If you want to catch a big striped bass, get your ass out to Montauk now. Virtually every bass being caught right now is a bragger. Not very many limits being taken, but you are more likely to catch a forty pounder than a ten pounder, Many of the boats are fishing live baits, either eels or porgies or live spots or bunker when Star Island has them. Trolling gets tough in the midst of all the live baiters but the large tubes are great for the big fish
Bottom fishing is hot. Fluking is finally to where we like it to be with limits being fairly common, and along with the fluke there is a steady pick of sea bass. Porgies are hot as well, but for boats using them to target the bass, getting fish small enough can be tough.
Offshore tuna fishing is pretty slow. Just about every day somebody catches a bluefin somewhere, but somewhere is a pretty small spot in a very big ocean. And out on the Edge it isnít much better with occasional yellowfins, but really not much worth the fuel to get out there.
In spite of seventy-two degree and better water, there are still a fair amount of bluesharks around as well as some makos and threshers. The MBCA shark tournament will be held on Saturday and Sunday at Star Island. For more info call Capt Rick Etzel at 631 668 2914.
Iím trying to get a forum up and running. It only deals with Montauk. If you fish here, check it out at http://www.montauksportfishing.com/mtkforum.html and contribute. It wonít work if Iím the only one posting. Let everyone know where you fished, when and what you caught. Or ask questions. Whatís the down side? NONE.