Fog made the already tough bass fishing a nightmare on Friday and Saturday. Drifting boats, trolling boats and even anchored boats, all in the same half mile by half mile area with hundred foot visibility is bad enough, but then there is always one jerk who will steam back uptide through the mess. Itís a wonder there were no accidents. Fish catching wise itís tough right now. There are not that many bass around and they all want to be in the same area. Rarely does a charter boat come back with a limit of stripers and a half dozen a trip is considered good. The most consistent fishing is over at Southwest Ledge, but there are a few caveats with that. Only a few of the charterboats make the run. You can actually burn less fuel going for sharks than running over there. Then too, if the tide is not right, itís not worth it. You donít want to get over there as the tide is dying, wait through slack for it to get going again and then have to leave for home before itís right.
Itís ďone biteĒ time in the shark fishing game. Maybe two or three, but not much more than that. But right now that bite is more likely to be a mako than anything else. Itís also more likely to be less than legal size. Star Island held their Mako Mania/ Thresher tournament over the weekend with thirty-three boats participating. The results are:
MY ROCK 148 lbs mako
TOMI CHRIS 147 lbs mako
THOR 2 142 lbs mako
No threshers were weighed in.
Tuna fishing continues to be slow. Most boats coming in from the Edge have brought back little to shout about. The Tails and Dip have been especially slow with slightly better action at Atlantis and Hudson, but they are long runs better suited to overnighters. In fact an overnighter is really the only way to go right now. The best fishing is early and late in the day and on regular day trips you are often too late getting out there and leave too soon. There is a bit of a bite going on between the 600 & 500 lines to the south. Itís nothing special with a real good catch being three yellowfins and one fish being closer to average. There are also small mahi, bonito and even some wahoo there as well. Itís not much but itís something and the fuel cost is quite a bit lighter.
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.