Offshore there are still plenty of bluesharks and with all the fog and breeze supposed to continue this week the water temps probably are not going to warm up much so they will probably hang around for a while yet. But there are some nice makos around as well. Montauk Marine Basin held their shark tournament on Friday and Saturday and nearly a dozen were weighed in. The results are as follows;
Largest shark – JOY SEA – 377 lbs mako
First Place mako - JOY SEA – 377 lbs
Second Place mako – MY MATE – 296 lbs
Third Place mako – MONTRACHET – 292 lbs
First Place blueshark – PENSION PLAN – 239 lbs
Second Place blueshark – SEA WIFE – 233 lbs
Third Place blueshark – WHITE HAWK -219 lbs
First Place thresher –FISH ON – 231 lbs
Second Place thresher – OH BROTHER – 226 lbs
We’ve got a couple of weeks off now before the next shark tournament, which will be the first of its kind, an all release shark tournament. It will be held July 27 & 28 at the Montauk Marine Basin. They need observers for each boat, so if you are interested in spending a couple of days watching other people catch sharks, drop Carl Darenberg a line at email@example.com. For more info about the tournament, go to http://www.montauksportfishing.com/nokilltourney.html
There have been some reports of bluefin showing up, although I haven’t heard of anyone catching any on the nearshore grounds. There is plenty of bait around, so maybe some of them will hang around for a while.
Inshore the striped bass fishing is going great with larger fish showing up every day. Trollers are using the umbrellas and parachutes and some are starting to use the big tubes aiming for the bigger fish. They are literally all over the place, but you have to work for them, by being in the right place at the right time. Each captain has his favorite place and there has been no need for everyone to try and catch the same fish.
Last report I mentioned that there were no fluke on the south side. I guess the fluke had to prove me wrong because by the middle of the week the fish were there with a much better cull than there is in the Rips, with maybe one out of every three fish being a keeper. The action isn’t as fast as in the Rips, but the quality was there, plus there are a bunch of seabass to throw back as well. Most of the fish in the Rips aren’t even “Jersey legal”..
Suffolk County has a new law going into effect on November 6. County residents are going to be required to take a boating safety course in order to operate a boat in Suffolk County waters. Maybe the guy who ran into the EBB TIDE on Thursday should have taken one. Capt Wayne King was peacefully heading out on the afternoon trip and about a couple hundred yards east of the jetties when a Connecticut boater ran into the last couple of feet of the EBB TIDE. Wayne had seen it coming on the radar and had sped up and was blowing the horn but it didn’t help. The boat, an approximately 40 footer, hit and slid up the hull of the partyboat ripping the rails off the stern quarter. Luckily no one was hurt.
The Surfmasters contest ended on Saturday with the leaders being;
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