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Old 09-22-2019, 08:48 PM
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So call me crazy, but I was out at the race Thursday and I happened to be looking in the water and I see this 3 ft Mahi blast right under the boat. Never thought they came in this close, but I recognized the fish right away as we fish for them in Aruba.

anyone ever catch any around the Race area?
Old 09-22-2019, 09:17 PM
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Didn't think Mahi would come in this close in cooler water. I did see porpoises just as I was going south through the sluiceway this morning towards Montauk.. Maybe that's why I couldn't find them at a high flyer south of Montauk
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Highly unusual for a mahi to come in to the Race. Water is cooler than they prefer. Also, mahi like the blue water coming in from the Gulf Stream eddies. I've never seen mahi closer than about 8 or 10 miles south of Montauk Point, and then they've only been small chick mahi.
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Maybe this one was lost..lol
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Originally Posted by Chilly1034 View Post
Didn't think Mahi would come in this close in cooler water. I did see porpoises just as I was going south through the sluiceway this morning towards Montauk.. Maybe that's why I couldn't find them at a high flyer south of Montauk
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Highly unusual for a mahi to come in to the Race. Water is cooler than they prefer. Also, mahi like the blue water coming in from the Gulf Stream eddies. I've never seen mahi closer than about 8 or 10 miles south of Montauk Point, and then they've only been small chick mahi.
Not sure it would be a surprise, looking at a recent sea surface temp chart.
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Stranger things have happened. Remember a couple of years ago a sailfish was caught in the Cape Cod Canal.
Old 09-23-2019, 11:53 AM
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I've seen the small Mahi 3 miles south of Point Judith lighthouse near the hooter buoy but that was in August a few years ago when the water was it's warmest.
Old 09-23-2019, 06:17 PM
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chicken mahi were found off south side cape cod beaches last year - not a lot, but a few captains reported seeing them. Not sure why this would be considered so unusual. Apart from sailfish, which BTW have been spotted as far north as Boston Harbor, spanish macks, blue runners, and even red drum have been making their way this far north for a few years now. Not a lot, but enough that no one should be shocked.
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I caught 2 small mahi last week while bottom fishing at the Atlantic beach reef which is about 3 miles south of atlantic beach/ rockaway.
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The water in the Race happens to be colder than the water off Atlantic Beach reef on the south shore of LI. There’s a pocket of cool water that hangs around Montauk Point, the Race, and Southwest Ledge all summer which is why the big stripers chill out there well into August. That’s the only reason I find it surprising for mahi to be in those waters which tend to stay in the high 60s at their warmest.
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I saw a bluefin many years ago bust out of the water at the race, as far as mahi nothing surprises me about exotics in the northeast in September, I can definitely see it happening
Old 09-26-2019, 05:38 AM
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My son caught one in a net in old harbor block island last weekend
Old 09-26-2019, 07:31 AM
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cause and effect maybe?

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/...tic-ocean-2018
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Kettlebottom Outfitters caught one just feet from the Pt Judith Harbor of Refuge center wall a few years ago. Caught while filming an episode of outdoor pursuits.

Anything is possible in September!
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Originally Posted by Jbshoo View Post
Maybe this one was lost..lol
Ive got a nice warm spot on my grill if he needs help

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