The Montauk Marine Basin had their shark tournament over the weekend, and no shark huggers showed up to show their
displeasure. There were eighty boats entered, and I guess they didnít think that was enough to cause the sharks to go
The main body of the bluesharks has apparently moved out to the east, with the most I heard of being released on a boat
was around a dozen, with most having less action than that. Friday a blueshark of 322 pounds was winning, but on
Saturday the threshers took over. The results are as follows;
1st place - FUGGED ABOUT IT - 465 lbs thresher
2nd place - VISTA - 376 lbs thresher
3rd place - FIESTA - 333 lbs thresher
1st place mako - DIGGIN IT II - 324 lbs
2nd place mako - FISH N CHICKS - 208 lbs
3rd place mako - ULTIMATE - 178 lbs
There are still some schoolie bluefins being seen and occasionally caught, mostly on the east side of the Butterfish Hole.
But it wasnít a schoolie that engulfed the WEGOís kite bait on Friday. They fought a 600-700 pounder for a couple of
hours before breaking it off.
Inshore the fishing is up and down . Saturday the bass fishing was great with the charter boats having a fairly easy time
getting their limit. Sunday was a different story, with plenty of action but with smaller fish and a half limit more the
norm. Fluking is pretty much the same with lots of shorts interspersed with small nests of keepers, some as big as ten
Seabass are a little rare. Some nice ones are mixed in with the fluke, but if you go looking for them you wind up with
doggies, and even when the doggie action isnít enough to chase you, the seabass just arenít thick enough.
I stopped by one of the charter boats on Saturday when I saw the captain in the engine room. I asked how the fish were
treating him and he said ďthe fishing is better than the businessĒ I guess the guys that own their house and boat free and
clear will be alright, but Iíd hate to be in the business with a mortgage and boat payment to make.
New Yorkís Attorney General Andrew Cuomo has announced that he is suing the feds over the fluke regs. Heís trying to
get standardized regs up and down the coast instead of what we have now wherein we have a limit of four fluke at 20.5
inches whereas Jersey has a limit of eight fish at eighteen inches. For more info go to http://www.oag.state.ny.us/press/200...une23b_08.html