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May 04 2009

North Carolina Fisheries Releases Recreational and Commerical Landings Report for 2008

nc_recreational_commerical_North Carolina commercial seafood landings rose by 13 percent in 2008, bolstered by the best hard blue crab harvest since 2003. The increase ends a previous five-year decline for the state’s seafood industry.

Of the 71.2 million pounds of seafood sold to dealers last year, nearly half, or 32.9 million pounds, were hard blue crabs, according to the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ Trip Ticket Program. Hard crabs also contributed $25 million to the $87 million total dockside value of seafood in 2008, a $4 million increase from the 2007 total.

“Although crab pot trips were down from last year, the winter crab trawl fishery was very good, contributing to the increased landings of hard blue crabs compared to 2007,” said Alan Bianchi, the state Division of Marine Fisheries’ Commercial Statistics program manager.

The 57 percent increase in blue crab harvest contributed to a 34 percent increase in overall shellfish landings, which also saw steady shrimp catches. The shrimp harvest declined by 1 percent, but the landings were still 64 percent higher than the previous five-year average.

“In the shrimp fishery, the high fuel prices during the fall likely led to the decline in the number of shrimp and skimmer trawl trips in 2008,” Bianchi said.

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Nov 19 2008

Northeast Fishing Reports: NY, NJ, RI, MASS, CT, MA and NH Fishing Reports: Updated November 19, 2008

WRAPPING IT ALL UP
I never really understood the majority of anglers’ behavior this time of the year.  While the fishing gets better, folks begin to drop out.  Boats are being shrink-wrapped, and gear is being stowed while the peanut-bunker amass and the feeding activity increases.  I suppose there is the “freezing-your-arse-off” factor, which indeed can make things less fun, particularly when it’s windy.  But there are still those gem days where the wind sits down, the water is glass and the air temp stays in the high 50’s.  And those are the primo striped bass days.  The ones where you can watch fish chasing down menhaden on the surface and where one can stick 20-plus pound bass with some frequency on topwaters…  Yeah man, I live for those days.

Of course, as an angler, it’s always a good thing to have less folks on the water.   Despite increasing fuel prices and an ailing economy, the boat traffic was as bad as it’s ever been this year.  Thus, savoring the late fall days and the drastically reduced crowds certainly adds to the experience.  Yep…  I love the late fall.   Yet, because of the reduction in effort, the reports are growing sparse.   Thus, this will be the last one for 2008.

I wouldn’t call this season a bad one (unless of course I fished exclusively in Maine) but indeed it was strange.   Some localized pods of bass in extraordinary numbers, but not much of a distribution.  And the patterns from prior years seem to dissipate with each season.    I’m not sure what that’s about.  Perhaps climate change?  Perhaps a shift in ocean currents, or bait patters?  There are just so many variables in marine ecosystems that I sometimes think my brain is too small to fully grasp all of them.  Being on the Mid Atlantic Fishery Management Council’s Ecosystems Committee, I’ve just received a 500-page document on the subject that I’m sure will leave me more confused than ever.  Can’t wait to dive into that one.  Even the scientists it seems are having a hard time with the new Magnuson mandated ecosystem management.  Species to species relationships are difficult to comprehend, especially since they take place underwater and out of sight to the naked eye.   Indeed there is much work ahead for managers and marine biologists.

May folks use such uncertainty in fish stocks and ecosystem relationships to advocate for more harvest.  In other words, the party line for some fishing advocates is “the data is bad so don’t make the fishing industry suffer.”  That’s a philosophy I was never able to swallow.  Time has taught us that such action never works out to the benefit of fish and fishermen.  One needn’t look any farther than New England’s collapsing groundfish stocks for a good example.  Prudent management dictates taking a precautionary approach when the data is uncertain (which is quite often).  The new Magnuson even dictates such precautionary management be utilized.  Sure it may cause some short-term pain, but in the long run it will more-than-likely benefit the industry.

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New Jersey Fishing Reports

Capt. Bryan DiLeo of Iowa Fortune Guide Service checks in with this Ocean City/Atlantic City Report:

“Despite the winds last week the fishing continues to be red hot in fact the fishing action jumped a level as we fished right through the Gale warning forecasts of last week. As the past few weeks have shown, the Bass continue to pour into the southern NJ back country offering the best fishing so far this season. Even though the Bass are plentiful they are very selective in what the want and how they want it, all top water one day all subsurface the next and never the twain shall meet.  On the Fly or on Spinning tackle the Bass have been responding extremely well offering clients shots at tightly packed schools as they make their way through the sloughs, down the edges and across the skinniest shallows on their journey south.   Tailing, waking, sipping Bass, laied up, my anglers really have seen it all over this past month but since Halloween there has been some real trophy double digit bass holding in the backcountry. With water temperatures hitting the sweet spot of 49-53 degrees the Bass are focused, on the feed and tracking very predictably allowing us to stay on single schools of Bass for up to 3 hours at times. All the Bass thus far this fall have been very healthy with this weeks fish all ranging in size from 24″ to 36” but I got to say to hook up with these bigger Bass it has been all about presentation.  So in all we continue to move full steam ahead as we hit the peak of the Shallow water season and the action should continue to just get better as the days go by. 

The 2008 fall run has gone into high gear.  Striped bass have invaded local waters and at times fishing is so good it’s downright silly!  But who’s complaining?  Sunday 11/2, Dr. Ron Mizrahi and I had to wait until the morning’s nor’easter passed before getting out.  But when we did it was birds and fish all afternoon!    Monday 11/3, I started out by myself and on the morning’s incoming tide fishing was good with birds working over schoolie bass and big blues.  But when the tide turned it just got silly with fish breaking all around the boat and crease flies, clousers and small plastic jigs were slamming fish after fish.  Dr. Ralph Moseri joined me for an hour and a half during which he landed 10 fish! Most bass have been banter weights but there are enough bigger stripers mixed in to make things interesting.  A fresh crop of bigger fish was reported moving into Jamaica Bay and this can only bode well for the rest of the season.”

Capt. Robin Calitri from longislandflyfishing.com checks in with this North Shore/East End report.  Check it out:
“It ain’t over!!!  There are bass and blues all over the North Shore.  The blackfishing is wonderful for the winter table fare and Montauk is smokin’.  I can never figure out why people quit fishing during November when there is so much fun to be had. On Oct. 27 Joel, Karen and Charlie Weiss had a wonderful session with surface feeding blues off Eaton’s Neck.  Karen took high honors with a hard fighting 8 pound blue. Saturday, Nov. 1 had Jim DelGrosso and Stu Hochron in the midst of blitz after blitz of Montauk Point.  Some schools were all blues to about 10 pounds, some all bass to 28 inches and many of the schools were mixed.  There were also rumors of tuna in close but we saw none.  This tuna thing meshes with a report that I got from son Scot that there were tons of tuna off Jeffries and Stewegon Bank in Mass.  They will move south and I hope to get them on their way.  Monday November 3 and Wednesday November 5 had CSICAGAIN plying the waters off Cold Spring Harbor thanks to a tip from Mr. and Mrs. Don Vogel.  It has been birds, bass and blues for Joe, Spinella, Mitch Bernstein, Emory Jr. and Emory Butts.  There are a nice amount of keepers if  you are patient and fish a large, gaudy fly deep as you see the marks on your fishfinder.  The Vogel-Weiss group is scheduled for the 14th and there should be plenty of action.  Thanksgiving weekend should be a Sound blackfish and Montauk madness finale to great season.   As a way of saying thank you I will offer these years prices to anyone who books now for next season.  I have enjoyed fishing with some great people in some interesting situations this year.  Giant storms caused some challenging boat handling off Montauk. Flying Jeff’s almost disaster at North Bar. Fishing in the lee of Gardiners with Hank and Sophocles when the Redbone was cancelled.  Working with Capt. John and Danielle McMurray for Trout Unlimited.  Landing a duo with Captain Vinny Catelano of 16 and 29 pounds on the fly. North Shore Bonito and Emory’s 11 pound weakfish.  Working with some very accomplished and generous fellow guides.   Fishing with my sons Todd and Scot.  Have a great off season and see you in the spring.

Capt. David Blinken from North Flats Guiding Service checks in with a Montauk report:

“The water temps have dropped into the lower 50’s which will hopefully bring in larger bait.
There are still many anchovies around from Gardner’s Island to Montauk point and peanut bunker are showing up in larger numbers.  As usual this time of year we have weather dictating when we can go out which ends up being about 3 days a week.  It seems like the bass will be sticking around for a while, so if you can avoid looking at the stock market and taking time to reflect on recent history in our country, there is nothing like a little fishing before ice forms in our guides.  2009 is just around the corner and we as a group have a lot of work to do in the coming months to protect the bass. We need to organize better, go to meetings and make our voices heard, and hit our foes in there wallet to let them know we are serious about fisheries management.   Remember to release those bass and keep up the fight.”


Capt. Jim Hull from Light Tackle Challenge checks in with this end of the year report:

“This season has been spectacular so far with some of the best action yet to come. Started on May 1 with our first cast yielding a 20lb. bass and the second a 30lb.class fish to set the tone. Big fish were plentiful in shallow water early on and then on structure during the summer months. Many personal bests were achieved on both fly and light tackle including David Schrader taking a 51″ beauty, Toyooki Sonoda with a 46″ fish and even my best on fly of 48.25″. For the last 2 months we have experienced an incredible mass of 6yr. old bass that are still here at Montauk on copious amounts of anchovies on this November 5. Bigger bait is showing now as well under diving Gannets with the start of larger bass. Thanks to all my sports that help make this year the best ever and a peaceful winter. See you all and maybe some new acquaintances next season.”

Capt. Ken Rafferty from flyfishingslatwater.com also checks in with a final Montauk report.  Check it out:

“This will most likely be my last fishing report for this season although the fishing at Montauk Point is fantastic. There are schools of Stripers as far as you can see blitzing on the surface, sometimes right on the shoreline. These Stripers are mixed in with some Bluefish but usually one Blue for every three Stripers. The size of these Bass are usually around 27 inches long. There have been some larger fish landed but the water temp is still in the low 60s and the migration has not yet begun. There are no Mackerel or Herring schooling up, just Sand Eels, Bay Anchovies and Minnows. I am considering taking my boat out of water but would sure like to hit into some of those big sized Striper blitzes.

Since my last report, I have been out on eleven charters…all in the afternoons.
OCTOBER: 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd We had large swells and couldn’t get next to the shore lines but still had Stripers out in deeper water.
The 26th, 27th and 31st I fished mornings and afternoons……..afternoons were much better.
On Oct 31st…. John Mannix was on board, fly-fishing. In near Oyster Pond, he stated he had never seen Stripers swimming shoulder to shoulder as far as far as you looked, swallowing mouth-fulls of bait…..they were so thick you could have walked on them and it has been that way just about everyday since.
NOVEMBER 1st, 3rd and 4th…..afternoons from 1:00 pm till 5:00 pm with non-stop action…….get out there and catch some fish.
Once again I’d like to thank all of my regular customers and all of the new anglers that have fished with me this season…it’s been great fishing with all of you. I wish all of you a great Holiday season and a very Happy New Year and I hope to see all of you again next year.”

David Azar from Live to Fish Charters reports:
The 2008 fall run has gone into high gear.  Striped bass have invaded local waters and at times fishing is so good it’s downright silly!  But who’s complaining?  Sunday 11/2, Dr. Ron Mizrahi and I had to wait until the morning’s nor’easter passed before getting out.  But when we did it was birds and fish all afternoon!    Monday 11/3, I started out by myself and on the morning’s incoming tide fishing was good with birds working over schoolie bass and big blues.  But when the tide turned it just got silly with fish breaking all around the boat and crease flies, clousers and small plastic jigs were slamming fish after fish.  Dr. Ralph Moseri joined me for an hour and a half during which he landed 10 fish! Most bass have been banter weights but there are enough bigger stripers mixed in to make things interesting.  A fresh crop of bigger fish was reported moving into Jamaica Bay and this can only bode well for the rest of the season.  We will keep fishing until Dec. 15th…or the weather dumps on us.  To all those that fished with me this year thanks for your continued support and I look forward to fishing with you again.

New England Fishing Reports

Capt. Greg Snow from Snowfly Charters checks in with this Cape Cod/Florida report:

“I fished with my good friend Bill Murphy from Murphy’s Fly Box at  Cape Cod Bay on the 17th.  We were looking for some Blue fin tuna on spinning tackle and boy did we find’em.  Bill and I spent a few hours looking around the usual haunts and dragger fishing boats with not much luck.  We got some great intel from a good friend that was also taking advantage of the Indian summer day.  He told us that fish were busting bait only about 3 miles from our location.  Enough said!  Throttle pegged, we ran through the glassy 4-7 foot ground swell that was more reminiscent of an amusement park ride under the windless conditions.  Just 2 miles into the run we spotted some seriously large surface explosions that were unmistakably Blue fin tuna.  100-200 pound fish blowing up on the surface of glass calm conditions will burn a fiery brand into your fishing memory bank forever.  The best analogy I can give you is that its like some guy is throwing out  his old kitchen appliances from a plane at 8000 feet.  We stopped and started our drift while casting our plugs into the middle of the very spread out school.  Our hearts were pounding uncontrollably in anticipation of a thunderous strike from one of these big critters.  Then it happened.  3 to 5 fish erupted about 100 feet off the port side and Bill made a sniperlike cast dead center into the raucous.  As Bill vigorously worked his supper sized popper back to the boat there were at least 2 tunas in hot pursuit with one of them pushing 200 pounds!    THWAP!!  He’s on!  The fish made a short run and sounded making it a brutal, vertical, hour plus long battle that  ended with about a 120 pound fish in the boat.  Boy, I’m sure glad that larger fish didn’t get a hold of Bill’s popper first.  It would have been a whole different scenario hooked up with such a large fish.  The activity had dissipated and we had a 20 mile run back to port.  It was already 2:30pm so unfortunately it was to late for me to get a shot at a fish as well.  I was very content with what the day had brought so we headed home in what was now a 15-20 knot stiff breeze right in our face.  Great…  Bill’s litle 18′ Hydrasport handled it surprisingly well. Needless to say it was an epic trip that left Bill and I with a great memory and a freezer full of Blue fin tuna.  O darn!” 

Capt. Dave Rimmer checks in with this final report from Newburyport:

“There is no question that the 2008 fishing season for striped bass and bluefish in the Newburyport-Plum Island-Ipswich Bay Area had some shining moments but on balance, the fishing was considerably less productive than it had been for 10+ years. In essence, 2008 continued a slow decline that has been developing over the past 3-4 years in this area. Perhaps the most conspicuous change has been the declining numbers of striped bass during the fall run. This year there was plenty of bait around but very inconsistent and lower numbers of bass feeding on it. Fishing started off well in May, with seemingly healthy numbers of fish pushing up into the warmer waters of the estuaries and rivers like the Parker and the Merrimack. The bait was a mix of mid-sized and large herring and stripers into the mid-40 inch range were mixed in with the schools. It was excellent fishing.  June was a mixed bag across our area. Weather was tough at times as well. The Merrimack River started to produce big fish in early June but not as many of them. And they were being caught more upriver and in the channel. As usual, schoolies were often feeding on the surface at the river mouth on small sand eels. Sometimes this action was epic and more than once a 20 pound fish was pulled out of a school of breaking bass out there. Joppa Flats did not get going until mid-June and even then it was erratic. I do recall one day when a bright mid-morning sun was shining on the backs of literally hundreds of stripers in several schools, all fish 30-45+ inches. It was a challenge to spot these schools believe it or not but if you could line up a cast into them, it was money. It was an amazing site and something I have not seen anywhere else but Joppa Flats.  By July, the surface feeding bass at the mouth of the Merrimack were starting to slow down but Joppa Flats remained very good on certain tides. I had one of my best days ever in late July, landing 8 stripers from 34-40 inches in a 2 hour block of time in the early morning. But in general the estuary fishing, usually reliable through July, really shut down. Some of my guide friends were struggling to catch a half dozen schoolies per trip! And bluefish were nowhere to be found. So for many, July was a very poor fishing month. Even the rocks off Cape Ann were slow I heard.  Typically August arrives and brings bait with it, mostly silversides and small herring, even peanut bunker later in the month some years. Well some of the bait came (no pb this year) but not many stripers and spotty bluefish. August was very very tough fishing. The better days were not even that good.  So we hoped that things were just delayed and would improve in September but it never really broke open. Fishing was better for sure and bluefish became more abundant. There were some very good days mixed in and you could generally find some fish in the estuaries, but seemingly a lot less than recent years had produced. The fall run just never developed. Certainly there were a few good slots and I know some highliner-types who were trolling dead herring and live eels were getting big fish off the front side of Plum Island, but those fish were almost impossible for the average angler to catch. They would not take a fly or lure in most cases. Missing were the big schools of 3-7 year old bass busting bait on the surface. October was more of the same and by months end the fishing season was over for most of us.  I have heard many explanations about why fishing in the northeast was down this year. A Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries biologist claimed the bait stayed off the mid-Atlantic states and never came north so the bass and blues stayed with them. I hope that is true. I also fish in Maine 10-15 times a year and this year was the poorest fishing I can remember in 20 years there. Many are concerned that over-fishing and poor recruitment are contributing to the lower numbers of bass seen in the northeast in 2008. I guess only time will tell. On a scale of 1-10, I give the 2008 fishing season in the Newburyport area a 6, and that may be generous.”

That’s all for 2008.  Hope to see you back in 2009. 

Captain John McMurray, One More Cast Charters, New York Fishing Reports, New Jersey Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Fishing Reports, Connecticut Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Fishing Reports,Maine Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Fishing Reports, Northeast Fishing Reports, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Reports, Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Reports,Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Jersey Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Connecticut Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Striped Bass Fishing Reports,Maine Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Northeast Striped Bass Fishing Reports

Capt. John McMurray

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Nov 03 2008

Northeast Fishing Reports: NY, NJ, RI, MASS, CT, MA and NH Fishing Reports: Updated November 3, 2008

 New York Fishing Reports, New Jersey Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Fishing Reports, Connecticut Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Fishing Reports,Maine Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Fishing Reports, Northeast Fishing Reports, Northeast Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Reports, Connecticut Saltwater Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Reports,Maine Saltwater Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Saltwater Fishing Reports, New York Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Jersey Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Rhode Island Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Connecticut Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Massachusetts Striped Bass Fishing Reports,Maine Striped Bass Fishing Reports, New Hampshire Striped Bass Fishing Reports, Northeast Striped Bass Fishing ReportsBlitzes, blitzes and more blitzes.  From Jersey to Montauk, the bass run is on in full force.  Bay anchovies seem to be the driving factor off the Jersey and Long Island Coasts, while the inshore scene seems to be dominated by peanut bunker.  In the New York Metro area, the back bays finally lit up as large schools of bass and bluefish discovered the immense peanut bunker populations that have been in Jamaica Bay since Sept.  The fishing gets better every day.  Same sort of scenario farther east.  And, while Montauk is indeed petering out, there is still some exceptional fishing to be had on the right days.  In Rhode Island, Connecticut and Mass, the fall has been somewhat disappointing, but there is still time for a rally.  The clock is ticking though.

New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Reports
From southern New Jersey Capt. Bryan DiLeo from Iowa Fortune Guide Service checks in with this report:
“This past week and a half, simply put, was on fire throughout the SJ back country with plenty of willing Bass. See it…Catch it!  We once again saw it all this past week, everything from waking Bass, to tailing Bass, rolling Bass, and tail slapping Bass so tight to the edges sipping bait that it would require pin point accuracy (and a lot of patience) when casting in order to catch them. As I said months ago, whatever Striper action we have leading up to and through the July 4th week will remain with us throughout the rest of the summer, and as it has been in the past, this trend leads to an explosive fall. I expected the same for this season, as this past week has shown. Mostly all of the Bass this week were taken on top water presentations filling the needs of my fly and light tackle clients alike. The Bass were certainly not shy on showing themselves, tracking well and willing to cooperate on a consistent basis. With a plethora of bait now available throughout the entire back country the Bass jumped in weight and in size since my last report. Most of the Bass this week ranged in size from 22″ – 31″ with some definite bigger lurkers in the 34″+ class that we saw on a daily basis as they made attempts at either inhaling our top water offerings or coming up boatside with other hooked bass, but unfortunately managed to allude us throughout the entire week. Nonetheless the excitement generated by seeing one of these hogs exploding on the surface in pursuit of your lure or fly is a sight that will most certainly be played over and over in your mind for days. Bluefish are also still on the prowl in the shallows and could often be seen sipping the surface in the early morning but the Bass action always supersedes all other species and therefore we did not take the opportunity to target them. The high sun bite is here to stay for the rest of the fall, so no more sleep depriving, around the clock, over caffeinated work schedules. It is time to sleep in a bit, Striped Bass fishing at its finest. Photos and daily reports can be found on my web site.”

New York Saltwater Fishing Reports
Capt. David Azar from One More Cast  Charters checks in with this Lower New York Harbor report:
“Before all this wind we’ve been having fishing in the Jamaica Bay and Rockaway areas was shaping up real well.  Large blues and lots of stripers were busting the surface at various locales.  The best areas seem to change from day to day, but we have been consistently able to find the fish and put together some excellent catches.  All indicators are looking good for a strong fall run.”

Bob Giordano checks in with this North Shore Report:

‘”Hey John, a couple of small schoolies this past Friday in Huntington Harbor on clousers off the points. Word of good bite out in the sound but all these northerlies have kept me at bay. No pun intended. Hope to get out there soon as the backwater’s getting close to done. Once the Bufflehead ducks come in it’s official.”

From out East, Capt. David Blinken from North Flats Guiding checks in with this Montauk report:

“As the moon waxed so did the fish and we experienced the most explosive bass blitz since I have been fishing, but alas the waning moon took it all away as the word implies. It was one of the most amazing displays of natures mysteries. Over the past month the fishing had built up to a crescendo like a Beethoven symphony only to end as abruptly and silently as it began. The beginning of the week started like the previous one with thousands of fish in every direction. The water was so clear it was like fishing in an aquarium. One could actually see the fish following a fly up from the bottom attacking it. The albies were sparse as they were the previous week but it did not matter the bass more than made up for it eating flies at will. From Columbus Day weekend till Tuesday was spectacular with massive bait balls of anchovies stretched over areas as large as a soccer pitch. Then came Wednesday and the fish were nowhere to be found, no one got skunked but very few fish were caught. On Thursday my anglers Joel and Rich saw firsthand what happened the day before when we made a foray to the Montauk point early. When I saw what was going on we made a 180 degree turn and we made for Gardner’s Island where we experienced a bluefish blitz that rivaled what the bass had been doing at the point earlier in the week. We put shock tippets on and had at them until about 3 P.M. Then we headed back to the point just in time for the usual late afternoon blitz (we were spoiled from the previous month) which lasted about two glorious hours.  We are now experiencing the first significant  weather event of the fall with northeast winds in excess of 20 mph, hopefully when things resume on Monday the fishing will pick up. Interestingly; when I spoke to people in other places up and down the east coast over the past month the fishing was rather poor especially in the bass department which gives more credence to my season long theory that there are fewer bass around. Yes, there were large blitzes in Montauk but it was very localized in about a 5 square mile area. Even the back bays in my area were without bass which is\ unusual for this time of year. We Must be vigilant and demand stricter regulations and devise a liscencing system that counts sport anglers to gauge the impact we have on our fishery. Until next week keep releasing and tight lines. The fishing has rebounded nicely with bass and fewer blues. The water temps have dropped into the mid to lower 50’s which will hopefully bring in larger bait. There are still anchovies around in large numbers from Gardner’s Island to Montauk point. As usual this time of year we have weather dictating when we can go out which ends up being 3 to 4 days a week. It seems like the bass will be sticking around for a while, so if you can avoid looking at the stock market and the presidential race fishing is the way to go! (There is nothing like a little escapism) Tight lines. Note; if you have a chance look at the spring stock assessment and report it does not bode well for our favorite fish the bass.”

Capt. Robin Calitri from Longislandflyfishing.com checks in with this Montauk Report:

“There were fish and breakers on North Bar at Montauk on Tuesday Oct. 21.  My son Todd Calitri and I were enjoying Bass everywhere when I noticed a small boat in close.  Next thing, a giant roller came in and the boat that I was watching completely disappeared.  I thought for sure that the two anglers were in the drink to I began to get as close a possible thinking that I would have to pluck some wet fly fishers out of the water.  We then heard an outboard screaming and the boat flew over the next breaker.  Todd and I could see six feet of air between the propeller and the water.  The two anglers were launched straight up and were still 4 feet above the boat when it hit.  They both landed safely but shaken.  This was an excellent fisherman who fishes the waters off Montauk almost every day.  Two morals to this story are, remain vigilant every second and there are plenty of fish to catch.Dr. Jeff Brody of  RI joined Todd and me for a Montauk first.  Jeff wanted to go ‘catching’ not fishing and we did.  Jim Del Grosso joined us. The reports from Wednesday were dismal.   Thursday October 16 was an epic day.  We had Albies first and then BASS, BASS, BASS with a few Blues off the Point.  We had to wait out some morning wind on Friday, but Brian Warden, Chris Morton, Scot Calitri, Todd Calitri and I had another BASSASOROUS tide with fish to 30 inches, one after another on flies. It blew Saturday and Sunday but Monday evening was calm.  Scot Calitri fished with his blue Scout off Montauk with Todd, Chris and Brian while Jim Del Grosso and I went to Bostwick Rip off Gardiner’s Island.  There were plenty of fish, mostly monster Blues. On Tuesday we got an early two boat move.  Todd Calitri and I fished the Yellow Scout and Chris Morton, Brian Warden and Scot Calitri fished the Blue Scout.  We quit at 1PM.  The wind was up and we each caught about as many Bass as we wanted so we quit and left them biting.  Thanks to Saltydoc for this fine picture of the Blue Scout. Len Zimmerman plies the waters of the East and Hudson.  He is a fine skier and looks like a heck of a fisherman.  Nice going Len for the 40 pound, pier caught Bass.
\If you haven’t gotten a shot that this Montauk blitz fishing, there is still time.  On the local front, the Bass and Blues are set up on the rips at Eaton’s Neck for the fly and jig fisherman.”


Also checking in from out East is Capt. Ken Rafferty:

“This is that time of the year when you never know what the weather will do. But when you can get out, it’s worth it!
SEPT 29th…Full-day…Dr. Mark Rubin and his father Dr. Bob Rubin…Fly and Spin.
Montauk is going nuts with fish, blitzes everywhere, north and south side. Trying to keep track was hard on this day but we do know Mark had three slams on the fly (Stripers, Albies and Blues) and many, many additional Stripers and Blues. Bob landed Blues and Stripers and lost two Albies.
OCT 1st…Late-day…2:30pm till 6:30pm Mark and Bob Rubin.
We couldn’t count how many blitzes there were on the north side from the light house down to Shagwong pt. There were so many fish you didn’t have to look for a blitz, all you had to do was cast and you would hook-up with fish that were on there way to join a blitz. This day both anglers had lots of Grand slams.
OCT 2nd…Northwest winds of 25 mph…No fishing.
OCT 3rd…Weather was still bad…No fishing.
OCT 4th…Morning…John DeMeritt…Spin Tackle.
The weather calmed  down and we headed out to find more Stripers, Blues and Albies. John had at least six slams.
OCT 5th…Windy…No fishing.
OCT 6th…Windy…No fishing.
Oct 7th…Late afternoon…Sean Patrick…Fly-fishing.
Once again we ran into blitzes as soon as we were east of Shagwong pt. and they continued all the way out to the light house. Sean had four grand slams that we know of and then we lost count of what type and how many fish were landed. At one point he had a good sized Striper on and after about ten minutesit broke his rod and the line was cut down in the rocks.
OCT 8th…Late-day…Brad Pullman and his friend Jeff…Fly-fishing.
We headed out at noon and rounded the point to the southside where we found Albies busting on the surface down by the old Andy Warhole estate, where they both landed a few. A little later we fished near the shore in among the boulders picking up Stripers in water that was so clear you could see the bottom, 15 feet below and watch the fish going by chasing bait. Both anglers had three slams and to many Stripers to count.
OCT 9th…Late-day again with Brad and Jeff.
We tried to repeat the previous days fishing but couldn’t find Albies anywhere and so it was Stripers and Bluefish on the northside. At one point there were so many Stripers around the boat you would once in a while hear them slapping against the hull while swallowing mouthfuls of bay Anchovies.
OCT 10th…No fishing.
OCT 11th…Late-day…Dr. Mark Melrose…Spin Tackle.
We had intended to fish in the early morning but it was little to windy so we waited until noon to head out and it payed off. At first Mark had trouble hooking up although there were lots of fish around us in large schools. I kept changing lures, colors, types and sizes but the first hour was a bust.
Finally Mark hooked up and landed a Bluefish that was mixed in with a thousand Stripers…but at least we had one on the boat. After that almost every cast produced a Striper or a Blue right until it was almost dark. Once again no Albies anywhere.
OCT 12th…Late-day…My son Ken and three of his friends, Jon York, John Landi and John Barton were on board….lots of Johns, we might as well have been in Reno, Nevada…..lololol.                                                                                                   We were on the water by 2:00pm. Put on 32 miles by 6:30pm. We were surrounded by 25 other boats and only seen one fish landed on Tom McPartland’s boat by his son James on the Fly-rod. Where did all those fish go that were here for days and days?
OCT 13th…Full-day…Michael Salzhauer, aboard his boat…Fly-fishing.
As we left the from Three Mile Harbor at 10:00am I told Michael about the previous days fishing and how bad it was that four anglers in four hours hadn’t caught a fish…..Michael looked worried…lol.  Our goal was Montauk but we headed first to Bostwick Pt. on the west side of Gardiner’s Island in hopes of finding some Albies but had no luck. From there we went to Eastern Plains Pt. where we found lots of Bluefish busting the surface but no Albies so we set a course straight for Montauk.
We passed Shagwong and all the way to the light house we didn’t see a fish or a bird until we came around the point. There must have been 25 to 30 boats along the shoreline with fishing busting everywhere, Michael hooked up on his first cast…a nice Striper. The fishing remained hot all day long, Striper, Striper, Striper then a Blue…..just like that a three for one ratio but no Albies. We hated to stop for lunch but there were so many fish it didn’t matter. Michael stated it was one of the best day of fishing he has ever had and figured he landed well over 25 Stripers and at least a dozen Bluefish, I think his count was light. We fished until 5:00pm and headed back to East Hampton.
OCT 14th…Late-day…Lou and Tom Fedi, brothers…Fly-fishing.
Both Lou and Tom are Fresh water Fly-fisherman, this would be there first time fishing saltwater. At 2:00pm we were on the water and it was a repeat of the previous day, Stripers everywhere and once in a while a Bluefish to keep you making Flies….lolol. Neither angler could believe there eyes when a blitz occurred, they would stop casting and just stare in amazement.  Tom said the sound was like a giant waterfall…..almost deafening. Both anglers were exhausted as we headed in at 6:00pm…..once again no Albies.
OCT 15th…Late-day…Michael Davis, his son Johnny and their friend Will…Spin Tackle. We headed out with the last of the outgoing tide and a light east wind so it made the ripe at Shagwong and the point not very easy to stand up in. But that wasn’t the bad part of the day…we couldn’t find any Stripers never mind Albies.
We had about 20 small blitzes along the north side but all were Bluefish. Everyone on board hooked up and landed Bluefish a few times but this is not what you expect from Montauk this time of the season.
OCT 16th…Early morning…Richard Bettis…Spin Tackle.
This was Richards first time fishing out here on the east coast in salt water. I headed out at 7:00am and we found nice schools of Stripers along the north side in near Oyster Pond. Rich landed about five or six before he hooked up with a 8 lb. Bluefish, he said he thought he had a shark on as it peeled out his 10 lb. test. We finished up by 11:30am with rich landing 21 Stripers and 14 Bluefish. The largest Striper we landed so far this month was 38 inches long and weighed 22 lbs. I am finding the average size of these Stripers is about 27 inches long but when there here they are in big schools. I assume the larger Striped Bass will wait until the water temp drops some…it is still 62 to 64 degrees.”


Bob Wilkanowski checks in with this Montauk Report:

“Hey John.  You know the story already…this has been a stellar year for bass at Montauk. I had two outstanding trips over the last two weeks. One on October 10 with David Blinken and Terry Brykcynski and the other yesterday with Dino Torino and Patrick Long. Both produced countless bass in the 20-27” range with an occasional cow if you were able to pick one out of the crowd (see attached). Yesterday was a late trip since the we decided to wait for the wind to lie down and we wound up having a fantastic afternoon as the tide began to ebb around 4:30. We went in at sunset while the bass were still up in great numbers. These were not the boils we’ve seen in early October, but more like a steady simmer; “mother nature at her finest” as Dino would say. It was interesting for me to observe that the end of the outgoing at the start of our trip and the beginning of the outgoing later on was when the bass were up and feeding most voraciously, while most of the action in between (incoming tide) was 6-10 pound bluefish.  We spent most of the day in the rip off the point and near the radar tower on the north side. I did not see any large bait, only bay anchovies and tons of it.”

Connecticut and Rhode Island Saltwater Fishing Reports

Capt. Sandy Noyes from Rumrunner Charters checks in with this final report from eastern Connecticut:

“We are all done for this season. We fished three days last week for rapidly dwindling numbers of stripers. We managed to find fish each day but with the winds and cold it is time. For whatever reason, we had a scarcity of bait this Fall and it showed with the amount of fish coming through. My thanks to all the people that fished with us this year and I hope to see you all next year.”

Massachusetts Saltwater Fishing Reports

Things are quite north of Rhode Island, with the exception of some mammoth schools of bluefin.   Most folks have packed it in for the season already though. 

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Capt. John McMurray

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Oct 08 2008

Montauk Fly Fishing Report – Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Slam – Oct 8, 2008

Fly fishing on Montauk was again spectacular today. Lots of striped bass and bluefish and only one albie for us today. We did see a bunch of albies but they were being a little shy, moving fast and did not allow us to get a fly in front of their nose. Water temperatures are around 63 degrees which should mean the albies will be moving out of the area soon, but there are and should remain plenty of bass and blues to put a bend in the long rod.

A few shots I was able to catch today along with a shot Wild Bill took of the one albie I was able to land.

Striped Bass Chasing Bait today at Montauk Point

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Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Report Montauk, Bass chasing baitfish

Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Report Montauk, Bass chasing baitfish

Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Report Montauk, Bass chasing baitfish

Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Report Montauk, Bass chasing baitfish

Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Report Montauk, Bass chasing baitfish

Striped Bass chasing baitfish

striped bass busting baitfish

bass eating bait

The kayak anglers were out in full force today and hooking up all over

Montauk Kayak fishing for striped bass

Me with my only albie of the day

Albie fly fishing at Montauk, Brandon with a nice albie on the fly

Thats all for today. Looks like it will blow tomorrow and we might head home. It’s been fun.

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Oct 07 2008

Montauk Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Report – Oct 5 and 6th 2008

The fly fishing has been good up here on Montauk, the pictures below should sum it up well. Not quite as hot and heavy as last week, but pretty darn good. Here are some pictures from fishing on Sunday and Monday. We took the morning off this morning because of wind, heard a few went out and had a good bite. We headed out after lunch for the afternoon bite and found some nice swirling stripers, or bass as they call them up here,  down the beach off of the town of Montauk in 10 feet of water. Some pretty cool shallow water saltwater fly fishing. I post pictures from today either tonight or tomorrow.

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Finally the sun came out to shed some light on a good bass blitz….I think just about any fly worked and everyone was hooked up..below is a triple hook up

Montauk Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Blitz

A few breaking Montauk bass I was able to catch on camera…the shots are not quite as good as from last week, but still hot shots I think

Montauk Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Report

Everyone hooking up

Montauk Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Report

Paul Dixon watching the bass blitz up close and personal

Montauk Saltwater Fly Fishing Striped Bass Paul Dixon

Bill snapped this nice shot of a striped bass I caught on the fly towards dusk

Saltwater Fly Fishing Montauk Brandon White with a nice striped bass

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Oct 04 2008

Montauk Fishing Report – Bass Blitz Video -Epic Saltwater Fly Fishing

Tom M had a nice point and shoot camera that shoots video with us this past week up in Montauk and put together this short clip of video. Pretty wild to see that many striped bass right at your feet.

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Oct 02 2008

Montauk Fishing Report – Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness – Sept 31 and Oct 1

We headed up to Montauk to chase striped bass, albies and bluefish on Tuesday and Wednesday. The bite was great on Tuesday with lots of bass, some blues, but not as many albies. Yesterday was wide open and probably the best day fishing for all three species I have ever experienced in the Northeast. The fish never stopped breaking or biting. If you wanted albies you fished those pods, if you wanted bass you fished pods with bass. It was so good we stopped fishing and just put down our rods and watched. It was literally an amazing spectacle of nature to witness. Of course after about 15 minutes we could pick up a rod and catch another, then watch again for a while. I was nothing less then epic.
Tackle:
9 and 10 wt Sage Xp’s on sinking lines (Rio Striper 250 for me and Tom used a Express Sinking line) Leader was about 7 feet of 20lb Ande fluorocarbon and flies were my Blanco patterns in chartruese and baitfish on #2 hooks)

Here are a few pictures, we fished with Capt. John McMurray yesterday and he shot a bunch of pics, but is still up there and once he gets back and sends some more shots I will post them up. I think the pictures tell the story best (you can click on the pictures to get full resolution versions):

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

 Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

 Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

 

Montauk Fishing Report - Striped Bass, Albies, and Bluefish Madness - Sept 31 and Oct 1

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Sep 26 2008

Montauk Madness Fishing Report One 9 Wt, One Fly and Two Albies

Breaking Striped Bass Bluefish and Albies in MontaukLateral Line Ambassador Wild Bill just returned from fishing for stripers, ablies and bluefish the last few days and filed this report. Sounds like Montauk is on fire. Better pack the rods and reels and head up there soon!

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Simon and I took his 23 Reg to Montauk Sunday and fished through Wed. The wind blew from the NE each day 15 to 20 kts and occasionally a little more. The boat sliced through the sometimes big waves in the rips at the Point with ease. There were very few large charter boats out, but those that did go caught some big bass. It seemed like there were fewer light tackle and fly guides booked also. It is a shame more guys did not go because the fishing was stellar. We never had to venture more than a mile from Montauk Point and had surface action almost constantly. By the second day we let all the spin and casting rods in the room and fly exclusively.

The albies were there in force and the stripers were plentiful and of good size for this time of year. The plethora of blues kept the fly tiers busy. It was a challenge to try to stay away from those chewing machines. All of our action was topwater. Crease flies on a floating line worked great, as did small albie flies on intermediate lines. Many of the albies were in the ten pound range.

I had a most unusual catch. Hooked an albie and he quickly ran into the backing. The pull seemed really extreme on my nine wt. As the fish was worked to the boat I saw a second albie caught in my backing. The first albie was landed and released and there was a second albie on my fly. I never heard of such a thing but apparently one of the fish was swimming with his mouth open scooping up rain minnows and got snared in the Dacron backing. He apparently rolled and became more secure in the backing. Both albies were released in good shape. It reminded me a little of crabbing with a trot line when I saw the albies coming in two at a time.

Do not know what it is about a snotty NE wind but it really seems to turn on the albies. In a center console, rain gear is a must even on clear days; and it is not a bad idea to wear a life vest.

Had four days of Montauk at its best with my good friend Simon. We did not count fish but they were abundant. This will be another trip for the memory banks. Brandon and I will try to go back up in another week. It would be great if the fishing remained hot.

If you like eeling, trolling or diamond jigging, it should not be hard to find an open date on one of the many large charter boats. If your game is fly or light tackle, there are a number of capable guides who may have openings.

Picture taking was a little difficult at times, but we did manage a few.

Regulator Boat

Simon Cleaning Off His Rig

Montauk Hotels for Fishing
View From Our Motel Window

Breaking Striped Bass Bluefish and Albies in Montauk

Common Sight this Week

Montauk Striped Bass

Simon with a Topwater Bass

Saltwater Fly Fishing Montauk New York for Albies

Montauk Albie on a Crease Fly

Saltwater Fly Fishing Montauk New York for Striped Bass

Bass on a Small Rain Bait Imitation

Wild Bill

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