East End LI
Capt- Brendan McCarthy reports:
Hey Andrew,considering it is almost August I have to say I am very happy with the fishing. Even though I didn’t think I would fish Montauk till Sept…. Duty calls so Capt John Tondra helped tow my boat to Westlake Marina in Montauk and I have done 5 trips this week there (including 2, 6 hour trips today) guess I’ll sleep when…
Saturday with the Colliers you can see from the photos was sick with a pile of fish from 15 to over 35 pounds on fly and spin in 9 feet of water. The real big ones were too tough to land on fly and kept putting us in the rocks. This was not angler error as these guys are as good as I have evr seen, the fish were just pissed off. Otherwise have had really great fishing all week with blitzes, lots of boiling fish, popper fishing et al. Somedays like today I couldn’t buy a bluefish for kids on onboard but the evening trip was covered up in them. LOTS of sandeels, squid and Tinker Mackeral?!?!?
Gonnavdova few trips the end of the week in JBay and more in Montauk. Heard of some Bonito so will be looking around North Fork this coming week. And remember RedBone is Sept 23-25th this year. Gonna be a blast and let me know if you want yo come join as we have some great Captains available still. See www.Redbone.org
Am speaking at the Washington Fly club on the 18th and will do some salmon fishing till the 23rd but will ne back after that.
The Fall in Montauk is very close and getting very full for everyone so if anyone is thinking of coming, now is the time to call as I still have some days
Thanks! -Brendan McCarthy
Capt. John McMurray reports:
Well… July, isn’t really known for it’s good striped bass fishing in this neck of the woods. But last week it was pretty sick. A large body of bass followed schools of butterfish in and there were all out blitzes lasting well into the PM hours. Some blitzes spanning acres. Birds, boils… the whole thing. We were getting them on poppers, but you could have thrown anything at them. And get this, you go a little east, and there are large bunker schools getting destroyed by stripers. Didn’t have the opportunity to drop a live one down as all my charters were flyfishers, but I bet it wouldn’t have lasted long. Good stuff… And not much in the way of boat traffic either, which is quite surprising. Didn’t fish over the weekend, but I’m told things slowed down. My guess is that such a slow-down was due to boat traffic more than that fish maybe just moved on. I still haven’t been able to make it far offshore as I’ve had inshore charters on all the nice days, but judging by the reports, it seems to get better and better every day. Hope I’ll get a chance to make the run this week. Stay tuned. -John www.nycflyfishing.com
Bailey Hallingby reports:
What’s the good word? Slightly cooler water temps and overcast skies led to good things in the Shinny flats last weekend. I’d be lying if I told you it was all sight casting. We did have a few windows of decent viz and a few boilers to work with, but for the most part we were blind. Boated 10 Bass on Saturday alone – plenty of cookie cutters and a few in the 8-10lb class (attached). Not a bad outcome after pitching a shutout in the ocean for the first two hours of the day before/at sunrise. Scattered birds and a few fish marked, but nothing with stripes and no tunoids to speak of on the outside. Will be back at it this weekend. Hang em high. -BH
Eastern LI Sound
Capt Vinny Catalano reports:
Well it was a pretty busy week on the bass grounds around the new moon. we had a nice two day worm hatch with plenty of bass slurping away in the 25-32 inch range during the early part of the week. The flats have slowed up a bit so i concentrated on fishing some deeper water water rockpiles and reefs and clients were rewarded big time with boating fish up to 25 pounds!!! (Congrats Benny and Anthony on some nice fish) Also some big chopper blues up to 12 pounds are joining in mix! Even though the flats have slowed a bit the fish we have been seeing have been BIG so i’m going to continue poling around until i start seeing the arrival of the bones!! thanks Andrew