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Montauk Sportfishing Report 6/30/14

Old 06-30-2014, 04:03 AM
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The Montauk Marine Basin had their shark tournament with great weather and fifty boats competing, and some pretty good fishing. There was a lesson to be learned however; KNOW THE RULES. What would have been the largest shark overall, a 525 pound thresher was disqualified along with a mako that would have won some Calcutta money. The mako had a dart in it and according to IGFA rules, that’s a no-no. The would-have- been winning boat came to the scales with five bent butt 130 outfits in the cockpit and no fighting chair, so it was obvious that it was fought “Wicked Tuna” style, also a no-no.
NBC taped the tournament, like they did last year, and it will be shown sometime later this year.

The results are as follows;
1st place overall – NAN-SEA-JOE 355 lbs thresher

1st place mako - FISH ON – 353 lbs
2nd place mako - SURF DOG – 315 lbs
3rd place mako – PERSASION – 268 lbs

1st place thresher - NAN-SEA-JOE - 355 lbs
2nd place thresher - SLYVIA ROSE - 286 lbs
3rd place thresher - MISS O – 262 lbs

1st place blueshark - NEW ATTITUDE – 311 lbs
2nd place blueshark - NAN-SEA-JOE – 231 lbs
3rd place blueshark - EMILY ROSE – 223 lbs
WOMEN ANGLER AWARD - REEL ACTION - KATIE FOSS - 204 lbs blueshark

Overall, the shark fishing is pretty good, with a good amount of makos and threshers around in addition to lots of bluesharks. A couple of boats this week had a couple of makos and the CAPT RON had three on its first offshore trip of the season. It’s not an ironclad rule, but it generally appears that if you are catching too many bluesharks, you might be better off moving if you want shark steaks. Most boats that have caught makos or threshers have only been catching a handful of bluesharks. There are still some nice 60-80 pound bluefins splashing around out there. But it’s hard to know if they would cooperate, since everyone seems to be ignoring them. My boat is out of action for a while, otherwise I’d give it a shot. I don’t take out charters, so I can afford to spend a day not catching anything.

Inshore the striped bass fishing still isn’t what it should be. Saturday morning I took a tour after the half day boats got in. One boat had 10 bass, another had 5 and one only had a single bass, and they were all were top line charterboats of equal talent. It seems if you can find the right spot you can do all right, and it’s not always structure. Often, it’s just a couple of birds picking away.

Fluke fishing has settled in nicely and seems to be getting a little better each week, with most of the fish still in the Rips. I imagine when the seabass opens up in two weeks more boats will take to fishing on the south side and some fluke will be found down there as well, but for now the Rips are good enough.

For more info about fishing in Montauk, check out www.montauksportfishing.com
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