Montauk Marine Basin has itís shark tournament this weekend. I wonder if the protesters will be there. They can certainly get closer to the action at the Marine Basin than they did at Star Island. Overall the shark fishing is pretty good, with lots of blue sharks, and occasional, very occasional threshers. Not much if anything in the way of makos though, even though the mid sixty degree water is right. And, I havenít heard about any bluefins being sighted yet.
Striped bass fishing is kind of up and down, with some days or tides excellent and others a bit of a struggle. And live porgies arenít the answer, as those guys arenít do much. I donít think there are enough of the larger fish around right now.
Itís a similar situation with the fluke. Get to the right place at the right time and you can do alright, but otherwise itís kind of picky. Seabass are mixing in with the fluke. Iím kind of leery about mentioning this, but the doggies are not the same kind of problem that they have been for the last couple of years. I hear occasional complaints, but nothing that canít be dealt with.
You can take this with a grain of salt. I know I did. A couple or reputable captains have told me about a boat fishing at Gardiners Island that caught a fluke that had been filleted. No meat on either side. Itís internals were OK. I know that I have filleted fluke that were alive that kept wiggling after I was finished, so I guess it is possible. I assume that it was short fish.
You donít need a grain of salt for this one. A Rhode Island charter boat was ticketed for fishing in the EEZ at Southwest Ledge this week The fine is supposed to be $1200. Theyíre watching!
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