This isnít the way the fall striped bass run is supposed to be. The number of boats fishing on Saturday was about half what were out the previous weekend, but there were still enough to make the fishing difficult. Some of the charterboats were only able to bring back a couple of bass for their half day trips. I took a ride around the Lighthouse on Sunday and there were only a handful of boats out, and for the most part they did better than Saturday. But I have yet to see those clouds of birds over schools of feeding fish that is part of the normal scene. I have a feeling that November is going to have some dynamite fishing this year.
The blitzes that were taking place on the beach seem to be over as well for now. At least Turtle Cove only had a half dozen casters standing around when I stopped by there.
Itís getting to the time of years when you have to expect to be fishing in some crappy conditions. The forecast for this week in Block Island Sound is as follows;
SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
SW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
SW winds 10 to 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt... becoming W after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Showers likely. Vsby 1 to 3 nm.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers.
NW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
NW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
SW winds 10 to 15 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
SW winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft.
S winds 15 to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft.
Paulies Tackle Shop held their fall surfcasting tournament over the weekend. The results are as follows;
First Place - John Bruno - 39.34 lbs
Second Place - Mike Coppola - 34.14 lbs
Third Place - Rob Santier - 28.00 lbs
First Place - Alan Tremblay - 13.28 lbs
Second Place - Bert Baker - 12.58 lbs
Third Place - Rob Holstein - 12.32 lbs
The standings in the Surfmasters contest are as follows;
1st Place - Gary Krist - 29.15 lbs - 10/3
1st Place - Clever Oleas - 26.0 lbs - 9/22
2nd Place - Atilla Ozturk - 20.6 lbs - 9/20
1st Place - John Bruno - 40.3 lbs - 9/29
1st Place - Christine Schnell - 18.8 lbs - 10/2
2nd Place - Mary Ellen Kane - 14.0 lbs - 10/3
3rd Place - Cheryl Lackner - 11.8 lbs - 10/1
Youth Division (12 - 17 years)
1st Place - Dylan Lackner - 13.5 lbs - 10/1
2nd Place - James Kim Jr. - 13.5 lbs - 10/4
3rd Place - Phillip Schnell - 13.0 lbs - 9/26
Kids Division (7 - 11 years)
1st Place - Brian Damm - 14.6 lbs - 10/8
2nd Place - Witt Holmes - 13.8 lbs - 9/26
3rd Place - Brian Damm - 10.2 lbs - 9/24