament with boundaries from the Whitestone Bridge to Orient Point. The entry fee is $60 per angler and the event benefits Cerebral Palsey of Long Island. There are cash prizes for the 16 largest tog. Register online at www.lisoundblackfishtournament.com.
Surf fishermen can occupy themselves this weekend with the always popular South Shore Classic Surf Tournament. It kicks off at noon Friday and runs through noon Sunday. Prizes will presented for the three largest bass and blues, with $750 for first place in each category and tackle prizes for second and third place. Only fish within the 28 to 35-inch slot are eligible and must be weighed in by noon Sunday. The entry fee is $15 and the first 100 anglers at the close of the contest will receive a goody bag of Tsunami lures valued at double the entry fee. Enter and weigh-in at Captree Bait & Tackle. Deadline for entering is 9 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the contest go towards improving fishing access within Long Island State Parks. Boundaries are the West End 2 Jetty to the east jetty at Moriches Inlet.