Itís finally officially summer and it feels like it with some southwest breeze all week.
Offshore there are still plenty of bluesharks and with the water in the mid-sixties and not going up too fast there are likely to be a bunch of them caught this weekend in Montauk Marineís tournament. Of course there are some makos and threshers too, but you have to get through the bluedogs first. Nothing about tuna yet although I did hear of a boat that ran way out and caught two dwarf tuna, one blue and one yellow. And there is quite a lot of bait around.
Inshore the striped bass fishing was great all week, but kind of slowed down a bit on Sunday. The place is loaded with sand eels and the umbrellas are the best bet. Diamond jigs are working too, but you have to be in the right place at the right time. If you are it can be great. If not itís a lot of reeling up and down.
Bottom fishing is pretty decent as well. There are enough fluke in the rips to keep you busy, and occasional keepers as well. Late in the week it got hot over near the midway Buoy. The only boats on the south side are fishing commercially for seabass (that season is open, while the recreational season is still a couple of weeks off), or cheating. Very few fluke out there. The porgies are coming on strong as well, and many of the charters that want something else after the stripers limits are in the box are opting for the porgies instead of fluke.
The Surfmasters contest runs through next Saturday. Right now the leaders are;
Billy Jacob - 48.70lb on 6/23
Mike Coppola - 46.50lb on 6/21
Ben McCarron - 44.74lb on
And in the Youth Division;
Brendan Farrell - 13.64lb on 5/19