Old Mother Nature was kind to us by letting the breeze die down for the weekend. But, we probably could
have put up with a little more breeze in exchange for some better fishing.
We have a niece from Guatemala visiting us so naturally we had to go out fishing on Saturday. I went to the
North Rip and it was loaded with boats so I started on the east end of it where I was able to catch one keeper,
but the crowd got ridiculous, so I bailed out. I donít like fishing in a crowd and I can usually do OK fishing all
by my lonesome instead of fighting the traffic where the fishing might actually be better. But not this time. None
of the spots east of there held anything but a couple of bluefish. I finally went back to the Elbow and caught
another bass and a couple of more bluefish. Most of the charter boats did OK, but thatís about the best that
could be said for the fishing, just OK.
If you know the signs, you can tell how good the fishing is without actually seeing what the boats unload.
The half day boats sail at 6:00 am and get back to the dock by 11:00 am. But on Sunday many of them didnít get
in until around 11:30 or so. I imagine some boats caught their limits, but none of the boats that I checked out
did. But, at least there were a lot of bluefish to keep the clients busy. I guess weíll have to wait until another
load of fish move in. The water is still warm, so Iím sure that they will come along.
There are still a couple of falsies around, but only a couple. Most of the fly guys are gone as well. But there
have been some bass on top in front of the Lighthouse.
Iím not much into the surfcasting scene, but it appears to me that it is, and has been pretty slow for a while
now. Iíve taken a few rides down to the Lighthouse and I havenít seen many guys fishing down there or even
walking around with their long rods. Maybe their catching at night.
The current standings in the Montauk Surfmasters Tournament that runs until December 1 is as follows;
Klevar Oleas - 37.74 lbs - 9/27
Klevar Oleas - 32.96 lbs - 10/14
Gary Krist - 32.24 lbs - 10/19
John Bruno - 49.30 lbs - 9/25
Mary Ellen Kane - 15.45 lbs - 10/15
Mary Ellen Kane - 14.06 lbs - 10/16
Joan Naso-Federman - 10.32 lbs - 10/16
KIDS DIVISION (7-11 Years)
James Kim Jr. - 10.60 lbs - 10/6
The owner of the boat that I run all summer has gone south so I wonít be doing much fishing for the rest of
the season (except for tagging bass). But he is putting the boat up for sale. Itís a 33í L&H center console with
twin 3116 Cats. If you are interested, you can check it out at www.montauksportfishing.com/piper.html
Iíll be spending more time promoting the winter fishing in Central America. If that interests you, check it
out at www.tropicalfishing.com.
For more info about fishing in Montauk, check out www.montauksportfishing.com and if you would like to
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