Despite a windy spell and sour weather over the past weekend, fall fishing continues to look good overall. Capt. Bob Ceglowski told us the Captain Bob V out of Mattituck Inlet has enjoyed exceptional fishing for the whole spectrum of North Fork fish last week. Action on blues and bass is phenomenal with bass over 15 pounds and blues to eight or more in photos posted on the web site. Porgy fishing is equally impressive with some jumbos in the three-pound class. One triple-header actually weighed nine pounds! The boat will be carrying crab baits as tautog fishing picks up in the days ahead.
The weekend at the shop was a slow one, according to Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck. There are bluefish on the beach, but action seems to die off at dusk. Scup and tautog can still be taken from the suds, too, if anglers use soft bait. Green crabs should be producing more consistently as waters cool.
Phil Loria at Captain Marty’s Fishing Station and Marina in New Suffolk had a quiet weekend, thanks to strong winds, but with winds dying down, the fishing should be picking up again. It’s still too early to lose the porgies in the Peconics; Loria is stocked with bait for the expected uptick in blackfish action, too.
At the Rocky Point Fishing Stop, Stan Hentschel weighed a 31-pound local bass taken from the beach over the weekend. Hentschel tells us the scup and tautog fishing continues to be good when small craft can get out. Boats on the south shore have done well, even on days when beach anglers have to contend with rough and weedy water conditions. Montauk had a good run last week with predators working on schools of anchovies.
Vinnie at Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station advises anglers to focus on the south shore now. Besides Montauk blitzes, the inlets are worth pounding by night for bass. There aren’t a lot of blues by day, but plug fishing by night has yielded a handful of stripers over 30 pounds. The north shore features only smaller blues and few blitzes so far.