The early part of last week there was a lot of activity out in Montauk when the weather cooperated. As predicted, the tournament had leaderboard change on Saturday 22nd-Monday 24th after the easterly blow with this years largest fish weighed in to date.
Hopefully with the drop in temperatures, more big fish will drop in the coming weeks out in the Montauk Surf. Remember, we have leaderboards up in both Paulies and at Gaviola’s market.
First 50lb+ Surf Caught Fish of this Fall – JB!
John Bruno broke the 50 mark with a 50.82lb fish to lead the wetsuit division besting his 49.30lb fish taken a few weeks prior. The fish was taken on a eel Saturday night under the nose of a few fishermen who had no clue John was battled the big cow out on the deep rocks on a dark night.
That fish sparked a lot of anglers out into the surf on Sunday in hopes of hooking into a cow. Several of the wetsuiters looking for a repeat, including Freddy “the Eelman”; hit the rocks with high expectations but only Freddy had a contender for the all night effort. Freddy released a fish in the high 40’s thinking it was not big enough to best JB’s mark and kudos for the catch and release effort.
Check Out Russell Drum’s East Hampton Star Post
There is a great write up about last weekend stories in last Thursday’s East Hampton Star. If you don’t follow Russell Drumm’s column, you need to pick up a copy or subscribe online. Rusty has a great way with words and each week puts together an incredible fishing column that covers the east end and Montauk.
Big Storm Wrecks Havoc on the Beach, A Bust for Fish
The last two days had high expectations of an easterly blow pushing fish into the north side of Montauk. Outside of one fish taken under the light close to 40lbs, there was very little to report in terms of cow bass in the suds leading up to the storm. There were plenty of small fish in the south side and a few blitzes of fish in wrapping around to Browns on Friday. The night tide on Friday saw a lot of small fish for a few anglers in the south side rocks working darters in the murky water but nothing close to topping any of the tournament leaders.
The storm just did not turn on what we had hoped to see on Saturday morning. The storm did wreck havoc on the coastline and the town beach is pushed right up against the hotels. We should see some action happening on the town beach any day now with the fish starting to migrate west in early November. All signs are pointing to a later season and let’s hope that some weather cooperates over the next few weeks. Water temperatures dropped almost 5 degrees in less then a week so they should be on the move soon.