The easterly breezes all week put a bit of a damper on the fluke fishing. They donít like it too much when the top of the
water is going up and down too much. Still on Saturday there were quite a few boats stretched out from the Point to the
IGA. Sunday afternoon when I drove down the hill into the village from the west I didnít see a single boat. Apparently
they had all moved to the east and north side, but didnít find a lot of keepers there. There were some doggie reports one
day, but none the next.
Striped bass fishing is excellent even though at times the boats had to cull through a lot of shorts to take their limit.
Thereís good news for the Blessing of the Fleet participants. Last year some eco-nuts, concerned about turtles diets, put
pressure on the town to curtail the water balloons that are always a big part of the after blessing festivities, and word was
passed that anyone caught playing could wind up with an invitation to court. This year the Concerned Citizens of
Montauk has come up with a couple thousand biodegradable balloons which will be available at Snug Harbor. As an
aside, years ago when we were catching tuna within spitting distance of the Point, I dressed out a couple of tuna that had
eaten balloons, but they were so deteriorated by the digestion process that I couldnít even pick them up. Iíd grab a piece
between my thumb and forefinger, but all I could pick up was the little piece between my fingers. the rest of the balloon
stayed stuck to the fishes stomach.
Pump it yourself regular at Marshallís is now $3.05.9.