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Sep 12, 2017 9:59 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Albies Lead The Fall Parade

Sep 12, 2017 4:33 PM

There was some hot fall fishing action in the past week, with just minor interruptions from the large hurricane swell that rolled in over the weekend.The arrival of false albacore has been the main sign of the fall run starting. The little tunnys were thick in Montauk for a couple of days midweek last week but then vanished as the swell rolled in with cold, green water over the weekend. Word is, they came back in pretty good numbers on Monday, though, and should be getting on a reliable schedule with this week’s calm weather.

The albies showed up a little earlier in Shinnecock but have been somewhat inconsistent for those trying to catch them from the inlet jetties.

Striped bass fishing at the Elbow and in the rips off the lighthouse continues to be excellent, with mostly large fish in the 25-to-35-pound class, and up, both day and night.

The big schools of smaller fish that once defined the fall run in Montauk have yet to show themselves. From what I can tell from online reports, they were firing off Rhode Island’s beaches on Monday, which may be a sign that the blitzes will once again spend their fall to our north.

Fluke fishing was once again the hottest bite around this past week and, uncharacteristically, seemed unmoved by the sizable swell trucking landward. Boats from both Shinnecock and Montauk caught big numbers of big fluke almost every day in the past week.

The Montauk fishery also has moved into very shallow waters, just a half mile or so off the beach—an improvement from the fishing in 90 feet of water two or three miles out at Frisbees that was fluke central for the last month.

Shinnecock boats still are mostly fishing in the deep spots when they get into the ocean, but there also are some big fish lingering in the shallows of the bay as well—as evidenced by the bay-caught 9-pounder that won the Hamptons Surf Club fluke tourney for Duane Arnister and Scott McMahon over the weekend.

Hopefully, the next swell from Hurricane Jose doesn’t turn off the bite this week.

Black sea bass fishing is red hot now, too, and the per-man limit is now up to eight fish, so it’s worth putting a little time in on the rock piles when you have your fill of fluke or stripers.

Catch ’em up. See you out there.

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