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Sep 20, 2016 10:16 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Albies And Bass Give Anglers A Full Week

Kay Tyler celebrated her birthday last week by catching her first false albacore off the beach in Montauk M WRIGHT
Sep 20, 2016 10:21 AM

Albies were the name of the game this week for those fishermen who like the sunlight hours, while the night owls found striped bass abundant and hungry. The false albacore fishing was up and down most of the week, but when it was up, it was way up and the number of fishermen pursuing them around Shinnecock Inlet over the weekend was amazing, and at times comical, to witness.

Opportunities to catch albies from shore are few, and word that the small tuna were blitzing along the jetties of Shinnecock Inlet spread fast, drawing a large and eclectic crowd of anglers to the east jetty. Sunday was pretty much one man for every three rocks or so, which is close quarters in fishing for a speed demon like tuna.

Boat anglers in Montauk had spurts of wide-open albie blitzes late in the week last week. Over the weekend the fish were more scattered and picky but exploded in frenzies on some afternoon tides.

Striped bass appeared intermittently in the surf and in blitzes off Montauk but the main action, especially for surfcasters, has been in the darkness hours. Fishing has been solid on both sides of the lighthouse in the wee hours. At least one fish in the high 30s was caught on Saturday night.

All of which bodes well for the anglers participating in the state's Montauk Surf Classic surfcasting tournament this weekend.

Check in at Paulie's Tackle of Montauk to register.

Once again the carcasses of dead striped bass littered the shoreline of Southampton Village last week, setting off the speculation and finger pointing of commercial fishermen causing wasted mortality of an important gamefish. Gillnetters are the obvious targets of most angry anglers since they are the most visible at this time of year, but the far more likely culprit is draggers accidentally hitting a slug of bass while towing for squid. It's an unfortunate and ugly side to one of the many dirty fisheries we maintain (recreational fishermen are not without broad amounts of blame either), and the sort of thing that happens way more often than most people ever get a hint of. Someday smarter fishing tactics will be the norm. It will be a long hard slog to get there.

In the meantime, catch 'em up. See you out there.

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Once again? Why is this not front page news in the main section. Who is doing any invetigating?
By tenn tom (236), remsenburg on Sep 22, 16 7:43 AM
Unfortunately, nobody is. It would be exceedingly difficult to trace back to where the fish came from. An experienced fisheries biologist may be able to determine how the fish died or note injuries that would give a hint as to the cause, but the funding/manpower/interest just isn't there. These wash-ups of dead stripers happen every couple years or so and are almost certainly the tip of the iceberg in terms of large amounts of dead or dying fish dumped overboard by someone, they just don't all end ...more
By Michael Wright (25), Southampton on Sep 27, 16 6:29 AM
8k run & 3 mile walk, Agawam Park, Southampton Rotary Club fundraiser