This is not what October striped bass fishing in Montauk is supposed to be. Monday was the first day out in a week and there were birds all over the place, especially between Jones’ and the Elbow. But they were practically all bluefish. Some boats were able to find enough bass to make a trip, but they all had to fight their way through the blues. Meanwhile down on the south side, it was what Capt Walter Haab used to call the “rat patrol”. Doubles and triples on the umbrellas of short bass with occasional just barely keepers.
Tuesday the birds out front were gone along with most of the bluefish and bass that had been there the day before and the only real option was the “rat patrol”. Most of the fish were holding in deep water and filling up on sand eels, so the diamond jigs and umbrellas with long wires worked best, but there was still the problem of more blues than bass and many of the bass being too little.
It continued that way all week and by the weekend, charter boats on a half day were doing well to come back with a half dozen fish, most of them in the 7-8 pound range.
Personally, I was out two days and one night for 31 bass. Ninety-five tags to go.
The crappy weather gave me a chance to start getting ready for the winter fishing in Central America. If you are interested, check it out at www.tropicalfishing.com