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John Deneice with a 9.6Lbs. doormat Fluke he caught on board the Toadally Hooked - 6/7/2015

Fishing Report for Montauk Point, Long Island, New York

Updated: 12/29/2016 @ 11:05AM
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8/5/2015 - Mad schools of Bluefish with some Striped Bass mixed in around Shagwong Point this afternoon right after the start of the outgoing tide. Incredible Black Sea Bass action on the North and South sides with fish over 4 Lbs., MONSTEROUS Pories out by the Elbow. Fluke fishing has been hit or miss lately with more consistent action on the North Side in the Rips.

7/8/2015 - Shark fishing out by CIA and the Inner Butterfish Hole has been excellent lately. Oh Brother Charters had a Mako in the 200's today. Not many consistent reports from the edge, but there has definitely been some action, just a matter of finding it. There have been some 3rd hand reports of White Marlin in as close as 30-40Fm. Word on the street is some BIG Striped Bass have moved in, unfortunately so have MASSIVE Bluefish, we're talking HUGE, GORILLA Bluefish. Fluke fishing has been good according to the legendary Gary Toad.

6/7/2015 - 22" Fluke on the first drop of the day. The action was sporadic throughout the morning. Gary Toad had 4 big Fluke: 6.65, 7.65, 7.7 and 9.35 (all released alive). John Deneice had the biggest fluke of the day on the Toadally Hooked at 9.6Lbs. Way to go!!

6/1/2015 - It's been a long, cold brutal Winter on the East End... things are FINALLY starting to happen. The water is still very cold, but word on the street is the big Fluke showed up a couple of days ago.

11/5/2014 - Gary "Toad" has reported some incredible Blackfish action recently (see pic above). Reliable sources on the local wholesale fish docks have reported that Striped Bass action seems to have really died down (early again) this year.

10/18/2014 - The Striped Bass and Bluefish showed up and there are full-on blitz's going on according to Dan Christman at Montauk Marine Basin.

10/6/2014 - Awesome Albie fishing out by Montauk Point all day today. The fish were on the North side earlier then moved around to the South side as the day progressed. No Striped Bass feeds on the surface yet.

9/17/2014 - There was red hot False Albacore action today around the Montauk Point Lighthouse (right in close). There's still an epic Tuna bit going on offshore at the Fish Tales. Congrats to The Legendary Gary "Toad" Stephens, Matt and crew of the Toadally Hooked for landing a 235# Big Eye (by the seat of their pants) and a couple of NICE Yellow Fin Tuna on their Mon-Tues over-niter... all the good action at Tales has been on the nite bite according to reliable sources. The Outter Butterfish Hole has been loaded w/ Mahi eager to bite and hard to spook, find one good high-flyer and you can fill up!

9/13/2014 - CRAZY Striped Bass action at Montauk Point Lighthouse off the rocks RIGHT NOW (10:21am)!!!

9/3/2014 - As many of you may already know, on Sunday, Montauk lost one of our dearest members of the fishing community, Carl Darenber, Jr. Our sincerest condolences go out to Chase, Courtney and the entire Darenberg and Marine Basin family. Anyone who knew him knew he was one of the friendliest and kindest people you could ever meet and he will be dearly missed. The family has set up a donation fund page and requested that in lieu of sending flowers donations be made to what will become the Carl Darenberg, Jr. Memorial All-Release Shark Tournament, an educational event Carl started a few years ago and was passionate about developing.

8/10/2014 - Word on the street is there are MASSIVE porgies around, like 3-4 Pounders!!!! Huge Black Sea Bass at outer Frisbies yesterday, but disappointing Fluke action. The offshore scene was lack-luster this weekend with only a few long-fin being taken at Fish Tales, but reportedly there is action around the 100 square (which the SST chart would support). There are reportedly still loads of Mahi on the lobster and gill net gear out 10-15+ miles to the South with some decent size fish in the mix.

8/8/2014 - Lazy Bones and Miss Montauk both finally had their first 10+ Lb. Fluke on the boat over the last week. Striped Bass fishing has simmered down a bit. There were loads of cocktail Blues in the rips on the North side of the lighthouse and off Gin Beach over the last few days. Word on the street is that Mahi-Mahi action is off the charts at place like the Outer Butterfish hole and SE of Block Island, especially in the pockets of warmer water.

7/11/2014 - Dan Christman from Montauk Marine Basin reported "The (Striped) Bass fishing is insane... throwing 30s and 40s back".

7/3/2014 - word on the street is the Striped Bass is red hot, fluking is great, black sea bass & porgy fishing has been good

6/20/2014 - Got an early start heading offshore towards a temp. break on the W. side of the Outer Butterfish Hole to look for Bluefin Tuna based on some recent reports of fish being spotted there when guys were coming back in from the canyons. There were lots of birds, dolphins and marking lots of bait on the way out. Stopped a few times to drop the lines in where there appeared to be some action but nothing materialized. Spotted some whales feeding as we got closer to the target fishing spot. The water was clear, blue/green but there were lots of weeds around. Had a knock-down right as we crossed over the break!!! 43.2Lbs. Bluefin Tuna, NICE!!! Radio chatter on VHF68 indicated the sharking was also really good with lots of sharks around including some nice sized Makos

11/17/2013 - Lots of bird action on the South side beaches in town near the Sloppy Tuna including Gannets bombing the water.

11/13/2013 - Word on the street is that there have been some good sized Striped Bass (30+ Lbs. over 40") on the South side beaches in the last few days. Expect to see them moving West w/ the cold weather kicking in.

10/5/2013 - Striped bass and Bluefish are thick just south of Montauk Point in about 70 feet of water. Great action on the jig but no real surface action to speak of. False Albie's reportedly showed up yesterday at the point too.

10/3/2013 - Word on the street is Richie Michelson got a keeper Striped Bass and a Weak Fish on the beach in front of Gurneys this morning.

10/2/2013 - Headed out early AM towards the Wrecks South of Block Island in search of some Cod. Stopped about where the MP buoy is normally located to make a short troll for Bluefin Tuna after seeing some surface action that looked like possibly Albies or Tuna, saw a huge pod of Dolphin and trolled around them for a while but didn't produce any bites. Saw half-beaks jumping on the way from their to the USS Bass wreck, so tried trolling around there for a while too, but nothing. Nothing but dog fish and junk fish on the USS Bass wreck. Headed to the Acid Barge from there and got 1 nice Cod, then dog fish after dog fish... Stopped at the Elbow off Montauk Point on the way back to try to jig up a Striped Bass, but got nothing except 1 GIGANTIC Porgy. Back at the dock several other fisherman who had been out for Striped Bass has caught only 1, but gotten a Green Bonito and several LARGE Porgies on the jig throughout the day. Fly fisherman have been complaining that this has been a terrible fall so far for False Albacore and Striped Bass.

9/13/2013 - Went out to Frisbies, South of Montauk Point for a few hours mid-day. No fluke at all. Decent Black Sea Bass action. Saw what looked like it might be a couple of schools of False Albacore on the way back in around the Montauk Lighthouse.

9/5/2013 - Still BIG Fluke around, under the Radar Tower in about 70 feet of water. The legendary Gary "The Toad" reported some nice 10+ Lb. Fluke on a recent trip. Word on the street is that Striped Bass has slowed down a little bit in the last few days. There has been some great action offshore in the Tails with Big Eyes up to 225Lbs. being taken recently.

8/6/2013 - Took a ride out to the Ranger and Winslow wreck today hoping to find water warm enough for there to be a chance of having Yellowfin Tuna around but no dice. The warmest water was only around 72*F by the Winslow (SW of the Ranger). There were Dolphin (the mammal) right outside Cartwright on the way out. The water was about 68*F in the middle of the Butterfish Hole, which is significantly cooler than a couple of weeks ago. There were a few boats obviously trolling for Bluefin Tuna in the area and according to 3rd party reports there was a 70Lb'er taken as recently as a few days ago in the area.

8/3/2013 - Limited out on Fluke up to 7Lbs. before noon between running around to Frisbies, Inner & Outter Cartwright. According to Courtney Darenberg at Montauk Marine Basin there have been Triggerfish in the rocks in about 35 feet of water on the South Side. Dropping down some clam chum to the bottom for a while, then lifting it up a few feet and dropping a hook baited with clam down next to the chum pot is the ticket.

8/1/2013 - Fluke fishing has been hot everywhere from the Inlet, on the North Side, all the way out to Frisbies and Inner Cartwright. There were some doormats taken out by Frisbies yesterday evening, just before the Ebb. There was loads of bait around (sand eels based on what fish that were brought on deck were coughing up), birds like you might expect to see more at a scene in the canyons offshore, and schools of hungry blue devils all over.

7/24/2013 - We'd like to send out a very special THANK YOU the US Coast Guard and everyone in the Montauk fleet as well as any other boats that participated in the rescue of our friend commercial lobsterman John Aldridge who fell out of his boat on the way off shore early this AM. He was found after floating for 12 hours, using his rubber boots filled with air and lobster pot buoys he was able to cut loose (with his knife he had on him) as flotation. He was air lifted to a hospital where he was treated and is back home now.

7/21/2013 - INSHORE: The water is insanely warm after the weeks of SW wind we had and it seems to have really changed the landscape completely after the cold spring we had. There is incredible amounts of bait around this season, with huge schools of Sand Eels, Tinker Mackerel and Bunker seemingly all over the place. Fluke fishing is on fire with some nice 6 & 7 Lb'ers in the mix. Spots like Frisbies and Inner Cartwright have seemed to be consistently the best, but people have also been catching nice keeper sized fish right in the mouth of the Inlet, so you may not even need to go that far. Sea Bass action has been good as well at spots around Cerberus Shoal, Frisbies and Inner Cartwright. Striped Bass action has been good, and it appeared as if there may have been a blitz out in front of Turtles Cove on Monday around mid day. There were large sections of nervous water that really looked like big schools of Striped Bass right under the surface.

OFFSHORE: There have been Flying Fish spotted as close as CIA Grounds. Mahi-Mahi caught (in open water on the troll) as close as 15 miles off the point, and the water out at 40 fathoms is close to 80*F. There were HUGE schools of Mahi in open water chasing Tinker Mackerel out by the Ranger Wreck last week according to 3rd hand reports, but there seem to be few to no High-Flyers (Lobster trawl buoys) in places like the Outter Butterfish Hole, so finding them out there is tough right now w/o any kind of structure for them to congregate around. Shark fishing has been epic with lots of Makos and some big Threshers around. The Yellowfin Tuna bite finally turned on at the Fish Tails and there has been a steady Bluein Tuna bite back to the West, and Cod fishing at Cox's Ledge was on off the charts recently according to Vinny Deledda on the 3 Deep.

The Bluefish have been thick this year and made appearances everywhere between the Inner Butterfish Hole right up to the beach. And we're not talking about your average Bluefish... these things are MONSTERS, stripping line off 80's on the troll and fooling more than one boat into think they'd hooked up a small Tuna. And they've got teeth to match there size, shredding gear and tearing up spreader bars! FYI: Rigging a short piece of coated cable between the head and hook under the skirts of trolling lures can help save costly losses to the "Blue Devil" and give you a fighting chance if you're lucky enough to hook up a Wahoo (which is a real possibility with current water temps).

7/8/2013 - significant bird action going on 1/2 mile off the beach between the Trailer Park and Ditch Plains Beach about 6am.

7/7/2013 - The legendary Gary "The Toad" reported excellent Fluke fishing this morning at Frisbies. Also,Chase Darenberg at Montauk Marine Basin reported that the Capt. Mark recently had a 15Lb. Fluke! There were some nice Striped Bass on the Elbow in the early AM as well according to one of the local pin hookers. The water temp is around 65*F inshore, a little warmer, around 67 about 20 miles South of the point. The water is full of junk after all the SW wind we've been having thanks to the high pressure system stalled off the coast for the last couple of weeks, so be careful when you're cruising.

7/5/2013 - Huge schools of Bunker on the surface between Outer Cartwright and Frisbies.

7/3/2013 - Word on the street is that some BIG (40 Lber) Striped Bass have been taken off the sand beaches on the South side in the last few days.

5/18/2013 - Good Fluke action on the South Side this morning with fish up to 9Lbs. Bunch of shorts too, and Bluefish chasing the fluke rigs up to the surface. Most of the action seemed to be between the Teddy Bear and the Radar Tower in about 50ft. of water.

5/2/2013 - Its been a long quiet winter. Cod fishing never really materialized this winter the way everyone was hoping. Recent trips out to the wrecks S. of Montauk and Block Island have for the most part been completely unproductive, usually with one keeper fish being caught all day (if that). Even Gary "Toad" could only scrape up one Cod last Saturday despite hitting every wreck between Montauk and the Suffolk Wreck.

Fluke season opened yesterday and according to Chase and Courtney Darenberg at the Montauk Marine Basin, the Fluke fishing has been much better than normal for this time of year with guys limiting out.

There have been some Herring in Fort Pond Bay lately which is apparently THE PREMIUM FLUKE bait. So don't forget to pack a Sabiki rig or 2.

Word on the street is that draggers have been getting some Striped Bass which means they are around, but the water temperature is still low for this time of year (only around 49-50 degrees F), so they are not really biting.

Updated: 02/27/2017 @ 12:29PM



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