Wednesday was the opening of the seabass season (finally) and virtually everybody was fishing between Frisbies and Rocky Hill. And, everybody was catching fish, both seabass and fluke, keeper types. One nice thing about fishing out there is you rarely have to measure a fluke. They are all nice ones.
Striped bass fishing is getting into a typical summer mode. You canít count on catching a limit, but you have a real good chance of catching some big fish. A lot of the charter guys are switching over to the big tubes looking for the 40 or 50 pounders, and catching them. The ďchutes and rigs are working well as are the diamond jigs when conditions are right.
Offshore, the sharking is not great. You can catch a couple of bluesharks or maybe a mako, but you are unlikely to catch a lot of anything. In fact itís possible that you could wind up with nothing as I proved early in the week. Monday the Capt Mark had a big hammerhead, a little early in the season for them. The water is cleaning up and every once in a while someone sees some kind of a tuna sign, but nothing real encouraging.
Weekends on the striped bass grounds are getting more and more bizarre. Saturday, the HALFBACK was happily trolling along Pollock Rip catching a couple of bass with a private boat alongside him. Then the private guy decided he wanted to fish on the other side of the HALFBACK, so he cut across his stern cutting off Capt. Artís wires. Art pulled up alongside him to ask what the big idea was and the guy threw an egg sinker through Artís port side window, hitting a client in the shoulder. The police were contacted and they all met at the dock to discuss things. Stay tuned, because this will be going on for a while.
Donít forget the new all release shark tournament coming up. 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. But donít 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