All the components are out on the beach this weekend for some big fishing. There are many, many baitfish up against the beach, sometimes so thick guys are snagging them on their hooks while they retrieve them. The bait is small herring and sand eels. There have been some blitzes but nothing especially of long duration, so it’s just waiting to go off. The surf promises to be big with the apporach of hurricane Bill, and that could push in some of the big girls. If they find the bait, a lot of eating will be going on. If you’re there when it happens you’ll remember it as one of these “epic” days.
Fish have been plentiful off the tip of the jetties, with unconfirmed reports of large bass taking topwater bait and creating a melee. The new moon tide is in full swing too, so that usually gets the water and fish moving at a good clip. If you’re in a boat this weekend be careful, the combination of tides and surf will make the mouth especially dangerous.
No reports from the flats, though we’ve seen a lot of boats out for the night tides. South of here, in Plum Island Sound, there have been plenty of keeper bass landed. Maybe you could grab some on the outgoing tide from Sandy Point on the beach. No report, just a guess.
I’m still looking for some catch and release photographs to add to our archives. So if you’ve got them, mail them to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks.