Montauk Sportfishing Report 6/17/17

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Montauk Sportfishing Report 6/17/17

Postby captgenekelly » Mon Jun 19, 2017 8:59 am

Star Island held the first shark tournament of the year over the weekend with OK fishing, similar to last year with only one blueshark making the cut. The biggest fish, a 760 lb. mako didn’t make the cut either because it was a half hour too late. The results are as follows;

1st place mako – GOTTA GO - 453 lbs
2nd place mako – THE MANDIBLE - 430 lbs
3rd place mako – FISH ON - 333 lbs

1st place thresher - MOUNTAINEER - 378 lbs
2nd place thresher – JUST TRIPPEN - 298 lbs

1st place blueshark – CONTENDER TOURNAMENT – 229 lbs

Striped bass fishing is very good with the charterboats easily picking up limits along with some shorts and bluefish. The diamond jigs are working well to if you are at the right place, usually the Elbow or Porgy Lump, at the right time. The boats that like to fish over at Southwest Ledge have been doing OK over there with a better class of fish and less boat traffic to annoy them

Fluke fishing continues to be difficult. To catch a limit of three fish per man you need to put in a full day and also get a little lucky. It’s best if you wait for ideal conditions to try them. The porgy fishing is hot and there are some humongous ones around, even eating the diamond jigs. Seabass are still verboten, but some are being picked up and released by guys fishing fluke or stripers. But if you venture out to deeper water where you would normally fish for them you have a good chance of catching doggies. Hopefully they will leave before the season opens up.

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