We got the fluke regs this past week. They are 4 fish per person at 19Ē, running from May 1 through September 28. . I hear the draggers have been catching fluke down the beach, so they are on their way.
Porgies will be 10 inches, 30 fish/person and 45/person on open and charter boats from Sept 1 through Oct. 31. There is nothing yet on the seabass, but we are going to take a hit on them. Fishing was too good last year and we canít have a repeat of that this year. Check out all the regs at http://www.montauksportfishing.com/seasons.htm
Thereís a new shark tournament in town this year. The MBCA wonít be holding their tournament after about 30 years. But the Montauk Marine Basin will be holding an all release tournament on July 27 & 28. There will be points awarded to the various species and catches have to be verified by a photo on a camera supplied that will also record the time of catch. Right now it looks like there may also be an observer on each boat, but that might not be workable. They already have some major sponsors lined up including Guy Harvey, Concerned Citizens of Montauk, the MBCA, which for some reason is now MBI, OCEARCH (the guys that are on TV tagging those big white sharks) and others. They also have a handful of high tech tags that will track the sharks that are tagged by satellite and be shown on OCEARCHís website. In addition to $10,000 in cash prizes, there will also be a Calcutta available to get the money that can be won into the ozone range. For more info, go to http://www.montauksportfishing.com/nokilltourney.html
As far as I know, since Easter, the only fishing that has taken place was two trips that CAPT MARK made, and they were successful with 35 -40 cod as well as ling, etc being brought back. On the beach, there were a couple of short bass taken down by the Lighthouse and that has been it. I havenít heard about anything with flounders in the Lake, but they have been in very short supply for a couple of years
It looks like the major part of the dock work by Salivarís is just about done, but the area is still a mess.
Last year the Montauk Yacht Club put a fence down the middle of the parking lot but the charterboats at the Star Island Yacht Club. They finally came to an agreement and took it down. But now they apparently have come to an even bigger agreement with Star Island buying that piece of property and making it into a parking lot. The result is no parking problems at this yearís shark tournament.