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Year 2015 Statistics - Striped Bass: 54 total: 17 keepers, 36 short , 1 rats,

                                       Bluefish: 13, Weakfish: 0, Fluke: 5, total # fish: 72  # fish released: 68,


Report #69 December 13, South Shore, 7:30pm-10:00pm, HT8:26pm, HF2.5',

E 11-15 kts wind, clean water, WT50F, AT52F, no moon light (M2%)

One more time fished beach and inlet. Nice white water on beach and herrings at inlet.

No strikes, ...enjoyed warm weather on my last trip of 2015 season.


Report #68 December 12, South Shore, 8:30pm-11:00pm, HT7:43pm, HF2.5',

No wind, clean water, WT50F, AT51F, no moon light (M0%)

Fished open beach and inlet for one surprise strike on SS bottle plug.

...Gilgo beach fish at 29", released quickly in perfect shape.


Report #67 December 10, South Shore, 7:30pm-9:00pm, HT6:24pm, HF2.4',

No wind, clean water, WT49.6F, AT48F, no moon light (M2%)

No people, no boats, plenty of baitfish around: silversides and herrings, but no hits.

December fishing without gloves!


Report #66 December 6, South Shore, 4:30pm-6:00pm, HT3:21pm, HF2.2',

SW 14 kts wind, clean water, WT50F, AT45F, no moon light (M27%)

Fished open beach for change, found small baitfish (peanut bunker?), got one hit.

....Gilgo sunset at 4:26pm


....@24" waiting for next wave, released without contact.


Report #65 December 5, South Shore, 9:20pm-11:00pm, LT9:13pm, HF0.2',

no wind, clean water, WT49F, AT44F, no moon light (M36%)

Fished inlet without any hits, no bait fish, no life.


November 29, RM4 sunset scouting and fishing at low tide.


November 28, scouting of beaches around FI Inlet before sunset, no fish for surfcasters.


Report #64 November 27, South Shore, 8:30pm-11:10pm, HT8:13pm, HF2.9',

SW 14 kts wind, clean water, WT51F, AT54F, mostly bright moon light (M98%)

Fished open beach with perfect white water and waves, but no strikes.

Moved to the inlet and got the same results, enjoyed my skunk time.


Report #63 November 26, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:50pm, HT7:22pm, HF2.9',

S 10 kts wind, clean water, WT52F, AT54F, full moon light (M99%)

Back to fishing business after two weeks of no trips, got 2 strikes landed 36" and 14".

...36" skinny fish on northbar plug, released in perfect shape.


Report #62 November 12, South Shore, 5:30pm-9:00pm, HT7:25pm, HF2.5',

SW 25-20 kts wind, nice surf with white water, WT58F, AT62F, no moon light (M0%)

Fished Gilgo beach and FI Inlet for two small fish. fish released without contact.

...measured at 28" on SS bottle plug, released quickly.


Report #61 November 11, South Shore, 9:00am-2:00pm, LT1:09pm, LF0.0',

Shad jumping all over Fire Island Inlet, but no fish for surfcasters.


Report #60 November 7, South Shore, 1:00am-6:00am, HT3:50am, HF2.6',

W 9 kts wind, water with some eelgrass, WT59F, AT64F, mostly no moon light (M20%)

Skunked at 3 locations, 5 hours of casting without hit.

sunrise at 6:30am


November 6, South Shore, 8am scouting, underwater picture of baitfish around.


Report #59 November 5, South Shore, 8:00pm-11:00pm, LT9:13pm, HF0.3',

SSW 7-10 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT63F, no moon (M37%)

Fished two spots, not even a bump, must be daylight bite.


Report #58 November 3, South Shore, 7:30pm-11:05pm, LT7:27pm, HF0.3',

W 5 kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT59F, no moon (M57%)

Fished two spots, for one short striper ~26", dropped two more bigger fish.

All strikes on SS black bottle plug, time to put new hooks on that lure.


Report #57 November 1, South Shore, 8:00pm-10:45pm, HT11:22pm, HF2.6',

WSW 13-17 kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT58F, no moon (M76%)

Beautiful night with perfect wind and surf conditions, got skunked but enjoyed every second.

November "no gloves" fishing isn't happen often.


Report #56 October 31, South Shore, 8:00pm-2:15am, HT11:22pm, HF2.7',

SW light wind, clean water, WT58F, AT50F, mostly no moon light (M85%)

Fished 4 locations with Walter from CT at open beach and two inlets.

...Halloween fishing at Gilgo, JB Inlet, JB6 and FI Inlet... fish for me @34" (picture above), Walter score: nice 36" striper and one short ~27".


Report #55 October 29, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:55pm, HT9:32pm, HF3.0',

W 17-25 kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT55F, bright moon light (M92%)

Targeted big fish with big lures, not even a bump.


Report #54 October 28, South Shore, 4:00pm-5:30pm & 9:30-11:00pm, HT8:32pm, HF3.2',

ESE 25-30 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT62F, rain (M99%)

Fished after work and at night for 3 stripers; 31", 28" and ~26", dropped 3 more.

#1 @31", all fish released, ...saw 2 stripers following lure, and another doing tail slap.


October 28, Quick stop @RM4, 8:00am, E 25-30 kts wind, 4-6' surf, nice white water.


Report #53 October 27, South Shore, 7:50pm-11:00pm, HT7:48pm, HF3.2',

E 15-19 kts wind, clean water, WT57F, AT55F, bright moon light on and off (M99%)

Full moon night, slow fishing, connected to 2 stripers, landed and released one @27".


Report #52 October 26, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:10pm, HT6:57pm, HF3.3',

No wind, clean water, WT58F, AT49F, bright moon light (M95%)

Flat water + zero wind+ bright moon + boats + people = skunk.


Report #51 October 25, South Shore, 7:45pm-11:10pm, HT6:05pm, HF3.2',

NNW 20 kts wind, clean water, WT57F, AT51F, bright moon light (M89%)

Landed 5 fish, dropped 2, only one keeper, all strikes on darters.

#3 at 41" on 7" TA darter, long cast - because moon light.


Report #50 October 24, South Shore, 6:00pm-8:00pm, HT2:39am, HF2.6',

NNW 20 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT58F, no moon light (M49%)

released one ~26" striper.

Shad in picture....a lot of bait fish around: shad, silver side, peanut bunker, rain-bait....


Report #49 October 22, South Shore, 3:10am-6:10am, HT2:39am, HF2.6',

SW 11-15 kts wind, clean water, WT58F, AT58F, no moon light (M49%)

Got 5 strikes, dropped 2 fish, landed one short fish.

...sunrise at 7:12am.


...first time for me -  used Boga-Grip to handle and release fish.


Report #48 October 21, South Shore, 12:15am-3:10am, HT1:38am, HF2.4',

WSW 17-21 kts wind, clean water, WT56F, AT50F, no moon light (M39%)

Got 6 strikes, fish on x4, landed 2 shorts (~26") and one keeper.

#4 @35" on SS black bottle plug


October 20, RM4, 8 am, 4-6' surf, nice white water, WSW 25-31 kts wind, no action.


Report #47 October 19, South Shore, 8:45pm-11:00pm, LT6:46pm, HF0.4',

WSW 17-25 kts wind, some eel grass, WT58F, AT55F, no moon light (M29%)

Another inlet fishing skunk.


Report #46 October 17, South Shore, 9:45pm-1:30am, HT10:47pm, HF2.4',

WNW 10 kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT39F, clear sky, no moon (M13%)

Because flat surf on beach I fished JB and FI inlets for one empty strike, skunked but happy.


Report #45 October 16, South Shore, 10:15pm-12:30am, HT10:02pm, HF2.5',

NW 15 kts wind, clean water, WT60F, AT55F, clear sky, no moon (M7%)

No hits, just couple bumps, set hook on every one and connected to one fish,

...small guy at 29".


Report #44 October 15, South Shore, 9:30am-10:30am, HT9:09am, HF3.0',

NW 10 kts wind, clean water, WT63F, AT60F, clear sky, sun (M3%)

Shad feeding on small baitfish - I think anchovies,

...caught couple shads

...and one striper measured just over 28", released quickly.


Report #43 October 13, South Shore, 8:15pm-9:30pm, HT8:15pm, HF2.7',

SW 12 kts wind, clean water, WT63, AT63F, no moon lightt (M0%)

Connected with two fish and dropped both, second was a good size.


Report #42 October 13, South Shore, 5:45am-7:30am, HT8:03am, HF3.0',

S 4 kts wind, clean water, WT64F, AT64F, overcast (M0%)

Caught one striper, snagged two skates, plus caught seabird - tern, tangled in line.

I needed to cut my fishing line in half to release tern (sharp beak).

...big crowds at beach.

...sunrise at 7:02am.

...released without contact..



Report #41 October 12, South Shore, 8:40pm-10:40pm, HT7:39pm, HF2.8',

SSE 8 kts wind, clean water, WT63F, AT63F, no moon (M1%)

Got many bumps and hits, landed 7 stripers, 5 of them small keepers.

...SS darter and SS bottle plugs preferred.

...all fish released in good shape.


Report #40 October 11, South Shore, 8:00pm-11:30pm, HT6:10am, HF2.9',

N 25-20 kts wind, clear water, WT64F, AT55F, no moon (M4%)

Fished open beach and inlet for big skunk.


Report #39 October 10, South Shore, 6:00am-7:30am, HT6:10am, HF2.9',

N 25-20 kts wind, clear water, WT64F, AT55F, no moon (M8%)

Fished demo for zero hits, all action were East at RM4/5.

sunrise at 6:59am


October 9, South Shore, RM, quick stop after work, nice surf, SW 20 kts wind.

Caught one very fat striper ~25", released without contact.


Report #39 October 8, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:55pm, LT11:33pm, HF0.2',

SE 8 kts wind, clear water with some eel grass, WT62F, AT62F, no moon (M22%)

Adult bunker all over, got some strikes, but all from pesky bluefish. 

...snagged some bunkers for verification.


Report #38 October 6, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:30pm, LT10:01pm, HF0.3',

SW 5 kts wind, stain water with some eel grass, WT60F, AT60F, no moon (M40%)

Got 3 strikes, one short fish released quickly... 

...too small to measure


October 1, SS, RM2, 8am, NE 23-29kts wind, 5-6' surf, lightly stain water at 68F,

quick stop before work, some eel grass, deeper water at RM5, HT 10:17am.


Report #37 September 29, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:00pm, HT8:58pm, HF3.4',

ESE 11-15 kts wind, no weeds water, WT70F, AT71F, heavy overcast, no moon (M99%)

Back to fishing, but skunked again.


Report #36 September 21, South Shore, 8:45pm-10:30pm, LT8:27pm, HF0.6',

ENE 20-25 kts wind, clean water, WT70F, AT65F, overcast, some moon light (M34%)

Fished perfect tide and wind, targeting weakfish for zero strikes, skunked again.



 ...spotted some needlefish, place were loaded with baitfish thanks to wind direction.


Report #35 September 20, South Shore, 4:40am-7:00am, LT6:03am, HF2.6',

WSW 10 kts wind, clean water, WT72F, AT71F, no moon (M25%)

Before first light fishing, found snappers feeding on small baitfish (I think anchovies).

sunrise at 6:39am


Report #34 September 13, South Shore, 9:40pm-11:55pm, HT8:07pm, HF3.0',

WNW 15-25 kts wind, stain water, WT72.5F, AT60F, new moon (M0%)

New moon night fishing for one strike, no bluefish and unfortunately no weakfish!

My "home spot" is loaded with baitfish; big mullet and spearing.

...quickly released ~26" striper.



September 11-12, fished 2 nights @MTK, just pesky bluefish, no stripers, water @72-74F.


August 29, Sunset 7:31pm, ~5 miles south of FI Lighthouse, bunker pods. 


Report #33 August 23, South Shore, 1:00am-4:15am, HT1:27am, HF2.3',

NE 5-13 kts wind, clean water, WT75F, AT71F, no moon light (M50%)

Got 6 strikes on perfect night, released 2 bluefish when fishing for stripers and weakfish. 

....lost another slug-go eel...


Report #32 August 14, South Shore, 11:00pm-2:30am, LT2:39am, HF0.0',

SW 10 kts wind, clean water, WT70F, AT70F, new moon (M0%)

New moon night fishing, skunked, but enjoyed every minute on beach.

...used lures....(lost one Slug-Go eel thanks to pesky bluefish)


...baitfish around: spearing ~4"


Report #31 August 5, South Shore, 10:00pm-11:30pm, HT12:24am, HF3.0',

NW 11-15 kts wind, stain water, WT70F, AT70F, no moon light (M64%)

Scouting for bait and fishing with small lures; no strikes, saw one good splash.

....plenty of baitfish around, but mostly small.


verification: baby bunker ~2 inch.


Report #30 July 30, South Shore, 11:10pm-1:10am, LT1:09am, HF -0.1',

SW 13-15 kts wind, stain water, WT74F, AT75F, moon light (M96%)

Scouting and fishing with small lures, caught one short fluke and some eelgrass.


Report #29 July 25, North Shore, 11:00pm-1:30am, LT1:34am, HF 0.8',

SE 5-10 kts wind, clean water, WT75F, AT72F, overcast, no moon (M56%)

Fished north shore for change,  caught and released 3 fluke, saw a lot of rain bait.


Report #28 July 20, South Shore, 10:30pm-12:30am, HT11:07pm, HF 2.7',

SW 7-0 kts wind, stain water, WT74F, AT75F, no moon (M20%)

Fished for stripers and later for weakfish without a single strike, skunked.

...good news, finally saw good amount of bait fish in water; 1-3" and 4-5"


July 14-15, fished at night and explored in daylight Montauk Point on south,

north and under the light, caught only one short striper, but learned a lot about MTK tides.


Report #27 July 9, South Shore, 9:30pm-10:30pm, LT9:07pm, HF 0.3',

SW 10-15 kts wind, stain water, WT71F, AT72F, rain, no moon (M50%)

Fished for weakfish without any strikes,  no baitfish, I need to find spot with baitfish.


Report #26 July 7, South Shore, 10:10pm-12:35am, HT12:41am, HF 3.0',

SW 15-19 kts wind, surf 3-4', clean water, WT73F, AT74F, no moon (M61%)

Perfect wind and surf condition, but fish didn't show up, skunked.


Sailboat trip, July 3, Ocean south of FI Inlet, , ~4 feet sandbar shark on bucktail, released safely.


Report #25 June 29, South Shore, 9:45pm-12:10am, HT6:03pm, HF 3.1',

SW 10 kts wind, stain water, WT66F, AT68F, bright moon (M87%)

Fished 4 locations: #1 & #2 - coffee water, crowds and mosquitoes,

#3 & #4 - stain water with eelgrass and weeds, no takers on weakfish lures, skunked.


Report #24 June 25, South Shore, 10:15pm-1:30am, LT9:27pm, HF 0.7',

WSW 8 kts wind, semi clean water, WT67F, AT69F, rain to overcast (M53%)

No moon light fishing, landed small blue, got 2 soft lures trim by bluefish.


Report #23 June 23, South Shore, 9:15pm-12:10am, LT7:25pm, HF 0.7',

WSW 14-21 kts wind, clean water, WT66F, AT66F, heavy overcast (M34%)

Fished two locations; first stop: lost 2 soft swim shads and 2 eels to pesky bluefish.

Second stop: got strike on second cast, landed nice fish after good fight.

...striper @41" (est. 27 lbs.) released quickly without removing from water.


Report #22 June 18, South Shore, 9:30pm-12:10am, HT9:27pm, HF 3.1',

SSE 10 kts wind, clean water, WT65F, AT64F, (M1%)

Fished front and inlet, caught 2 short stripers and bluefish, lost 4 soft lures to pesky blues. a lot of bumps on 10" eels, from 19"-20" stripers...


Report #21 June 17, South Shore, 3:30am-6:30am, LT2:48am, HF -0.2',

NNW 3-10 kts wind, water with eelgrass, WT64F, AT65F, (M0%)

New moon night fishing before sunrise, caught a lot of eelgrass, skunked.


Report #20 June 14, South Shore, 11:00pm-1:00am, LT1:10am, HF -0.2',

no wind, clean water, WT60F, AT63F, rain (M9%)

Splashes all over every couple seconds, 12-14" bluefish feeding on rain bait.

When fishing deep waters with 10" hogy eels; caught 2 short stripers ~22"&~25",

....quickly released unharmed.


Report #19 June 12, South Shore, 11:00pm-3:00am, LT: 11:23pm, HF: 0.0',

SW 19-13 kts wind, clean water, WT65F, AT64F, no moon light, (M26%)

Fished two locations for 6 short stripers 20"-26", and 2 bluefish, on 6 consecutive casts got 5 fish.

...lost two lures to bluefish. preferred Tsunami 9" swim eels.


Report #18 June 11, South Shore, 10:00pm-1:10am, LT: 10:26pm, HF: 0.2',

SW 15 kts wind, clean water, WT66F, AT65F, no moon light, (M36%)

Fished in deep water with big swim shads and soft eels, got 12 strikes:

landed 7 short stripers 18"-25", and one small bluefish, 2 eels cut in half thanks to bluefish.

...nothing on shad but eels got attention from pesky shorts picture with Tsunami 9" swim eel.


Report #17 June 8, South Shore, 10:00pm-12:00am, HT: 12:56am, HF: 3.0',

SSW 25-15 kts wind, WT62F, AT61F, overcast to rain, (M70%)

Got wind, got rain, got soaked wet from salt spray, caught 2 lbs of eel grass.


Report #16 June 5, South Shore, 11:30pm-2:30am, HT: 10:08pm, HF: 3.2',

No wind, clean water, WT60F, AT56F, overcast, no moonlight to 2:30am, (M88%)

Got 3 bumps, when fishing 7"(3oz.) & 9" (6oz.) swim shad. First time used 9 inches shad.

No wind = no fish, skunked but enjoyed every minute spent on beach.


Report #15 June 4, South Shore, 9:30pm-12:10am, HT: 9:19pm, HF: 3.2',

E 15-17 kts wind, clean water, WT57F, AT55F, overcast, first no moonlight, (M98%)

Got 2 strikes, landed 28" striper and dropped one more (~36") at my feet.

... on 7" swim shad, quickly released.


Report #14 June 2, South Shore, 9:30pm-11:30pm, HT: 7:55pm HF: 3.2',

ENE 15-17 kts wind, clean water, WT56F, AT52F, light rain, no moonlight, (M99%)

Full moon night + rain = must go fishing, ..and got skunked again.


Report #13 June 1, South Shore, 9:00pm-11:20pm, HT: 7:16pm HF: 3.1',

ENE 21-15 kts wind, clean water, WT56F, AT53F, drizzle to rain, no moonlight, (M96%)

Perfect fishing condition but stripers strongly disagree with me, skunked.


Report #12 May 30, South Shore, 2:45am-5:00am, HT:5:27am HF:2.4',

S 0-5 kts wind, clean water, WT60F, AT63F, no moon light, set at 3:40am (M85%)

Fished big lures for striper without a bump, at first light switched to weakfishing...


....removed bass skunk with 22" fluke on small swim shad


Report #11 May 25, South Shore, 9:40pm-11:40pm, LT:8:12pm HF:0.7',

SSW 21-15 kts wind, clean water, WT55F, AT58F, moon light (M41%)

Skunked; just lost another slug-go eel to bluefish.


Report #10 May 24, South Shore, 12:20am-3:15am, HT12:22am, HF2.7',

SW 19-13 kts wind, clean water, WT55-56F, AT53F, dark, after moon set (M23%)

Got 3 strikes, lost soft eel thanks to pesky bluefish,  landed 2 stripers 40" and ~25".

I am trying hard to avoid bluefish and short fish, just hunt for trophy striper.

The first striper of 2015 @ 40" (~25 lbs.) on swim shad   ....picture - kiss - release


Report #9 May 19, South Shore, 10:30pm-12:00am, HT9:04pm, HF3.4',

SW 10kts wind, clean water, WT56F, AT65F, dark, no moon (M0%)

Skunked, just one bump.


Report #8 May 18, South Shore, 10:15pm-12:00am, HT8:17pm, HF3.5,

E 10kts wind, clean water, WT59F, AT57F, dark, new moon (M0%)

New moon night hunt for big stripers end up with many strikes and tail swipes: 

dropped 6-10 fish, landed 5 bluefish 26"-30", plus lost some striper lures.

bluefish immediately attacked darters, tail smacked bottle plugs, ignored needlefish.


changed spot 3 times, but pesky bluefish followed me all night.


Report #7 May 13, South Shore, 8:00pm-9:15pm, LT10:41pm, HF0.1,

WNW 17kts wind, clean water, WT52F, AT55F, fog, (M34%)

Two strikes, landed one bluefish ~26", and left beach.


Report #6 May 11, South Shore, 9:10pm-11:40pm, LT8:29pm, HF0.4,

ESE 5-7kts wind, clean water, WT58-60F, AT60F, fog, very dark (M45%)

Fished hard with big lures (bunker's imitations) for zero strikes, some splashes from shorts.

I am the king of skunk.


Report #5 May 9, North Shore, 9:30pm-10:40pm, LT10:22pm, HF0.6

No wind, clean water, WT58F, heavy fog, no moon light (M77%)

Got one empty strike on swimmer, splashes from small stripers, spotted couple spearing - baitfish.

Daylight scouting....


Report #4 May 4, South Shore, 6:20pm-7:20pm, HT8:21pm, HF3.1,

SW 15-17kts wind, semi clean water, WT62F, AT58F, sunlight (M99%)

Daylight scouting and fishing for bluefish (zero fish), inlet water got warm quickly.


Report #3 May 3, South Shore, 10:10pm-11:45pm, HT7:47pm, HF3.1,

No wind, clean water, WT55-50F, AT51F,  bright moon light (M98%)

No strikes, no baitfish.


Report #2 April 26, South Shore, 9:00pm-10:30pm, LT8:56pm, HF0.7,

SW light wind, clean water, WT47F, AT46F, overcast, moon light on/off (M48%)

Scouting and fishing, but no life.


Report #1 April 25, North Shore, 9:30pm-10:40pm, HT5:37pm, HF7.0

SW light wind, clean water, WT47F, AT40F, some moon light (M38%)

Perfect quiet night, no baitfish around, no strikes.


April  20, SS, Fire Island near-shore, NDBC Station 44094, Water temp @45F


April  18,  SS,  Fire Island inlet, water temp measured at 52.7F


April  15,  NS, North Shore small creek, last of outgoing water temp measured at 50F


April  12,  SS, NDBC Station 44094, Water temp @42F, at inlet measured 43F, air 48F


April  9, SS, Fire Island near-shore, NDBC Station 44094, Water temp @39.2F


March 30, 30nm south of Islip, NDBC Station 44025, Water temp @38.5F


 February 28, Sunken Meadow State Park, SM3 east view, in some places 8" thick ice


February 28, SM3 north view


February 28, SM3 west view


January 2, sunset at 4:38pm




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