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Oct 27, 2015 9:06 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Signs Of Life For Surfcasters

Kevin Dehler of Noyac joined the road-runner crew chasing down the hot false albacore bite on the North Fork last week. Steve D'Angelo
Oct 27, 2015 9:35 AM

The surf fishing action this week finally gave anglers something to get out of bed for—or, actually, something to avoid going to bed for.If you were willing to sacrifice a lot of sleep, there were stripers to be caught along the sand beaches and around local inlets. There are still lots of bunker along the ocean shores and once the sun dropped below the horizon the stripers moved in to feed. The fishing was not gangbusters by any means and the fish were mostly schoolie sized, but after a slow start to the fall run for fishermen who don’t truck out to Montauk much, it was more than welcome.

The other option was doing the road-runner thing and traveling up to the North Fork, where a proper fall run has been in full swing for a couple weeks now. False albacore and striped bass were marauding the beaches, and plenty of local guys sampled a bay side fishery we don’t get much on the South Fork. I’ve heard whispers of some big cow stripers being taken up there but from what I saw, most of the action is on the schoolie fish you would expect to find feeding on the schools of bay anchovies clustered along the shoreline.

Usually I would say that the switching of the clocks back this weekend would be a welcome thing for surf fishermen because it means an extra hour of daylight before the work whistle blows. But with the nighttime fishing we’ve been having it ends up being kind of a drag since catching the last hours of darkness now will mean at least a 3 a.m. wakeup call. Sleep when you’re dead.

Blackfish angling continued to be a good prospect all week. The ocean and sound are both providing reliable fishing on a gradually growing population of togs that are starting to gather for their migration. The sizes of fish are increasing somewhat and we should start seeing some of the real biggies come over the rails this week.

If you are boat-less, the jetties on either side of Shinnecock Inlet are a good place to target blackfish from the shore.

The Halloween squid are in too, in big numbers. Have your cast nets and jigs at the ready; you should be thinking calamari and next year’s fluke bait.

Water temperatures are falling steadily now and those striped bass to our north are going to have to get on the move soon. If we don’t get a really nuclear storm system there’s hope that they will sort of lollygag their way through the area and up the coastline, giving us a good shot at them as they go.

The opening of scalloping season will tear a few of us away from work and the fishing grounds next week, I’m sure, but don’t stray too far as a movement of stripers along the shore could happen literally any day, and the opportunities could be fleeting.

Catch ’em up, folks. See you out there.

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