The weather cleaned itself up just in time for the July 4th weekend. And, here’s a little advice for you in dealing with holiday weekends. Don’t go downtown. I couldn’t even find a parking place to get my mail. Coming back from the boat on Saturday, it was stop and go traffic in the westbound lane from Cyril’s up to the Overlook.
Offshore, the “blue hoard” has departed to the east. You no longer have to reel in a dozen or more bluesharks while hoping the next one will be a mako. Now you can expect to hook up with a couple of them, but there is a real good chance for a mako, maybe 50-50. Or maybe a thresher like the 420 lb. one that the WINDY brought back. And, bring the Sabikis. At some point in the day the tinkers will show up and you can load up on fluke baits. The water is a crappy green color and around seventy-three degrees.
Nothing to talk about on the tuna front, except that there were some seen jumping around with the striped bass at the Point. Shark boats aren’t seeing them and just about the only bird life is with some whales and porpoise.
Inshore the striped bass fishing is good but was difficult over the weekend, mainly because of the excess of boats. The bass are roaming around in small packs and will corral some sand eels and when they do they draw a few birds. Not like in the fall with huge schools of fish. But one person will see those birds and start fishing them. Then ten more boats will steam up and it’s “ball game over” I’m sure that after the weekend is over the fishing
will be a little more pleasant.
There are fluke all over the place, but most of them are dwarfs. But there are patches of decent sized fish. You just have to keep at it until you find them. Seabass opens up on Wednesday. One day early in the week I took a ride out to Rocky Hill and found plenty of them and most legal size. After a while some doggies moved in, so we went back inside. But most of the dogs were the summer spineless type.
For years every June there would be letters in the East Hampton Star castigating the Montauk fishing fleet over the shark tournaments. Now we’ve got a new all release tournament coming up. It will be held July 27 & 28 at the Montauk Marine Basin. It would be interesting to see if any of those letter writers will support the concept by entering. 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. But don’t wait until the last minute because there will be a training session that you will have to go through. For more info about the tournament, go to http://www.montauksportfishing.com/nokilltourney.html