I fished Montauk with charter client Mike Martino arriving on the north side of the light at 4 p.m. and the fish
were there waiting for us. We had fish on just about every cast with bass 25 to maybe 32
inches and maybe a few larger with a few stray bluefish of 5 pounds. This lasted a while
as we had the two prime rocks just north of the light. All the boats in the area certainly
were not helping, but they did not interfere all that much either. It was a tough decision
to make, but I opted to give up our prime spots to move over to the south side of the
light and into Turtle Cove as the tide was getting a little too high for action to sustain
itself on the north side. The north side is usually the outgoing or beginning of the flood
tide area to fish.
Our move to Turtle Cove and the bluffs to the west paid
off handsomely as my charter left one blitz period and after a few minutes was into
another as he had a fish on his second cast. These fish were a little larger, 28 to 33
inches with a few larger and a few smaller and again only a few stray bluefish. Mike had
never witnessed this kind of action before. Non-stop action of most of the 4-hour charter.
Again on white pencil poppers with the larger fish on the outside edge of the school and
reachable with a 3 or 4-ounce pencil popper. I also culled a few of the larger fish on
Atom Jr.'s or large white metal lips.
I fished the stretch from East Atlantic Beach to Lido Beach this morning (9/26)
starting around 7:00 a.m. I worked the jetties and found no bait or any signs of life. I
worked in stretches and ended up at the last jetty to the east (Pacific Blvd.) and worked
some of the open beach eastward and still no bait and no fish! Water was rough, looked
great with plenty of foam, clear and just a touch of weeds and very fishable. just need
some fish on the beach to make it a happy ending.
I fished Montauk Friday (9/27) with Willie Young of the MSC and we had a very
poor day of action. All we had was one bluefish of 2 pounds, witnessed another half dozen
the same size later in the afternoon and the water was brown and weedy...but still
fishable. No action on the east winds today that's for sure. I also handed out
$100 cash to Bob (Buoy) Marvin of Central Islip when I spotted my bumper sticker on the
back of his camper! Where is your bumper sticker?
I fished with charter client Art Sensenig from Maryland who made the trip to fish with me on Monday (10/7) for a day at
Montauk. We met at Freddy's B&T with Vinny Sobral (pic left) in Montauk with Art and
myself hitting the beach at noon. I instructed Art on the basics of working pencil poppers
and a Penn 704 that was a bailess (?) reel. Art and the rest of Maryland are fans of the
"bait & 8" club...in other words throw bait and 8 ounces of lead over the
second outer bar for action. Well we finally got Art ready with a good pencil popper
technique and he was getting accustomed to the new reel. We worked the beach to no avail
as we watched the fly fishing boats continually harass fish away from the beach (more on
this later on the message boards and forums) and we along with a crowd on the beach
watched as the fish continually wanted to come to us but were being prevented. Around 3:30
the fish had had enough and came storming the beach anyway.
Art was amazed at the sight of giant schools of blues
and bass working the water into a froth both offshore and finally at his feet. We worked the
lighthouse area, Scott's and the Jones area as Art had trouble keeping his composure (LOL)
and who could blame him. We ended up with Art catching keeper size bass and blues to 6
pounds under the Light using poppers and better action came on Atom Jr. metals lipped
swimmers. The fish were thick and the waves were rolling up in front of the Light that
were black with bass and blues chasing bait (mullet and some schools on spearing). We then
went a little north back to Scott's and Jones' where we caught fish up till dark on
pencils and Atom Jr.'s. We got off the beach at 7 p.m. and were greeted by winds that
shifted to the north at 20 knots gusting to 25 and knew we got off at the right time.
Changing into some dry clothes, needless to say Art was absolutely amazed at he saw and
experienced, tired, sore and pretty wet after a spill or two he took and I am sure he
slept like a baby...unless he was dreaming of fishing there again today.
I fished with charter client Rich Wentz of Lindenhurst today (10/9) and we stayed
local to the area in Long Beach. We started in E. Atlantic Beach at 10:15 a.m. and walked
from the Mohawk Ave. Jetty west to the Vernon St. jetty in Atlantic Beach. Water was
clean, just a few small "ticks" of green seaweed and the water was choppy, foamy
and green in what would have to be called optimum conditions with an east wind turned
southeast/south and back to east when we were done at 2:15 p.m. I dropped a 15-pound bass
in the wash using a very large metal lipped swimmer towards the western end of our trek
and drilled a small schoolie using a 1-1/4-ounce white bucktail with small white pork rind
strip. Both fish took their baits in the sandy, cloudy wash just inches off the beach in
the east pockets of the jetty because of the east wind. saw some good bait movement here
today as well.
I fished Atlantic Beach Sunday afternoon from 1:30 to 3:30 and found the surf
smooth and glassy, although the swell was large and the waves would break out in front of
the jetty and again mid way down the jetty for some wild surf! I managed a few bumps on
the last of the incoming with a bucktail and white pork rind and had a 20 inch bass
on my 10th cast. I saw a few fish break out off the tip of the jetty and had a few more
bumps and lost another fish. On the outgoing, the further into the tide we got the worse
the weed got as it started to come back again and I left frustrated. I will be back there
in the Monday morning for the incoming tide bite.
I fished Atlantic Beach on Vernon St. from 4 to 6 p.m. this afternoon (10/14).
The water is fine, flat and calm and weed free!! The water was slightly off color but
nothing major, and there should have been fish...but nothing happening.
I fished behind the office this morning (10/14) in E.
Atlantic Beach. Water was still somewhat large but you could stay dry on the jetty. Winds
were N at 10 to 15 when I started at 7:30 and were NW 20 when I left at 9 a.m. Water was
weed free although brown, but not coffee colored. I used pencil poppers and metal lips,
but the there is still a hard current and sweep at the jetty but not on the beach. I
switched to 1-1/4-ounce bucktails and yellow split tail pork rind and had a keeper bass in
the white water and foam just off the east side of the jetty. No other fish, but I did
have a few bumps on the bucks. Also put my largest plug with the largest treble hooks as
close to the surfers as I could. I was all alone on the 7 mile stretch of beach and of
course not one, not two...but three surfers HAD to paddle the side of the jetty I was on
and surf in front, at the tip and the sides of the one jetty I was standing on. No wonder
surfers have bad reputations as individuals and airheads!
I fished Atlantic Beach Tuesday (10/15) afternoon from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m. and had
five (5) bass. I dropped a fish around 15 pounds when he came up on a blue metal lip
swimmer and just got pricked by one of the hooks, but never took enough to get hooked and
he never came back again. I used bucktails of 1 to 1-1/4 ounces with white or yellow/white
pork rind and caught the five fish between 2:30 and 4:30 and then the bite shut down as if
someone flipped the switch. Up to this point I was getting bumps and seeing free jumping
bass and swirling bass in the wash as thy were uprooting sand fleas. I did see some bait
being chased across the surface as well, but could not get any other takers.
I fished Atlantic Beach Tuesday (10/15) morning and
stayed on one jetty from 6:15 to 8:30 a.m. and had six (6) bass. First one took a large
metal lip in the dark and was around 15 to 18 pounds! I drilled a 26 incher shortly after
that at false dawn on a small metal lip, the picked away at shorts to 24 inches on 1-ounce
Key Largo white bucktails with the split yellow/white pork rind. Also had a few other
bumps that if I caught would have upped my total to around 10 fish for the morning effort.
Water is weed free and beautiful!
I fished Atlantic Beach Wednesday (10/16) morning in the 35 to 40 knot winds and
a very light on and off drizzle from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. and caught one schoolie (22 inches)
on a 2-ounce red/white lima bean bucktail with the yellow/white pork rind. I caught the
lone fish on the west side of the jetty base and the east side was pretty riled up in 35
to 40 knot gusts. Water was still weed free but getting brown.
I fished Atlantic Beach Thursday (10/17) afternoon from 3 to 5 p.m. The water was
a pea soup dark green, but not really brown per se. There was a touch of eel grass and a
touch of green weed and was barely annoying and no where frustrating so it was very
fishable. The ocean was calming as winds were SW at 10 to 12 and a light chop...although
the waves were never ending and large, 4 to 6 footers pounding the jetty so expect to get
wet! Just what I was looking for but no fish. Look out for tomorrow morning because they
will be there!
I fished Atlantic Beach Friday (10/18) morning from 6 to 8 a.m. The water
was better in color than yesterday, but there was a touch of eel grass that was annoying
and made bucktailing difficult, but minnows and metal lips were fine. No fish and I only
saw one tiny schoolie caught by a fellow caster on a small shad bait. Lots of fishermen
but no fish.
Winds: SE/NE 12 to 15...Seas: 1 to 3...Water:
Clear, green and 61 degrees...
I fished Lido Beach Friday (10/25) afternoon and found some beautiful looking water, but
it was starting to weed up a little. I don't know what made me do it, but I went to Jones
Beach field 6 at 5 p.m. and had a great time speaking with some of the regulars, whether
pluggers or chunker dunkers, we had a great conversation with Sal, Carl, Stevie and the
rest of the Field 6 crew. I decided to park on the western end of the Field 6 lot and walk
west a ways and found a 24 inch schoolie and a 32 inch keeper on a large Atom 40 metal
lipped swimmer in the old style pink swirl. Both fish came between 6 and 6:15 p.m. I had
nothing before or after and called it quits at 7 p.m. when it was dark my 48 year old eyes
could not see my knot tying and I had no flashlight as I did not plan on staying as long
as I did anyway. Still a good night as both fish took the big plug right at my feet.
I had a charter trip with Peter Gulick Jr. Friday (10/25) morning. We started at
7:30 and worked the stones of Atlantic Beach till 10:30 a.m. We saw albacore and bonito
and Pete had a good size striper take a swipe at his pencil popper right next to the
jetty. We then raised a couple of small rat bass in the wash on 1-ounce metal
lips. The water was flat, calm, clean and green like a swimming pool. Not the best for
bass action but metal lips should have produced, but didnt. After this storm the
fish will be there.
Winds NE 15 to 20. Day after storm. Water: Muddy, shad
everywhere. Seas 2 to 5.
I fished Atlantic Beach this afternoon. I was plugging with everything in my bag and not
doing anything...anywhere. I ran into a friend who had some extra bunker and we proceeded
to catch alligator blues from 7 to 14 pounds all afternoon.
fished Atlantic Beach this morning (10/30) from to 8 a.m. with a riled up ocean and
tons of bait in the form of small white bait, ocean shad and herring
jumping all around me and could not find a fish and I tried everything! Water was weed
free and I expect things to happen this afternoon when I go back gfor the falling tide
around 2:30 p.m.
Winds NW 5...Seas: Flat & calm...Water:
60 degrees...High Tide: 3:17 a.m. & 3:45 p.m.
I fished Atlantic Beach this afternoon (10/31) in gentle NW winds under 10 knots on a flat
calm ocean and water temps around 60 degrees. I chunked off one of the jetties and had 15
bluefish in the 4 to 8-pound class between 3:30 and 6 p.m. The bite was furious and died
just after dark. Shad everywhere! Water much cleaner and clear
Water was 54 degrees (Ambrose)..Winds NW/W 5 to 8 knots. High
Tide 4:07 a.m. & 4:25 p.m.
I fished in Atlantic Beach using bunker chunks from 3:30 to 6:30 a.m. this
morning (11/1). Only had one or two bluefish run off's and the rest of the time was spent
with small cocktails/large snappers picking the bait apart like piranha. A
beautiful clear night and sunrise.
Water was 54 degrees (Ambrose)..Winds W/NW 25 to 35 knots. High
Tide 4:25 p.m.
I fished in Atlantic Beach this afternoon (11/1) from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m.. I
caught three schoolie bass, all on the windward side in the wash using a 1-1/2-ounce white
bucktail and yellow/white pork strip. Some weed moving in but was for the most part clean
and green and not muddy...yet. Will have to wait and see what tomorrow brings.
Water was 54 degrees (Ambrose)...Winds W/NW 18 to 24
knots. High Tide 5:15 a.m. Wind Chill: 28 degrees.
I fished in Atlantic Beach this morning (11/2) from 7 to 7:30 a.m.. I
caught two schoolie bass of 18 to 20 inches on the windward side in the wash using a
1-ounce white bucktail and yellow/white pork strip. Water was clear like a swimming pool.
Water: 56 degrees (Ambrose)...Winds W/NW 15 to 20 knots.
High Tide about 6 a.m. Wind Chill: 38 degrees.
I fished in Atlantic Beach through to Long Beach (east) from 7 to 10 a.m. Flocks of
birds signaled the arrival of lots of bait now moved out of the inlet. I saw some
splashing and one or two fish caught although I was snot that lucky. By 10 a.m. there was
not enough water on the beach to be successful so I called it a day. Water is gin clear
(not good) and I would like to see some sand in the water to disguise the lures better.
Lots and lots of bait now moving along the beach.
Water: 56 degrees (Ambrose) & GIN CLEAR!...Winds:
W @ 10...dropping to 0 wind by 6 p.m.. High Tide about 6:23 p.m.
I fished Atlantic Beach from 3:30 to 5:44 p.m. Water is gin clear
and lots of bait! Fish get too good a look at your lures so it is tough going. I did have
a 15 pounder follow my 1-ounce metal lip and have staring contest with me at the edge of
the jetty for 30 seconds. I raised two fish at dark on 1-ounce Cotton Cordell pencils
poppers. Fish were breaking just behind the wash and would not even take a bucktail. I did
see one fish caught on a clam that was about 27 inches.
Nov. 4: Afternoon
Water: 57 degrees (Ambrose)...Winds SW 15 to 20 going W
10 kts. High Tide about 7:13
I fished in Atlantic Beach 3 to 4:30 p.m. Again on the same jetties where
bait was present the day before...however no bait, no fish and gin clear water. I called
it a day....still the worst surf season in a decade for me. Water is gin clear (not good)
and I would like to see some sand in the water to disguise the lures better.
Water: 56 degrees (Ambrose) & GIN CLEAR!...Winds:
E/SE @ 10 to 15 kts. High Tide: 8:08 a.m. & 8:29 p.m.
I fished Tuesday (11/5) afternoon, 3 to 4:30 p.m., after spotting the sky
was lit up with birds to the east of Long Beach with the binoculars from my porch. I
jumped in the car and raced to the east of Long Beach. I walked down and followed the
birds for a jetty or two before getting back into the car and running west (they were
heading west the whole time). I would get a jetty or two west of them and walk to them,
fish the flocks of birds and work them back to the car, then race to the west again and so
forth till I followed them back al the way to my house. I saw no fish breaking under the
birds and from the bluefish caught from the oats that day all the fish spit of spearing. I
had no hits and no raised fish!! I suppose it could have been just plain bait (they have
to win sometimes there would be no bait?) or shad chasing spearing. Either way...this is
the worst Oct./Nov on the beach I have seen in 20 years!
Water: 55, Winds:E/NE20 knots, Water: Brown
& Weedy, unfishable
I went down and tried to fish Wednesday (11/6) morning at 6:30 in the last third of the
storm and the water from Long Beach to Atlantic Beach was very brown, dirty and full of
green spinach weeds and unfishable.
Wind: NW 25 dropping to 15 late in the day...Water: 54 degrees
and clear green. Tide: 9:50 a.m. Lots of bird life...finally and plenty
of bass along the beaches from Gilgo to the Rockaways as surfcasters got in on some great
action. I saw the birds late this morning and rushed down to the beach only to find them
making their way off into the deep with the hard NW winds and the dropping tide. However
later this afternoon around 3 p.m. they hit the beach again with small bass of 1 to 3
pounds mixed with bluefish of the same size on just about every cast. They took 1-ounce
Cotton Cordell pencil poppers, but responded much better to small tins like the Charlie
Graves J-6 on which I was getting hit on every cast and hooking up most of the time. This
lasted till about a half hour before sundown and started to slow then no hits once the sun
was down as I fished dusk.