The Guides’ Side, August 1999

Shinnecock Inlet at this time of the year is alive with bluefish and Spanish macks all along the east jetty. Shinnecock is also seeing a southern mackerel called the Cero Mackerel. They have been caught by flyrodders with tiny flies. They are also great eating. If bass is your thing try the east cut at night. Cast from the beach first, because many times, if you wade into the water the fish will be right behind you and gone.

Maverick Charters

Capt. Joe Blados (516) 765-3670

The North Fork in July and August have been hit with the summer doldrums, with recent soaring temps. Spanish Mackerel are a good bet at Goldsmiths, while smaller Macks have been caught by persevering flyrodders along the bay. The creeks have been all but dead, with the high temps we are experiencing to date. Mattituck Inlet has seen a bit of action on incoming water. Fishing at this time of the year is an early morning and evening affair. Have some crab, sand eel and butterfish patterns. And remember to fish the incoming tides, with its cooler water.

Dragon Fly Charters

Capt. Scott Holder (516) 840-6522

Again this week, it was strictly an early morning and night-time deal; by 10 am the bite is gone. We had some tremendous worm hatches this week. I even saw one that lasted all day on Wednesday. There were fish on them in the morning–nice, big blues–but as I said, by 10 am they disappeared. It was strange to see so much bait in the water; we had worms from Stonybrook to the Nissequoge river unmolested by any fish and the birds had their fill, so by the afternoon, even the birds disappeared. Just crazy!!!! There was also a lot of baitfish mixed in with them, so this week was very interesting to say the least. I might try for some Dolphin this week we’ll see how the weather is.

Fin Chaser Charters

Dino Torino /Frank Cresitelli (718) 317-1481 (718) 356-6436

It seems the weather and the fishing seem to be following the same trends, and if we used high tech, multimedia presentations to show their performance on graphs, they would look the same way: peaks and valleys (man I’m on this computer too much). Anyway, when it’s hot it’s hot. Capt. Dino had Gene Quigley, up from where he guides (the Jersey shore), and I had a 30 fish morning (all Bass) and were back at the dock by 10:30! Our offshore forays have only yielded some looks from Sharks, and catching plenty of alligator Bluefish (12-14lbs). The water is still not too warm, and it’s a little early for up this far north, but the reports from down south are good, so we wait. Last night, Geoff Jones and John Sikorsky had rough start, but the menu was good; we served up Goat cheese and Rabe pizza, Quiche, and Olive salads. And then the Bluefish joined the party and decided they wanted to eat also, and the fishing was hot. What more could you ask for great clients that are great fishermen–great fishing and good food, we had it all! The action has been all in Raritan Bay on Dino’s Maribou Clousers and Epoxy Minnows, fish ’em deep and vary your retrieve. The Striped Bass have been popping up here and there–“you gotta be in the right place at the right time.” Stick to the basics: structure and rips, structure and rips. On the Weakfish front, they have been showing in the Reach Channel and usually are very deep, although Timmy from “the Irishmen” caught a nice 4 pounder on a piece of metal in shallow water on Wednesday. That’s it for this week, as always if anyone needs a question answered I’ll try to help, just give me an “e”……Bye

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