Another weekend with a screwed up forecast resulted in boats sitting on Saturday instead of fishing. The blow on
Thursday and Friday crapped out Friday night and instead of 15 knots on Saturday with four to six we had 0 knots and
flat seas, and the bass were still there.
The bottom fishing is holding up well for the fluke, seabass and porgies. For the last couple of years the fluke fishing
started to die out in late August, but this year it just keeps on. Do you think the fact that there are only the headboats
fishing them makes a difference?
The falsies haven’t shown up at The Point like I thought they would. Maybe because there is hardly any of the small
baitfish that they like around. There are an awful lot of them offshore though.
Shark fishing wasn’t hurt by the blow. Instead those mammoth fall bluesharks started appearing; the kind that take an
hour or more to get to the boat. There are still makos around as well.
Next weekend starts the fall surfcasting tournaments. Paulies Tackle Shop hosts one and the Locals tournament that
runs until December starts.
There is also an offshore tournament geared to Topaz owners next weekend run out of the Montauk Marine Basin.
All the charterboats got “Dear Charterboat Owner” letters from the DEC on Saturday. It included a form they HAVE to
fill out when they send in their $400 for the saltwater license that is needed staring October 1. It allows them to carry
unlicensed anglers. The rest of you have to buy your own individual license. From what I read, the license is for the
calendar year, but will expire on December 31. To me, that should mean that since this year’s license only covers three
months, the fee should only be $100. But what do I know?