Itís October, and last night was the full moon, so I guess it is official that the October bass run is on. And, the fishing is easy most of the time. And, there is a nice mix of fish, with a lot of mediums and some fish into the 30s being caught. Most of the charterboats have been trolling, using the good old parachutes. Early in the week I found the eeling a little tough when I tried it, but apparently by the weekend it got back in shape again. Naturally the surf casters are here in force. The parking lot looks like the one at Giants Field (I forget what itís called now), Turtle Cove is full of anglers and even the guys with the Kmart fishing rods have been walking off with keeper bass.
It seems that most of the false albacore are on the south side, which makes it nice because there are no conflicts with the main striper fishing areas. In addition there are plenty of stripers on that side as well.
The Surfmasters contest has gotten itís first entries and they are as follows; Wader Division
1st Place - Clever Oleas - 26.0 lbs
2nd Place - Atilla Ozturk - 20.6 lbs Womenís Division -
1st Place - Christine Schnell - 10.7 lbs
2nd Place - Joan Naso Federman - 10.5 lbs
3rd Place - Joan Naso Federman - 7.8 lbs Youth Division (12 - 17 years)
1st Place - Phillip Schnell - 13.0 lbs Kids Division (7 - 11 years)
1st Place - Witt Holmes - 13.8 lbs
2nd Place - Brian Damm - 10.2 lbs
Star Island is holding itís 3rd annual Striped Bass Tournament next weekend. Itís a one day affair with fishing only on Sunday.
Offshore fishing is just about over. With all the striped bass around, most have lost interest, except those in Montauk Marines ďLAST HURRAHĒ tournament that runs until Sept 13.
For more reports, etc. check it out the Montauk Sportfishing forum at http://www.montauksportfishing.com/forum.html.