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Nov 03 2008

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

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 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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