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Sep 10, 2019 10:07 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Dorian Puts Pause On Fishing

Sep 10, 2019 10:07 AM

Fishing was good this week, at times, but broken up by perplexing periods of complete lifelessness that were not entirely attributable to the passing tumult of Hurricane Dorian.Just before the storm, there seems to have been, basically, a one-day showing of false albacore in various corners of the region (yours truly even caught a couple) but few sightings of them since, even under some pretty perfect conditions early in the week.

Striped bass were on the same schedule. Blitzes fired up then faded out but have reappeared intermittently here and there — but not really in Montauk, where they should be — in the days since the storm passed.

Shinnecock Bay actually has had some of the better fishing for striped bass from the shore, with a decent number of keeper fish being taken off the inlet rocks, and some onslaughts of smaller fish in the suds and on the bay side on occasion.

Fluke fishing has been largely on hold because of the ocean swell, though a few solid fish were caught here and there. Mother-and-son team of Sharon and Anthony Quaresimo decked a pair of doormats (check back next week for the photo).

And the storm does not appear to have chased away the nice-sized bluefin that are lurking off Montauk Point. Captain Michael Potts took his charter aboard the Blue Fin IV out on Monday and decked another 80-plus-pounder.

This should be the week.

Catch ’em up. See you out there.

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