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Old 03-01-2018, 04:53 AM
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Despite my efforts to have the mods change the title of our other thread, nothing was done. So I have started a new Western LIS thread that we can keep going year after year.

My hope is just like the last thread, a lot of good information will shared this year. Lets keep the reports west of Westport -- Eaton's Neck to the Throggs Neck Bridge.

I want to wish every a safe and productive year. Fingers crossed the Striped Bass, Fluke, False Albies, and Blackfish find their way to our waters this year.

My boat gets splashed last week in April. How about you?

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It's my birthday today, so I couldn't possibly go the full 24 hours without fishing. I noticed the wind app called for the east winds to die down around 5pm for a couple hours, so I headed out at 5. The weathermen were right for a change. There were still some east rollers to deal with, but no wind waves or white caps. I headed to a spot on the CT side where I knew there would be a nice rip around some rocks on the outgoing tide. Rolled up and found a 17 inch schoolie on the first cast. Then what looked like the same fish on the second cast. so I quickly dropped anchor to fan cast the spot. Proceeded to nail them almost every cast, but they were all 17-19 inches. I counted 17 before I decided to switch lures (I was throwing my favorite shad I keep talking about). Since I knew the schoolies were biting, I wanted to try a lure that I've never had much luck with to see if I could figure it out. So I clipped on a classic smiling bill bucktail with a otter tail straight strip trailer. I've literally never caught a fish on one before despite hearing how amazing they are. So I needed to break the duck and now was the time. First cast and I sized up to a 24 incher. Then a 27 incher. Then an absolute monster that was peeling out drag for what felt like 30 seconds straight before it cut me off in the rocks. I could not turn this fish with my schoolie tackle. I was using 15 lb braid and 30 lb leader and a 3000 size reel. So I retied and put another bucktail on and caught a few more schoolies and then it happened again. Another freight train of a bass. I had tightened my drag a bit and I also jumped up on my transom livewell to get more height and held the fish above the rocks for a while. Fought it for about 5 minutes before it took it's third or fourth run and I couldn't stop it. cut me off in the rocks again. I grabbed a stouter set up after this, 30 lb braid and 50lb leader and a 4000 size reel. But of course I didn't get any hits on that. It was getting dark and I was supposed to be home for my birthday dinner, so I called it quits. I'm sure I could have gotten into more, or I could have brought some bunker and chunked up all I could want.

Finally tally was 23 bass in just about 80 minutes. And two bass that I would guess would be above slot with some new piercings. I crushed the barbs so hopefully they will shake the bucktails out.

Happy birthday to me!

edit: 67 degree water. Anchored in 14 feet which ended up at 11 feet as the tide dropped. casting into 14 feet down to 6 feet.
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I really look forward to this thread-- the last one was terrific! My boat will be back floating at the end of March. We probably won't start serious fishing until mid April but maybe if the weather gets warm quick we can get out their for the new spring Blackfish season! Got a new fish finder this year( Simrad go9) that I'm really excited to have. Can't wait to see what this season brings!

Scott- maybe you could link the last thread into your original post on this one. That thread was filled with knowledge so I'd hate to see all that go away and drift into the abiss!
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Subscribed - thanks Scott!

I’m hoping to be back in the water by mid April so let the games begin! Hopefully we all have a safe, fun and successful season - see you out there!
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Scott,

Thanks for starting the thread agin. Im hoping to be in the water first week of April and dialed in and fishing a few weeks after that. Im wintering in Oyster Bay but will be back in Huntington for the season. See you all out there. This seems to be a positive and like minded group so maybe we can plan on some meet ups this season. Would love to put some faces (or hulls) to the names on here.
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I heard rumors schoolies were in LNB already
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Originally Posted by Egrzan View Post
Scott,

This seems to be a positive and like minded group so maybe we can plan on some meet ups this season. Would love to put some faces (or hulls) to the names on here.
Agreed! So far we’ve really had a good bunch of guys on this thread - which is SUCH a welcome change from some of the fishing websites! I’m on a Fresh Water Reservoir site “Westchester Fishing” which has a similar group of really helpful and positive guys always willing to help and join up for a day fishing.
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
I heard rumors schoolies were in LNB already

Holdover bass.
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Subscribed, thanks for starting this thread and here is to a productive 2018 season

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Nice, the 2017 one was awesome.
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Originally Posted by Egrzan View Post
Scott,

Thanks for starting the thread agin. Im hoping to be in the water first week of April and dialed in and fishing a few weeks after that. Im wintering in Oyster Bay but will be back in Huntington for the season. See you all out there. This seems to be a positive and like minded group so maybe we can plan on some meet ups this season. Would love to put some faces (or hulls) to the names on here.
well if you see someone out there losing a lot of lures and fishing line, and only catching the occasional sea robin, that could be me
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I'll hopefully have the boat splashed by mid-March.
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Subscribed thank you for setting this up!
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Where do ya’ll run out of? I may be in the Norwalk or Saugatuck area for the summer, but haven’t really fished LIS
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well if you see someone out there losing a lot of lures and fishing line, and only catching the occasional sea robin, that could be me
we seem to have two things in common
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Scott - Not sure if it will work but maybe you can put link to 2017 thread by adding it to your signature ?
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Tony - I put a link on the last post of the old thread to this one and the first post here has a link to the old one.
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I recall the fishing heating up in April west of Greenwich last year and finally getting to me in Darien in may or so. Pretty late when you see what is happening on the south shore of LI at that time of year.... Feel like the fish are coming to me from the East and West by late may and early June. Really last to get them in the sound I think. Anyone else think this is true?

That (GD) fish migration map always leaves me shaking my head.....

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