Based on the amount of boats fishing around the point on Saturday, I’d have to say that the “Fall run” is on. It was a zoo! All the parking lots in the marinas were full, in fact West Lake was overfull with their front lawn also loaded with cars out to the road. The West Lake ramp had trailers parked cheek to jowl all the way out on the left side and three-quarters out on the other side. And, just about everybody caught bass. Anyone who didn’t has to start practicing a little more because they were doing something wrong.
The Stephen Sloan Memorial shark tournament was held over the weekend. This contest is based on an existing private tournament organized by Steve a number of years ago called the “Yanks Vs Brits”, with an all release format. The winner is determined by points, with two hundred points for a blueshark and four hundred for a mako. Each boat had an observer on board to make sure that everything was done by strict IGFA rules. The results are as follows:
TIGER SHARK - 1400 points
CHRISTOPHER H - 1200 points
MY MATE - 800 points
There’s not much top report on the tuna fishing except a rumor about the bluefins up to 300 pounds stacking up behind the draggers working fifteen miles out from Shinnecock. If this is true, they’re moving pretty fast and it probably won’t do you much good, since they might be off Fire Island by the time you get out there.
Paulies Tackle Shop held their surf comets over the weekend, and it was blown away by Willie Young’s 52 lb bass. He took first place in it as well as the lead in the Local’s contest, which runs until December 1. The rest of the results are as follows;
Mike Coppola - 26.42 lbs
Gary “Toad” Stephens - 23.00 lbs
Zeb Perinhas - 14.10 lbs
Joe Tserpelis - 8.82 lbs
Ed Grabow - 8.58 lbs
It appears that I was wrong last week about the falsies being gone. They’re still here as of Saturday.
I also screwed up on the report about the five surfcasters being washed off Shagwong. There were five guys rescued all right, but they weren’t surfcasters. They were out paddling some kind of a Hawaiian canoe and got swamped. I guess our waves are bigger than the ones in Hawaii.
I’m done for the year. The boss is gone and I’m hauling out this week, so I might get a little erratic with the reports from now through the rest of the season. I’m going to start concentrating on updating the website dealing with trips to Central America. If you’re looking for a warm place to fish this winter, check it out at http://www.tropicalfishing.com/tropical.htm, or give me a call and we’ll BS about it a bit.