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Old 09-01-2014, 06:19 PM
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Montauk Sportfishing Report 9/1/14

Montauk Sportfishing Report 9/1/14

The big news in Montauk this week has nothing to do with the fishing. Carl Darenberg Jr. of the Montauk Marine Basin was found dead, floating in the harbor near Uhleinsís Marina. His last Facebook postings were from Sunday night at a couple of restaurants in the harbor area.

September is here and it is always the best fishing month, at least until we start to get the Noríeasters around the end of the month. One of the main attractions is the fall striped bass run and we need it bad. For the last couple of weeks bass fishing has been slow, but Monday it picked up pretty good with a couple of the charterboats bringing in limits of fish for the morning trip. Hope itís not just a lucky day and continues.

Bottom fishing got a little tough during the week because of some hurricane, whose name I donít even know, passed by roiling up the waters, but by the end of the weekend things were back to normal for the seabass & porgies , as well as an improvement with the fluke fishing that had been tapering off a bit.

The falsies continue to pop up along with some small bluefins, so we should start to see a fly guy invasion by next weekend.

Offshore, the mako fishing is good with mostly small fish, but there are some big ones as well, like the
400+ pounder brought in to Star Island over the weekend.

Tuna fishing is hot out at the Tails, with whales, porpoise, birds, bigeyes and some big yellowfins, but very little showing up in closer. The night bite has been producing too.

For those who plan ahead, September 16th the NYSDEC public hearing on the Atlantic Striped Bass Draft Addendum IV will be held at the Stony Brook University Wang Center Theater. The options to be discussed are as follows;
Option A Status Quo - (No chance)

Option B achieves 25% reduction of 2013 harvest in 2015:
B1. 1 over 28
B2. 1 @ 28 to 40
B3. 2 over 33
B4. 2 @ 28 to 34
B5. 1 @ 28 to 34 plus 1 over 36
B6. 1 @ 28 to 36 plus 1 over 38
B7. 1 @ 28 to 37 plus 1 over 40

Option C achieves 17% reduction of 2013 harvest in 2015 and takes 3 years.
C1. 2 over 32
C2. 2 @ 28 to 36
C3. 1@ 28 to 35 plus 1 over 35

Option D. A 7% reduction each year for 3 years:
2015. 2 over 30
2016. 2 over 31
2017. 2 over 32

The charterboat fleet is in favor of Option D but theirs isnít the only voice and there are bound to be many others looking for more stringent regs. In the long run the more restrictive limits might be for the best, but that doesnít help much if the regs are so strict that the boats canít bring enough fish back to keep the customers coming.

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