Aboard the Captain Bob out of Mattituck Inlet, skipper Bob Ceglowski enjoyed excellent fishing on Tuesday, with scup in jumbo sizes every day and increasing numbers of black sea bass. With stripers and blues in the area, Ceglowski fishes two to three hours to get all the porgies his fares want before switching. Typically, the boat takes between five and nine keeper stripers, some in the 20-pound class, during drifts. The Bob boats begin a fall schedule next week for a so-called “Jumbo and Monster Mix.” Sailings beginning Sept. 23 are at 8 a.m. on Fridays through Tuesdays until Dec. 1. Corresponding to the changeover, there will be no sailings on Sept. 21 and 22.
At Charlie’s Mattituck Fishing Station and Marina, Liz Caraftis liked the porgy fishing, either on the drift or at anchor. The largest scup inshore seem to be in the 14-inch class; sea bass are generally small “pins.” Horton’s Point is still playing host to big bluefish plus stripers holding underneath the choppers and slammers. Best action is either on bunker chunks or live eels.
Meanwhile, at We Go Fishing in Southold, Steven described a fine fishing scene on September’s full moon with bass and bluefish activity in Plum Gut and the Fisher’s Island Race. Some stripers weighed at the shop recently were in the 30s and 40s. In addition the Gut is pretty much “can’t miss” for big blues. Beaches are beginning to come alive, too, with the first false albacore of the season marked by charter boats off the south side of Plum Island.
Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop spoke of big blues taken on bunker off the beaches, plus good porgy action. Clams have produced bass from the beaches, too, with a few bare keepers in the mix. Better bass action may be found late in the day around the Ponquogue Bridge on the south side. Still awaiting confirmation as a new all-tackle striped bass record is a monstrous fish taken a few weeks back by a veteran angler on the Connecticut side of Long Island Sound, fishing a live eel. The giant cow was reported to have weighed between 81 and 82 pounds!
At Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station, Vinnie had his sports into false albacore and bonito last week, fishing the East End. The first albies and bones are small with teen-sized fish coming later. Shinnecock Inlet and Montauk waters have been producing stripers for anglers using bucktails, too.