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Old 08-28-2016, 06:27 AM
CaptGeneKelly CaptGeneKelly is offline
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Montauk Sportfishing Report 8/29/16

You may have noticed a big black boat anchored off the south side in the vicinity of Frisbies this past week. Itís the OCEARCH, a research vessel that spent the last couple of summers off Cape Cod, putting satellite tags in great white sharks, and thatís what they have been doing here as well, with some success. But the white sharks they have been tagging here havenít been that great, rather they have been babies and it looks like we have the only known nursery for white sharks right here.

And in more shark news, it is now verboten for any of us to keep porbeagle sharks, which doesnít really matter much to us here in Montauk as the only time they are caught is by accident on early season cod trips.

As to the actual shark fishing, it is not what we usually expect at this time of the season. Normally there are a lot of small makos around, but not this year and I usually fish about 15 miles out maximum, but on the last two trips, I didnít get a bite (maybe itís my incompetence showing). Right now it seems the best area to shark fish is just outside of Cartwright where there are some threshers, but if the drift is to the north you could wind up fishing in the fluke fleet.

And, the fluke fleet is doing very well with the best fishing in the deeper water like Cartwright, Rocky Hill & Frisbies. There was a little shot of fish at new Ground, but judging by the number of boats fishing there Saturday, that may have dropped off.

Striped bass fishing continues very to be very good, but the average size of the fish being caught has dropped off from what it had been, but the fish seem to have spread out a bit which make for easier fishing. What we need now is for the falsies to show up to draw some boats away from the bass.

Right now the only tuna fishing out of Montauk continues to be around 700/700 for yellowfins. They are mostly small but occasional forty pounders have been showing up. The Canyon is dead and few boats are bothering to make the trip, which accounts for the number of boats chasing the little yellowfin locally.

For more info about fishing in Montauk, check out www.montauksportfishing.com
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