by Al “Big Time”Daniels
There has been a little chill in the air for the last few days. Some mornings the temps were below 50 degrees. There are still some real nice days in the 70s. Water temps have been down ten degrees with this cooling trend. Not only has it been great swimming, but the surfers have had a few days of decent waves. The changing weather has also started the fish moving at Montauk. There have been reports of bass, bluefish and false albacore being taken. This will only get better as the fall progresses.
Locally there is plenty of bait in the bay, with schools of bunker, both adult and peanut sized, showing up. The scouts for those large bluefish have already shown up. Fish up to 15 pounds were taken at Jessups and in the ferry. Trolling and jigs have both worked. Plenty of large bluefish are at Plum Gut and at Gardiner’s. All methods are working with popping plugs producing when the fish are on the surface. The coming moon has helped the striped bass fishing. Night-time is the best, with eels and bucktails both working. Locally the bottom fishermen are still catching a mixed bag. Porgies are getting larger with some big blowfish and kingfish mixed in. There are even some rumors of a few weakfish still around. Everyone is waiting for the opening of blackfish season on October 5. It is time to put those green crab traps in. More foxes are showing up and there are many turkeys and vultures in the area.