This past weekend was a wild one for those working the shore in Montauk.
The hot action of last week SLOWED just in time (as they say, fish never bite on the weekends!) for the our first weekend of the tournament. There was a pick of fish for those working the night tides but the hot action on the bars and under the light fell off drastically.
It was also the weekend of The Fishermen’s Fall Classic held each year in the Montauk Surf. The tournament brought tourists, avid fishermen and more sharpies out to Montauk then most weekends with over 500 surfcasters entered into the tournament. For theweekend tournament, our members took all the spots except for one in Striped Bass division.
SurfMasters Hit The Boards in The Fisherman Classic – JB Takes First!
In the last few hours of the tournament, John Bruno’s impressive 49.30lb cow knocked off Michael Coppola’s 32.34lb bass to take the lead for The Fisherman’s weekend tournament as well as the wetsuit division lead for the Montauk SurfMasters Fall Classic. Coppola also had a 31.94lb fish on Friday night but it was a short lived lead for the SurfMasters as well as the classic. John’s fish took a black weighted needlefish on the south side. He claims he is never throwing eels again so we may have to change his name from “EelBoy” to “NeedleBoy”!
For our Wader Division, the leaderboard changed quickly over the weekend. Mike Larsen put up a 21.88 Bass early friday which was quickly knocked off by Richie Michaelsen’s 24.12lb fish. Those fish did not last long, as yesterday morning Klever Oleas took over first place with a 37.74lb fish taken on a bucktail from the northside.
The website leaderboard keeps up to date with the changes so make sure you check in on the leaderboard page.
The Long Island Fishermen – Montauk Fall Classic 2011 Results
|The Fishermen Magazine – Fall Classic 2011 Results|
|Striped Bass Division|
Montauk Fishing Report: East Wind & Bait Should Turn On The Fish Anytime
With two days of solid east wind, the fishing should turn on just in time for the weekend. The north side has had some sneaky fish into the 20lb class for a few anglers working the night tide. The south side continues to be a little slow but there is plenty of bait on both sides of the light so the action can turn on with the right conditions any day.
Keep in mind, there are three more days in September to try to knock off JB’s 49.30lb fish for the September largest fish (might be tough!). This weekend is also Paulies FallTournament so we hope everyone will join in on the fun, support the shop and put some impressive fish on the boards.