Fall has reared its ugly head, replete with winds out of the east for days on end and now a hurricane. Yuck. Did I mention unending rain? The rain will never stop. Ever. Kayak fishing is shut down. I missed fishing my favorite moon. But the eclipse was nice.
A hurricane like Joaquin passing by, even offshore, will shake things up. Patterns that existed pre-hurricane may not exist afterward. I hope I don’t sound like too much of a buzz kill. On the bright side, some boats got out last weekend, with very positive results and blackfish season opens Oct. 5.
Mike Boccio, from the Jenglo/Prime Time III in Orient, checked in to let me know fishing was great after the full moon. Bill Walker’s charter on the Jenglo yielded 30 big bass to 45 pounds. Six of those fish were over 30. The fish were all caught on eels the night after the full moon. Captain Mike says he will continue to run the Prime Time III for sea bass and porgies through October 5, at which time he will switch over to blackfish. When weather allows, the Prime Time will be prowling waters off of Block Island.
The Orient Star IV was tied to the dock in Orient Point through all the weather this week. Captain Dan said he will be running mostly charters with a few open boat trips on weekends. Check in for availability.
The Fishy Business has been busy, up until last Sunday, drift fishing for bass and blues. Bluefish were the bulk of the catch, with some keeper linesiders mixed in. Captain Phil will be switching over to tautog, like many of the other boats, on Monday.
Captain Rob Thompson had Tom and his son Brendan out stalking albies last weekend. They (the albacore) were all over the sound but they were not very cooperative. Through hard work under adverse conditions, the pair did manage a very nice albie.
The Brooklyn Girl was busy in the waters off Orient Point last weekend. Despite a stiff northeast wind, the boat limited out on sea bass to 3.5 pounds, had a load of big porgies and some very big triggerfish, in and around Fisher’s Island. Sunday’s charter saw a limit of striped bass caught in the Race on the ebb tide. The crew also had time to stop off for a load of sea bass to 3.5 pounds.
Captain John, from the Capt. Bob Fleet in Mattituck, says porgies and sea bass are being found at all depths. High hook this week was Bill Addesso, with 22 sea bass. The fleet’s fall schedule will be Friday through Tuesday, 8 a.m. – 3 p.m. Captain John wants everyone to keep an eye out for upcoming specialty striped bass trips.
Dennis Tinnin says the Peconic Star fleet in Greenport has not sailed for two days due to weather. Prior to that however, the porgy sea/bass fishing has kept its same frantic pace. We all hope that continues!
I would like to take some space to mention a great event, The Montauk Hook and Slice Golf/Fishing Tournament for the Wounded Warrior Foundation. Entrants have an opportunity to golf the famous Montauk Downs golf course and fish the legendary rips off of Montauk Point, all in one weekend (Oct. 10 and 11, respectively) to support a great charity. It is a fun event with lots of prizes to accompany dinner after a fun day fishing in the rips! See the Montauk Hook and Slice website for more details.
October 3: 4:02 a.m., 4:24 p.m.
October 4: 4:59 a.m., 5:23 p.m.
October 3: 2:55 a.m., 3:28 p.m.
October 4: 3:57 a.m., 4:33 p.m.
Half moon, Oct. 5
Brian Nigro is a lifelong avid fisherman and former charter boat captain. He’s fished from Alaska to Mexico and lots of places in between, but his favorite place to fish is right here on the East End.
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