For the last couple of weeks the big bluesharks have been biting very well, but not much with the makos except for smaller ones. Over the weekend some better sized makos have been caught including a 400+ pounder on the CAPT KEITH taken Sunday. That made me think of the sharks tagged in the Marine Basinís no kill shark tournament, so I went to http://sharks-ocearch.verite.com/ to see where they have gone to. Right after the tournament they all headed offshore but now they have all come back inshore, two maybe 20 miles off of Fire Island and the other somewhere in the vicinity of the Dump. That tournament had some pretty hot mako fishing, and itís not unreasonable to think that some of their friends might have come in as well.
I havenít heard much from the edge, but the weather was pretty crappy over the weekend and Iím sure that affected how many boats made the trip. But the HURRY UP started trolling around the second finger (also known as one of Capt Seagullís grandkidís horns, but I forget which one) out to the Aquarium on Friday and caught a mix of longfins and bluefins, and on Sunday the OH BROTHER trolled his way to his shark spot and picked up a couple of bluefins.
Striped bass fishing has been tough, but on the weekend there was finally some signs of life, with a couple of boats taking their limits. But, it was a zoo because as soon as it became obvious that someone was catching bass, the herd descended on them.
Bottom fishing is still going strong, as long as the weather cooperates. The Southwest breeze that we have been having made things difficult for a couple of days, but now that itís gone things should be back to normal. The scup limit has gone up to 45/person for the rest of the season.
I usually post this on Monday morning, but when itís a holiday I put it off until Tuesday, because there are generally a bunch of boats out on Monday. I went out Monday and it looked like a desert out there with so few boats fishing.