The MBCA held itís annual shark tournament over the weekend with twenty some odd boats participating, which is considerably more than theyíve had over the past couple of years. In spite of that there were only three sharks weighed in. The results are as follows;
ARC ANGEL - 204 lbs blue shark
Boat #20 - 143 lbs mako
AM SAM - 119 lbs mako
Unlike all the other tournaments there is no separate categories, just biggest fish wins, except that there are different minimum size requirements; 100 lbs for makos, 150 lbs for threshers and 200 lbs for blue sharks. Iím sure that there were a many blue sharks caught that would have beaten the second and third place makos, but not according to the rules of this tournament.
The LADY GRACE caught a no doubt winner, a 401 pound plus thresher, but no $$$ is coming their way because they werenít entered. The same thing happened two years ago. Guaranteed next year they will enter and their lucky streak will end.
The offshore fishing is a little out of whack this year. Normally by now the majority of the blue sharks would have moved east and most boats would be catching two or three per trip. This year there are still plenty of them around locally.. Bluefin tuna are scarce, but still every once in a while someone will catch one, usually on the way shark fishing like the HURRY UP did on Sunday. Out on the Edge things are still slow with boats doing day trips only scratching out a fish or two. Overnight boats do better since they get the early and late bites. Apparently there are some yellowfins and mahi out around the 500 line, but not many boats are making that run, or are steaming past it in a rush to the Edge.
The MTK Canyon Challenge is going on this week out of the Montauk Yacht Club. It runs from this past Friday until next Sunday and boats are allowed two 24 hour trips or one overnight 48 hour trip. So far there have not been very impressive catches with one white marlin release, one wahoo and some yellowfins, most between 30 and 40 lbs.
Inshore the bass fishing is getting tricky. Most of the bass being caught are nice fish ranging from twenty or so pounds and up, but there are not a lot of them. To be successful you have to be at the right place at the right time of the tide and the tides have been a little whimpy all week. Theyíll pick up this week and hopefully things will improve.
Fluke fishing right now is a was good. Actually itís a was great, but most of the fish were in the same area south of Frisbies and I guess they all got caught so itís a little slow again. But there are sea bass out there so even if you donít do great with the flatfish youíll be able to bring home some dinners.
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.