Before Irene everyone was wondering what she would do to the fishing. Now we know.
It didnít affect the striped bass fishing at all. By Monday they were biting and by Wednesday, they were
biting real good, as were the bluefish, and they have continued ever since. No complaint from that side.
Bottom fishing was another story. It came back somewhat by mid week or so, but not very strongly. Dirty
waters and a big heave were and are to blame. It was better over by Block Island. The seabass and porgies will
come back when things settle down, if they ever do, since it looks to be pretty crappy all this week and we will
be seeing the heave from hurricane Katia well into the weekend. But I have a feeling that the fluking is just
about done for the year.
Offshore there are some sharks to be caught, but not a lot. A couple a trip is about it. A couple of boats
tried trolling for tuna out as far as the 600 line with no luck. There were some yellows taken out at the Edge, but
not enough to be worth the run out, especially with all the crap in the water. Call me a wuss, but there is no way
I would run offshore in the dark at 25-30 knots. The odds are about 50-50 that you would hit something, and if
that something was big enough, the consequences could be pretty frightening.
Star Island is holding their first White Water Challenge this weekend. It is open only to outboards and the
fishing is for stripers, bluefish, tuna and bass.
If you are interested in catching a lot of sailfish this winter, Iíll be escorting some groups to Guatemala in
March. Check it out at www.tropicalfishing.com/guaescort.html