The fall run is in full swing now and things are starting to shape up well for a classic fall run. To get things off to a good start, this past week’s easterly blow pushed a lot of bait in tight on the northside with pods of mullet stretched from Shagwong Point up to the lighthouse.
Septembers Mullet Run in Montauk
Each year we hope to see a shot of mullet in the surf which will draw in some larger bass from the rips. So far, this is one of the best mullet runs we have seen in years which should keep things interesting for the next few weeks. Some veteran’s of the Montauk surf are feeling optimistic after a really poor spring run that this could be a Fall to remember. If the fish typically have the bait pinned in close to the beach on the northside like they did the past few days, they will often keep them close to the beach as they head to the south side and run along the sand beaches. Weather can change everything, but things are looking good!
White and Blue/White poppers during the day and darters at night work great when the mullet are around. Also, small metal lips and danny plugs worked slowly in close to shore can produce very well in the late night tides.
Montauk Fishing Report – Sept 17-23rd
The northside was the place to be this week as the southside rocks have been very slow despite some solid efforts from wetsuiters during week when the surf was fishable. Just a few schoolies came from all night efforts in the southside rocks.
The northside saw fantastic blitzes on both Thursday and Friday with fish into the high teens for daytime action following the storm. Pencil poppers and bucktails took most of the fish with the new SuperStrike heavy little neck popper in white being the goto lure for a few casters. This lure casts a mile if you have not had a chance to cast it yet. Both Paulies and Star Island have them in stock.
The nighttime bite heated up on Thursday night, with solid action for a few casters working the bars with fish in the 10-18lb class. There was also a 33.5lb fish checked in at Paulies by Rob Heffert and rumors of a few other 20lb class fish taken. The action continued Friday early AM with a colossal blitz from Stepping Stones to False Bar with solid action on the whole outgoing tide.
43lb Fish Takes First in The Fisherman’s Montauk Fall Classic
Chunkers working the northside had some much larger fish including a 43 and 36lb fish which took 1st and 2nd place in The Fisherman Magazine’s Fall Classic which was held over the weekend. Many casters opted to throw back high teens and 20lb class fish on Friday during the tournament expecting to see a repeat on Saturday which was to no avail. Can anyone say “Gary Krist”!
The action died down on Saturday and Sunday with just a few fish for the hundreds of anglers that were out for the weekend who concentrated almost exclusively on the north side of the light. False Bar and Jones Reef were shoulder to shoulder for the AM time. The incoming and outgoing saw just a pick of fish, with the best action coming from the bluffs up front and Scotts hole on the incoming while casters were packed under the light.
The sand beaches did yield some action with some keeper bass on Sunday morning despite only a few anglers giving it a shot. The sand should start producing more this week for those looking to give it a shot.
Paulies Tackle also held a Fall Blitz weekend tournament with cash prizes going to the three largest striped bass. Allen Vollmer took first with a 43.6lb cow, Billy Fisher 2nd with a 37.17lb fish and Gary Krist rounding out third with a 14.56lb fish. As a reminder, they will be holding their Van Staal Fall Bash on Oct 12-14th.
Montauk SurfMaster’s Leaderboard Changes
Attila Ozturk took the early lead in the wader division with a 20.6lb Bass taken Thursday morning from under the light. The fish fell to a white bucktail fished in the sweeping surf. The lead did not last long, as last years winner Klever Oleas took a 26lb fish Friday night to bump Atilla into second place. A few other fish were taken but not entered into the tournament with the hope of some larger bass falling with this mullet run.
Some more great photos by Atilla Ozturk!