Surf Reports 2014
YTD Statistics - Striped Bass: 37 total: 12 keepers, 22 shorts , 3 rats,
Bluefish: 48, Weakfish: 11, Fluke: 17,
Total # fish: 113 # fish released: 108, average 1.14 fish per trip
HT / LT - high / low tide, HF - tide height in feet, WT , AT - water / air temperature,
P30.00R - atmospheric pressure in inches (tendency R-raising, F-falling), M95% - moon visible in %.
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December 27, sunset at 4:33pm
RM2 sunset, December 14, at 4:27pm
Report #99 December 13, South Shore, 5:00pm-6:00pm, LT6:18pm, HF0.3, P29.89F
WNW 17-20 kts wind, dirty water (50F), AT38F, clear sky, no moon light (M65%)
Filthy water, no herrings, no fish, ....just fresh air. One more fishing trip.
Report #98 December 5, South Shore, 6:50pm-8:30pm, HT6:13pm, HF2.7, P30.41F
E 20-17 kts wind, stain water (53F), AT47F, rain, no moon light (M96%)
Another skunk when fishing in nice east wind with light rain.
Report #97 December 3, South Shore, 4:40pm-6:30pm, HT4:31pm, HF2.7, P29.99R
WSW 20-25 kts wind, water with eelgrass, WT47F (54F), AT48F, overcast, no moon light (M84%)
Fished big lures for two hours without hit, left when moon start poking through the clouds.
Report #96 November 30, South Shore, 8:20pm-11:10pm, LT8:20pm, HF-0.1, P30.11R
SW 15-10 kts wind, semi clean water, WT43F (53F), AT50F, overcast, no moon light (M54%)
...no boats, no people, I have beach to my self, warm, no gloves fishing for zero strikes.
November 28, Sunset at 4:28pm
November 24, RM2 Sunset at 4:30pm, SSW 27-33 kts wind, 8-10' surf.
Report #95 November 23, South Shore, 6:30pm-10:10pm, HT7:32pm, HF2.6, P30.12F
SSW 17-10 kts wind, semi clean water, WT41F (55F), AT51F, overcast, dark (M0%)
Perfect quiet night, no baitfish around, 3.5 hours effort with big lures for zero strikes.
Report #94 November 22, South Shore, 6:00pm-8:30pm, HT6:49pm, HF2.6, P30.23F
WSW 23-29 kts wind, semi clean water, WT45F, AT42F, clear sky, dark (M0%)
New moon night with stiff wind, 2.5 hours effort with lures for zero strikes.
Report #93 November 19, South Shore, 6:00pm-7:45pm, HT4:41pm, HF2.5, P30.16F
SW 19-29 kts wind, semi clean water, WT45F, AT33F, clear sky, dark (M14%)
Sand blasting wind, freezing cold, not a touch when fishing lures, skunked again.
Report #92November 17, South Shore, 4:00pm-6:45pm, HT3:00pm, HF2.4, P29.50F
SSW 20-29 kts wind, semi clean water, WT51F, AT54F, rain (M21%)
Perfect storm with crazy wind and rain in face, plenty of shad around, live lined one for hour,
and later fished big lures, ...and all that for zero strikes.
Report #91 November 16, South Shore, 1:00pm-2:30pm, LT2:07pm, HF2.4, P30.28F
SW 10 -15 kts wind, clean water, WT45F, AT42F, overcast (M29%)
Daylight scouting and fishing: live lined 2 hickory shads for 2 hours, but no hits.
hickory shads ~12".
Report #90 November 15, South Shore, 9:00pm-12:00pm, LT8:12pm, HF0.4, P30.13R
NW 3 -5 kts wind, clear and clean water, WT45F, AT33F, clear sky, no moon (M38%)
Fished live eels for 3 hours without a touch, saw small and big baitfish around,
plus school of small stripers feeding on silverside minnows.
Report #89November 14, South Shore, 8:00pm-11:00pm, LT7:18pm, HF0.4, P30.13R
NW 13 -20 kts wind, clear and clean water, WT49F, AT36F, some clouds, no moon (M48%)
plan A: fish soft lures, if no hits snag a bunker and live line, what bunker? there is no bunker!
plan B: catch shad and live line, some shad around but don't want to commit suicide.
plan C: fish live eels for big cows, not a touch for 2 hours, got frozen fingers and skunk.
Report #88 November 13, South Shore, 7:20pm-10:25pm, LT6:20pm, HF0.4, P29.99F
NW 5 -15 kts wind, clear and clean water, WT52F, AT41F, light rain (M66%)
Not a touch when fishing lures, but I got a lot of bumps on line from baitfish, I give them
what they want: snagged and live lined 3 bunkers, got two hits, landed one nice fish.
...striper at 36"
Report #87 November 11, South Shore, 10:00pm-1:00am, HT10:39pm, HF2.4, P29.91F
ENE 5 - 0 kts wind, clear and clean water, WT51F, AT52F, from moon light to fog (M75%)
No wind, fog, no boats or people, perfect November night, ...and perfect skunk.
Even Mr. "splash & noise maker" from last night ignored my lures.
November 11, daylight scouting and verifying baitfish; shad in town.
Report #86 November 10, South Shore, 9:30pm-1:00am, HT9:47pm, HF2.5, P30.16F
SSE 13-11 kts wind, clean water, WT52F, AT52F, clear sky, bright moon light (M90%)
Got 2 strikes, landed ~20" striper and lost 20+ lbs fish after 3 runoffs, spit hook just
before landing, good fight for about 2 minutes.
local area "splash & noise maker" at ~20"
Report #85 November 9, South Shore, 4:00pm-9:00pm, HT8:55pm, HF2.7, P30.14R
SW 3-11 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT54F, clear sky, (M95%)
Catch of the night: fresh air, fabulous sunset and nice moon rise.
Sunset at 4:41pm
Report #84 November 8, South Shore, 9:50pm-10:05pm, HT8:06pm, HF2.8, P30.14R
SW 19-24 kts wind, clean water, WT51F, AT50F, moon light (M98%)
Like fishing in daylight, thanks to bright moon, got one strike form short fish and went home.
~24" released quickly.
November 7, morning at RM3, NW 19-25 kts wind, 3-4' surf, no life again.
November 6, daylight scouting and fishing east of RM5, before sunset, 3-4' surf,
cleanwater at 59F, WSW 13-21 kts wind, HT at 6:31pm, perfect conditions, but no life.
Report #84 November 5, South Shore, 6:40pm-9:10pm, HT5:42pm, HF3.1, P30.14R
WNW 11-9 kts wind, semi clean water, WT53F, AT58F, overcast, dim moon light (M94%)
Too much moon light and a lot of boats, skunked again.
Report #83 November 5, South Shore, 4:10am-6:10am, HT5:19am, HF3.4, P30.04R
WSW 19-23 kts wind, clean water, WT60F, AT61F, clear sky, no moon light (M88%)
Fished finest RM area spot after moon set for zero strikes or bumps.
sunrise at 6:28am
November 4, sunset at 4:46pm
Report #82 November 2, South Shore, 5:00pm-6:30pm, HT2:53pm, HF2.9, P29.87R
NW 29-35 kts wind, dirty water, WT53F, AT44F, clear sky, moon light (M69%)
Crazy wind, coffee water, shad jumping all over, a lot of working birds,
used black lures only, had 4 strikes form small fish, ..released one mini striper ~22".
Report #81 November 1, South Shore, 3:00am-6:00am, HT2:28am, HF2.6, P29.70R
NE 27-33 kts wind, semi clean water, WT58F, AT50F, overcast to rain, no moon (M46%)
Perfect storm, crazy wind, but skunked when fishing in two location.
Report #80October 29, South Shore, 11:00pm-3:00am, HT12:24pm, HF2.5, P29.92R
NNW 15-7 kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT53F, overcast to clear sky, no moon (M25%)
Fished in two location for just one small striper, dropped two more.
...a lot of effort for little guy.
October 28, sunset at 5:55pm, warm weather, impossibly to fish after sunset due to
"crazy people" in boats and crowds on beach, including guys in trucks trying to locate
fish with with high power head lights, ...going back to zombie zone: midnight - 4am.
(FYI: bright light attracts some baitfish, but scare away stripers, specially bigger ones)
Report #80October 27, South Shore, 10:15pm-1:00am, HT10:24pm, HF2.5, P30.04R
WSW 14-11 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT56F, clear sky, no moon (M9%)
Getting old - missed 5 strikes, connected with 2 fish, landed only one striper at 26".
...baitfish around: Atlantic Silverside - Spearing
Report #79 October 26, South Shore, 9:50pm-1:00am, HT9:33pm, HF2.6, P29.83R
WNW 25-17 kts wind, semi clean water, WT58F, AT51F, clear sky, no moon (M4%)
No boats, no people; got 10 strikes & 7 bumps, 5 fish on, landed 4 stripers (3 shorts),
lost one keeper at my feet, strong side wind make setting hook difficult.
fish #3 at 29", ...all released in perfect shape.
Report #78 October 25, South Shore, 9:50pm-12:10pm, HT8:50pm, HF2.7, P29.82R
WSW 21-29 kts wind, semi clean water, WT58F, AT57F, clear sky, no moon (M0%)
Tough condition with stiff wind, got soaked wet couple times for:
...just one short fish.
...school of spearing getting bigger,
Report #77 October 24, South Shore, 9:30pm-12:30pm, HT8:11pm, HF2.7, P29.82R
WNW 5-13 kts wind, clean water, WT60F, AT58F, clear sky, no moon (M0%)
October's new moon night, got 4 strikes and 2 bumps, fish on x 4, landed 41" & 28".
first fish measured at 41" (est. 25-27 lb.) ...both fish released quickly.
Report #76 October 23, South Shore, 9:10pm-11:15pm, HT7:34pm, HF2.7, P29.69R
NW 29-20 kts wind, stain water, WT61F, AT50F, rain, no moon light (M1%)
Fished hard for two fish; one keeper and one short. Tough fishing season for me.
...striper at 31", very skinny and long, released quickly.
....plenty of Atlantic Silverside - Spearing, and some shad around.
Report #75 October 22, South Shore, 8:10pm-10:10pm, HT6:57pm, HF2.7, P29.59F
NNE 33-40 kts wind, stain water, WT60F, AT52F, rain, no moon light (M4%)
Crazy wind and rain, big baitfish jumping all over, ....and got skunked.
Report #74 October 21, South Shore, 8:30pm-11:10pm, HT6:18pm, HF2.7, P29.80F
E 11-7 kts wind, semi clear water, WT61.5F, AT57F, overcast, no moon light (M9%)
Fished two locations, second - open RM beach with good structure.
...caught and released only one small striper.
Report #73 October 20, South Shore, 8:30pm-10:55pm, HT5:35pm, HF2.6, P29.98F
SSW 17-23 kts wind, semi clear water, WT60F, AT60F, overcast, no moon light (M15%)
A lot effort to get one strike, ...baitfish around: Atlantic Silverside - Spearing.
...estimated 27-28", too small to measure, released in perfect shape.
October 19, sunset 6:07pm
October 18, sunset 6:08pm
Report #72 October 18, South Shore, 4:30am-6:30am, HT3:43am, HF2.5, P29.60F
SSW 13-17 kts wind, semi clear water, WT65F, AT65F, moon light (M31%)
More fisherman on beach then fish in the water, caught one small bluefish to remove skunk.
...sunrise at 7:08 am.
Report #71 October 15, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:30pm, LT8:09pm, HF0.6, P29.88F
SE 13-15 kts wind, clear water, WT65F, AT68F, overcast, no moon light (M59%)
Got skunked when fishing in two location.
Report #70 October 14, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:00pm, LT7:07pm, HF0.4, P30.11R
SSE 15-17 kts wind, clear water, WT64F, AT68, overcast, no moon light (M68%)
Two hours of casting lures without a bump...
...a lot of baitfish around.
Report #69 October 11, South Shore, 6:30pm-8:00pm, LT4:33pm, HF-0.1, P30.08R
NNE 13-17 kts wind, water with eelgrass, WT64F, AT52, overcast, no moon light (M85%)
Fish gorging on bay anchovies, caught 5 small bluefish and 3 small stripers 22"-26".
sunset at 6:19pm
...all fish released in good shape.
Report #68 October 10, South Shore, 10:50pm-2:00am, HT9:28pm, HF3.1, P30.08F
No wind, flat surf, WT65F, AT61, overcast, no moon light (M97%)
Fished two locations, second spot loaded with baitfish and shad, but no big boys.
....shad blitzing on rain bait, ...still looking for bass feeding on shad.
Report #67 October 7, South Shore, 8:00pm-11:05pm, HT7:01pm, HF3.4, P29.95F
S16-25 kts, water, WT65F, AT66, moon light (M96%)
Long walk to fishing grounds; landed 3 small bluefish / big snappers,
shad, snappers and some small stripers gorging on bay anchovies, ...enjoyed show.
...verification: bay anchovies 2-3"
Report #66 October 6, South Shore, 8:10pm-10:05pm, HT6:10pm, HF3.3, P30.07F
S24-16 kts, water with some weeds, WT63F, AT62, moon light (M90%)
Big surf, crazy wind, targeted stripers and later weakfish, but got skunked!
Report #65 October 4, South Shore, 4:00am-6:30am, HT3:46am, HF0.4, P29.70F
SE 15-19 kts, clean water, WT66F, AT66, from overcast to rain, no moon (M61%)
Caught striper, fluke and 5 bluefish, dropped 5 more, all small fish.
...little striper released in perfect shape.
Report #64 October 2, South Shore, 5:50am-7:00am, LT6:44pm, HF0.4, P29.94R
NNE 15-20 kts, clean water, WT66F, AT62, overcast, no moon (M50%)
Quick fishing stops in 3 spots before work, landed small bluefish and small fluke.
Report #63 October 1, South Shore, 8:30pm-11:00pm, LT7:56pm, HF0.4, P30.03R
NNE 19-20 kts, clean water, WT66F, AT62, overcast to rain (M39%)
Got strike on second cast and nothing after that.
...released ~28" skinny striper.
...found a lot of different baitfish around, including big needlefish ~18"+
Report #62 September 30, South Shore, 8:30pm-10:30pm, LT6:44pm, HF0.4, P29.94R
ENE 15-20 kts, clean water, WT67F, AT62, overcast, no moon (M29%)
Finally I am back to fishing, ...short trip with only one strike, saw some big baitfish.
Report #61 September 23, South Shore, 9:10pm-11:30pm, HT7:28pm, HF2.9, P30.41R
SE-NE 8-0 kts, stain water, WT67F, AT60, clear sky, no moon (M1%)
Fished for stripers and later for weakfish, plenty of baitfish around, but got skunked.
Report #60 September 21, South Shore, 5:00am-7:15am, HT5:58am, HF2.6, P29.93F
SE 8 kts, clean water, WT69F, AT69, from rain to overcast (M10%)
Used big swimming plugs and needlefish for 3 strikes, landed one small bluefish.
On the way home stopped at RM4, is open for fishing, just longer walk to water line.
...sunrise at 6:40am
Report #59 September 19, South Shore, 9:10pm-12:05am, LT11:24pm, HF0.4
ENE15 kts, stain water , WT67F, AT55, clear sky, no moon (M24%)
Saw two powerful splashes and big baitfish around, ......skunked.
Report #58 September 17, South Shore, 9:10pm-10:15pm, LT9:49am, HF0.6, P29.99
SW 5 kts, stain water with some weeds, WT68F, AT60, clear sky, no moon (M33%)
Short trip, just looking for baitfish, ...got one strike, landed one fish.
#11 weakfish at 26",
Report #57 September 14, South Shore, 9:10pm-11:55pm, HT12:35am, HF2.6, P30.19R
N-SW 0-5 kts, stain water, WT68F, AT58, moon rise 10:53pm (M62%)
No wind, wrong tide, ...scouting for baitfish, found schools of mullet (size 6-7").
Report #56 September 13, South Shore, 3:00am-6:10am, LT5:04am, HF-0.1, P30.20R
NE-E 15-25 kts, stain water, WT71F, AT65, overcast with some moon light (M81%)
When the light NE wind changed to stiff E wind, the fish turn on, ....got 6 strikes,
landed 4 small weakfish 22"-24" and 2 bluefish.
sunrise at 6:32am
Report #55 September 8-10, camping in Montauk Point
Fished after sunset on Sep 10; caught 3 bluefish and short striper (NE wind).
Report #54 September 6, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:30pm, LT12:18am, HF-0.2, P29.91R
SW-NW 10-17 kts, murky water, WT74F, AT70, from moon light to rain (M92%)
One cut-off from bluefish, ...seaweeds and thunderstorm sent me home skunked.
Report #53 August 30, South Shore, 3:00am-6:00am, LT4:46am, HF0.3, P30.28F
S 13-10 kts, murky water, WT72F, AT65, clouds, no moon light (M9%)
Fished two spots without bump or strike, just nice sunrise and a lot of fresh air.
sunrise at 6:18am
Report #52 August 26, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:30pm, HT8:31pm, HF2.9, P30.11F
SW 11-15 kts, no weeds water, WT73F, AT70, clear sky, no moon light (M0%)
Again weakfishing without success, ....removed skunk with 1 small striper (too small for picture).
Report #51 August 24, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:40pm, HT7:20pm, HF3.0, P30.14F
No wind, water semi clear, WT72F, AT65, clear sky, no moon light (M2%)
Night before new moon; perfect condition for weakfishing, ....removed skunk with 1 small bluefish.
Report #50 August 23, South Shore, 11:00pm-1:30am, LT1:20am, HF0.2, P30.09R
ENE 14-8 kts wind, water semi clear, WT72F, AT65, overcast - clear, no moon light (M6%)
Less wind; 3 strikes, released 2 short stripers 22"-24" and small bluefish ...when weakfishing.
....summer stripes in the water and stars in the sky.
Report #49 August 22, South Shore, 10:00pm-1:30am, LT12:39am, HF0.2, P30.03R
ENE 15-18 kts wind, water semi clear, WT72F, AT68, overcast, no moon light (M12%)
Got 11 strikes, 7 fish on, landed 1 weakfish and 2 bluefish, dropped 3 weakfish & 1 bluefish
at my feet. Stiff side wind made difficult to control lure and set hook. Fish very close to bottom.
All hits when lures presentation: "low and slow" with regular "stop and go".
weakfish #6 at ~23", all fish released.
August 19, Demo sunset at 7:46pm.
Report #48 August 17, South Shore, 3:00am-5:30am, LT7:20am, HF0.2, P29.87R
SW 15-18 kts wind, light stain water, WT70F, AT68, moon light (M57%)
Getting old, missed 2 strikes; one from weakfish and one from bluefish.
....got nice sunrise at 6:06am instead rain (weatherman wrong again).
Report #47 August 16, South Shore, 2:00am-5:30am, LT6:24am, HF0.0, P29.97R
SW 10-15 kts wind, murky water, WT70F, AT64, from overcast to moon light (M67%)
Nice night to be out: 1 strike - 60 seconds of screaming reel and cut off, 2 strike - landed small blue.
Report #46August 12, South Shore, 10:00pm-12:20am, HT9:22pm, HF3.5, P29.94F
SEE 17-25 kts wind, water with some weeds, WT74F, AT69, rain (M93%)
Crazy wind and rain, I had beach to my self, just one empty strike, skunked and wet.
Report #45August 10, South Shore, 9:50pm-12:10am, HT7:39pm, HF3.6, P30.12R
SW 5 kts wind, water with some weeds, WT72F, AT70, clear sky, moon light (M100%)
Perfect condition for weak-fishing; full moon, a lot of baitfish, strong tide, light wind:
1 strike - instant cut-off from bluefish, 2 strike - landed ~3 lb bluefish.
Report #44August 9, South Shore, 3:00am-5:45am, HT6:23am, HF0.4, P30.05R
NW 7 kts wind, water with weeds, WT73F, AT67, clear sky, moon set 4:35am (M94%)
Weakfish trip, got two strikes, landed small bluefish and striper surprise.
#10 striper at 29", released quickly after picture.
Report #43August 2, South Shore, 6:00am-7:50am, LT5:53am, HF0.4, P30.17F
E 5-10 kts wind, water with weeds, WT72F, AT66, rain (M28%)
Daylight scouting and fishing in the rain, saw some baitfish, I think small snappers. Skunked.
Report #42July 29, South Shore, 10:05pm-12:30am, HT9:35pm, HF2.9, P29.95R
NW 8 kts wind, water with weeds, WT70F, AT69, partly cloudy, no moon (M7%)
Quiet night with plenty of seaweeds, .....lost one small fish after short fight.
Report #41July 24, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:45pm, HT6:25pm, HF3.0, P29.88R
NW 10 kts wind, water with weeds, WT71F, AT70, partly cloudy (M8%)
Caught 5 lb of seaweeds, ....zero strikes, skunked but enjoyed time on beach.
Report #40July 20, South Shore, 4:05am-5:45am, HT2:19am, HF2.6, P30.11F
NE 16-10 kts wind, clear water w/weeds, WT69F, AT70, overcast (M41%)
Dog days of summer; 2 strikes and one bump, got one fish on sand and lost second,
due to beginners mistake, forgot to check leader line for damage after landing fish.
#5 nice weakfish at 28", lure presentation: cast - sink - drift
Report #39July 9, South Shore, 10:00pm-11:40pm, LT12:10am, HF0.1, P29.94R
SW 18-10 kts wind, water without weeds, WT65F, AT70, moon light to overcast (M82%)
Scouting and fishing RM open beach close to low tide.
...got 3 strikes, released one short fluke.
...another night with lighting show.
Report #38July 8, North Shore, 10:00pm-11:30pm, HT8:26pm, HF8.0, P29.76R
SSW 20-30 kts wind, water with some weeds, WT69F, AT76, moon light to rain (M73%)
Too windy to go fishing south, went to north shore, ...no baitfish, no strikes, skunked,
but got nice lighting show from thunderstorm over CT.
Report #37July 4, South Shore, 1:00pm-4:10pm, HT13:59pm, HF2.5, P29.80F
N 15-25 kts wind, water with weeds, WT71F, AT65, rain from hurricane Arthur, (M34%)
Scouting and practicing casting skills in strong wind and crazy rain, landed one fish.
24" weakfish, released in good shape. Happy Birthday USA!
Report #36July 2, South Shore, 8:00pm-1:30am, HT11:27pm, HF2.6, P29.97R
SSW 10-5 kts wind, 3' surf, clean water, WT71F, AT74, overcast, no moon (M17%)
Fished open beach with Walter from CT; first session with fresh bunker chunks,
we caught one striper, two bluefish, some dog fish, non stop action for 2 hours.
Second session: casting lures in premium spot at perfect tide for zero strikes.
41" striper, 27-30 lb, fish didn't survive, too much bleeding.
Report #35June 30, South Shore, 10:15pm-11:30pm, HT10:06pm, HF2.8, P29.98F
SSW 15-20 kts wind, 3' surf, water with weeds, WT70F, AT70, overcast, no moon (M5%)
Fished open beach with big swim-plugs, caught one short fluke and some eel grass.
Report #34June 29, South Shore, 12:10am-2:15am, LT3:28am, HF0.1, P30.26F
No wind, water with weeds, WT68F, AT70, clear sky, no moon light (M0%)
Catch of the night: 5 lbs of sea weeds, skunked.
Report #33June 26, South Shore, 9:50pm-11:50pm, HT7:29pm, HF3.1, P29.97R
E 0-25-15 kts wind, water with weeds, WT65F, AT66, overcast, no moon light (M2%)
Crazy wind and bad weeds, ... green algae on line and lure after every cast.
...worked hard for one strike from nice weakfish at 27"....released after pics.
Report #32June 25, South Shore, 9:10pm-12:10am, LT1:34am, HF0.1, P29.89F
SW 15-10 kts wind, water with weeds, WT69F, AT72, overcast, no moon light (M6%)
Weeds on every cast, got 2 strikes, landed one fish;
~25" first weakfish from south shore....released quickly.
Report #31June 20, North Shore, kayak trip, 9:00am-2:10pm, LT12:21pm, HF0.1,
W 10-15kts wind, semi clear water, WT65F, AT72F, full sun (M49%)
Jigging bucktails from kayak, targeting fluke. Baitfish around ~3" sandeels.
caught 13 fluke 15-18", 2 small bluefish, 10+ searobins, and...
...baby weakfish ~12", my first weakfish from north shore. All fish released in perfect shape.
Report #30June 18, North Shore, 10:20pm-12:10am, LT10:59pm, HF0.1, P29.94R
No wind, water with some weeds, WT71F, AT69F, no moon light (M60%)
Fish splashes close to low tide, ...no wind = bug spray is your best friend.
...got two empty strikes on SP minnow lure.. I think fish were feeding on sand eels.
...located a lot of pufferfish...caught one for snapshot, released quickly after pics.
Report #29 June 17, South Shore, 9:50pm-12:20am, HT11:52pm, HF3.2, P29.91F
SSW 15-13 kts wind, water with weeds, WT67F, AT65F, no moon light (M71%)
Located only rain bait ~0.75", fished for weakfish, got one strike, landed short striper.
~25", released without contact
Report #28June 11, South Shore, 10:30pm-12:15am, LT1:27apm, HF-0.1, P30.11F
ENE 22-10 kts wind, murky water, WT63F, AT60F, overcast, no moon light (M92%)
Dirty water at first place, found cleaner water at second location, but only got one empty strike.
Report #27June 9, South Shore, 8:30pm-11:10pm, LT11:45pm, HF0.2, P29.97F
SE light wind, clean water, WT62F, AT65F, overcast / drizzle, no moon light (M78%)
Scouting and fishing: found some baitfish at low water in new location. Got 3 strikes
and 2 bumps when targeting weakfish, caught one short striper.
~20" fish, released quickly without removing from water.
Report #26June 8, South Shore, 9:30pm-12:10am, LT10:54pm, HF0.4, P29.93R
SW light wind, clean water, WT63F, AT65F, partly cloudy, moon light (M69%)
No baitfish = poor fishing, not even a bump, saw one splash from fish....skunked.
Report #25June 6, South Shore, 11:50pm-2:30am, HT2:27am, HF2.4, P29.85F
NW light wind, clean water, WT63F, AT61F, clear sky, moon set 1:44am (M40%)
Fished for weakfish with moon light, and after moon set for stripers.
...no baitfish around, ....just one strike, lost soft lure, landed bluefish...
Report #24June 3, North Shore, 8:30pm-10:20pm, LT10:21pm, HF1.0, P29.85F
ESE14-8 kts wind, water with weeds, WT65F, AT65F, overcast, no moon (M22%)
Went north for rain fishing but got nice sunset, ....no baitfish, no life.
sunset at 8:20pm
Report #23June 2, South Shore, 10:45pm-1:30am, HT11:23pm, HF2.7, P30.02F
SSW 15-10 kts wind, clear water, WT58F, AT58F, moon set 11:45pm (M15%)
Rough surf, perfect fishing conditions, got wet and skunked.
Report #22May 31, South Shore, 10:45pm-1:00am, HT9:55pm, HF2.9, P30.26R
N 7-5 kts wind, clear water, WT55-57F, AT55F, no moon (M4%)
Dropped one fluke at my feet, ...skunked again.
Report #21May 31, South Shore, 2:00am-5:00am, LT4:04pm, HF0.0, P30.02R
N 10-7 kts wind, clear water, WT59.5F, AT55F, no moon (M1%)
Just one lure cut in half by bluefish. At first light went scouting, found baitfish 3-4".
Report #20May 28, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:10pm, HT7:52pm, HF3.2, P30.11R
NE 21-15 kts wind, clear water, WT58F, AT51F, overcast, no moon (M0%)
Northeaster storm, almost new moon, cold wind, got wet, and skunked!?!?
Report #19May 27, South Shore, 9:50pm-11:45pm, HT7:09pm, HF3.3, P29.80R
SW-NE light wind, clear water, WT59.5F, AT65F, no moon light (M4%)
Weather change turned on some fish, got one powerful strike on soft lure;
#1 @30" first keeper from south shore, quickly released in perfect shape.
Report #18May 26, South Shore, 9:30pm-1:30am, LT1:08am, HF-0.1, P29.87F
Light SW wind, very clear water, WT59F, AT60F, no moon light (M9%)
Four hours of casting for zero strikes, located small baitfish only, skunked.
Report #17 May 22, North Shore, 9:40pm-11:30pm, LT6:48pm, HF7.9, P29.84R
No wind, very clear water, WT55F, AT57F, overcast-fog-drizzle, no moon light (M46%)
Baitfish splashes around, got only one strike from:
bluefish @ 24", big head, skinny starving fish...safely released
Report #16May 21, South Shore, 9:10pm-11:30pm, LT8:22pm, HF0.3, P29.93F
E 12-7 kts wind, very clear water, WT58-59F, AT58F, overcast, no moon light (M58%)
No strikes, saw 3 bunker splashes and seal again.
Report #15May 20, North Shore, 9:30pm-11:30pm, LT11:14pm, HF0.4, P29.96F
SW 12-0 kts wind, water with weeds, WT62-61F, AT60F, overcast, no moon light (M69%)
Two hours of casting for one short fish, but plenty of big baitfish around, herring like shape.
#1 @ 22" (length calculated from picture - 5" lure), released quickly without contact.
Report #14May 17, South Shore, 10:30pm-1:00am, HT10:10pm, HF3.3,
SW 7-6 kts wind, semi-clear water, WT54-59F, AT60F, moon light (M94%)
Fished with lures for striped bass, no life except for close encounter with seal.
May 16, RM2, scouting, 5' surf, ESE 15-20 kts wind, WT52F, AT60F.
Report #13May 14, South Shore, 10:00pm-12:00am, HT7:47pm, HF3.5,
E 14-6 kts wind, semi-clear water, WT52F, AT58F, overcast, no moon light (M98%)
Fished with big swimming plugs (bunker imitations), dark night, no life....skunked.
Report #12May 13, South Shore, 10:10pm-1:00am, LT1:51am, HF-0.1,
E 18-10 kts wind, clean water, WT52F, AT50F, bright moon light (M95%)
Visited 3 locations, and at last stop found; bunker, pods of bunker and bunker on sand.
...landed only 11 bluefish 20"- 33" because I tried hard to go under and behind bluefish
for stripers, ...but without any luck, always end up with angry bluefish.
...on the menu tonight: bunker size 8"-11".
...fun to see big yellow eye monsters chasing "dinner"
...first for me; caught bunker with bare hands to take a close-up picture, and later
I spent some time rescuing fish left high and dry on sand.
Report #11May 12, South Shore, at night before low tide.
SW 10-0 kts wind, clean water, WT54F, AT58F, from overcast to bright moon light (M90%)
No baitfish around, zero strikes, saw only one splash,....skunked.
Report #10May 11, South Shore, 9:45pm-11:50pm, LT12:16am, HF0.2,
WSW 7-10 kts wind, clean water, WT53.7F, AT60F, bright moon light (M83%)
Big bluefish (8-12 lb) destroying my lures and cutting through my 60 lb leader line.
...landed only two tackle killers...a lot of fun.
Report #9May 10, North Shore, 10:00pm-1:00am, HT8:57pm, HF7.5,
SSW 10-18 kts wind, clear water, WT54F, AT64F, light rain, no moon (M74%)
Got strike on first cast, but nothing after that for 3 hours, not as much of baitfish.
Report #8May 9, North Shore, 11:15pm-2:30am, LT3:39am, HF0.7,
ESE 10-17 kts wind, clear water with some weeds, WT53F, AT54F, fog, no moon (M66%)
Dark night, with a lot of life in water, got one strike and couple bumps.
First keeper of the season @28.5";traditional "picture-kiss-release"
big baitfish ~13", possibly American Shad or Alewife (not a bunker),
feeding on small baitfish ~2".
Report #7May 8, South Shore, 9:00pm-10:30pm, LT9:46pm, HF0.7,
NE 7-9 kts wind, clean & super clear water, WT51F, AT52F, fog, no moon (M56%)
Dark night, good tide but no life to report, time to try north shore.
Report #6May 7, South Shore, 8:50pm-11:30pm, LT8:47pm, HF0.7,
SW 5-8 kts wind, clean & clear water, WT50F, AT51F, some clouds, moon (M47%)
Went for rain fishing, got moon light, caught just one micro size striper at ~11".
Report #5May 3, South Shore, 11:30pm-2:10am, HT11:12pm, HF2.7,
SW 15-10 kts wind, clean water, WT49-52F, AT52F, overcast - clear, no moon (M13%)
Not my preferred tide, but went anyway; no baitfish, no strikes, skunked and happy.
Report #4May 2, South Shore, 3:45am-5:15am, LT4:27pm, HF-0.1,
NW 10-5 kts wind, coffee color water, WT47-49F, AT52F, overcast, no moon (M7%)
Poor clarity water, had 5 strikes from micro size stripers (13-16") on 4" storm shad,
dropped 4, landed one - released quickly without pictures.
...resting on beach.
Report #3April 28, South Shore, 9:40pm-11:50pm, HT7:32pm, HF3.4',
ENE 5-15 kts wind, clean water, WT48-52F, AT50-48F, overcast, no moon (M2%)
Perfect fishing condition, located some small baitfish 2-3", but no strikes or bumps.
...I know fish is looking for clams, but I am plugoholic and bunker will be here soon.
April 28, 12:50pm, National Data Buoy Center
NDBC Station 44094 (South Shore: Fire Island near shore)Water Temp: WT48.7°F
NDBC Station 44065 (South Shore: NY Harbor Entrance)Water Temp: WT49.3°F
NDBC Station 44039 (North Shore: Central Long Island Sound)Water Temp: WT45.7°F
April 23, 12:50pm, National Data Buoy Center
NDBC Station 44094 (South Shore: Fire Island near shore)Water Temp: WT46.6°F
NDBC Station 44065 (South Shore: NY Harbor Entrance)Water Temp: WT46.0°F
NDBC Station 44039 (North Shore: Central Long Island Sound)Water Temp: WT43.5°F
Report #2April 22, South Shore, 8:40pm-10:00pm, LT8:36pm, HF0.2',
SW 7-5 kts wind, clean water, WT48F, AT52-48F, drizzle on/off, no moon (M55%)
Scouting and fishing south shore, no baitfish, no strikes, one more week and water
temperature will be over 50°F.
Report #1April 19, North Shore, 7:30pm-9:40pm, LT9:24pm, HF0.3',
NNE 5-10kts wind, water with some weeds, WT50F, AT56-50F, no moon (M85%)
First trip of season, scouting and testing new lures, warm outgoing water from creek,
located baitfish, but no stripers yet. (open water temp ~43°F)
Sunset, at 7:37pm
3/11/14, sunset at 6:55pm
3/9/14, RM sunset at 6:53pm
3/3/14 sunset at 5:44pm, white-red-blue, USA flag sunset
2/1/14 sunset, close-up
2/1/14 sunset at 5:11pm
1/18/14 sunset at 4:53pm
1/12/14 sunset at 4:47pm
RM2, first sunset of 2014 at 4:36pm, Happy New Year!
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