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Aug 8, 2017 10:49 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Cool Weather Keeps Fishing Hot In Montauk

William Freeman of Southampton, Max Blum of Sag Harbor and Dave Gosiewski with Montauk striped bass ranging from 31 to 47 pounds they caught while fishing with Captain Keith Hunt.
Aug 8, 2017 10:54 AM

The striper fishing off Montauk still shows no signs of slowing down and the fluke feeding in the ocean nearby are doing their best to try to keep pace.Truly trophy-sized striped bass continue to fall to boats fishing the rips off the lighthouse in amazing numbers, with some boats limiting out on fish all in the 35- to 45-pound range.

With temps in the mid 70s all this week there are not many signs of anything that’s going to turn off the fishing unless the fish move on after the full moon passes.

The best I can offer is get out there now and enjoy it, because at the rate short-sighted recreational and charter anglers are killing these large fish, we’ll soon be back to getting excited about a 25-pounder, probably for several years to come.

The fluke are turning on the heat in Montauk now as well, as they often do in August. The deep drifts off Frisbees have been gangbusters, with limits easy to come by and plenty of doormat size fish in the mix daily. The swell from Monday’s little bit of turbulence will probably slow the bite down for a day or two but calm seas look to be the norm for the rest of the week.

To the west, the ocean fluke bite has been good off Shinnecock as well and the bay bite continues to chug along with a few big fish in the mix. Some decent fluke are being caught off the Shinnecock Inlet jetties as well for those skilled with a bucktail.

Snappers in the Shinnecock Canal and elsewhere are still on the small side and I have yet to see any signs that the run this year will be an exceptionally robust one. There are tons of tiny bait in all the bays though so those that do come should grow quickly.

Out in the deep blue there are still bluefins, ranging from 20 pounds to well over 100 pounds, feeding on sandeels along the 30 fathom curve, and plenty of mako and thresher sharks roaming closer to shore to keep anyone looking for some big game action busy.

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

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