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Report Date: SURF DAY

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SURF DAY -------- Feb. 20th--------- I’ll be on hand in New Jersey with a booth and a lecture.--- 1:25pm-215pm Montauk Spring Surf------- Besides August, spring is the most underrated and under fished time of the year. We will discuss Moons, bait migrations, presentations as related to the upcoming season. I will squeeze as much as I can in. After words come to my booth and we can continue our discussion!----------------- http://jssfishingclubsurfday.com/S_...r_Schedule.html


Report Date: November Openings

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If you are flexable for locations all the better------ 11/18- 5pm---- 11/20-5pm---- 11/21-4am & 2pm---- 11/224am & 2pm---- 11/24 5pm--- 11/25 5pm--- 11/26 2am Turkey day special-1person only $100 at least 3 hours----- 11/28 4am---- 11/29 4am & 2pm---- Call me at 631-987-6919 if you are interested


Report Date: OPENINGS!!

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Due to cancellation I have an immediate opening this Friday 10/16 from 1pm-7pm. I expect the fishing to be very good as we have should have some foul weather with NE winds that day. Call 631-987-6919 if you are interested….. I also have several openings for November.....


Report Date: OPENINGS 9/11 & 9/12

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Due to cancellation I have two openings this weekend. Friday-6pm-12am and Saturday 4pm-10pm---- call me if interested----631-987-6919


Report Date: Surf fishing Show!! Sept 10th

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: SURF SHOW AND WORKSHOP MONTAUK SURF CLASSIC CONTACT: FRED GOLOFARO 631-345-5200 THE FISHERMAN SURF FISHING SHOW AND WORKSHOP------ The Fisherman Magazine’s Annual Surf Fishing Show and Seminar, is slated for Thursday night, September 10, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). This show grows larger every year, and this year is no exception. More than 50 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the Long Island, Metro area. Attendees are assured of going home with plenty of goodies in the form of lures, line and terminal tackle, as the first 500 will receive a goody bag at the door. All attendees receive a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories from manufacturers like Lamiglas, St. Croix, Shimano, Okuma, Penn, Shakespeare, Daiwa, Van Staal, AquaSkinz, Tsunami and many others. This year’s format features an impressive array of surf fishing experts, including “Crazy Alberto” Knie, “Doc” Muller, Fred Golofaro, Paul “The Skisher” Melnyk, Bill Wetzel, John Paduano, Jerry “Capt. Kayak” Collins, Ralph “The Tin Man” Votta, Angelo Peluso, rod builder extraordinaire Steve Petri, Don “Super Strike” Musso, and D.J. Muller. You’ll also be able to pick the brains of veteran casters from LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association, who will be there signing up new members and renewing current members. If you're into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won't want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. Show doors open at 6 p.m. and the presentations get underway at 6:45 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors 65 and over, and $10 for children 16 and under. ELEVENTH ANNUAL MONTAUK CLASSIC Hosted by The Fisherman and Long Island State Parks, this popular event never fails to attract a crowd, and is timed to take advantage of some of Montauk’s best surf action of the season. Make your plans now to be in Montauk between Friday, September 25 and Sunday, September 27. The Classic kicks off at noon Friday, and continues through Sunday at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at the Point at 1 p.m. on Sunday. All entrants who attend Sunday’s awards ceremony will receive a free goody bag, worth considerably more than the entry fee, as well as a free ticket for the awards ceremony raffle. Serving as entry and weigh stations for this year’s contest will be Paulie’s Bait & Tackle and Johnny’s Tackle Shop. For those not able to make their way out to the East End until the weekend, you can register in person at either shop until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The entry fee is $15 per angler. Boundary lines for this contest are all shore areas east of the westernmost boundary of Napeague State Park. The minimum size for striped bass entries is set at 36 inches, while the bluefish minimum is set at 5 pounds. This is a striped bass and bluefish event with $750 going to the anglers beaching the largest blue and striper of the weekend. Second through fifth place winners will earn quality tackle and equipment prizes. For more information, call 631-321-3510. __________________


Report Date: FREE LECTURE

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Hunting Montauk Large--------------- I will go over the best times of the year to seek Montauk trophies. We will discuss how tides, currents, and winds as related to bait migrations specific to the time of year-addressed play a roll in your hunt. We will discuss determining specifically what to throw as related to time of year and conditions presented. Specific discussions of Montauk structure that will give you the best shot at a trophy, without discussing spot specific areas will also be addressed.------------- Date:7/28/09------------- Time: 630pm.---------------- LOCATION: Wantagh library, Wantagh NY. -- Take Southern State Parkway to Wantagh Ave south. Make a right on Park Ave, just before the train trestle. Library is a block down on your right hand side. Library phone # is 516-221-1200. See ya there!


Report Date: SHIN DIG 09!!!!

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Report Date: Opening 6/19

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Due to cancellation I have an immediate Montauk opening for June 19th 6pm-12am. If you are interested call me at 631-987-6919


Report Date: OPENINHS THIS WEEK

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Due to cancellations I have the following openings for this week. 1. 5/29- Friday- 6pm-12am—North Shore or Montauk 2. 5/30 Saturday--½ day Montauk light tackle, 830am-1130am 3. 5/31 Sunday Montauk light tackle trip 9am-12am 4. 5/31 Sunday Montauk – 5pm-11pm Call me at 631-987-6919 if you are interested --- The Fishin has been good!!


Report Date: OPENINGS!!

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Due to cancellation I have an immediate opening May 31st North Shore or Montauk from 6pm-12am. Call 631-987-6919 if you are interested. I also have Montauk light tackle half day trips open for this weekend ( 5/23 & 5/24). Fishing has been solid!


Report Date: JUNE STRIPER TOURNAMENT

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I have a few North Shore ½ day openings this week. These are night trips only, therefore you should come with a solid cast. Some walking involved. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. ------------- See ya on the beach—Bill----------- Mon-Tues- 4/20- 4/21- 1130pm-230am Thursday. 4/23 –130am-430am Fri. 4/24 230am –530am--------------Also if you scroll down I still have some of the light tackle dates open that are listed.


Report Date: Free Casting Clinic APRIL 14th 6pm

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I am offering a FREE casting clinic to all. We will cover the most efficient way to cast spinning gear from the surf. Proper foot placement, hand placement loading the rod, finger placement, and choosing the right rod for the job will be among topics addressed. I will also go over landing fish if we have time. Bring your rod with a single hook lure (tin or bucktail), as this will be hands on.----- DATE: April 14th----- Location: Jones Beach field six eastern side of the lot.------ Time: 6pm------- RAIN DATE: If it rains the clinic will be cancelled and not rescheduled. ------- __________________


Report Date: Montauk Light Tackle Openings

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I am opening up some light tackle ½ day trips in Montauk this year. This is back bay fishing with 7- 9 foot rods where fly roders are also welcome. The fishing is usually excellent and it is mostly top water action. --- Call 631-987-6919 if you are interested.-- 1. 5/16-730am-1030am-- 2. 5/17 745am-1045am --- 3. 5/23 1pm-4pm-- 4. 5/24 130pm-430pm-- 5. 5/30 745am-1045am---- 6. 5/31 8am-11am-- 7. 6/6 1pm-4pm-- 8. 6/7 2pm-5am -- 9. 6/136pm-9pm--- 10.6/201130am-230pm-- 11. 6/26-530am-830am--- 12.6/27 6am-9am-- These dates are extremely wind dependent and cancellation due to bad winds or weatehr are always possble


Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW and Lecture

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UPCOMING FREEPORT SHOW-2/13-2/15--- On SATURDAY 2/14/09 at the Freeport recreational center 3pm, Ill lecture on “Reading the Beach”, I have always had a problem with the phrase reading the beach. I think reading water and its relationship to the beach structure, time of year, bait and wind may be a more appropriate title. I will have a computer presentation with pictures of good looking water. Then we will rip this water apart and discuss how to fish it. Moons, winds tides, bait, and equipment will all be addressed with each spot discussed. If you like the Rip It Ups then you should love this one. Hope to see ya there--- http://www.nysf.org/show.htm


Report Date: Long Island Recreational fishing expo

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Come and join us at the, Long Island Recreational fishing expo. Farmingdale NY. 1/31/09-2/1/09 http://www.longislandfishingexpo.com --------In my opinion one of the best shows on Long Island! SATURDAY 1pm- Targeting Back Bays: Moons, water temps, winds, drains flats, edges, ledges, lure presentations, south shore north shore, will all be addressed. --------- SUNDAY 12:15pm- Focusing on Montauks Bait migration to target trophies: I guess the title of this one speaks for itself. I will not burden you with equipment as this is for the intermediate to advanced caster already bringing some skills to the table. I will discuss the bait migrations of Montauk as related to the best time to hunt for big stripers. Moons, tides, water temps, and structure will be all be related. I am really psyched to do this one and if I have extra time chances are Iwill keep going.


Report Date: UPCOMING LECTURES!

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Here are the first few lectures I am doing for 09. As dates draw near I will announce more. This year I am coming armed with a computer and projector enabling me to put the picks up on a screen so you will know exactly what I ma talking about—I hope! Also note that I try not to do lectures on the same topi,c so this will probably be the only time I will lecture on the above topics in 09. ----------- 1.Jan-17th Nassau Coliseum Sport fishing, Hunting & outdorr expo.1pm --- MONTAUK 101: If you are not a seasoned Montauk salt this is a good lecture for fundamentals. Equipment, plugs, tides. Times of year, how to safely get on and off rocks and more will be addressed. -------------- 2. Long Island Recreational fishing expo. Farmingdale NY. 1/31/09-2/1/09----- SATURDAY- Time to be announced: Focusing on Montauks Bait migration to target trophies: I guess the title of this one speaks for itself. I will not burden you with equipment as this is for the intermediate to advanced caster already bringing some skills to the table. I will discuss the bait migrations of Montauk as related to the best time to hunt for big stripers. Moons, tides, water temps, and structure will be all be related. -------- SUNDAY- Targeting Back Bays: Moons, water temps, winds, drains flats, edges, ledges, lure presentations, south shore north shore, will all be addressed. More to come………IF YOU NEED A SPEAKER -GIVE ME A CALL--631-987-6919


Report Date: NEED A SPEAKER

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If you need a speaker for your club or function, I will speak on any topic surf fishing related except dead sticking, and fly-fishing. Give me a call for availability and rates. 631-987-6919


<Report Date: NOW BOOKING FOR 2009

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Give me a call to get the best dates for the 09 season. My rates will remain the same except for August which will increase slightly. I want to do alot more trips targeting large in 09. These trips will be for experienced casters that are in decent physical shape. I will post the exact dates for the large trips but if you want to give me a call before I post them feel free. Trips for large will be sometime from early to mid May, the end of June to the begining of July, and August of course. $50 deposit required for all trips. CAll -631-987-6919


Report Date: NOVEMBER OPENINGS!!

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For the month of November I like to be a bit flexible. I tend to fish where the best wind is as related to tide. So if you can be flexible I think we can get some really solid trips in this month. If you are willing to burn the night oil, and don’t mind casting into cold fierce winds in the hunt for large we certainly can do that as well. I have several openings for November including weekends and weeknights. Give me a call if you are interested. 631-987-6919---- Good Luck everyone!!


Report Date: October Openings

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I have the following October openings. Please call 631-987-6919 if you are interested. Times may be adjusted to your experience level.----- 10/18 Sat-Montauk 5am -11am --- 10/19 Sun. –Montauk 5am-11am & 3pm-9pm--- 10/21 Tues. – north, south or Montauk-6pm-12am---- 10/22 Wed. – 6pm-12am – north south, Montauk---- 10/24 Fri- 5am-11am- Montauk--- 10/25- Sat- 5am-11am & 4pm-10pm--- 10/26- Sun. – 5am-11am----


Report Date: SEPTEMBER 4th SHOW!

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I will be speaking about Fall Approaches to Montauk. I will specifically talk about this fall as related to up coming moons, wind scenarios, water temps etc. I will also talk about the best approaches to hunt for large throughout this time. I am going to try to stay away from basic stuff like equipment so that I can spend more time on the good stuff. See ya there! __________________ for immediate release: --- surf show and workshop --- montauk Surf classic--- contact: fred golofaro 631-345-5200 ---- THE FISHERMAN SURF FISHING SHOW AND WORKSHOP---- The Fisherman Magazine’s Annual Surf Fishing Show and Seminar, is slated for Thursday night, September 4, at the Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of the LIE on Route 110). This show grows larger every year, and this year is no exception. More than 50 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the Long Island, Metro area. Attendees are assured of going home with plenty of goodies in the form of lures, line and terminal tackle, as every attendee will receive a goody bag, along with a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories from manufacturers like Lamiglas, St. Croix, Shimano, Okuma, Penn, Shakespeare, Daiwa, Van Staal, AquaSkinz, Tsunami and many others. And, one lucky attendee will walk away with a new ZeeBaaS spinning reel worth over $900. This year’s format features an impressive array of surf fishing experts, including “Crazy Alberto” Knie, Mike Laptew, Capt. Kayak, Bill “Doc” Muller, Fred Golofaro, Zeno Hromin, Ralph “The Tin Man” Votta, surf guide Bill Wetzel, Angelo Peluso, Montauk sharpie Eric Ernst, rod builder extraordinaire Steve Petri, Don “Super Strike” Musso, and D.J. Muller. This year’s presentations and workshops will cover a wide array of topics, including: Soft Plastics for Trophy Stripers; An Underwater Perspective of Stripers in the Surf; Kayaking For Surfcasters; Fishing Live Eels; Bucktailing; Montauk In the Fall; Flyrodding The Surf; Plug Selection and Techniques; Chunking For Cows; Rod Building and Tins In The Fall. You’ll also be able to pick the brains of veteran casters from LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association, who will be there signing up new members and renewing current members. If you're into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won't want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. Show doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the presentations get underway at 7 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults, $15 for seniors and $10 for children 16 and under. Eleventh annUAL MONTAUK CLASSIC Hosted by The Fisherman and Long Island State Parks, this popular event never fails to attract a crowd, and is timed to take advantage of some of Montauk’s best surf action of the season. Make your plans now to be in Montauk between Friday, September 26 and Sunday, September 28. The Classic kicks off at noon Friday, and continues through Sunday at noon. The awards ceremony will take place at the Point at 1 p.m. on Sunday. All entrants who attend Sunday’s awards ceremony will receive a free goody bag, worth considerably more than the entry fee, as well as a free ticket for the awards ceremony raffle. Serving as entry and weigh stations for this year’s contest will be Paulie’s Bait & Tackle and Johnny’s Tackle Shop. For those not able to make their way out to the East End until the weekend, you can register in person at either shop until 10 a.m. on Saturday morning. The entry fee is $15 per angler. Boundary lines for this contest are all shore areas east of the westernmost boundary of Napeague State Park. The minimum size for striped bass entries is set at 36 inches, while the bluefish minimum is set at 5 pounds. This is a striped bass and bluefish event with $750 going to the anglers beaching the largest blue and striper of the weekend. Second through fifth place winners will earn quality tackle and equipment prizes. For more information, call 631-321-3510.


Report Date: JULY OPENINGS

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JULY OPENINGS-- 7/14- Montauk 7pm-1am or eastern north Shore 10 pm –4am- 7/16- Montauk 7pm-1am or eastern north Shore 11pm-5am--- 7/18 Montauk 10pm-4am North Shore—11pm-5am--- 7/21 Montauk 7pm-1am--- 7/23 Montauk 7pm-1am---- We will be targeting big fish on these trips; therefore you must be at least an intermediate surf fisherman with a solid cast to book. The Montauk trips will also require lots of walking and rock hopping. If you are interested please call me at 631-987-6919. Thank ya!


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Longislandsurffishing.com ----- presents------------- The Surf Rats Ball Shin Dig / Awards Presentation JULY 12th @10am ---------------- RAFFLE with All PROCEDEDS GOING TO CAMP ADVENTURE, Providing kids with cancer hope, fun , and relaxation --------------------- This is an informal gathering of fellow surf fishermen to shoot the breeze, and present awards to the top four casters of the Surf Rats Ball June Striper Tournament.This gathering is open to all, so bring a friend. Great raffle prizes from Super Strike,BOB HAHN,Afterhours, Big Water, the Surfcaster, Crazy Alberto art work, Guided trip with Bill Wetzel, Aqua Skinz and more. Common down and meet some of the top casters in our area. Bring your hibachi and lots of food, as it will be a tailgate gathering. LOCATION: Oak Beach aka the old OBI. From the west-Take the Southern State to the Wantagh Parkway south to the Jones Beach causeway east. Oak Beach will be several miles on your right hand side. From the east take Robert Moses causeway to Jones Beach causeway. Oak beach is a couple of miles down on your left hand side. If there is a need to cancel the gathering it will be announced here.Please come join us and help out Camp Adventure!! Thank you to our sponsors:----------- VAN STAAL- FP 7000, 7" pliers http://vanstaal.com/---- AQUASKINZ- Baymen Jacket and other accessories. ------http://aquaskinz.com/---- TIGHT LINES Bait and tackle-9' Lamigals MHS---- THE SURFCASTER- Two fishmaster pliers ------http://www.thesurfcaster.com/----- THE FIN - 30LB boga & waterproof headlight www.thefin.com---- CAUSEWAY Bait and Tackle-- Aquaskinz double row surf bag. --https://www.causewaybaitandtackle.com/------ WEST END Bait and Tackle—One $75 dollar gift certificate ---and two $50 gift certificate ----http://shop.westendfishingtackle.com/main.sc--- NORTHPORT ROD AND REEL---$100 gift certificate ---http://www.2captains.com/northpt.htm--- JOHNNY'S Bait and Tackle-- Penn 550 SSG--- CAMPSITE Bait and Tackle--$100 Gift Certificate-- LOU'S CUSTOM RODS--9' custom rogue rod ---http://www.louscustomrods.com/-- BOB HAHN---- BIG WATER PLUGS--- SUPER STRIKE http://www.superstrikelures.com/--- GIBBS-- http://www.gibbslures.com/--- Afterhours -- http://www.afterhoursplugs.com/splash.html-- CRAZY ALBERTO- limited signed & numberd Habs print ( in memory of John), and one signed GRAND SLAM print. --- STEVE KNAPIK- 2 Super Strike Darters-- PETER JORDEN AND LESLIE ( aka Casting Dragon)Gibbs 3oz --bottle plug and a Bob Hahn metal lip.-- AL RAVENHALL- Two custom needlefish-- Billy Riker-- SIX Tattoo Daters-- ZENO HROMIN- Two signed copies of The Art of Surfcasting --with Lures, and two Super Strike plugs.--- http://zenohromin.com-- Joe Mazza- $40 donation--- Tom Moriarty- 4 Lime green Jetty casters, one yellow Super Strike darter--- Jerryvan-- Custom 16 compartment plug box. A true work of art!!--- Bill Wetzel- Guided trip 6 hour trip for one angler.--- From members from surfrats.com- Group of 11 custom tied flys "-- VITO Orlando-$25 Gift Certificate to Johnny's B&T-- CASH DONATIONS: Joe Mazza-$40.00 Anonymous Donation --$500 WOW!! Thank you!-- SEE YA THERE!!


Report Date: NEW YORK SPORT FISHING FEDERATION SHOW

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On Saturday 2/15/08, Ill be speaking Targeting trophy stripers from the Montauk surf. This is a lecture that I don’t remember ever doing. For this one I will be covering prime times, from May to November for trophy stripers. Moons, water temps, winds, bait migrations (very important), night time & daytime trophy bites, plugs, live eels, bucktails as related to each month will be addressed. Since this is a trophy lecture with a limited amount of time, I will not be covering basic concepts, as the lecture will be geared toward casters who already have some experience fishing Montauk (although I believe anyone will be able to get some solid info form the talk). Hope to see ya there!!-----check this link out for details----------------------- http://www.nysf.org/show2.htm


Report Date: Long Isalnds Recreational Fishing Expo

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AT FARMINGDALE COLLEGE-----I'll be speaking on............. PLUGGING THE MONTAUK SURF The primary focus of this lecture is the month to month bait migrations, and the plugs needed to be successful during these times. The how when ,where, and why for the Montauk use of needlefish, metal lips, darters, bottle plugs, minnow type swimmers, Pencil popper, bucktails etc. will be addressed. I will more than likely focus on the fall as I will not have enough time to cover all migrations, however if the audience would rather hear about the spring or summer we can change gears and do that instead. A heck of a lot of info will be packed into the one hour lecture.--------------- MAKING A GOOD CAST and LANDING FISH FROM THE SUDS This is perhaps the most informative lecture that I do. I have chartered people who are hard core surf rats for the past 25 years or more, and with a couple tweaks have seen them improve their cast significantly. This one is not just for the beginner, and I highly recommend it for everyone. We will discuss, rods and reels, line., loading the rod, stance, finger & hand placement, casting into a wind, landing fish from a rock, beach, and in chest high water.------------------


Report Date: NEED A SPEAKER?

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If you need a speaker for your club or function give me a call. I will speak on anything surf fishing related except chunking. Montauk, North Shore, South Shore, Back bays, reading water, bucktailing, pluging, casting, landing fish, moons, bait migrations--you get the idea 631-987-6919 Rates available upon request.


Report Date: Immedaite opening 8/20 & 8/21

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I canceled my North Shore charter and have an opening for Montauk at 6pm this TUESDAY- tomorrow. Why did I cancel a north shore? TueNE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Showers likely in the morning...then a chance of light rain and drizzle in the afternoon. Vsby 1 to 3 nm in the morning. Tue NightNE winds around 15 kt with gusts up to 20 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. A chance of light rain and drizzle in the evening. That is why! I EXPECT FISHING TO BE EXCELENT! This is for one EXPERIENCED anglers only. You must be able to fish in big water conditions, with wave battering you. Give me a call if you are interested. I also still have an opening for tonight. 631-987-6919


Report Date: 8/18 OPENING

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Due to cancellation I have an immediate opening for 8/18 at 11pm until dawn. This is a trip for trophy stripers. You must be able to make long walks, have a solid cast, and be comfortable rock hoping in the dark in rough conditions. Give me a call if you are interested.631-987-6919


Report Date: SHIN DIG JULY 28th 10am

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Longislandsurffishing.com ---------- presents----------- The Surf Rats Ball Shin Dig / Awards Presentation-------------- . -- JULY 28th @10am------------------ EVERY PENNY MADE FROM THE RAFFEL WILL GO TO NAMI ( national alliance for the mentally ill) ---------------------- This is an informal gathering of fellow surf fishermen to shoot the breeze, and present awards to the top three casters of the Surf Rats Ball Striper Tournament. It is a great opportunity to put names to faces from the Surf Rats Ball forum. This gathering is open to all, so bring a friend. Raffle prizes from Super Strike,BOB HAHN,Crazy ALberto art work, Guided trip,Aqua Skinz and more. Common down and meet some of the top casters in our area. Bring your hibachi and lots of food, as it will be a tailgate gathering. LOCATION: Oak Beach aka the old OBI. From the west-Take the Southern State to the Wantagh Parkway south to the Jones Beach causeway east. Oak Beach will be several miles on your right hand side. From the east take Robert Moses causeway to Jones Beach causeway. Oak beach is a couple of miles down on your left hand side. If there is a need to cancel the gathering it will be announced here.


Report Date: FREE LECTURE 7/11 AUGUST LARGE

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This is a lecture I have never done before and am very excited about. The main focus will be on finding Montauk August large. Bait migrations, moons, winds, tides, water temps, preferred water and more will be addressed. If I have time I will also do a little bit on the North shore. This is a subject you don’t here too much about! Location: Wantagh Library Time: 6:30pm Date: July 11th. Directions: take Southern State Parkway to Wantagh Ave south. Make a right on Park Ave. Library is a block down on your right hand side. Library phone # is 516-221-1200. See ya there!


Report Date: OPENING JUNE 22nd

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Due to cancellation I have an opening for JUNE 22nd, in Montauk 7pm - 1am. We can target large and hit the rocks or keep it quiet on this one. If you are interested please call me at 631-987-6919. I expect the fishing to be good as the bait is on both North and south sides now.


Report Date: SURF RATS BALL STRIPER TOURNAMENT

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SUBSCRIBE TO ENTER FOR FREE!!!-- JUNE 1st-June 30th--------- Covering the entire east coast------ This is the only Surf fishing tournament that makes catch and release possible----------- First Place: Van Staal FT 7800 pliers, 8.5’ Rogue rod from Tight lines with 550 SS reel from Johnny’s, and the highly sought after Surf Rats Ball trophy!------------- Second Place: Aqua Skinz large plug bag, filled with custom plugs, Aqua Skinz wading belt and gloves, Penn 750 SSM from Causeway.------------- Third Place: Snowbee Waders from West End, and an array of custom Plugs. ------------------


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Report Date: SURF RATS BALL TOURNAMENT

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Report Date: SURF RATS BALL JUNE STRIPER TOURNAMENT

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I have a special opening for this Friday or Saturday night from 11:30pm-5:30am in Montauk. There are lots of bigger baits around and we will be targeting big fish. For this trip you should be able to rock hop in the dark and have a good cast. Give me a call if you are interested. 631-987-6919---- Why is it special -- My wife is due soon, but because I think the fishing is going to be moo moo good, she is letting me charter, BUT I will be on call.


Report Date: week 5/4-5/12

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The talk of the town has been all the bluefish on the south shore. I try to avoid them like the plague and have been sticking to targeting stripers. Sometimes, however, they are unavoidable. As was the case last Saturday in Montauk. Water temps were 49 degrees and blues were everywhere. Throughout the week we had a pick of fish on both the North Shore and South Shore. There is plenty of big bait around, especially in Montauk. On Friday my charter and I had fish to 17 pounds in MECCA on darters, and I suspect that there are plenty of 30 and 40 pound fish around in the Montauk suds. Lots of activity out there folks—get out and fish! If you want the best Surf fishing info on the web, my daily reports, and be part of the SECOND ANNUAL SURF RATS BALL JUNE STRIPER TOURNAMENT, PLEASE BECOME A SUBSCRIBER. You will not regret it! I have ½ day North Shore openings 5/15 and 5/16. If you are interested call 631-987-6919.


Report Date: BOOK NOW--posted 3/18/07

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The Season is almost here. BOOK NOW to get the best moons and tides!! Subscribe to the site and get some of the most informative surf fishing information for the east coast. See ya on the beach!--Bill


Report Date: SEMINAR AND SHOW

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Report Date: JOIN NOW!!

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Become a subscriber to the site and get what I believe to be the most comprehensive surf fishing information you will find anywhere. From my daily log, to “Rip and up” discussions in the SURF RATS BALL forum where we take apart a beach and discuss wind, bait, tide, current, time of year etc. You also get reports from other subscribers, product reviews, plug analysis, and a heck of a lot more. Here is an email I received on 1/5/06. ------ Keep your subscription to the Surf Rats Ball and www.longislandsurffishing.com current and if not a member join. I know that I personally catch substantially more (both quantity and quality) since joining a couple of years ago.AND that's not to mention the $$$$ I've saved after following some of the advice shared on the site. That’s my "Tip of the Week"---Fred--- JOIN NOW!!!


Report Date: OPENINGS Montauk 12/2 & 12/3

Fishing Report:
I have Montauk night trip only openings for this weekend (6 hour or 3 hour trips). We will only be targeting specific tides at specific areas in hunt for big fish; therefore do not expect to move around much. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919.


Report Date: OPENING--11/20/06

Fishing Report:
The November new Moon is this Monday, and the herring have arrived in Montauk, along with peanut and adult bunker. The stage is set for some cows, and I believe this Monday will be one of the better chances of the year for landing that once in a lifetime trophy fish. I have a 7pm -1am opening for this special night. This trip is NOT for beginner surfcasters. You will need to already have a solid cast (no problems casting plugs into a 30 knot wind), be comfortable wading on rocks in the night, and able to make long walks. Don’t expect to move from spot to spot on this trip, as we will only be fishing specific water on specific tides. Give me a call if you are interested @ 631-987-6919 PS: I still have a Morning and evening Montauk or south shore opening for this Sunday. Good Luck out there!


Report Date: OPENINGS Posted 11/13

Fishing Report:
MONTAUK ON SUNDAY am or PM OR South Shore in the am on Saturday. Give me a call. 631-987-6919 NEW MOON IN SEVEN DAYS! This weekend may be interesting.


Report Date: posted 10/18

Fishing Report:
Montauk fishing has been very good this fall. I have several openings for November and a few in October left for North and south shores,and Montauk. Call me if you are intereested. 631-987-6919---- Here are a few reports our subscribers have been treated to recently, there is also a great plug givaway going on right now in the SURF RATS BALL forum. Gotta subscribe to be in it!!------------Report Date: MECCA 10/11 continued! Fishing Report: After dropping off my charter I had a good breakfast at Salivars, and it was off to the North side. Fishing beside me was the old crew, Charlie Ruger, Bill Dickinson, UPS Ritchie, along with the rest of the gang. We busted each other chops about how we all only catch bass, but most of us were into blues. A couple of bass with the gang,and I was off doing my own thing, fishing a great tide with beautiful white clean water on another North side spot. The problem was presenting my offering in the correct water column. To hit the water column the cast had to be very strong and very accurate with a 25 knot cross wind. Casting into the wind gave accuracy, but not enough distance. Casting with the wind created a bow in the line, and did not allow me to work any plugs properly including tins. About 1 in 5 cast landed on the mark. Frustrating yet fun! I managed 4 bass all in the low teens. By 4pm I found myself walking deeeeeep into the south side. Before making the walk Donny SS Musso, and I argued about the fish being on the south side. Don felt that the fish had pushed the white bait out of the surf zone, and would not return due to the rough surf. My feeling was the opposite, in that I believed that bait would be pushed in, there was still left over bait from the morning madness, there was a good possibility of large b/c the blitz fish were not showing, and with the hard East winds conditions and tides were perfect. I must have been one of only 3 people who thought that way because everyone was on the North side for the evening bite. So off I went into the deeeeeeeeeeeeep south. Immediately I was into bass with 11/2 oz white bucks and black rind. By about the 10th bass, the bite suddenly turned off, and I was going without a hit for about 20 minutes. I switched to the 3oz AL Gags pencil bunker pattern and I proceeded to bang about 25 more bass into the upper tees. What a day! As far as numbers, this had to be in the top 3 of all time. Over 300 bass for the day! Holy crap! Stay tuned! See the picks in the BALL. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: Montuak MEYHEM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 10/11 Fishing Report: I took Lew Silver out from 4am -10am for the trip of his life. No heave on the North side, so we hit the south side with east winds and plenty of white water. 4am-10am and non stop fish. We banged well over 200 stripers to about 16 lbs. Bucktails, bucktails, bucktails!! Need I say more? I'll put some picks up in the forum later. At times the water was dark with fish, on white bait. I remember telling Lew this may be a great day!!! It was one to remember. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: MEECA to 10/10 Fishing Report: SATURDAY 2am-8am, NE winds about 25-30 knots, clear skies—I took Eliot Brook and his buddy Stuie out for some surfcasting. Eliot is about 24 years old, 6’5”, with a monster cast. We hit the North side first, but Stuie was not up to fishing a big heave in the middle of the night. That was too bad, because I thought the fish would have been there. Next North side spot was with the winds more at our backs. No fish there. We eventually got deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side finding nothing in the dark. By light we picked about 10 white water schoolies to about 30”. Breakfast at Salivars, and sleeping in my buggy at 10am, and up for reel repair at 1pm. At 4pm I met up with John Akin from Atlanta Georgia. I could not go hard-core with John, as he was not one to climb on the rocks. We hit a North side spot where I could utilize the North side heave, combined with flooding water creating some real nice white water, where the bass should have been lined up. They were! WE managed about 10 bass in the light on SS little neck poppers and the NEW AL GAGS bunker colored 3oz pencils. All nice fish to 18 lbs. We must have dropped another 10. By dark we managed two more bass in the mid- teen range on SS darters. Before the trip we were both in agreement not to fish blitz fish with a thousand people on them. That is my kind of agreement! After doing the three S’s I was in my buggy past out by 11pm. Up again at 4:30am SUNDAY for my 5:30 am –11:30am charter with Wade, and his wife Roberta from Vermont. Wade had some experience and Roberta needed a helping hand. By light both were casting well, and into stripers. We fish the North side again utilizing the heave and flood water. Roberta got into her first ever striper on a Tattoo, silver, metal lip. Wade also managed a few stripers. I banged a 29lber on the Gags, 3 oz pencil, bunker pattern. That felt good! Eventually I took the couple deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side. I figured it was a nice walk, away from crowds, and I just might be able to put them on a Montauk blitz. No blitz but we did manage another couple stripers, Roberta buck tailed one that was very excited about. Upon our departure I found myself back at Salivars for breakfast. By this time I was feeling it, especially in my wrist and knee. Crawled in the buggy bed at about12:30pm-1: 30 pm. Met up with John Aiken again at 2pm-8pm. Zero wind with the heave still on. We hit the back bays of Napeague to do a little sight fishing. Lots of bait back their folks. Snappers, juvenile weakfish, white bait, spearing- a damn smorgasbord. WE did see fish, but by the time we were on them they were spooked. By 4:30pm we were back over to the North side. Once again I decided to fish the heave, and stay away from the blitzes. I knew that they were probably happening in turtles—later I got word they were there—blues and schoolies. WE banged about 5 or 6 bass into the teens on Gags pencils and SS little neck poppers. I took note of cormorants working the area, and was pretty excited about a night bite. It was really tough to find a dinner with out a wait. Eventually I found myself in Shag eating a burger. Have not had one of those in a while. After the three S’s I was in buggy by10: 30pm. Up at 1am for my MONDAY 2 am charter with Mark Deangelos and his bud Tye. OH yeah!!—time to fish at night with eels. WE fished the north side area where I had seen the cormorants earlier. Mark was immediately pelted by a 2l lber, and later by a 22 lber. WE had a few other smaller low teen fish as well. Only one fish in the day on a tattoo metal lip. After the charter I was psyched to get some serious sleep. In my buggy past out by 10:30 am, and up again at 2pm- for many many repairs, for my 4pm-10pm charter, with bothers John and Chris Ivorone. WE immediately got deeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side, to find beautiful fishy big water, with SW winds, a chop, and a heave. YUMMY! No fish in it??? John was wearing a cheapo pair of waders for the walk in, and was in severe pain. Man I could relate what the young man was going through! NIGHT TIME—Ya hooo! We again hit the North side to fish the flood heave. We found about ½ dozen bass between 12 and 16 lbs on eels, and Big water black fish pattern metal lips. Another solid night of decent fish. Back in my buggy by about 1:30pm and up again at 2:30am for my TUESDAY 3pm charter with Mike Lockhart and his buddy Max. Over to the North side again to fish the heave. UHHHH –ohhhh, no heave!! No heave = one schoolie. Time to change gears! Over to the south side to fish the flood white water. We had schoolie stripers to ourselves for a good half hour banging about 25 total on 11/2 oz bucks. By 9am it was time to go home to see my wife and dog. Every one of my charters seemed to ask me if I still enjoy fishing, as it is my job. Well, this morning, I heard the rumble of a million rocks, turned over by clean white water waves. Each of the rocks had there own brilliant color and could probably tell a thousand tales, if only they could speak. I watched the sun stretch her arms, as stripers feed at my feet in the Lords own bubble bath. The pain in my knee, and wrist, my tired limbs, and my cut up hands, only assured me that there was no place else I would rather be. I’ll be back at 4am—Stay tuned!! To check out the picks form this week hit the SURF RATS BALL


Report Date: OPENING Montauk 10/15

Fishing Report:
DUE TO CANCELLATION, I HAVE AN IMMEDIATE MONTAUK OPENING FOR THIS SUNDAY 10/15 FROM 3PM-9PM. CALL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED. 631-987-6919-- The fishing has been excellent!


Report Date: OPENING--posted 10/10 7/20pm

Fishing Report:
DUE TO CANCELLATION I HAVE A MONTAUK OPENING TOMORROW FROM 3PM-9PM. CALL ME IF YOU ARE INTERESTED.631-987-6919-- The fishing has been very solid!!!


Report Date: MONTAUK OPENING

Fishing Report:
Due to cancellation I have September 23 from 1am-7am OPEN. This one is potentially a great night, and one of the best dates of the year. The bait is around, there has been a steady pick of fish, the new moon is on the 22nd, so it will be a dark one. YUMMMM! If you are interested in this trip you must already have some skills in place, as it is the middle of the night and will involve lots of rock hopping possibly in big water. SO you need to be in decent shape and have a good cast. Call me if you are interested 631-987-6919.


Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
Due to cancellation I have an opening in MECCA for this Sunday 9/17 from 3pm-9pm. Call if you are interested 631-987-6919-- See ya on the beach!


Report Date: IMMEDIATE OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have the following SEPTEMBER dates open—IMMEDIATELY / This Saturday 9/9 from 4pm-11pm-call 987-6919 Asap if you want this date. Other Openings--9/13 6pm-12am, 9/19 6pm-12am, 9/25 2:30pm-8:30pm, 9/27 6pm-12am. Call 631-987-6919 if you are interested in any of these dates.--SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!


Report Date: posted 9/4 REPORT AND SHOW

Fishing Report:
August was a pretty slow month with the exception for the last couple of weeks. My charters and I have banged several quality fish recently, and September has entered with a sonic boom! Reports are coming in from other subscribers in the subscriber’s section. A lot of those folks have also been into some quality fish. If you’re not a subscriber this is a report from 8/29 you missed out on. ------- Report Date: MECCA 8/29/06 Fishing Report: August goes out with a BANG! After a days work I headed home with a bad wrist, rain, and NE winds. I thought to myself, “ I wonder if the South side is clean. I bet they are banging them on the North side. To bad I can’t fish –FN wrist”. I arrived home and geared up to clean my deck. Just as I was about to begin I got a call from Eric the Treeman. Eric basically told me to get the hell out of my house and get to Montauk. Clean and white was confirmed! After the call all sense of responsibility was lost. I got the big fish shakes and I was not even in the water yet. Within 5 minutes I was out the door and racing to MECCA. During the ride out I was so pumped, I didn’t even put on the radio. All I kept thinking about was the south side being clean. I just could not believe it after all the rain, but the NE winds were keeping the dirt off the beach. Upon my arrival in Montauk I get another call from Kathy at Johnny’s B&T. “Bill you gotta get out here”. “I’m already here,” I screamed. I must have geared up in 2 seconds, as by 5:45pm or so I was walking with the pace of a madman into the south side. CLEAN, BIG, AND WHITE!!!!!!!!!!! Man O man. Wrist, what wrist? I shaved it and taped it before coming out, I was ready. After my psychotic loooong walk, I arrived. I looked out at one of the points and saw 4 other casters. Not to disturbed them I began fishing another spot all to myself. The white water crashing into my chest and sometimes over my head just got me more pumped, as I stood on a rock only big enough to put two feet close together on. The problem was I could not get a bump, as I watched the other casters about 2 or three football field away plowing what appeared to be good fish. So I hoped off my rock and walked further into the south side. When I arrived there where the 4 guys ripping it up in the raging surf banging quality fish. One of the guys was Eric. Eric waved my on, and let me grab a rock right next to him. He is a lefty and I’m a righty so it worked out perfect. My first cast with lime green, red pork rind buck 11/2 oz buck found a high teen striper. For the next couple of hours I fought the big water, and some of the best striper fishing I had in awhile. Huge tails swirling in the white water at my feet, as the rain poured, and big water threatened to knock me on my ass more times than I can count. It was what surf fishing in Montauk is all about. I personally had stripers into the mid to high 20’s with 2- 24#, 2 –23#, 3- 22#- weighed. I must have caught and released about 30 bass, 85% of them over 15lbs, and many over 20. I did keep one for the table. I watched Eric put a bucktail into an estimated 30. I have picks of the fish, however it was on my 35 mm as I left the digital home. I believe that most of the fish being caught were resident fish that were holding in deeper water. They were thin and light in color. Most of the North side fish, that I heard about anyway, were smaller, and more than likely migrater blitz fish. The bait? Eric said he caught a bluefish and it spit up white bait and a whole bunker-YUM! Just to let ya know the 3 other casters were cleaning up on pencils, and they were not catching schoolies. NOW I REALLY HAVE TO REST THE WRIST!------------THE SHOW------- Thursday night, September 7, at the Huntington Hilton (1/4 mile south of the LIE on Route 110). This year’s show will feature a multi-media format that is sure to entertain, educate and expand your knowledge of the surf game. The show grows larger every year, and this year is no exception. More than 50 surf fishing related tackle manufacturers will be represented, and also displaying their wares and offering special deals on surf gear will be many of the best tackle shops and tackle vendors from the Northeast. This part of the show will be housed in its own exhibit hall, adjacent to the seminar area. Attendees are assured of going home with plenty of goodies in the form of lures, line and terminal tackle, and every attendee will receive a goody bag, along with a free chance to a raffle featuring great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories. “Crazy Al” Knie is this year’s featured speaker, and there will also be a Q&A session with a panel that includes some of Long Island’s best surf fishermen. If you're into surf fishing, or looking to join the ranks of the surf fishing fraternity, you won't want to miss this show. It will be a great opportunity to stock up on your favorite lures and rigs, and any accessories you’ll need to get you through the fall action. Show doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the seminar gets underway at 7:30. Tickets are $20 for adults, and $15 for seniors and children 16 and under.


Report Date: Shin Dig/ Awards presentation

Fishing Report:
Longislandsurffishing.com --- presents----------- The Surf Rats Ball Shin Dig / Awards Presentation------ . JULY 29th @9am----------- This is an informal gathering of fellow surf fishermen to shoot the breeze, and present awards to the top three casters of the Surf Rats Ball Striper Tournament. It is a great opportunity to put names to faces from the Surf Rats Ball forum. This gathering is open to all, so bring a friend. Giveaways from, Gibbs, Super Strike,Big water plugs-10",7 ounces, Aquazkinz, and more. Common down and meet some of the top casters in our area like Crazy Alberto, and Donny Super strike Musso (hopefully!), and others to be announced. Bring your hibachi and lots of food, as it will be a tailgate gathering. LOCATION: Oak Beach aka the old OBI. From the west-Take the Southern State to the Wantagh Parkway south to the Jones Beach causeway east. Oak Beach will be several miles on your right hand side. From the east take Robert Moses causeway to Jones Beach causeway. Oak beach is a couple of miles down on your right hand side. If there is a need to cancel the gathering it will be announced here.-------------- NOTE: As the shin dig comes more together I will announce more stuff!---- Just in are the Biiiiig water plugs to be given away.


Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
I have AN OPENING FOR Friday night. I will do the south shore, but I would like to target Montauk. I have been onto a good bite on the North side, but this trip will focus more on the south side – I think? The trip will focus on bigger fish, and you should already have good casting skills, and not mind lots of walking. If you are interested give me a call @ 631-987-6919. See ya on the beach!!-Bill


Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
I have an immediate opening due to cancellation. Montauk SUNDAY (fathers day morning) from 1am-7am. There is a good sand eel bite going on, and I expect to do well. Give me a call if you are interested. 631-987-6919.


Report Date: posted 6/6 9am

Fishing Report:
I HAVE OPENINGS FOR THIS THURSDAY, FRIDAY, AND SUNDAY, for both Montauk, and South shore. All openings 6pm-12am. Good tides during these times! If you are interested please call me at 631-987-6919—Tight Lines--Bill


Report Date: MECCA 6/1/06

Fishing Report:
I was thinking large this evening, but continue to struggle to find them. I am going to start to hit bridges and jetties if this keeps up. Not to worry –the most consistent bite of the year is coming; actually I think it already has started –a little. Last night I hit MECCA from 6:30 –10:30pm seeking the thrill of a large. Deeeeeeep in the south side with SW winds about 15 knots, distant lightening and foggy. It was a no go back there as I did not have a touch. Over to the lighthouse area. No touch. I knew of there would be a bite on the North side, but with floodwater it would most likely be a slow bite. I ended up finding one bass at 15lbs and on small blue. That was all she wrote before the lightening chased me away. Don’t forget to enter the tournament. If you do not know how to log into the forum just email me. I have openings for this weekend. Call me at 631-987-6919 if you are interested. Stay tuned!--PS: water temps were 59 degress on the south side during flood water.------------------ Longislandsurffishing.com--- Presents--- The SURF RATS BALL STRIPER TOURNAMENT- June 9th – June 30th- YOU MUST ENTER THROUGH THE SURF RATS BALL FORUM>>> 1st Place: PENN SLAMMER 560, from Johnny’s B&T in Montauk, ST CROIX10 foot TRIUMPH ROD, from Tight Lines B&T in Sag Harbor, 30 lb BOGA GRIP from Causeway B&T in Wantagh, BOGA GRIP SHEATH from Aquaskinz, Surf Rats Bal T-Shirt, and the ever impressive 1st place trophy!!------ 2nd Place: Aqua Skinz PLUG BAG, Aqua Skinz optional PLUG BAG STRAP, Two CUSTOM METAL LIP SWIMMERS from Big Water plugs, one Super Strike NEEDLE FISH PLUG, and a Surf Rats Ball T- shirt.----- 3rd Place: Gibbs DANNY PLUG, Super Strike BOTTLE PLUG. Gibbs HAT, Surf Rats Ball T- shirt. ------ GO TO THE SURF RATS BALL FORUM FOR DETAILS!


Report Date: SURF RATS BALL FISHING TOURNAMENT

Fishing Report:
Longislandsurffishing.com--- Presents<<<<< The SURF RATS BALL STRIPER TOURNAMENT>>>> June 9th – June 30th---- This is the first tournament of it kind, as it covers the entire East coast and makes catch and release possible!-- 1st Place: PENN SLAMMER 560, from Johnny’s B&T in Montauk, ST CROIX10 foot TRIUMPH ROD, from Tight Lines B&T in Sag Harbor, 30 lb BOGA GRIP from Causeway B&T in Wantagh, BOGA GRIP SHEATH from Aquaskinz, Surf Rats Bal T-Shirt, and the ever impressive 1st place trophy!!---- 2nd Place: Aqua Skinz PLUG BAG, Aqua Skinz optional PLUG BAG STRAP, Two CUSTOM METAL LIP SWIMMERS from Big Water plugs, one Super Strike NEEDLE FISH PLUG, and a Surf Rats Ball T- shirt.---- 3rd Place: Gibbs DANNY PLUG, Super Strike BOTTLE PLUG. Gibbs HAT, Surf Rats Ball T- shirt.--- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE SPORT WE LOVE AND ENTER THE TOURNAMENT for FREE!!!


Report Date: 5/18-5/25 Trophy trip opening!!

Fishing Report:
Last weekend I hit MECCA and fount a few bass on bucktails and darters to 19 lbs. During the week I was concentrating most efforts on the south shore in the Great South Bay. To my delight I found lots of grass shrimp with fish on them. These fish were very picky but we managed a few fish into the teens. Most of the good fishing from subscriber’s reports has come from the North Shore, where catches of over 20 fish for one outing have not been uncommon. For more detailed reports, please consider becoming a subscriber. I have a TROPHY TRIP opening for Friday 5/26 from 6pm-9pm. For this trip you should already have a good cast. If you are interested please call me at 631-987-6919. Stay tuned for an East coast Striper Tourney announcement for the subscribers of this site!!


Report Date: OPENINGS posted 5/13

Fishing Report:
I have ½ day Night trip openings for Both North Shore and south shore this week 5/15, & 5/16. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919—Tight Lines --


Report Date: posted 5/10

Fishing Report:
Welcome to the reports for the 2006 season. Over the weekend I hit Montauk for no Fish. During the past 2 days I have banged a total of 22 schoolies in Oyster Bay on ½ oz bucktails. Not much bait on them. Reports of scatted stripers have been coming in from all over the island from subscribers. One area that has had consistency is the Great South Bay. I have openings for May left. If your are interested in booking give me a ring @ 631-987-6919. For more detailed reports please consider becoming a subscriber. Stay tuned!!


Report Date: Thank you- please read!

Fishing Report:
Thank you to all who attended the Wantagh library lecture!!! Also on 5/5 I had my brief case stolen from the parking lot of the Sports Authority in Westbury. In it was my appointment book containing all my charters for this season. If you booked a trip with me please contact me @631-987-6919 . Thank you! Posting some reports here soon- Stay tuned!!


Report Date: Posted 4/19 FREE LECTURE

Fishing Report:
On May 6th at 10am I will be giving a FREE lecture on Finding and Targeting Back Bay structure. We will discuss where to find it, and how and when to fish it. North Shore as well as South Shore structures will be addressed. Equipment, presentation, wind, bait movement, moons, drains, ledges, grass lines, flats, night tides vs. day tides, plugs , plastics, tins, will all be discussed accompanied by video tape. I have been doing the Wantagh Library lecture for 4 or 5 years, and it has become my favorite place to present, as I can take all the time I want. SO this one should be at least a couple of hours. Come on down!! I also want to apologize that this lecture falls on the same day as the MSA beach clean up in Montauk, also scheduled for 10am. I scheduled this lecture back in October and was not aware that there was a conflict. DIRECTIONS to Wantagh Library—Southern State Pkway to Wantagh Ave South. About 1 mile down make a right just before the train trestle on Park Ave. The library is on your right hand side less than a block down. --STAY TUNED FOR WEEKLY REPORTS!


Report Date: Kicking off the season

Fishing Report:
I have several openings left for the spring 06 season. The following are what I consider the best of these openings due to tide, water temps, and moon. If you are interested please call me at 631-987-6919.--------- MONTAUK---- 5/20—5am-11pm (lots of rock hopping)-------- 5/21—5:30am-11:30 am & 4pm-10pm (lots of rock hopping)-------------- 6/19—6-12am (easy fishin—Most likely)--------------- 6/20 6pm-12am (easy fishin-most likely)------------- NORTH SHORE--- 5/22 --7pm-1am--- 6/12—12am-6am--- 614—1/2 day 1:30am-4:30am---- 6/19—6pm-12am----- SOUTH SHORE------------ 5/7 5pm-11pm----------- 5/16-12am-6am------ 5/117-12am-6am---------- 5/25,5/16 & 5/27—6pm-12am----------- 6/9, 6/10/ & 6/11—6pm-12am-------------- STAY TUNED FOR WEEKLY REPORTS!!!


Report Date: FREE LECTURE

Fishing Report:
On January 31 at 7:30pm I will be at Orvis in Greenvale discussing “ Bucktailing Montauk”. This is probably my favorite topic. We will discuss time of year, day vs. night, structure (with video), weights, dressings, retrieves, equipment, and much more. Directions—From the LIE-- take exit 39 North. Cross over 25A (Northern Blvd). Orvis is about 2 blocks down on your right hand side. See ya there!


Report Date: THE FREEPORT SHOW

Fishing Report:
The New York Sportfishing Federation show is set for February 17,18, and 19th. Check out the link http://www.nysf.org . On Saturday I’ll be in room 101 from 12:30 – 1:30pm speaking on “Surf Fishing Montauk Structure” We will discuss North side and south side structure, how to find it and when to fish it. Winds, weather, time of year, and what to throw under what conditions will be addressed. I will also present a Montauk structure video, so you will know exactly what I am talking about. On Sunday from 1:45pm-2:45 in room 101, I will be talking about “ Bucktailing the surf.” Bucktails are my go-to’s so I am always excited about talking shop on bucks. Back bays, sand beaches, Montauk, inlets, dressings, trimming, scaling up scaling down, imitations, day and night. I aint going to cover it in an hour, but I’ll give it a shot. Come by my booth and shoot the breeze, book a trip, renew you subscription or sign up a buddy. All renewals or new subscriptions will receive a free t-shirt—while they last. See ya there!! __________________


Report Date: GIFT CERTIFICATES/ BOOK NOW!

Fishing Report:
Want to buy a unique gift for the holidays? How about a GIFT CERTIFICATE for a guided trip, or a one-year subscription to www.longislandsurffishing.com. For $25 you can get your buddy a year subscription to gain access to some of the most useful surf fishing information on Long Island. If you are looking to book a trip or get someone a gift certificate for a trip for the 2006 season, NOW is the time to do it. All bookings and gift certificates purchased between now and 12/31/05 will be honored for the 2006 season at the price of the 2005 season. Call me if you are interested at 631-987-6919 Happy Holidays & Tight Lines!! -Bill


Report Date: posted 11/27

Fishing Report:
I have had some bass the last couple of weeks although I admit not many. I did bang a 44 lber in MECCA last week. Best fish of the year for me! Here's the deal—Plenty of bait in the back bays of the south shore and I expect fishing to remain consistent there perhaps until the end of the season. THE HERRING HAVE ARRIVED IN MECCA! Not on the beach yet,but with the right wind we may see some cows yanked out of the MECCA Suds. I have openings on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. Night trips only. I have no weekends available. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. For daily detailed reports and a whole lot of other stuff click on the subscribers section to learn how to get the info you’re looking for.


Report Date: OPENINGS posted 11/21

Fishing Report:
I have found a pretty good (consistent) bite with some decent fish on the south shore. I have the following openings 11/21 5pm-8pm ½ day, 11/22 3am-6am- ½ day, 11/23 3am-6am-1/2 day, 11/25 6pm-12am, 11/26 & 11/27 we will play by ear as to the location. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919----------HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!


Report Date: OPENINGS!! MONTAUK posted 11/14 -10pm

Fishing Report:
With the news today that Montauk is back in action with loads of peanuts I will be booking Montauk for this weekend and some weekdays.11/16 Wednesday 1/2 day 7:30pm-10:30pm, Friday a target for large 11pm-4am ( Not for the meek), Saturday daytime. Give me a call if you are interested @ 631-987-6919.


Report Date: posted 11/8/05

Fishing Report:
I have fished fairly hard from Montauk to the North Shore to the South Shore during the past couple of weeks. Fishing has been extremely poor. I did see signs of life today and received reports from fellow subscribers that Hempstead harbor has been hot. I found some birds along the south shore, and we have some weather coming our way that may give us what we are looking for –FISH! 11/16 is the full moon and I am expecting all hell to brake loose soon after—at least I pray. OPENINGS – I have a Saturday 11/12 AM opening and a Sunday 11/13 PM opening. I also have night trips open for most weekdays. Give me a call if you are interested. 631-987-6919-STAY TUNED!- FOR Detailed DAILY REPORTS, A VERY IMFORMATIVE FORUM, TRIP AND PLUG GIVAWAYS, AND MUCH MORE---Become a subscriber!!


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
When I say I think fishing will be good I mean it. I THINK FISHING WILL BE GOOD THIS WEEK. I have the following openings. North Shore Tuesday 6-12am. OR ½ day south shore6pm-9pm. Wednesday MONTAUK 6:30pm-12:30am or ½ day on South shore 6:30pm-9:30pm. I also have an AM and a PM opening for Montauk on 10/30/04 SUNDAY. All the weekday trips are night trips, and it will be cold and windy. I recommend that you already have good casting skills before considering one of the weekday trips. If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. See ya on the beach!!


Report Date: posted 10/17/05

Fishing Report:
During the past couple of weeks Montauk has picked up significantly. We have had a fairly steady pick of fish to the low 20 pound mark mostly on bucktails. Yesterday my charter and I banged 35-40 stripers to 22lbs in the teeth of a NW gale. YUMMY!! I think we will continue to see a nice pick of Montauk fish, especially if winds keep coming from the North. We will see. I have two Montauk openings this week. Friday 10/21 7pm-10pm (½ day for one person only), and Sunday2: 30pm-8: 30pm. Give me a call if you are interested at 631-987-6919 .


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have MONTAUK openings for this SUNDAY 10/9/05, both in the AM and pm tides. Call me if you are interested at 631-987-6919. See ya on the beach!!


Report Date: posted 9/21

Fishing Report:
September has been a slow month so far in Montauk. On Friday the east winds showed up along with a good heave. The day after we saw loads and loads of white bait, mullet, spearing and even some juvenile weak fish on the North side. It was tough over the weekend, but I kept saying in the subscriber’s section that things were about to explode. Well, I got word that things did explode in MECCA and I will be fishing every day until next Wednesday. I have an opening on Sunday 9/25 from 3pm- 9pm. The fishing should be excellent! If you are interested give me a call at 631-987-6919.—Tight Lines--Bill


Report Date: immediate opening

Fishing Report:
I have an immediate opening due to cancellation. Montauk 2:30pm-8:30pm 9/10 Saturday. Call me if you are interested. 631-987-6919—See in MECCA--Bill


Report Date: posted 9/1/05

Fishing Report:
Well folks it was just an Ok August with no large taken and many night hours fished. These are the numbers for August. Total stripers caught = 96 Bass caught teen and up--2-13# , 17#, 2- 14#, 2-20#, 18#, 16#,19#, 17# and 22#. Almost all fish were caught on the south side of Montauk. The lack of bait specifically snappers in Montauk made for a tough August. White bait is beginning to show, and our estuaries are filled with all kinds of bait. Looks like we should be in for a fall to remember! THE FISHERMAN SHOW------------ This is the biggest show of the season for Long Island Surf Rats. A one on one format will be set up with some of the best and most respected Surf Rats you will find anywhere. How does this grab ya? John Paduano, Doc Muller, Steve Petri, Crazy Alberto, Ralph Votta, Eric Ernest, Donny Super Strike Musso,Zeno Hroman, Mike Lang, and Me too. That is quite a line up. Bring a notebook with a list of questions and I’ll bet you will get all them answered. There will also be nearly 50 surf related tackle manufactures on hand, with some sweat deals. Stop by my station and we can shoot the breeze about what ever you want, but ya know I’ll be thinking MECCA. – September 8th, Huntington Hilton (quarter mile south of LIE on RT 110). Doors open at 6pm. One on one sessions begin at 7:15pm. $15 for seniors, $10 for children, and $20 for adults. See ya there!!---- LEARN MORE CATCH MORE! Become a subscriber-------- For the most detailed reports on the Island from my personal log, reports from other subscribers, the NEW SURF RATS BALL FORUM, articles, trip and plug giveaways, tip of the week, and a whole lot more become a subscriber. Just send $25 check or money order with your email address, preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River NY 11792. For more info just click on the subscriber section.-------------------------------RAISING OF GUIDED TRIP RATES------- Due to the extreme gas price increases I have been forced to raise my rates a tad. There will be an additional $10 added to every trip booked from this day until the rest of the season. If you are already booked with me this will not apply to you. I apologize for this inconvenience.


Report Date: TROPHY TRIP OPENINGS--posted 7/29

Fishing Report:
Well folks August is here. Can you believe it? It is one of my favorite months to target trophy Montauk fish, and quality fish on the North Shore. Last year August started out with a bang with an upper and mid 30 fish on the first weekend. This year stable weather patterns, and the presence of snappers and spearing will be the key to finding the cows that haunt Montauks August night surf. I am already finding excellent populations of juvenile spearing in our estuaries, which makes me believe that we are on target for that bait to move out on the August new moon, hopefully with snappers hot and heavy on there tails. If you are interested in booking a August TROPHY TRIP I recommend that you call now as I only have a few dates left. To fish Montauk in August you should already have a solid cast, be in decent shape, and go in with the understanding that we are targeting big fish and will not be moving around a lot. A good night is one fish over 30 lbs, a great night is a few over 30 or 40—dare I say 50 this year??. We will be climbing on rocks, making long walks and quite possibly fishing more than the scheduled six hours, in the heat of the NIGHT. This is a night time only bite. Give me a call if you are interested. – 631-987-6919--Bill---- Below is Tom's Schneider's Montauk August 38 taken last year! Nice fish Tom!--------------- LEARN MORE CATCH MORE! Become a subscriber-------- For the most detailed reports on the Island from my personal log, reports from other subscribers, the NEW SURF RATS BALL FORUM, articles, trip and plug giveaways, tip of the week, and a whole lot more become a subscriber. Just send $25 check or money order with your email address, preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River NY 11792. For more info just click on the subscriber section.


Report Date: OPENINGS----

Fishing Report:
I have one opening left for June. MONTAUK- WEDNESDAY JUNE 29th 6:30pm-12:30am. This trip will require wading out to rocks, and will mostly be a night trip. If you are interested in this trip you should already have some acquired surf casting skills and not mind wading out to rocks in the middle of the night. Give me a call if you are interested.---Bill---631-987-6919----------- For the most detailed reports on the Island from my personal log, reports from other subscribers, the NEW SURF RATS BALL FORUM, articles, trip and plug giveaways, tip of the week, and a whole lot more become a subscriber. Just send $25 check or money order with your email address, preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River NY 11792. For more info just click on the subscriber section. This week’s giveaway is THE MONTAUK SPECIAL. The yellow Super Strike 2 3/8oz darter!


Report Date: posted 6/21

Fishing Report:
It’s been awhile since I made a report, and that’s because I have been fishin my rear off. The Montauk sand eels arrived with the new moon as predicted, and the fishing there has been excellent with many bass 8-14lbs and way tooooo many blues. Needlefish plugs by night, and pencil poppers by day have kept my charters very happy. The North shore has been pretty good as well. Last Monday my charter and I fished Caumsett and banged about 15 bass and dropped several more. Things slowed a bit after Monday. Yesterday I fished the FI inlet area and had several cocktails but no bass to be had. The NJ guys are slaying large that are on bunker. This bunker pattern will probably not see the likes of day here on Long Island, but I would keep my eye out on the Long Beach area. For the most detailed reports on the Island from my personal log, reports from other subscribers, the NEW SURF RATS BALL FORUM, articles, trip and plug giveaways, tip of the week, and a whole lot more become a subscriber. Just send $25 check or money order with your email address, preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River NY 11792. For more info just click on the subscriber section. This week’s giveaway is THE MONTAUK SPECIAL. The yellow Super Strike 2 3/8oz darter!


Report Date: 6/7/05

Fishing Report:
The weekend in Montauk was pretty slow. I got word of some good fish along the sand beaches. I fished all night Friday- Sat and all night Saturday- Sun in MECCA for one bass. I also dropped one decent fish. FEAR NOT!!! The new moon was last night and The sand eels have arrived!!!!! I have received reports that they are all over the North shore. It should be a good one this weekend in MECCA. I fished the wild wood area this eve and banged one bass 18lbs. Sand eels all over the place!! Because I think the fishing will be great, I am making available two openings. WEDNESDAY 6/8 7pm-10pm and Thursday 6/9 8pm-11pm. Give me a call if you are interested. 631-987-6919. – Sand eels have been a major discussion piece in the Surf Rats ball subscriber section. COMON and join! It is worth your 25 bucks per year!! Send a check or money order to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.


Report Date: posted 5/27--OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
First let me say God bless this country, and all who have made the ultimate sacrifice.May God bless our troops and all thiose who have served. THANK YOU!!!--Last Thursday and Saturday I did fairly well in Sag Harbor with about 16 stripers up to 35” or so, on bucktails. No weakies to be found there—at least for me. Last Friday and Saturday I fished very hard in Montauk for very few fish, to 23 lbs. The 23 came on a Super strike darter. I figured the NE winds that came in on Saturday would have been the ticket, but it just did not happen. I hit Sag Harbor again on Tuesday of this week for a couple more small stripers. I have two cancellations for next week, which leaves a couple of MONTAUK openings available. THESE ARE THE ONLY JUNE MONTAUK DATES I HAVE LEFT. On 6/3--9pm-3am OR 12am –6am on 6/4. On 6/5 3am-9am OR 3pm-9pm. Give me a call if you are interested @ 631-987-6919------------------GIBBS AND SUPER STRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS HERE! For the next few months I will be giving away Gibbs and Super Strike poppers, darters. Needlefish, and bottle plugs. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports and articles, and of course my personal log , that is packed full of info you will not find anywhere else. Here is e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section


Report Date: The stage is set!!!! CALL NOW!!!

Fishing Report:
NE winds 20-25 knots tomorrow (Satuday), rain, waves 7-9', and water temps perfect. Last night I banged stripers to 23 lbs in Mecca. I have an opening for tomorrow from 10am - 4pm. This is a trip I highly recommend, as I expect some cows! You should have a solid cast and be in decent shape for this one, as it will be pretty hard core. Do not email me if you are interested--instead call at 631-987-6919


Report Date: posted 5/11

Fishing Report:
Over the weekend Montaukl water was big white and looked juicy but my charter and I went fishless on Sunday. Water temps dropped to 46 degress but are on the rise and we should be in good shape this week! I hit flanders on Monday for no fish and today and last night my charter and I manged a total of 10 bass to 30 “ fishing Matinecock and Hempstead harbor. Things are looking good as water temps are on the rise. OPENINGS—I’m all booked for this weekend but have Montauk openings for MAY 17th, 19th, 20th, 21st, and 22. Those are all excellent dates and if you are willing to make some walks and wade out to some rocks we can target some large. Water temps will be optimal! Call me at 631-987-6919 if you are interested.------------------------------- GIBBS AND SUPER STRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS HERE! For the next few months I will be giving away Gibbs and Super Strike poppers, darters. Needlefish, and bottle plugs. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports, my personal reports packed full of info, and articles. Here is e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section


Report Date: OPENINGS--posted 5/6

Fishing Report:
Well it is really going to begin tomorrow as I am hitting MECCA for the first time this year. Looks like we have big fish weather coming in to greet me!-- I have North Shore, SOuth shore or Montauk opnings for next week pm or am trips. On Thursday May 19th Friday May20th, and Saturday May 21st I have openings for Montauk. I decided to try and book these weekday dates because I think water temps will be optimal for Montauk big bait and big fish. If your interested give me a call @ 631-987-6919-- See ya on the beach!!!


Report Date: Report, Free lecture, OPENINGS -posted 5/2/05

Fishing Report:
I fished 3 days during midweek last week (4/25, 4/26, and 4/27) concentrating all my efforts in Hempstead harbor. My charters and I banged a total of 20 stripers to about 26”. Bigger bait has moved into the area along with sand eels and the fishing has been very consistent. Hellcats and 4” bombers with a slow roll have been taking most of the fish. I’ll be in Montauk this weekend, as well as, bouncing around the island—so stay tuned! --- DON’T FORGET THE FREE LECTURE ON BUCTAILING LONG ISLAND-------On May 4th ( THIS WEDNESDAY) at 7 pm – 9pm (maybe longer) I will be giving a FREE lecture on Bucktailing Long Island at the Wantagh library. I plan of covering three major areas, Montauk, back bays, and sand beaches. If we have time I’ll address inlets and jetties as well. Retrieves, dressings, profile, beach structure, and many other aspects of successful Bucktailing will be addressed. DIRECTIONS— Southern State Pkwy to Wantagh Ave south—Make right on Park Ave just before the train trestle. Library 1 block on right hand side. 3285 Park Ave. Phone –516-221-1200----------------OPENINGS- I have the following openings for this week 5/5 North Shore 10pm- 4am—5/6 South Shore 9PM-3AM OR on the North shore from 11pm-5am. All Night trips!!! __________________


Report Date: North shore 4/19

Fishing Report:
I am going to begin to get a little more serious next week, and scouted out some of my early season haunts today. I fished Matinecock during last of the ebb with a slight NE wind and sunny skies. I was hoping that I could find some moving shadows up on the flats, but I found nothing. I also saw no bait. The water is still a little cold for this area, but I expect it to begin any day. Next week we have some excellent tides, and with the recent warm weather, I expect to do fairly well. I am hoping to see some bunker soon!


Report Date: 4/18 REPORT-- OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I started fishing a couple of weeks ago, but my efforts have been limited due to house repairs and other obligations. My main target has been Hempstead Harbor where I found a nice pick of fish last Thursday on bombers at dusk. Sand eels have appeared and we should start seeing bigger baits and bigger fish any day. ---- I am getting booked up pretty fast this year, but I recently have had some cancellations and the following dates are open --APRIL 25th and April 26th North Shore ½ days. Hopefully some larger females will show for these dates! May 8th you pick the area! May 14th Montauk 4am (that’s a good date), May 17th 6:30 pm-1: 30am Montauk the target is big fish and experience preferred, May 28th Montauk 4am, June 3rd pm, June 4th pm June 5th AM or PM (area will be discussed), June 11th Montauk PM, June 25thPM and June 26th Pm. I also have some other weekdays open. I recommend booking as soon as possible as most of these dates were cancellations and will probably go fast. Call 631-987-6919------------------------ GIBBS AND SUPER STRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS HERE! For the next few months I will be giving away Gibbs and Super Strike poppers, darters. Needlefish, and bottle plugs. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports, my personal reports packed full of info, and articles. Here is e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section


Report Date: SUBSCRIBE NOW! posted 3/23

Fishing Report:
GIBBS AND SUPER STRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS HERE! For the next few months I will be giving away Gibbs and Super Strike poppers, darters. Needlefish, and bottle plugs. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports, my personal reports packed full of info, and articles. Here is e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section. ---------------------- BOOK NOW TO GET THE BEST DATES FOR THE UPCOMING


Report Date:

Fishing Report:
GIBBS AND SUPER STRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS HERE! For the next few months I will be giving away Gibbs and Super Strike poppers, darters. Needlefish, and bottle plugs. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports, my personal reports packed full of info, and articles. Here is e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section. ---------------------- BOOK NOW TO GET THE BEST DATES FOR THE UPCOMING


Report Date: Recomendations, plug givaway, and book NOW 3/20

Fishing Report:
Well this is the last day of our vacation. It’s a beautiful sunny day here in Killington VT, but I don’t think I’ll be skiing today. We drove by the White Mountains and Mt Washington on our way to Sunday River Maine during the week. Mt Washington is the highest peak in NE America, and gets some of the most severe weather in the world. The second fastest wind speed ever recorded at 333mph was at Mt Washington. When we reached Maine we were treated to one of the most friendly and nicest B&B’s we have ever been to. The B&B is called the Paws Inn, and our dog “SKI” was welcome with open arms. Our host Carol watched Ski while we ripped it up on the Mountain. The Paws Inn is located just outside Sunday River on the outskirts of Bethel Maine. Carol web sitewww.pawsinn.com,and is nearby is some great fly-fishing on the Androscoggin and Sunday Rivers.OR phone her at 207-824-6678. I stopped by Sun Valley Sports and Guide Service and talked shop with one of their Orvis certified guides. He told me that the fishing was excellent and their guide service was an all day drift boat fishing trip. Their web site is sunvalleysports.com, and they can be reached at (207) 824-7533. I normally do not plug places I visit but Carol from the B&B was so nice, the beauty of the area was incredible, and the fishin looked excellent. It’s a trip I would highly recommend this upcoming season and even the wife and dog will be happy! If ya go tell em I sent ya!---------------------------GIBBS AND SUPERSTRIKE PLUG GIVAWAY MADNESS IS COMING SOON. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER TO GET IN ON THE ACTION. Plug giveaways, trip giveaways, THE NEW SURF RATS BALL forum, tip of the week, subscriber’s reports, my personal reports packed full of info, Articles, and trip Giveaways. Here is an e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past forum postings but it's saved me money. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up. -- Fred----- I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! I believe it so much that I will offer a GUARANTEE. If after 30days you do not think your $25 was well spent just let me know and I’ll give you your money back. Ya can’t loose. To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section. ---------------------- BOOK NOW TO GET THE BEST DATES FOR THE UPCOMING SEASON!


Report Date: SUBSCRIBE TODAY! posted 3/3/05

Fishing Report:
Here is an e-mail I recently received from a new subscriber.----------------- Bill We all at times waste money, some of us more than others. I think the best value I've gotten in quite a while is access to your web site. Not only have I thoroughly enjoyed the articles and past postings but it's saved me money. The Forum discussion on just leaders will save me twice the cost of your service this spring. Looking forward to reading current stuff--if and when it warms up.---------- Fred-------------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER to get access to the new SURF RATS BALL forum. Participate in dialogue with some of the best surf casters in the North East. With your subscription you will also have access to my daily surf fishing reports (the most accurate, unique, up to date reports you will find anywhere). You will gain access to the subscriber report section and Tip of the week (December – April). There are also articals and trip and plug giveaways. I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section.


Report Date: SUBSCRIBE OR BOOK TODAY--posted 2/24

Fishing Report:
BOOK NOW TO GET THE BEST DATES FOR 2005. GIVE ME A CALL AT 631-987-6919 OR SHOOT ME AN E-MAIL.----------------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER to get access to the new SURF RATS BALL forum. Participate in dialogue with some of the best surf casters in the North East. With your subscription you will also have access to my daily surf fishing reports (the most accurate, unique, up to date reports you will find anywhere). You will gain access to the subscriber report section and Tip of the week (December – April). There are also trip and plug giveaways. I believe your $ 25 for a one-year subscription will be well spent!!! To become a subscriber just send a $25 check or money order made out to Bill Wetzel. P.O. Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Include your EMAIL address, preferred USER ID, AND PASSWORD. To learn more just click on the subscriber section.


Report Date: Mistake bucktails onSAT-EEls on SUN

Fishing Report:
The New York Sport Fishing Federation is holding its auction and forums at the Freeport Recreational center February 18, 19, and 20th. There will be plenty of venders there to get great deals on fishing tackle. I will be one of 30 gust speakers that will address a variety of fishing topics. On SUNDAY at 11am – 11:55am I will speak on EELING THE SURF. Many of my bigger fish have been taken on live eels. In this lecture I’ll talk about choosing eels, eel storage, terminal tackle, structure consideration, time of year, and most importantly the trick to getting your eels in the surf on your hook and in the path of large without eel knots. On SATURDAY 10am-10:55am I will discuss BUCKTAILING THE MONTAUK SURF. If you can use a bucktail in MECCA you will catch fish! I’ll talk about terminal tackle, types of bucktails, dressings, color, what bucktails imitate, retrieve speeds and weights as related to the conditions in Montauk. FOR THE SHOW ONLY I will offer $5.00 off any renewal, or any first time subscriber to longislandsurffishing.com subscriber’s section. If you are a current subscriber and you renew while getting another person to join, that is not a current member, I will give you $10.00 of the renewal price and give $5.00 off to the new subscriber. NEW to the subscribers section is the SURF RATS BALL forum. There has been some excellent information about surf fishing in the forum so don't miss out! Come by my booth to talk shop, sign up to the web site, or book a trip. SEE YA THERE--Bill---- DIRECTIONS-- Meadowbrook parkway North to Merrick RD west. 1/4 mile down Merrick rd. on left hand side. 1.


Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW

Fishing Report:
The New York Sport Fishing Federation is holding its auction and forums at the Freeport Recreational center February 18, 19, and 20th. There will be plenty of venders there to get great deals on fishing tackle. I will be one of 30 gust speakers that will address a variety of fishing topics. On Saturday at 11am – 11:55am I will speak on EELING THE SURF. Many of my bigger fish have been taken on live eels. In this lecture I’ll talk about choosing eels, eel storage, terminal tackle, structure consideration, time of year, and most importantly the trick to getting your eels in the surf on your hook and in the path of large without eel knots. On Sunday I will discuss BUCKTAILING THE MONTAUK SURF. If you can use a bucktail in MECCA you will catch fish! I’ll talk about terminal tackle, types of bucktails, dressings, color, what bucktails imitate, retrieve speeds and weights as related to the conditions in Montauk. FOR THE SHOW ONLY I will offer $5.00 off any renewal, or any first time subscriber to longislandsurffishing.com subscriber’s section. If you are a current subscriber and you renew while getting another person to join, that is not a current member, I will give you $10.00 of the renewal price and give $5.00 off to the new subscriber. NEW to the subscribers section is the SURF RATS BALL forum. There has been some excellent information about surf fishing in the forum so don't miss out! Come by my booth to talk shop, sign up to the web site, or book a trip. SEE YA THERE--Bill---- DIRECTIONS-- Meadowbrook parkway North to Merrick RD west. 1/4 mile down Merrick rd. on left hand side.


Report Date: SUR RATS BALL FORUM!!-1-26-05

Fishing Report:
The Forum is up and running!!! Subscribe today and get the Surf Rats Ball forum, articles, tip of the week, trip and plug giveaways, and the most accurate up to date surf fishing reports you ill find anywhere. Click on the subscriber section to learn more.


Report Date: SURF RATS BALL FORUM

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Report Date: Book Now! Surf Rats Ball coming soon! posted 1/11

Fishing Report:
BOOK NOW TO GET THE BEST DATES FOR 2005. GIVE ME A CALL AT 631-987-6919 OR SHOOT ME AN E-MAIL.----------------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. Scroll down here to see past reports from 2003. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. COMING SOON—The Surf Rats Ball—A forum dedicated to those of us who prefer to catch fish from the surf. There are some hard-core surf rats that subscribe so it should be very interesting! To subscribe, click on the subscriber’s section and learn how.


Report Date: HAppy Holidays!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
I am extremely fortunate to be making a living form something I have a great passion for. Without all of you who subscribe, book trips with me and come to my lectures I know this would not be possible. So I thank all of you for giving me your gift of support and which you and your family a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!----Bill-------------- If you are interested in booking a trip for the 2005 season now is a good time as you will pay 2004 rates and get the best tide and moon dates. To get the 2004 rates, payment in full must be received by 12/31/04. Give me a call if you are interested at 631-987-6919. If you are interested in a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the holidays, it is not too late. Give me a call and I will get one right out to you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!--Bill-----------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more.


Report Date: Book NOW and get 2004 rates!

Fishing Report:
If you are interested in booking a trip for the 2005 season now is a good time as you will pay 2004 rates and get the best tide and moon dates. To get the 2004 rates, payment in full must be received by 12/31/04. Give me a call if you are interested at 631-987-6919. If you are interested in a GIFT CERTIFICATE for the holidays, it is not too late. Give me a call and I will get one right out to you. Have a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!!!!!!!!!!!--Bill-----------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more.


Report Date: UNIQUE GIFT-posted 12/2/04

Fishing Report:
Gift certificates available for a subscription or a 2005 charter. It’s a great gift idea! I am now booking for the 2005 season. Book before 2005 and get 2004 rates! ---------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------PS: I aint done fishin yet!


Report Date: WE HAVE A WINNER!!!

Fishing Report:
CONGRATULATIONS TO SUBSCRIBER ROB ARMONIE –WINNER OF THE TRIP TO MECCA GIVEN AWAY IN THE SUBSCRIBER SECTION.----BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------


Report Date: REPORT< FORECAST< OPENINGS posted 11/22

Fishing Report:
Well what is a fall it has been and continues to be!!!Since 11/8 my charters and I have banged over 70 bass on North, and south shores, and in Montauk. That is without fishing since 11/17. Good solid consistent fall. Plenty of peanuts around and bigger baits like shad and herring with gannets on their tails are also showing up around the island. This is the time folks! A few more weeks and that will be it. Get out there. FORCAST------ This AfternoonW winds 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. TonightW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming NE after midnight. Seas around 2 ft. A slight chance of showers during the evening. TueE winds 5 to 10 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Tue NightE winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming se 10 to 15 kt well after midnight. Seas around 2 ft. A chance of showers after midnight. WedSe winds 15 to 20 kt...increasing to 20 to 25 kt in the afternoon. Seas 2 to 4 ft...building to 5 to 7 ft in the afternoon. Rain likely with vsby 1 to 3 nm. It looks like we have some consistent weather. No big heaves or wind until Wednesday, which could mean some excellent fishing into Thursday. I’ll probably hit the south shore today, and look for the peanuts. Tomorrow and Thursday morning my target will be something over 30 lbs in Montauk. I’ll be fishing a deep floodwater rip I have had my eye on for a while now, and perhaps some hard-core stuff deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep. I have openings for both 11/22 & 11/25 and the annual turkey day morning. I also have openings for this weekend. Give me a call if you are interested in booking—631-987-6919.-------------------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------


Report Date: IMMEDIATE OPENING for 11/17

Fishing Report:
These warmer temps seem to be warming up the surf a bit and bringing it the bait that has been holding out of casting range. That is what I believe –anyhow. Should be a solid rest of the week! A little birdie tells me to get my ass to Montauk tomorrow! Therefore I have an immediate opening for 5am tomorrow 11/17 Wednesday. Call me to book- I think it will be worth your while! –631-987-6919 Since it is 9pm now call me anytime at that number if you want the AM trip. Staaaaaaaaaaay tuned!-Bill----------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------


Report Date: OPENINGS! Become a subscriber

Fishing Report:
I have South Shore openings for this SAturday11/13 12pm-6pm & sunday 11/14. Wanna catch some fish. NOW IS THE TIME!Call me to book--631-987-6919--Bill----------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------


Report Date: 11/9 NOVEMBOOOM! South Shore

Fishing Report:
The fuse was lit with all the bait pinned up in the bays, and North winds pushing it out, and NOW it’s an explosion of stripers. It is happening right now. GET OUT THERE! I made my way to the Long Beach area today for 1.5 hours flood tide fishing. 24 bass and one blue on 11/2 oz bucks with red rind. The birds were not showing where the fish were, but they were there. I took a look at Jones inlet and white clouds of birds were working the area. I met up with Donny Super Strike Musso who let me know that the fishing was even better in the morning, as he showed me the damage of a custom wooden metal lip he made. I also got word that Montauk has come alive with peanut bunker and the bass are on them. How long will this last? Who really knows but the fish, but I am hoping for the next couple of weeks AT LEAST. BOOOM!!!!!----Book now because this is it—I have openings for the weekend.—631-987-6919


Report Date: 11/9--OPENINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND!

Fishing Report:
The South Shore is getting hottttttttt! The best open beach fishing should take place with in the next couple of weeks. I have openings for this Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Call me if you are interested in booking. 631-987-6919------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John------ I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.--------------


Report Date: Wrong open dates below

Fishing Report:
OPENINGS---11/10 pm or am, 11/12 pm, 11/13 & 11/14. Call me to book em--631-987-6919---See ya on the beach! Bill


Report Date: 11/8 Some Thoughts----OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
FORCAST------------TodayNW winds 20 to 25 kt with occasional gusts to around 35 kt...diminishing to 15 to 20 kt by late afternoon. Seas 4 to 6 ft. TonightNW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. TueNW winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt. Seas 3 to 5 ft. Tue NightN winds 15 to 20 kt...decreasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 2 to 4 ft. WedNW winds 5 to 10 kt...becoming SW in the afternoon ------------Nobody can make guarantees about fishing—BUT from what I saw yesterday ( birds and bait in Long Beach and Shinnecock), and the cold and wind pushing bait out of the SS bays I’ll bet that we are going to see some extremely good fishing this week on both shores! I’m psyched. NOW IS THE TIME!!!!!!!!!!Stay tuned---I have openings for 11/10, 11/20& 11/21 Call me if your interested--631-987-6919--Bill


Report Date: 10/27-11/3 report--OPENINGS!!-Tom Meltons benefit

Fishing Report:
It has been a decent week with a good pick of fish. Not faboulous but solid. On Wednesday 10/27 I hit Heampstead habor and banged 6 bass to 16 lbs and 4 or 5 nice blues. BOB HAHN metal lips and pencil poppers did the job. On Friday I was back in Heampstead harbor thowing pencil poppers, but only managed 2 bass. Lots of peanut bunker there!! On Saturday I hit the South shore in the AM and banged 3 bass with my charter, and 4 more bass in the PM to 13lbs. Yo-Zurrie darters and chicken scratch bombers were the lures of choice. Sunday my charter and I bounced around on the South Shore for just one bass on a yo- zurri darter. On Monday it was back out to Montauk where my charter Perry Smith slammed a 37 lb cow on a SS darter. Good job Perry! Last night (Wednesday) I was back in Montauk and I took a 23 lb bass on a bucktail in the night with flood water. With all this North wind there should be a good push of bait entering the south shore. I have Openings For this Friday PM, SaturdayAM, And Sunday AM or PM. Call me if you want to book a trip-631-987-6919---- Here is a letter from a subscriber I thought I would share.------ Hi Bill, I pulled out my checkbook as soon as I finished reading your message and my $25 check is on its way to you! Yes, I have thoroughly enjoyed reading your reports, as well as seeing the successes of others. It is good to have access to this data for a couple of reasons. First, as you know, for the time being my fishing time has been somewhat curtailed (credits to our little Matthew & Joseph...!) but that will change over the next couple of years. For now, it's mostly just a weekend thing for me, once in a while I can sneak out during the week after work when the wife has the kids somewhat under control. As such, it's not always easy for me to have the latest "straight poop" on what, where and when, but by reading your reports I can at least have some baseline of reference to go on. Of course, I consider myself somewhat of a seasoned beach rat having been on the surf scene for about 21 years or so, so I know pretty much what, where and when but it's always good to see what the latest info is. Secondly, I ALSO like reading what I missed when I CAN'T go fishing (those are the times when I almost hope the fishing sucked!).--- Take care and I'll see you on the sand (or the rocks!), John---------------------------------BECOME A SUBSCRIBER!!-- I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways, and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.---------------BENEFIT FOR TOM MELTON INFO------------ Saturday ,November 6, OBI(Oak beach inn) lot from 2 pm to dark To benefit Fisherman editor Tom Melton and his family who lost their house in a fire last week we are raffling of a 10'6" St.Croix ,a 10' rod and reel combo,an Aquaskinz bag full of Beachmaster plugs ,Nine 2 1/2 custom colored Gibbs darters, half a dozen 1 1/4 ounce custom colored Gibbs Deep diving Danny's,LIBBA gear and will be adding more as more donations arrive.Plus a BBQ and you get to meet some great people.See Zeno Hromin for raffle tickets---- Zeno--------------------------------------------I can’t make it that day, but it will be lot’s of fun and its for a good cause!! So get yer butt down there!! I also donated a trip to be given away.


Report Date: 11/3--OPENING FOR TONIGHT

Fishing Report:
NW winds 20 to 25 kt with gusts up to 35 kt...decreasing to 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 30 kt late. Seas 3 to 5 ft. A chance of showers early this morning. Tonight N winds 15 to 20 kt with gusts up to 25 kt early...decreasing to 10 to 15 kt after midnight. Seas 3 to 5 ft.--------------HMMMMMMMMM --should be a good one! I have a MONTAUK opening for tonight 6pm- 12am. You should have a good cast as it will be a night trip with a howling wind in your face. There are some large around. My charter banged a 37 lb on a darter the other night. I will have a report up soon. Call me if you are interested--631-987-6919--Bill


Report Date: 10/21-10/26

Fishing Report:
It has been a tough week for me –the first real tough week I have had in awhile. NE winds hammered Montauk last weekend and made the going extremely difficult. On SATURDAY 1:30am-7: 30am we bounced around all night on Montauks North side with huge wind and water. We only managed a couple of blues and a couple of bass on bottle plugs and bucktails. That evening we moved west to get away from the crowds but did not find the fish. On SUNDAY my charter was from 5:30am-11: 30am with extremely high tides, and wind made things very tough, but my charter managed his fist caught surf bass in the back bays of Napeaque. That evening I hit the Wading River area to find that I missed the strong winds, and the fish that were there that morning. On MONDAY I hit the Smith Point bridge area for one schoolie on a six-inch wild eye. Tuesday I farted around in the sun and nice weather in the Wading River area –just because! Nothing there. I expect things to really pick up after the moon, which is Thursday night. Become a subscriber for the daily detailed reports!!!!----- ---- Tom Melton, Friend, and Editor of The Fisherman house burned down yesterday. My wife and I prayers are with him and his family. The guys at Stripersonline.com are organizing a fall fling to help raise money for Tom and his family. Please go to Stripersonline.com and click on the Long Island forum to show your support. I am going to donate a trip to be raffled off at the fling.----------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER!!!--- I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.


Report Date: 10/8-10/20

Fishing Report:
It has been an excellent fall. There are still loads of bait in our estuaries, which is going to be forced out with the continued north winds and temperature drops. I am looking forward to open beach south shore fishing, which for me will begin very soon. In the meantime my efforts continue to be focused in Mecca, and that is where I will be this weekend. It has been a couple of weeks since I have done a report here on the non-subscribers section of the site. I have been fishing pretty hard and have become an uncle 2 times in the past few weeks—so it has been a little hectic. For the good, detailed, daily reports become a subscriber----------------------10/8 FRIDAY I banged around on deeeeeeeeep on the south side of Montauk and nailed a 26 lber in the dark. Saturday 10/9 my 5am – 11am charter could only manage one Montauk bass. On 10/13 WEDNESDAY my 12am-7am charter and I managed 3 bass to 14.5 lbs on darters on the North side and 3 or 4 more bass on the south side on needlefish. On 10/14 Thursday I hit the South shore state channel and dropped about 5 bass on pencil poppers. That evening I hit the wading river area and found 5 bass to 20 lbs on 11/2 oz bucktails, and a few nice blues as well. 10/15 Friday 5:30am –11; 30am I took my charter on the South side of Montauk and we had about 17 stripers on 11/2 oz bucktails. Then on the same day 3pm-9pm charter banged about 6 more stripers on the south side. On SATURDAY we fished from 2pm-7pm before being chased out by lightening. I took my charter to the back bays of Napeaque to bang 2 bass and 1 blue on mambo minnows. On 10/17 SUNDAY my charter was from 3pm-9pm. The south side was completely dirty so we stuck it out on the North side for no fish. Last night my charter was from 5pm-11pm at Caumsett. Bass and blues had bunker pushed up on the beach and we banged about 10 bass and a bunch of blues on white 1oz bucks and bunker patterns on the fly.---------------- BECOME A SUBSCRIBER PLEASE--- I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.-OPENINGS---I have openings for 10/25-10/31. Call me at 631-987-6919 if your interested in booking.-Bill


Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
DUE TO A CANCELLATION I HAVE MONTAUK OPENING FOR FRIDAY 10/8 FROM 5:30PM-11:30PM-- CALL ME IF YOUR INTERESTED. 631-987-6919


Report Date: 9/30-10/6 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
It is no secret that Montauk has been very hot. White bait has been showing up in force, and the stripers and blues have found them. Catches of over a 100 stripers in one outing are not unheard of, and my charters have been very happy. Bucktails, bucktails, bucktails have been the key bait to use. I like throwing 1.5 oz white on white, when I am in MECCA with some adjustments with conditions. ---- 9/30 THURSDAY—Despite heading All over the place my charter and I could not manage a fish. The south side was still dirty from the rain on Tuesday and it was a tough go. FRIDAY morning it began, and my charter and I banged about 30 bass on white on white bucktails. White and clean water deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side! Friday evening we got deeeeeeeeep again and banged another 50 bass on white on white bucktails. SATURDAY evening we found absolutely incredible blitzes of stripers. Herds and herds! Not sure how many my charter and I caught, but it was enough! On SUNDAY morning we were back bouncing around on the south side rocks and landed about another 50 stripers. Tuesday night my charter and I found a couple of bass on the North side to about 13 lbs on darters. I’m heading out tonight and my detailed report will go up in the subscriber’s section after the outing. BECOME A SUBSCRIBER PLEASE--- I give my subscribers detailed fishing reports that are really more than a report. There are tips, insight, and details that you will not find anywhere else—at least anywhere I have seen. You do not have to worry about accuracy, because my reports are taken directly from my trips. If I do not catch, Ill let you know the fishing was poor. As a subscriber you will also be entitled to articles, tip of the week (Dec-April), reports from other subscribers, plug and trip giveaways and much more. To learn how to become subscribers just click on the subscriber section.


Report Date: ITS HOT!

Fishing Report:
I'll have the weekly report up sometime today or tomorrow, but in the meantime I have a Montauk opening for this Wednesday 6pm-12am. Call me if your interested. 631-987-6919--- My charters and I have banged appox. 200 stripers since Friday, and the weather remains stable!


Report Date: Check out the recents reports in the subscriber section--

Fishing Report:
THINKING ABOUT SUBSCRIBING--- HERE ARE SOME OF THE DAILY REPORTS YOU HAVE BEEN MISSING. NOT TO MENTION REPORTS FROM OTHER SUBSCRIBERS, TRIP AND PLUG GIVAWAYS, ARTICLES, TIP OF THE WEEK, AND MORE. TO SUBSCRIBE JUST CLICK ON THE SUBSCRIBERS SECTION TO LEARN HOW.--BILL ---------- 9/24-9/26 --MONTAUK------------- Fishing Report: Where to begin? Where did I leave off? What day is it? I need sleep—bad. Lets start with 5:30pm – 11:30 pm charter with Mark Deangelos and his buddy Dennis. If my memory serves me correctly we bounced around on the south side a bit until dark to find no fish. After dark we made our way to the north side and threw white on white, and red on yellow bucktails to about 8 bass to 14 or 15 lbs. Not a bad night—Then we hit Salavars for some late night food—I remember having a craving for a draft beer, but never got one. I was in my buggy sleeping by about 1:30am and slept until 8:30am Ya hoooo! By 11am SATURDAY I heard there were some fish on the south side but I had work to do, to prepare for my 2pm –8pm charter. At 2pm I met up with Keith Treco and his buddy. We Hit the south side, Napeaque, Hither Hills, and some other primo areas on the North side, but could not find a fish. I was trying to stay away from the ZOO on the North side, as it was loaded with blitz fishermen, and upside down reelers—but by dark I needed to find some fish. A couple of blues in the dark on SS yellow darters is all she wrote. By 9pm I was having a beer and eating at Pizza Village. Back in the lot by 10pm joking around with Foul Mouth Bob, Shaky Steve, and the Jersey boys. By 11pm I was back in the suds, to find 16 guys in one area on the North side—so I moved to fish alone. I found Lots of bait, but I could not buy a bump. At about 12:30am I met up with Zeno Hromin who turned me on to some of his wives homemade pastries. That got me going enough to fish the turn of the tide which was at about 1:30 am. After an hour or two Zeno only took one blue fish, and I only had one fish on, while throwing an SS needle fish. By about 3am or so on Sunday, it was time to hit my buggy for some sleep. On Sunday at 3pm I met up with the man who guided me to my first stripe- Rod Rasso and my Pop Bill Allard. I’ll never forget my first night of striper fishing. 32 bass my first night --drifting worms at the Oyster Bay brickyards. Sweet water fishing practically came to an end for me after that night. As a kid in Ohio I was a big Catfish head—so I always fished at night, and with stripers I could carry on that tradition. Bill is more of a pistol shooter than a surf fisherman, and preferred to spend most of his day reading, but I had Rod in the suds on the south side getting smacked around by waves. Nothing there, so it was over to the north side where I banged a few nice blues on Gibbs Canal specials. At dusk we had 5 or 6 more bass on white on white bucktails to about 13 or 14 lbs. Rod and Bill are old school, and are firm believers and fillet and release. So I have some dinner tonight! Some weather is coming. Get out before it hits, and you should do well! Sad to say I probably will not get out for a couple of days due to family stuff-but ya never know hee hee. OPENINGS—I have andopening for the evening of 10/5/04 and the morning or evening of 10/10/04 ( Sunday). Call me if you would like to book. -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: 9/27 Fishing Report: Bill, 9/23 Montauk South Side, got there around 5 pm,to see a nice blitz just off beach. The only guy close to it cast, hooked up, then line broke seconds later. I was casting from 5:20 to 8:30 for my usual no fish. Moved over to the north side 9 pm to 11:30, caught one schoolie and lost another on green & white Boone needlefish. Perry------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: 9/24 MONTAUK Fishing Report: I met up with my charter DJ Muller in the lot at 6pm for a 6-12am outing.Light SW SE winds clear skies. We warmed up on the south side with about 20 or 25 schoolies on bucktails. the fish were in the wash on white bait. By about 7:15 I decided to get deeeeeeeeep but not nothing there. By 9:30 we were on the north side and began throwing SS yellow darters, and were into fish immediately. With such a bright night I threw on a white on white 1.5 oz bucktail, and was into a nice bass immediately. Single hooks at night--can't beat it. We blasted fish all night long until 12am on bucktails. All the fish were between 12 and 19 lbs. By nights end we figured we tallied between 55 to 60 stripers and only a couple of blues-yee ha! Headed back out tonight, but probably will not have a report for ya until Sun or the latest Monday-- unless I have some extra time and can get to a computer--- OPENINGS!!!!!!-- I have two openings this weekend SATURDAY and SUNDAY morning. Give me a call if you want to book a trip. It's hot, and now is the time! 631-987-6919-------Bill -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: OPENINGS for this weekend!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fishing Report: Due to a cancellation I have an immediate MONTAUK opening for this Saturday 9/25 or Sunday 9/26 AM. The fishing has been excellent! Call me if your interested at 631-987-6919--- Subscribers- Check out the NEW article by Tom Scnieder HOT AUGUST NIGHTS. -- Be in MECCA tomorrow night --stay tuned -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: 9/21 MECCA Fishing Report: SW winds about 10 knots, clear skies and lots of shooting stars. It was a pleasure to fish with one of my original charters Ed Sullivan from 6pm-12am. We immediately found blitzing fish on the south side and went down for some warm up fish. To stay away from the blues we cast parallel to the beach in the white water rocks. I banged a couple of bass to about 14 ponds and we each had one blue. By night we got deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side to find no fish. I had a nice wipe out the nearly broke my rod. Ed threw eels while I concentrated on needlefish and darters. Very bright night. By 10pm we were on the North side fishing the flood to find juvenile weakfish, snappers, and spearing in the wash. We banged 6 more bass to about 15 lbs mostly on yellow darters. Ed banged one on an eel. On our way back from our perch I wiped out again. M is for motrin! So a solid night. We did not kill the fish but a solid pick. --Bill -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- -------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Report Date: MONTAUK--- 9/17-9/19 Fishing Report: After getting my window fixed on Thursday I was back in the game on Friday morning. I met up with my charter- 4am –10am. He let me know that he was not up to taking a pounding, so beginning on the south side in the dark was not an option- unfortunately. We hit the north side where we banged a few blues to 9lbs. My charter also missed a couple of bass on BOB HAHN metal lips. Eventually we made our way to one of the coves on the south side and found pods of fish moving in and out. We managed a few more decent sized blues, but could not yank a bass out of the game fish pushing white bait. My next plan was to sleep all day and fish all night. After a good breakfast I hit my buggy at about noon for some daytime sleep. Over hearing other casters talking about the blitzing fish, and peaking out of my buggy window at 3pm to watch Stuie ( Montauk local) walk down to fish, was all I could take. I was after large and I knew I probably would not get them blitz fishing. BUT, I love to fish daytime blitzes and love even more to fish nighttime quality. What to do? Hell just don’t sleep!------- Things I do not like about day time blitz fishing are---- generally smaller fish 8-15lbs, you can try to work pieces of structure and follow the tides, but good info from buddies and being ready to run and gun is more the norm, crowds, crowds crowds, watching a million guys throw pencil poppers, and then switching to one- I hate and love that plug, hearing upside down reelers tell others that Montauk fishing is easy because they walked into the fish on their one trip out there. The things I like about blitz fishing are obvious –lots of fish. Nighttime fall fishing involves knowing where the night bait is holding, fishing for, hopefully, quality fish, on specific tides targeting specific pieces of water. Throwing specific plugs- and NO pencil poppers!------ ANYWAY—after watching Stuie walk dawn I geared up at 3pm and went fishin. I found pods of fish moving up and down the south side chasing white bait. 11/2 oz bucks with #70 rind took lots and lots of blue fish and only 6 bass. After catching about 30 blues between 5 and 9 lbs I had to get out of there and look for something with lines. So I got deeeeeeeeep on the south side. Surly there would not be blues there- back there is home of the striper. WRONG. Blues up the wazoo. Two blues on one pencil popper is pretty thick. No more bass and I ended the inning at 7:30pm smelly with blue fish. From 8pm –9pm (Still Saturday) I cooked myself dinner in the lot and then crashed in my buggy until 11pm. By 11:30 I was tossing eels for large at high ebb on the North side. One blue fish—Damn,--not to mention casters in the spot I wanted to fish, and one caster in the specific water column I wanted to throw my eel in—more damn!! By 1:30 am SATURDAY I had had enough, and got deeeeeeeeeeep once again. By the time I got to my rock it was very low ebb and I had to stand on a rock I had not stood on since the 90’s. That damn rock is only about a foot round on it’s flat top, and absolutely kills your feet, especially after standing on it for hours and getting smaked around by the surf.. I managed 27 bass until the sun peeked out. Green SS needlefish did the damage in the dark, and SS olive darters were the ticket at first light. I believe these were resident fish as the fish here have been there for a couple of weeks, and are all around the same size 6-12 lbs. –spearing being the made bait in the wash. I did have a good fish on the line put of course I dropped it. Probably 25 lbs? On the walk back to my buggy I found blitzing bass and whipped out the bucktail, white on white 11/2 oz. I banged six more bass and a blue. After I caught the blue I moved on. This by the way is the most blue fish I have seen in MECCA since the early 90’s. I met up with Wild Bill, Vito, Willie Young and a couple of other unknown Montauk legends and staggered back to my buggy. At that point other casters were telling me I looked pale. Maybe? It was 8:30am and I had to eat, so I whipped up some pancakes and eggs for Wild Bill and myself. In bed by 10am SATURDAY and the hard rain started at 12—I guess? I was up at 3pm and looked over the bluffs in the Fort to see huge pods of bass pushing bait in the dirty water. Once again it reminded me that just because the water is dirty does not mean the fishing is poor. I geared up, and by 3:30 pm I was ready to go, but the fish had vanished. Over to the North side to find a pick of fish at the bluffs, but there was none for me, and by 6pm I found myself back on the south side fishing the pockets of clean water until 7:30pm--nothing. I went to that Irish place, I always forget the name of, for some chow, and was back in my buggy snoozing by 9pm. 3AM THIS MORNING –SUNDAY- it was time to get up for my 3:30 am charter with the Lizard King, who is the prod owner of Scent A Strike (a stick scent for you sweet water guys). We began on the North side throwing Gibbs bottle plugs in a 25 or 30 knot north wind, Wa hooo the fall is here! It took a lot of thought to get deeeeeeeep.Hmm- Walk back there to find that the water was dirty, and the spearing gone from all the big water, or stay on the North side and fish where I knew there was clean water, but not great wind—Do North winds. I also was thinking that with the big water some large might have found their way in my south side spot. Hmmmmmmmmm what to do? Voices in my head said get deeeeeeeeeeeep. So off we went with knees aching. We immediately found fish in the dark on white Gibbs white darters and olive SS darters. By the time the sun peeked its pretty, big head out we tallied 24 bass between the two of us to about 13 or 14 lbs. I also dropped another nice fish at about 25 plus pounds?? By sunrise the fish turned off and we went deeeeeper, but could not find any more fish there, or on the walk back. Over to the North side for nothing. I was content after hearing the dismal reports of the day from both north and south sides. We ended at 8:30am this morning. – Whew—long report—Oh yeah my buddy Mike Biolsi took 6 bass to 24lbs and all the blue fish you wanted this morning on the town sand. ----------


Report Date: OPENINGS!!!!!!!!!!! THIS SAT OR SUN>

Fishing Report:
Due to a cancellation I have an immediate MONTAUK opening for this Saturday 9/25 or Sunday 9/26 AM. The fishing has been excellent! Call me if your interested at 631-987-6919--- Subscribers- Check out the NEW article by Tom Scnieder HOT AUGUST NIGHTS.


Report Date: MONTAUK 9/11-9/19 posted on 9/21

Fishing Report:
My 10 days in MECCA were wonderful. 147 bass and a bunch of blues. The white bait really showed up heavy Tuesday and the change of winds to East really sparked some movement of bass and blues. I have not seen this many blues in Montauk since the 90’s, and sometimes it was a pain getting away from the blues to find the bass. The bulk of the bait was made up by white bait, followed by snappers, and peanut bunker, and fish were on spearing in the night. It is just too much to give specific details as to the times I fished, but trust me it was almost around the clock. Fish, eat, and sleep! For the detailed good stuff become a subscriber. ----9/11 Saturday I only managed 1 bass. SUNDAY – I took eight bass. MONDAY I took 5 bass. TUESDAY the white bait showed up in force especially on the south side and we my charter and I banged 50 bass. WEDNESDAY was my birthday and I could have had all the bass I wanted, but stopped ant 20. Most of the taken on BOB HAHN metal lips and GIBBS canal specials. It was incredible to see snappers being pushed up on the beach. They were all good fish on Wednesday between 12 and 18lbs. Thursday I had to take off to get my window fixed on my buggy. FRIDAY I could not seem to get away from the blues despite heading deeeeeeeeeep on the south side. 40 or 50 blues and only six bass. SATURDAY I fished all night and banged 33 bass and one blue. Spearing were holding the fish to the structure I was fishing on the south side, and needlefish and darters took most of the fish. SUNDAY I ended my week with 24 bass on darters in the dark of the AM. I am headed back out tonight. Become a subscriber for daily very detailed information, articles, giveaways, and much more. Just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned---Bill-----OPENINGS—I have 9/28, 9/29 open for next week. Call me at 631-987-6919 if you’re interested in booking a trip---- see ya on the beach!


Report Date: HERE WE GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!--9/10

Fishing Report:
Thanks to all who attended the show last night. THE FALL RUN HAS BEGUN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’ll be in MECCA from9/10-9/20 Fishing very hard. I’ll try to give as many reports as possible. The white bait has been showing up and with the recent shift of wind it should be very good!—Stay tuned.


Report Date: SURF SEMINAR

Fishing Report:
THE FISHERMAN’S SURF FISHING SHOW AND SEMINAR is slated for September 9th at the Hunting Hilton 98 Broadhollow Rd (RTE 110), Melville, NY—1/4 mile south of the LIE, exit 49. Many manufacturers will be on hand, and you will be able to “pick the brains of the Northeast’s best surfcasters”. This panel includes Crazy Alberto, John Paduano, Bill “Doc” Muller, Tom Melton, Donny “ Super Strike” Musso, Ralph Votta, Fred Golofaro, Eric “ the treeman” Ernst, Frank Daignault, Steve Petri, Zeno Hroman, Mike Lang, and yours truly---- Man I’m getting cramps from typing that list. Lot’s of knowledge there! Adults $20 and children under 16 get in for $15.-------- See ya there!!!!! Bill---------- SUBSCRIBE---- To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 8/24-8/31

Fishing Report:
This week had its ups and downs. With the full moon on Monday I figured we would have a good shot at some stripers in Montauk. Too bad there was such a lack of bait. On the other hand the North Shore was loaded with bait, and we cleaned up with schoolie bass on Tuesday night. The full moon was last night and there has already been white bait showing in MECCA. There is a heave on until Wednesday, look for daytime action to pick up sometime this week! ------------On TUESDAY I took my charter to Ashroken where we banged 17 bass and a bunch of blues. Mambo minnows, fin-s, and black clousers on the fly were the tickets. Spearing up the ying yang! FRI-SAT Montauk—I took my charter cow hunting for an all night trip, but only found a few schoolies. Very skinny fish. On Friday eve my buddy caught a 19lb striper with nothing in her belly. My SAT- Sun night Montauk charter cancelled and I was left to fish alone. Nothing! I cancelled Sun- Mon charter because of the lack of bait in Montauks night surf. ----------------OPENING – I changed my mind from the Montauk opening to eeling the North shore opening for this Thursday morning from 2am- 6am. This will only be considered a half-day trip. Give me a call if you’re interested in going. 631-987-6919-----------If you have been interested in booking a trip I recommend doing it now as dates are going fast this year.----------------------------SUBSCRIBE---- To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: OPENING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
Well-- I was planning on taking a week and one half off from fishing so as not to get burned out from the fall run, BUT I think Montauk is going to bust loose this week so I have an immediate opening for WEDNESDAY 9/1 from 6pm-12am. If you’re interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. Thank ya--Bill--PS: Weekly report coming soon!


Report Date: 8/17-8/23

Fishing Report:
A very slow week for me. Lots of rain and dirty water made things tough for Montauks south side. The last of the upswing of the moon this weekend, and she’s full on Monday. This moon is a tricky one since it is at the end of August, not the beginning or middle. With the stable cooler weather and the presence of white bait already showing up in Montauk, and the closing in of the full moon there will probably be some decent Montauk blitzes within the next few days. I am hoping the resident large are going to stick around at least until the next new moon, ---we will see? ------Friday-Saturday 11; 30pm-6: 30am- I took my charter to Montauk to fish for large. Juicy south side white water that was a little weedy made for difficulty conditions. We only managed one bass on a snake--13lbs. Saturday-Sunday 10:pm-6am- the south side was a bit dirty and the North was pretty dead. A big Skunk—Not good. Last night 6pm-10: 30pm I took my charter to Ashroken where we managed 3 bass and a few blues and one porgy on a 4”fin-s. ----------------OPENINGS----- I have openings for the following dates and times. If your interested in booking a trip give me a call @ 631-987-6919.—1.MONTAUK 9/1 Wednesday 12:30am-6: 30am. 2.MONTAUK 9/8 Wednesday 5:30pm-11: 30pm 3. MONTAUK NIGHT TRIP, 9/10-9/11 10pm-4am 4.NORTH SHORE 9/20 Monday 5pm-11pm 5. NORTH SHORE 9/21 Tuesday 5:30pm-11: 30pm 6. Montauk 9/22 Wednesday 6pm-12am---- I’ll post any other openings as they arise. If you have been interested in booking a trip I recommend doing it now as dates are going fast this year.----------------------------SUBSCRIBE---- To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have openings for the following dates and times. If your interested in booking a trip give me a call @ 631-987-6919.—1.MONTAUK 9/1 Wednesday 12:30am-6: 30am. 2.MONTAUK 9/8 Wednesday 5:30pm-11: 30pm 3. MONTAUK NIGHT TRIP, 9/10-9/11 10pm-4am 4.NORTH SHORE 9/20 Monday 5pm-11pm 5. NORTH SHORE 9/21 Tuesday 5:30pm-11: 30pm 6. Montauk 9/22 Wednesday 6pm-12am---- I’ll post any other openings as they arise. If you have been interested in booking a trip I recommend doing it now as dates are going fast this year. Stay tuned!!


Report Date: OPENING THIS FRIDAY FOR MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
I HAVE AN IMMEDIATE MONTAUK AUGUST TROPHY OPENING FOR THIS FRIDAY NIGHT 8/20 FROM 10:30PM – DAWN Saturday. ANYONE INTERESTED SHOULD HAVE A SOLID CAST, BE ABLE TO MAKE LONG WALKS, AND HAVE NO PROBLEM WITH WADING OUT TO ROCKS AND GETTING BEAT UP BY WAVES. If your interested give me a call @ 631-987-6919.---Bill


Report Date: LOST N FOUND

Fishing Report:
Bill, On Sat. morning 8/14/04, I lost a black web Wading Belt with a 30# Boga grip and Shimano Pliers both attached to D Ring loops on the belt with beige spiral telephone cords. The belt was lost in the Ditch Plains, area either on the Beach or the walk up from the Beach. Anyone finding my equipment can contact John Spafford at 516 903 0014. A reward will be paid for your efforts. Thanks John Spafford-- Also could be lost at lower lot.


Report Date: 8/10-8/16 OPENINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
This week was a bit of a disappointment. I was psyched to fish the new moon on 8/15-8/16 but filthy chocolate water from all the rain forced me to cancel my plans. –8/9 Monday- I hit Ashroken with Doughboy from Noreast.com and we managed 5 or 6 schoolies and a bunch of bluefish, mostly on Polaris pops—I dropped as many as I caught. TUES- I was on the North Shore again with ONTHEFLY in the Wading River area for the big skunk—Had a few decent fish on. Friday night into Saturday morning I was back out to MECCA where my charter and I only came up with 3 bass to 30”. Nice water but a tough night. AND you know what happened Sunday! I HAVE AN OPENING FOR NEXT WEEKEND 8/21-8/22 10pm- dawn. Those interested in this trip should already have a decent cast, be able to walk long distances, and not mind wading on rocks in the middle of the night with waves smashing into you. If you’re interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. For more detailed daily reports become a subscriber!!!!!!!!!!!! To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 8/6-8/8/04 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
August patterns are here! Thank God for summer doldrums. Hee hee. I began Saturday into Sunday in Montauk with my charter Kevin Ach. Kevin banged his largest surf caught striper ever. 31lbs on an eel. Congratulations Kevin! We had 12 other bass between us mostly on needlefish. Saturday night into Sunday I took out Tom Schneider who banged his largest striper ever, a 38lb cow. Congratulations Tom! We had 7 other bass to 18 lbs mostly on needlefish. Looks like typical August patterns. Working hard for a few large is what this month is all about. I’ll be on the North Shore tonight and tomorrow-- so stay tuned. For more detailed daily reports become a subscriber!!!!!!!!!!!! To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and pluf givaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
Congratulations to Charlie Rouff- the winner of the 2nd Gibbs plug giveaway.Thank you GIBBS!!!!!!!!!!!!To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 8/3 GIBBS PLUG GIVAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
Gibbs plug giveaway to the first caller who is a current subscriber and has not won anything in the past from longislandsurffishing.com 631-987-6919. Thank you to Gibbs plugs for sponsoring the giveaways!!!! I’ll probably hit the North shore tonight and will be out in MECCA from Friday to Sunday and back on the North shore on Monday. There has been lots of bait around, and I am eager to start fishing hard again—so stay tuned!-------------To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: AUGUST OPENINGS posted 7/30

Fishing Report:
I recently had a Montauk cancellation which leaves me with only one opening for August in Montauk-- August 21st 10pm – August 22nd until – we drop? A good cast and being in decent physical shape is required for this one. NORTH SHORE—8/10 8pm-11pm ( ½ day). 8/11 9pm-12am ( ½ day). 8/12 (eel trip north shore) 10pm-1am ( ½ day). Stay tuned for other openings that may pop up. Looks like I am heading to MECCA in the morning with wife and dog. Soak in some rays and do lots of scouting for August. --- PS: In the past, towards the end of July I would sleep four hours per night on purpose thinking that it would better prepare me for the August and fall fishing. Might be stupid thinking on my part, but it was something I had done for years. This year I cannot bring myself to do it. I’m just plain old tired. I did start jogging though, because I am very out of shape. Loooooong nights are coming—gotta get ready. -----------To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 7/24 REPORT

Fishing Report:
August snapper’s patterns are beginning to take hold, and for those of us who know that “summer doldrums” are really a bunch of BS, have been taking some stripers. Well maybe a week or two in July we get the doldrums, but once the snappers are on the spearing you can be sure that stripers are around, especially in areas that are floodwater conducive. – On Monday I hit Wild Wood in my swim trunks at dusk for 2 bass to 28” on cotton Cordell pencil poppers. On Wednesday I went back to Wild Wood but only managed to raise one fish. Thursday it was back out to MECCA 7pm-10pm. Beautiful clean white water was rolling in with the flood tide and I banged 34 bass to 18lbs –mostly on bucktails. This morning ( Saturday) I hit Montauk again and managed 5 bass on Gibbs canal specials. Lots of fun. The August night bight this year is looking good as bait is holding just about everywhere!--------To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: WINNER!

Fishing Report:
Congratulations to Perry smith – Winner of the first Subscriber Gibbs plug giveaway. To become a subscriber, click on the subscriber section and learn how. Headed to the North Shore tonight and MECCA tomorrow—Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: PLUG GIVAWAY

Fishing Report:
GIBBS plug giveaway to the first PAID subscriber caller at 631-987-6919. Fish good –fish wood! Plastic is also fantastic! 631-987-6919


Report Date: NEW SITE out there

Fishing Report:
Just thought I would let ya know about a new striper site I have been checking out. It’s very well done and has some good info on it. Stripers247.com—Check it out and tell em I sent ya.---Bill-----------To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 7/14 REPORT

Fishing Report:
It’s July and I am trying to spend a little more time at home. Our estuaries are loaded with juvenile spearing, which I hope will make for a good run of snappers, and big August Stripers. I only have one or two dates left for August trips, so if you want to book one I recommend doing it immediately. I have to say thank you to the Brookhaven surfcasters for inviting me to speak at their club. I had a lot of fun meeting you all! ---THE REPORT--- Friday I took my charter to Montauk. We began on the sand beaches in search of some large, but did not get into any. By night we hit the south side rocks and banged 10 bass on needlefish, getting hits on almost every cast. Sunday morning it was back out to Montauk to fish the sand beaches in hopes for a large. Nothing doing. So one nice bass about 40 lbs taken on a chunk. Isn’t that cheating? Hee hee. Last night (Tuesday) I was back in MECCA looking for some clean water to fish as most of the suds were chocolate. I found some clean, and some birds that were possibly on white bait. I managed two bass and 5 blues on A27’s. Last night storm may puch those big bass off the sand beaches—we will see. To get an idea of what I was doing last year and the year before at this time just scroll down. Note as you scroll down, that these are the daily reports that are now in the subscribers section along with Tip of the week, articles, trip giveaways, daily reports from other subscribers, and between July 15th and August 15th I will have at least two Gibbs plug giveaways. If you would like to become a subscriber just click on the subscriber section to learn how. Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: MONTAUK OPENING

Fishing Report:
I have an opening in Montauk, because fishing is good, and its JULY!?? Wednesday 7/14 12:30am-6:30am. Call me if your interested.-631-987-6919


Report Date: 7/6--MONTAUK-- OPENING

Fishing Report:
Took my charter to Montauk last night. When we found the sand eels we found the bass. Seven bass total with potential for a whole lot more. Due to excellent fishing potential in MECCA I am going to do a few July trips. I have an opening for this Friday from 6pm- 12am or later depending on your experience. Give me a call if you’re interested.631-987-6919—This most likely will not last much longer. ----------More info in the subscriber section.--------The fine folks at Gibbs have given me some nice plugs to give to my subscribers. I’ll be giving them away at two separate times between July 15th and August 15th. My plug bag is rarely without Gibbs plugs. Gotta have some wood in the bag! You have to be a subscriber to win the plugs. As a subscriber you will get my daily reports, daily reports from other subscribers, an opportunity to share your reports with other subscribers, Articles, tip of the week (December to April), trip giveaways, and pick up strategies and techniques through my reports that will help you with your game plan to catch more fish. I think it is $25 well spent. To Subscribe send a $25 check or money order to Bill Wetzel, PO box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.Include your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password.-- See ya on the beach!!--Bill


Report Date: 7/6

Fishing Report:
Working on the house, the 4th of July, and a wedding in Canada has kept my efforts down as of late. Now it is July and I will probably spend more nights getting ready for August than actually fishing. What’s there to get ready? Changing hooks, making leaders, rod repairs, reel repairs, make a live well in the basement, get the buggy in tip top shape, the list goes on and on. Here is what I have been up to lately. 6/24 Thursday I hit the Desoris pond area for a scouting mission and found loads of juvenile spearing. A good sign for August. From 6/25- 6/29 I went to a wedding in Canada. On the way there we stopped at Oneida Lake where I banged several large mouths, a smallie and a couple of pike on perch Zara Spooks. That was a nice change. The evening of 6/29 I was back in Montauk and banged 11 blues to 13 lbs on Gibbs canal specials. All at dusk. On 6/31 I was back in Montauk and had 5 more bass to 15 lbs and 4 blues working both North and South sides. I have not got out since that time. I will be in MECCA tonight slinging eels. Yee hah!---------- The fine folks at Gibbs have given me some nice plugs to give to my subscribers. I’ll be giving them away at two separate times between July 15th and August 15th. My plug bag is rarely without Gibbs plugs. Gotta have some wood in the bag! You have to be a subscriber to win the plugs. As a subscriber you will get my daily reports, daily reports from other subscribers, an opportunity to share your reports with other subscribers, Articles, tip of the week (December to April), trip giveaways, and pick up strategies and techniques through my reports that will help you with your game plan to catch more fish. I think it is $25 well spent. To Subscribe send a $25 check or money order to Bill Wetzel, PO box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.Include your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password.-- See ya on the beach!!--Bill


Report Date: GIBBS PLUG GIVEAWAY

Fishing Report:
The fine folks at Gibbs have given me some nice plugs to give to my subscribers. I’ll be giving them away at two separate times between July 15th and August 15th. My plug bag is rarely without Gibbs plugs. Gotta have some wood in the bag! You have to be a subscriber to win the plugs. As a subscriber you will get my daily reports, daily reports from other subscribers, an opportunity to share your reports with other subscribers, Articles, tip of the week (December to April), trip giveaways, and pick up strategies and techniques through my reports that will help you with your game plan to catch more fish. I think it is $25 well spent. To Subscribe send a $25 check or money order to Bill Wetzel, PO box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.Include your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password. I’ll have my weekly report up tomorrow. Heading to MECCA tonight!-- See ya on the beach!!--Bill


Report Date: 6/16-6/22

Fishing Report:
It was a decent week, but in the overall picture things are slow. On Wednesday my charter and I had 15 bass and 20 blues on the North side of Montauk. Saaaaaaaaand eels! Slug –o teasers were the key on the night bite. On Friday I was back out to Montauk where I found much less sand eels. We managed 2 blues to 11lbs and 3 bass on slug- o teasers. On Saturday My buggy broke down so I canceled my charter. Later that night after getting it back I took my wife to Moriches. No fish there—at least for me. On Sunday it was DADS day so I took off. Monday my buggy was back in for repairs—it never ends! On Tuesday I made my way to the Green island area and banged two bass to 12lbs on bucktails. The continued lack of spearing really has me concerned, but I have seen lots of almost microscopic bait in our estuaries. Juvenile spearing?? We may see some large soon ---to learn where I believe they maybe, become a subscriber and read my daily reports, tips articles, and more. Just click on the subscriber section to learn how.I also have an OPENING for June 30th 10pm-4am on the North Shore, 6pm-12 am on the South Shore or 7pm- 1am in Montauk. Your choice, but ya know I'm partial to MECCA.


Report Date: HAPPY FATHERS DAY

Fishing Report:
HAPPY FATHERS day to all the Dads, Grand paws, Step-Dads, and dog owner Dads! OPENING FOR MODAY NIGHT INTO TUESDAY MORNING-- MONTAUK. ANY TAKERS? 631-987-6919


Report Date: 6/18 IMMEDIATE OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
Montauk is hot with sand eels and the bass and blues have found them. I have a POSSIBLE OPENING for SATURDAY 6/18 from 7pm- 1am. I also have an opening from 11:30 pm on Monday until 5:30 am on Tuesday. That’s all I have left for June. Give me a call if you’re interested. 631-987-6919


Report Date: 6/6-6/13--- REPORT--- Fathers day is coming

Fishing Report:
Well it has been a slow spring for me and many others surf casters as well. The over all lack of smaller bait, like spearing and sand eels continues. Over the week I managed to find some sand eels and grass shrimp, but it was only concentrated in a few areas. I’ll be in Montauk Wednesday night in hopes for some good fish (the night before the new moon), but even Montauk has lacked resident fish and casters are relying on passer byes following small pods of bait. No bait holding = no resident fish. A formula to live by. TUESDAY—I bounced around the wading river area for 2 blues and one bass about 10 pounds on pencils. WEDNESDAY—I took my charter in the Nissi and found sand eels, but only managed one bass on a bomber. THURSDAY – I took my charter to Ashroken for 7 bass on Polaris pops and bombers. Friday I hit Montauk for a full charter and got the goose egg. On SATURDAY it was back to Montauk where my charter and I had 7 blues on the south side and 3 bass on the north. Bucktails did the job. SUNDAY—It was more of Montauk. We concentrated on the North side and managed 1 10lb blue and 3 bass on chicken scratch bombers. For articles, detailed reports, tip of the week (Dec- April), and reports from other members click on the subscriber section and learn how to become a subscriber. FATHERS DAY IS COMING how about a gift certificate. Give me a call and I’ll have it to you before the big day.—631-987-6919—See ya on the beach—Bill—PS—Scroll down to see how fishing was last year at this time. It interesting!


Report Date: 6/8

Fishing Report:
Bill, 6/6 fished sunday morning in Jamaica Bay , incoming in the rain, blues showed, 3-4 lbs, on pencils and hopkins. They were feeding on large sand eels. Phil M------------ Sand eels---yum-- Also saw sand eels washed up on he Beach on Sunday in MECCA!----------Report from weekend---------Hi Bill, Fished the last 3hrs. of the outgoing at the outer rocks at Orient this morning with "Pencil Poppin' Jim", from 2:45AM to 6:45AM. Surprisingly (since this area is normally very productive for us) we had a quiet night. We tossed everything in our bags, but it was slow pickins. Due to the stage of the moon the water was racing! In the dark, I only managed a decent run on a 3oz. black/purple Gibbs darter at 3:40AM; Jim landed a small schoolie and a nicer bass in the teens at around 3:15AM on a bunker/spot 5" Tsunami Swim Shad. After daybreak, Jim got another schoolie on the shad, I managed a roughly 10 pounder on a 9" black/red head-hooked Sluggo and dropped a couple of small hitters. Pencil popping after dawn until we left gave us nada. Water still very cold through the wetsuits for June! -JT-----------------Fished the outgoing at Caumset from about 5 on, the tide was already dropping. Picked up one a blue/white Gibbs bottle plug. One a tin, 5 on a small yellow bomber. 5 more on a chartruse clouser minnow (fly). All fish under 20 inches.--ONTHEFLY


Report Date: IMMEDIATE OPENING for 6/9

Fishing Report:
I have a light tackle North Shore trip cancellation for tomorrow 6/9 from 5pm - 11pm. The trip was scheduled for a back bay private area where I am pretty certian that the fishing will be excellent. If your interested in booking this open slot we also can also fish public areas-- your choice. Call me at 631-987-6919


Report Date: IMMEDIATE OPENING FOR MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
I have an Immediate opening for This Sunday June 6th from 3pm - 9pm or 5pm- 11pm in MONTAUK. Call me if your interested at 631-987-6919---Bill


Report Date: 5/24-5/31report---& OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
It was a slightly slow week for me as my efforts were down due to the need to spend time with family. On MONDAY I took out the Lizard King to the Desoris pond area where we only managed a couple of bass before the Lizard man sprang a leak in his waders. On WEDNESDAY I took out John Spafford for some more light tackle, Back Bay action in Ashroken. We banged 17 bass on 3” fin-s and white Polaris pops. On Friday I went to Flanders to fart around and do some fishing, but it was more of a scouting mission—loooking for cinders. No Fish. On SATURDAY—I took my wife and her Dad bunker chukin (shhhhhhhhhhhh –don’t tell anybody) to Demo for nada. We only fished for about one half hour with limited mobility. Tonight I begin to fish hard again. The full moon is on June 3rd and I’m hunting for cinder worms. One of my favorite times of the year is coming – the June down swing. I’m hoping for a few large this month, with the light tackle stuff really picking up. ---For a more detailed report, reports from subscribers, tips, and articles, become a subscriber. Click on the subscriber section to learn how. OPENINGS---JUNE 2ND and June 3rd, South Shore evening. June 11th Night trip in Montauk. June 26th Montauk evening into night, and June 27th Montauk night into morning. Give me a call if you’re interested @ 631-987-6919 ---See ya on the beach--Bill


Report Date: 5/24 Monday

Fishing Report:
It was a decent week with some quality fish. As water temps warm the patterns of resident fish begins. Some of the best fishing of the year should be now until the end of June. On Wednesday I hit Flanders from 6-8: 30 pm for no fish. Thursday it was back to Montauk to fish with my Godson and his Dad who was new to surf casting. No Fish Thursday evening. On Friday morning in the dark I banged a 25lb striper on an olive Super Strike darter on the North Side. Later that morning in the light we had 6 more schoolies on bucktails on the South side. On Saturday morning in the dark we had no fish. Then that afternoon I took On the Fly out and we banged 8 bass between us. I had the biggest bass of the year. 30 lbs on a Canal Special. We banged another decent fish –16 lbs on white Danny. On Sunday I took out John Spafford and we only managed 1 schoolie on the south side that took a bucktail. I have one OPENING for Montauk on June 11th from 7pm-2am—call me at 631-987-6919 if your interested. For a more detailed report, reports from subscribers, tips, and articles, become a subscriber. Click on the subscriber section to learn how.


Report Date: MAY 10th--May 18th

Fishing Report:
I picked bass all week, but overall I would consider it a slow one for me. I thought I would have at least one cow over the weekend in MECCA, but it turned out to be real slow. The new moon is tomorrow, so I am looking forward to hunting for some Montauk cows this weekend --as I am starting to feel the need for big fish.----------On MONDAY I fished Bayville for 6 bass to 30” on white polaris pops with a light SW wind from 6- 8pm. On WEDNESDAY I fished the Desoris pond and Bayville area with a charter from 5: 30 – 11:30pm for 3 bass on bombers and white Polaris pops. THURSDAY- I hit the Desoris pond area again for mid day action. I banged 5 bass and one 8lb weakies on ½ oz lead heads with chartreuse 4” fin-s. Later that evening I hit the back of Jones with a hard SE wind for no fish. On SATURDAY I took my charter out to MECCA from 9am – 3am. North, South, and Back bays for no fish. Saturday night between 9am and 1am I took one 17lb bass on an olive SS darter on the South side of Montauk. Sunday in Montauk I took out a couple of gentlemen that were new to our sport from 8am- 3pm for no fish. This morning I hit the Desoris pond area again for 3 bass on 4” fin-s. ---- If you would like to subscribe and get my daily detailed reports, reports from other subscribers, tip of the week (December – April), articles and more – just click on the subscriber section to learn how.


Report Date: 5/14 OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
The western sound is loaded with bait, and the weakies bite has begun. I do not like to go to far west, but when the fishing picks up from the Glen Cove area –east that is when I like to target the western North Shore. I have ½ day North Shore openings for next week. We will be fishing private areas so if you choose to book remember you will not have future access to these areas, but the tide is good and the fishing should be excellent. NORTH SHORE OPENINGS for next week------- Monday 2am – 5am, Tuesday 3am – 6am, Wednesday 3:30am- 6:30 am. MONTAUK OPENINGS---- This weekend,5/15 saturday pm---May 29th am or pm and May 30th am or pm. Those are all the openings I have left for May unless I have some cancellations so stay tuned. If you would like to book a date give me a call at 631-987-6919


Report Date: 5/10 REPORT

Fishing Report:
It was a relatively quiet week for me as all of my fishing was done in daylight hours, but I did manage a bass or two. I am going to start concentrating on night hours this week, with a little daytime activity thrown in for good measure. I have a MONTAUK OPENING on Saturday May 15th from 6pm –12am. Call me at 631-987-6919 if your interested. -------TUESDAY I met up with Willie Young (President of MSA), and friends to fish the backside of Jones during floodwater. I banged 1 schoolie on a yo- Zurrie swimmer and dropped 3 other fish. Willie let me know that there is a LIBBA/ MSA beach clean up at Shagwong on May 15th. On WEDNESDAY I fished Flanders for 3 schoolies to 28” on white deceiver teasers and 3” wild eyes. THURSDAY I fished from Sore thumb to West end 2 at the bottom of ebb and beginning of the flood for 1 blue on a ½ oz darter, and 2 schoolies. On FRIDAY I got word of big fish at Moriches that were on bunker. I did not find them. Those fish are heading east and I’ll bet that Montauk will be good this weekend. Scroll down to last year’s reports to check out how Montauk was in May of 2003. On Sunday I took out ON THE FLY to fish ebb water at Flanders. We clicked for 3 bass –one, on the fly. There are lots of fish on the move; Being at the right place at the right time is critical to catch fish this time of year. A good bet for consistency is the western Sound or western South Shore. As water temps increase and fish continue to move things will really heat up in middle and eastern Island locations. – TRIAL MEMBERSHIP---Have you been thinking about becoming a subscriber? Beginning today 5/10 I’ll give you a free trial until 5/17. You can check out articles, tips of the week, reports from other subscribers, and my reports. If your interested shoot me an e-mail.----See ya on the beach!--Bill


Report Date: Trial memebership begins tomorrow 0n 5/10

Fishing Report:
Have you been thinking about becoming a subscriber? Beginning tomorrow 5/10 I’ll give you a free trial until 5/17. You can check out articles, tips of the week, reports from other subscribers, and my reports. If your interested shoot me an e-mail.----See ya on the beach!--Bill


Report Date: WEEK of 4/26-5/2

Fishing Report:
I have been finding it hard to get out as of late due to home repairs. This week I start to concentrate on fishing and only fishing ONLY—NO HOUSE REPAIRS. On Tuesday I hit the back of Jones for 1 bass on a 3” wild eye. On Wednesday I hit the Peconic Bay area again and only found one bass on a 3” wild eye. On Thursday it was back to the Peconic, and 3” wild eyes for 1 bass. On Sunday I worked on my house all day and eventually took Mrs. Wetzel to the Peconic bay area for no fish. Lots of sand eels around though. I’m hitting the south shore tonight and perhaps tomorrow. Things are starting to heat up, and I expect to have a good weak as stripers are moving into open waters and starting to flood the back bays. A consistent weather pattern with some warmer temps will be the key this week. If you have been thinking about becoming a subscriber I am giving away a free week trail membership from May 10th – may 17th. If your interested just e-mail me and I will give you a temporary user id and password.


Report Date: Openings

Fishing Report:
Next weekend is all booked up, but I have Monday5/10 light tackle for weakies and bass open from 5-10pm and Tuesday 5/11 from 5-10pm. If you’re interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. Should be good.


Report Date: OPENINGS & CLOSINGS

Fishing Report:
Next weekend is all booked up, but I have Monday light tackle for weakies and bass open from 5-10pm and Tuesday from 5-10pm. If you’re interested give me a call at 631-987-6919. Should be good!


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I HAVE TWO light tackle OPENINGS FOR NEXT WEEKEND 3PM- 9PM ON SATURDAY AND 2: 30 – 8:30 ON SUNDAY. I have found sand eels in the back bays and the weather is heating up-- so should the fishing. It should be HOT! Call me if your interested—631-987-6919


Report Date: MSA BEACH CLEAN UP

Fishing Report:
MONTAUK SURFCASTERS meeting at 10am Sat May 1st at St. Theresas nursery school 1 block east of JONNYS B/T, beach clean up following metting at MONTAUK POINT, meet at the lower lot, all invited to attend


Report Date: Week of 4/19

Fishing Report:
Thank you, to all who attended my lecture. It was nice meeting everyone. ----Monday I made it down to Crab Meadow and fished the last of the ebb for no fish (strong south winds). Wednesday I hit Flanders just to poke around and see what was happening—not much, but I did see some bait—weakies very soon! Thursday I made my way to Hempstead Harbor and clicked for 8 bass –most on 3” wild eyes. Lots of big spearing around. On Friday I hit Hempstead harbor again but NE winds had the water dirty and water temps low so I did not give it much time. I start to really fish hard in a couple of weeks. I knew I was not going to get much fishing in April done this year, due to house repairs-- but this is ridiculous. I’ll be done soon—YEE HA!


Report Date: 4/19 A slow week @ least for me

Fishing Report:
I only managed to get out three times this week, twice in Hempstead Harbor, and today at Crab Meadow. DAMN HOUSE REPAIRS. No fish for me, but I have been told that Little Neck Bay has been red hot. Small wild eyes have been doing the job. With this warm weather, it will not be long before Eastern places like Moriches, Orient and Montauk get socked in with Stripers. It’s going to be fun! Don’t forget my lecture on Saturday at the Wantagh Library. Word has it that Mark Flynn from Long Island Rod Crafting MIGHT have some Beach Master plugs for sale that day!!! Stop by his shop for pre – game. He is located just east of the Wantagh Library on Park Ave. For directions and more on the lecture –scroll down. If you would like to get my daily reports, the NEW subscriber report section and much more just click on the subscriber section to learn how to join in.


Report Date: SEND ME YOUR REPORTS!!

Fishing Report:
Don't forget about the subscriber report section. I think it's a great way to share info to track the migration, of bait and gamefish. Don't worry I will NOT give out exact locations. COMON and send em to me.


Report Date: it has begun! 4/12

Fishing Report:
I finally made it out to Hempstead Harbor on Friday to fish high ebb. No fish and I did not see any bait. For more detailed daily reports click on the subscriber section and learn how to become a subscriber. New to the subscriber section is the subscriber report page. This gives all subscribers the opportunity to share their information and aid in tracking the migration of bait and gamefish. FREE LECTURE SATURDAY APRIL 24th-----I will be doing a free lecture at the Wantagh Public library on Saturday April 24th. The lecture is entitled the Ins and Out of Surf Fishing. There will be heavy concentration on reading different types of water (open beach, north, and south shore back bays, and Montauk) with video so you can see exactly what I’m talking about. How stripers hold to structure at different times of year under various weather conditions, and how to approach these conditions with a variety of plugs will also be addressed. In depth discussion on equipment (what works and what doesn’t) will be addressed. If I get to it bucktailing and eeling will also be discussed. The lecture begins at 11:30am until I feel like stopping -or 4:30-whatever comes first. So we will have lots of time for questions and topics. DIRECTIONS: From the Southern State pkwy take Wantagh Ave South, make right at light with McDonalds on the corner just before the train trestle. Library one block down on right hand side. See ya there! Maybe we can all hit the local pub after words??


Report Date: NEW page for subscribers-- reports begin soon!

Fishing Report:
I am going to wet a line very soon- perhaps tomorrow. Water temps are still very cold, so I do not expect much. Weekly reports will begin here, and daily reports will be on the subscriber’s page as soon as I begin. Subscribers are entitled to Tip Of The Week (which will be discontinued from mid April until mid December) Articles, Daily Reports and the NEW page Daily Subscribers Reports. So when I am not fishing (which hopefully will not be often) you can read what other rats are doing. To learn how to join just click on the subscriber section. Don’t forget the lecture at the Wantagh library April 24th. Scroll down for more info. See ya on he beach!


Report Date: FREE LECTURE SATURDAY APRIL 24th

Fishing Report:
I will be doing a free lecture at the Wantagh Public library on Saturday April 24th. The lecture is entitled the Ins and Out of Surf Fishing. There will be heavy concentration on reading different types of water (open beach, north, and south shore back bays, and Montauk) with video so you can see exactly what I’m talking about. How stripers hold to structure at different times of year under various weather conditions, and how to approach these conditions with a variety of plugs will also be addressed. In depth discussion on equipment (what works and what doesn’t) will be addressed. If I get to it bucktailing and eeling will also be discussed. The lecture begins at 11:30am until I feel like stopping -or 4:30-whatever comes first. So we will have lots of time for questions and topics. DIRECTIONS: From the Southern State pkwy take Wantagh Ave South, make right at light with McDonalds on the corner just before the train trestle. Library one block down on right hand side. See ya there! Maybe we can all hit the local pub after words??


Report Date: Directions to OBI

Fishing Report:
From Jones Beach Field 6 go East. Its about 1 mile past the entrance to Sore thumb on your right hand side. See ya there!!!


Report Date: Beach Clean up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Happy April--Time to begin

Fishing Report:
-------BEACH CLEAN UP! Matty blazer from noreast.com has been working hard to organize a beach clean up. It will begin in the old OBI parking lot at 8am this Saturday April 3rd. With the increased loss of beach access this is a chance to show the public that fishermen aid in the beauty of our beaches not destroy it. Please go to this one- I think it’s important. For more info go to noreast.com and click on the surf fishing forum. See ya there!------By Tuesday I plan on wetting a line so stay tuned!


Report Date: 3/23/04-- Here it comes!

Fishing Report:
Time draws near!!! These cold temps will most likely delay the season a little. We will have to wait and see how April pans out. I have not wet a line as of this writing, but have been doing some scouting. The dredging on the south shore should make things interesting this spring. I may hit Keyspan within the next couple of weeks, but would rather target some real cold water migraters, and learn a little something. So I’ll most likely target the cold water fish. The weekly reports will be coming soon so stay tuned.---- The subscriber section has been a success and Tips of the Week have included LOADING AGAINST THE SPLINE---SAFE YOUR RODS LIFE—A HAPPY HEALTHY CASTING FINGER—FISHING CROSSWINDS—DRESSING BUCKTAILS—CRUSHING BARBS--LEARN FROM A BLITZ --PAUSE YOUR BUCKTAIL--MAKE A POINT ---USE YOUR CANE, I MEAN YOUR ROD—DIG FAST DIG DEEP—CRIMP YOUR LEAD—THE FINGER TRICK—KEEP YOUR BUCKS CLEAN—FISH HARD. There are three articles that are up as well, THE LAST STRIPER by me APRIL SYNOPSIS by me, AND WEAKFISH STRADIGIES BY ZENO HROMIN. There has also been a little Q & A, and some other goodies. Soon my daily reports will be up, and Tip of the week will be discontinued for the fishing season. In its place will be a report section that will have subscriber reports only. Each report submitted by a subscriber will be reviewed by me to aid in ensuring accuracy, and to ensure specific locations are not given up. Articles will continue to be posted as much as possible during the season. I think the $25 subscriber fee is a good investment for ya! --- I still have good spring dates available if your interested in booking a trip. They are going fast this year so I recommend booking soon to get the best dates. ---I’ll be doing a FREE lecture at the Wantagh Library on April 24th at 11am. I will have more details next week, so stay tuned. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!! SOOOOOOON!


Report Date: HIGH HILL ACCEPTING MEMBERS

Fishing Report:
High Hill Striper Club,established in 1952 is accepting applications for membership.The Club's focus has always been on surf fishing,friendly competition with emphasis on catch and release.If you are interested in joining their club visit their website at HighHillStriperClub.com


Report Date: BOOK NOW!

Fishing Report:
Well folks it’s March and time to get my rear in gear. I have some scouting missions to take care of, as I plan on fishing some new light tackle flats this year. We will see how it goes. If you interested in booking I recommend doing it soon as my best spring dates are going pretty fast this year. Scroll down and check out how I did last spring and the spring before. Some pretty interesting topics regarding sand eels have been posted in the subscriber’s section, and daily reports will begin soon. To become a subscriber click on the subscriber link and learn how. The season is a upon us yee haaaaaaaaaaaa!


Report Date: Maintain Beach Access! Noreast.com

Fishing Report:
There is a good thread concerning beach clean up and access on Noreast.com It seems that many of us are complaining about the loss of beach access these days, and this is a chance to get the word out that surf fishermen are not a bunch of slobs. Hopefully will help send the message that we are “ keepers of the beach”. Please go to Noreast.com, go to the discussion board,and click on to the surf fishing forum. My hope is that if this takes off the media will also get involved, as I feel it is extremely important that the public views surf casters as environmentally conscious. I would also encourage everyone to join LIBBA and the Montauk Surfcasters Association as theses groups really advocate for access, and do the dirty work to keep are beaches clean. The following is the thread started by Matty Blazer at Noreast.com. If you choose to help out please let em know you found out about the thread on this site.-------------------------- “Based on lost access to some beaches recently, I’m thinking that if a massive clean up were to take place that is not sponsored by one particular group, we could gain some respect. If this were to be a “libba” or “Noreast” event it would not have the same effect as what I’d like to do. If we were to organize to some degree and meet up on a date or weekend with enough force we could show everyone how “fishermen” are as a group, and next time someone says that the fishermen mess up the beaches any one of us can correct them!!! There are several ways that this can happen, meet at one spot then split up, or have several meeting points. The different clubs will be represented by its members, so that instead of one club getting credit for this action, it would be us! So lets get the ball rolling and show everyone how well we can organize and get things done, because once we prove that we are dedicated to an effort than it makes people in the towns and local governments understand how we can get together as one loud voice and potentially change the outcome of elections, and other votes.” A good idea!! Lets support it---Bill


Report Date: A Q & A FROM THE FREEPORT SHOW

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THE FOLLOWING IS AN E-MAIL I RECEIVED TODAY I THOUGHT i WOULD SHARE-------- Bill,------ Thanks for another one of your highly informative and highly motivational seminars...namely today's edition at the Freeport show. The hour went so quickly that I wasn't able to ask you a question or two; if you don't mind, maybe I can ask you in this forum: 1. On the Montauk south side map, is the sandbar on the east side of the cove a typical occurrence for this type of structure, or is it something that just happened to form in one instance in 2003? 2. We are all concerned about water clarity at Montauk....what winds lend themselves to good clarity, and which ones tend to make the water more muddy out there? Any generalizations? Thanks again for the info today and the motivational factor too! Regards- Chris Rance-------------- Hi Chris -- Thanks for coming to my lecture! RE: quest 1.--From Shag to Ditch Plains Montauks structure remains pretty much consistent. There are changes that take place after storms and strong heaves. When these changes occur they are more permanent then you would find on a sand beach, but will not necessarily last forever. For example False bar is no where near the bar it used to be. Storms, beach erosion and the rebuilding of the light house have all played a role. #2-- Usually you will find that wind will not create muddy conditions in Montauk. More likely dirty water will be created hard rains that erode the bluffs, which dump their sand and silt into the suds. If your not a subscriber to my site please consider becoming one. You will receive information through tips, reports, and articles that you probably will not find anywhere else.--------- See ya on the beach! Bill


Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW -THANK YOU!

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Thanks to all who came by my booth, booked trips, subscribed to the site, bought raffle tickets, came to my lectures, and shot the S with me. It was a lot of fun! CONGRADULATIONS to new subscriber FRANK MIALE, who won a full day trip to hit the suds with me. Also thank you to Foul Mouth Bob, No Truck Kenny, Gerry the Preacher, and Buck tail Charlie for helping out with my booth! The spring is starting to book up fast so if you’re interested in booking I recommend doing it soon so I can give you a good date. If you have a club or a group of friends that want to subscribe to the site- discount group rates are available. On a side note I can’t remember being this pumped up for a season. Usually I am pretty burnt all winter from the previous season. On my way to the show on Friday my surf rods made a nice winter addition to my buggy, which frankly corrupted my mind, and bush whacked the way to obsessive thought patterns about pounding the suds and landing monster stripers. Mmmmmmmm boy!


Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW

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The New York Federation 22nd Annual Sport fishing Forum and Auction will be held at the Freeport Recreational center February 13th, 14th, and 15th. There will be 25 seminars that all can learn from. I will be lecturing on Saturday from 10am-10:55am - Targeting Spring Stripers will be the subject. I am going to mix it up a little from last year and the focus will be light tackling the back bays. Water temps, and finesse baits like, teasers, fin-s, slug-so, curly tails, and small tins will be addressed. What type of structure to look for in the back bays, how to fish it, and where to look will also be addressed. On Sunday from 11am – 11:55 am I will lecture on Plugging the Surf. Last year I went over various plugs and how to use them. This year the concentration will be plugging big surf conditions such as big white Montauk water. I only have an hour for each lecture which isn’t a heck of a lot of time, but maybe I’ll able to get it all in this year. DIRECTIONS- From the Southern State- take the Meadowbrook Pkwy South to Merrick Rd west. The rec center is about ¼ mile down on left hand side. On April 24th I will be doing a free lecture at the Wantagh public library--stay tuned for more info.. See ya there! Scroll down for subscription info.


Report Date: NEED A SPEAKER?

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Have a club and need a speaker? Give me a call. I will give it my all, and lecture about what aspects of surf fishing your members are most interested in. 631-987-6919-------------The Freeport show is coming, stay tuned for more info.----------------- The following are tips that have been given in the subscribers section---DON’T LOOSE YOUR COW—LOADING AGAINST THE SPLINE---SAFE YOUR RODS LIFE—A HAPPY HEALTHY CASTING FINGER—FISHING CROSSWINDS—DRESSING BUCKTAILS—CRUSHING BARBS--LEARN FROM A BLITZ --PAUSE YOUR BUCKTAIL—This weeks tip: MAKE A POINT ---A long with this I have given away a free trip. The article The Last Striper is up, and this week I added my April 2003 synopsis, which includes my approach to April, predictions for 2004 and the stats. To become a subscriber click on the subscriber section and learn how. May your Lines be tight in 2004--


Report Date: 1/20 NEW RATES Book now for 2003 rates

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I think my rates remain very reasonable this year. I have kept it at $195 for one person for a full day. That has been the same for about 3 years. A full day for 2 people I raised from $250 to $260. I raised a half day $10—(I hardly ever do half days). The Montauk August trophy trips I raised the most-- from $270 to $300 for one or two people. Several factors went into that decision. We usually fish a lot more than six hours, I only can book a very limited amount of charters, and I go though an enormous amount of eels as this is the primary bait we will use, and I loose many of them due to the warm temps. IF YOU BOOK BEFORE FEB. 1ST I WILL HONOR 2003 RATES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The Freeport show is coming stay tuned for more info.----------------- The following are tips that have been given in the subscribers section---DON’T LOOSE YOUR COW—LOADING AGAINST THE SPLINE---SAFE YOUR RODS LIFE—A HAPPY HEALTHY CASTING FINGER—FISHING CROSSWINDS—DRESSING BUCKTAILS—CRUSHING BARBS NEW TIPS--LEARN FROM A BLITZ --PAUSE YOUR BUCKTAIL--A long with this I have given away a free trip and the article The Last Striper-is up!. To become a subscriber click on the subscriber section and learn how. May your Lines be tight in 2004--Bill


Report Date: HAPPY NEW YEAR-PERMITS---1/7/04

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The New York State permits are now available until the end of April. More importantly get your Caumsett permit NOW, as half of them of have been sold and once they are gone they are gone. You can pick it up at Belmont Lake State Park or Caumsett State Park for $30.---------------The following are tips that have been given in the subscribers section---DON’T LOOSE YOUR COW—LOADING AGAINST THE SPLINE---SAFE YOUR RODS LIFE—A HAPPY HEALTHY CASTING FINGER—FISHING CROSSWINDS—DRESSING BUCKTAILS—CRUSHING BARBS—A long with this I have given away a free trip and there are many upcoming articles. The first entitled article is The Last Striper-coming soon!. To become a subscriber click on the subscriber section to learn how. May your Lines be tight in 2004--Bill


Report Date: THANK YOU & HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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I WANT TO THANK ALL OF YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT ( I can’t tell you how much it is appreciated), AND WISH YOU ALL A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS, A HAPPY HANUKAH, AND A FISH FILLED NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!---Bill -------------PS If you would like to buy a last minute gift certificate I can e-mail it to you so you will have it for Christmas.


Report Date: AND THE WINNER IS????????

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Congratulations to Craig Selby! Craig won the trip giveaway and choose to spend it in Montauks May Surf. May in Montauk has been very good to me over the years and hopefully I'll be able to put Craig on to some nice bass. THINK SAND EELS & HERRING!! Scroll down the non-subscribers section for May 2003 and 2002. It might be interesting to compare your notes with mine.--Bill


Report Date: TRIP GIVEAWAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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FREE TRIP GIVEAWAY TO THE FIRST CALLER AT 631-987-6919. YOU MUST BE A CURRENT PAYED SUBSCRIBER TO WIN. THIS TRIP IS GOOD FOR A FULL DAY TRIP FOR ONE PERSON ONLY. WE WILL FISH ANYWHERE ON LONG ISLAND THE WINNER WANTS TO FISH. THIS GIVEAWAY MUST BE USED BETWEEN APRIL 15TH, 2004 AND AUGUST 1ST 2004. THANK YOU FOR SUBSCRIBING AND GOOD LUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MAYBE THE WINNER AND I WILL BANG SOME 50S DARE I SAY 60S-- HEE HEE.


Report Date: FREE TRIP

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IN APPREATIATION TO THOSE OF WHO HAVE BECOME SUBSCRIBERS THE CHARTER GIVE AWAY IS COMING VERY VERY SOON!!!. SO STAY TUNED FOR THE GIVEAWAY. ARTICALS, TIPS, DETAILED REPORTS, YEARLY STATS, AND WHAT EVER ELSE I CAN DRUMB UP WILL BECOME A REGULAR OCCURANCE------------ HAPPY HOLIDAYS-BILL----TO BECOME A SUBSCRIBER, CLICK ON THE SUBSCRIBER SECTION AND LEARN HOW.


Report Date: 12/11

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ATTENTION--Jeff Robinson please e-mail me--Thank you---Still fish around folks!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Report Date: WEEK OF 12/1

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I did not get many days this week in, and the time I did put in was down right cooooooold. On 12/2 Tuesday I went to Montauk to fish the hard NW west into the night. It was brutal out there, but I banged 3 bass to the low twenties on bottle plugs. Nobody on the beach that night! On 12/3 I made my way out to Long Beach to find loads of birds outside of casting range, but could not reach a single fish. Nighttime was no different. There are still plenty of fish to be caught. Tomorrow SW winds should put some bait and stripers on our South Shore Beaches. ----Thinking about becoming a subscriber?? Besides daily detailed reports, there have been some pretty good weekly tips like spicing up bucktails, modifying plugs, and preventing line twist. Now that fishing season is winding down along will come my thoughts and stats for the season and predictions for the next season. Articles will also make there way into the subscribers section. In addition For subscribers only I will be giving away a free trip within the next week. Click on the subscriber’s section to learn how to become a subscriber. I have gift certificates for the holidays and am NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2004 SEASON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Report Date: Week in review 12/1/03

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Not much to report this week as I spent most of the holiay with family. I don't think there should be any holidays, weddings, or birthdays during the fall---hee hee. I fished Monday and Wednesday on the South Shore for no fish.For more and tip of the week become a subscriber. Just click on the subscriber section to learn how. I'll be fishing fairly hard this week ---I hope --so stay tuned. There are still good numbers of fish around. Tomorrow I may even hit MECCA and fish in 25 knot NW wind in my face with 20 degree air temps. IT WILL BE FUN!!!!


Report Date: STILL GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 11/29

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HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have not fished since 11/27 as I had to go away for the holidays. I'll post the weekly report by Monday. I most will likely focus most of my efforts on the South Shore, but if we get the wind and tide I want I'll head out to Montauk for a few innings. There are still plenty of Stripers to be caught!---------Pete (Chumface)-Please e-mail me as I do not have you e-mail address for the subscribers section--thank you.


Report Date: WEEK IN REVIEW

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It was a slow tough week, but on the bright side we have had warm weather which will most likely extend the season, and there has been plenty of bait around.-------SUNDAY --I had a double charter so we fished for over 12 hours. We did not find any fish until the night. 3 bass to 17lbs in the Long Beach area on 7" bombers. Tuesday--------I hit the Long Beach area again for the night thing to fish SE winds and banged 3 bass to 23lbs on Gibbs bottle plugs.----Wednesday--Big water SE winds moved to south No fish. Things seemed to shut down after that blow!--Friday I hit Moriches and found ZERO. Saturday I took my charter to the Long Beach area and only managed 1 schoolie. Tonight I hit FI inlet to find lots of bait including herring but nothing on them. Like I said sloooooooow. Fear not -judging from the amount of bait in the water, water temps, and weather patterns I think we have plenty of good fishing left into Decemberrrrrrr. FOR DETAILED DAILY REPORTS,TIPS AND UPCOMING ARTICLES BECOME A SUBSCRIBER. JUST CLICK ON THE SUBSCRIBER SECTION TO LEARN HOW. I WILL BE GIVING AWAY A FREE TRIP TO SUBSCRIBERS ONLY ON THE NEXT FEW WEEKS. I ALSO HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE SUNDAY AFTER THANKSGIVING. GIVE ME A CALL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP.


Report Date: ATTENTION

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GARY SOLDATI--PLEASE E-MAIL ME AS I DO NOT HAVE YOUR E-MAIL ADDRESS FOR THE SUBSCRIBERS SECTION. THANK YOU----HEADING OUT TO LONG BEACH TONIGHT. I WILL HAVE THE WEEKLY REPORT UP BY MONDAY.-BILL


Report Date: OPENINGS

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I have openings for Monday night and Thanksgiving weekend. Give me a call if you would like to book. 631-987-6919--I think the fishing will be good. Stay tuned for a weekly report or become a subscriber for daily reports and more. Click on the subscriber section to learn more. -------See ya on the beach!!--Bill


Report Date: TUESDAY

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Good fishing the South Shore beaches tonight. Bass to 23 lbs. I have openings for this week and weekend.Good south shore tides and consistant weather this week should make things very interesting. I thought I would share with you a nice e-mail from my Sunday booking.--Hi Bill, I just want to thank you for being a tireless, relentless, dogged, dyed-in-the-wool surf rat and for using that to help us find fish yesterday!! No one else would work as hard for those cows hell-bent on heading south. I knew we had our work cut out for us with that glassy surf, but you kept at it until we found' em. I had a great day yesterday in spite of the fact that we didn't hook up until dark. As we discussed, we both felt more confident when dusk fell anyway, and one we saw all that whitebait spraying it was only a matter of time before some bass found them. Keep up the good work, the excellent website and I look forward to our next trip! Sincerely, John--Thanks John!


Report Date: 11/11 - 11/16 Week in Review

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It was a decent week this week, but I had to fish hard and really look for the fish to find them. I got word that Jones inlet came alive during mid week and some casters were describing it as the best fishing they ever had. I personally was not in on those fish awe shucks! TUESDAY- I got into some nice fish at FI inlet and was a happy caster with 22 bass to 17 lbs. On Wed I hit FI inlet again and managed 6 light tackle bass on mambo minnows. Thursday was the blow out, but I heard of some decent shots of fish taken at Jones inlet. Friday I worked my way to Long Beach and banged 8 bass to 15 lbs on popeye bucktails. On Saturday Long Beach saw Blitz action, but there was so much bait in the water my charter and I could only get two bass to take our offerings. On Sunday I had a double 5AM - 7PM, and concentrated most efforts in Long Beach and a little bit in the Zachs bay area. We did not find the fish until after dark in Long Beach when we banged 3 bass between 14 and 17lbs on 7" Bombers. Lots of white bait in the dark. For more detailed reports click on the subscribers section and learn how to become a subscriber. I will also be giving away a free trip to a lucky subscriber within the next few weeks!!! I have South Shore openings for this week and next weekend. I think we will have a good night bite this week as temps are supposed to remain consistant and there is always a good shot at a daytime blitz. Give me a call or e-mail if you would like to book a trip. See ya on the beach! Bill


Report Date: 11/14/03

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There has been lots of movement of peanuts bass and blues from FI inlet to Jones inlet this week. I have manged some good shots of fish and plan on heading out tonight. I'm booked for this weekend but have openings during the week of 11/17 and the weekend of 11/22. If your interested give me a call. For a more detailed report and other goodies become a subscriber.----TO SUBSCRIBE----------The subscription section has begun. Subscribers are entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.---------WIN A TRIP---—In appreciation to all those who subscribe, I will be giving away one full day trip between November 15th and Dec 15th. The trip will be for one person only and will be good for anytime and anywhere for the 2004 season. This will only be available to subscribers, and I will give more details as we move closer to those dates. Tight lines--Bill


Report Date: HOT ACTION AND OPENINGS

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I had some hot action tonight on the South shore. If you were interested in booking now is the time!. I have openings on Wednesday Friday and Saturday. For a more detailed report and a chance to win a free trip become a subscriber. Scroll down to find out how. See ya on the beach!--bill


Report Date: Saturday and Sunday---WIN A TRIP!

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Saturday 3:45am - 10am NW wind. I took the Lizard King Ken Braun to fish FI inlet. In the dark we threw darters, bottle plugs,and wildeyes to no fish. By light we worked our way to Robert Moses to find a black cloud of birds east and out of the surf zone. We waited for the tide to turn, but they never came in and we went fishless for the morning. I want to thank the guys who helped me get into my truck as I locked the keys in them, and could have been stuck for a long time. Thanks guys!! I got word of some stupid fishing on the sand beaches of Montauk,so I hopped in my buggy after saying good bye to the Lizard and headed east. I stopped and got a couple of hours of shut eye on the way and was in Montauk waters by 3:00 pm.Back and forth from Ditch to Napeque (spell)for nada. Lots of big dead blues washed up on the beach. I heard they were chasing juvenile weakfish? Man the whole day without a fish, but wait there is more! By 5pm I was eating in Pizza Village and crashed out in my buggy by about 6pm --totally missing the lunar eclipse. My next charter with Mark Deangelis came at 11pm - 5am to fish the howling North winds. Yes North NOT NW--North! DAMN! We started out on the North side for no fish. Man was it cold. Don't you just hate sleeping in your buggy when it is below freezing. Then waking up to find your body nice and toasty in the sleeping bag, and the top of your head is completely frozen. Then there is always the great pleasure of crawling out of the bag and turning on the buggy. Thank God for auto starts. Anyway we eventually hit the sand beaches and even got deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side tossing eels and plugs. One bump the whole night. So lets see about 14 or 15 hours of fishing without a fish. Not to worry! There are loads of bait in FI inlet. If the place did not bust loose today it will very soon! The subscriber area begins tomorrow , but I will still give general reports in this area and make annoouncements-- so subscribe or just stay tuned. --TO SUBSCRIBE----------The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.---------WIN A TRIP---—In appreciation to all those who subscribe, I will be giving away one full day trip between November 15th and Dec 15th. The trip will be for one person only and will be good for anytime and anywhere for the 2004 season. This will only be available to subscribers, and I will give more details as we move closer to those dates. Tight lines--Bill


Report Date: Montauk-A good plan gone bad--win a trip!

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What a night! I read today’s weather report, SW wind tonight 20-25 knots. I thought I needed to read no more, and was ready to cast to some fine stripers tonight in Montauk. My thinking was, I had found some temporary resident bass in Montauk and they would be there as long as the temps remained consistent. What makes me think they were resident bass? The bass I kept the other day had crabs in her stomach, telling me she had been most likely feeding in the shallows. Also the pick of fish I had the other day was a consistent but steady pick. Not fast and furious and then ending, and not a fish every 2 hours. Nice and steady indicating there was a good population of fish holding there, and they were not moving. Anyway I had this great plan to fish high out with SW winds and expected to bang some bass. As soon as I pulled my buggy on to the beach lightening reared its zany head. I quickly took off the spikes and slapped on an eel and landed a mid teen bass on the first cast. Their here! I thought. By my second cast came more lightening, and by about my fifth cast lightening was so close I saw spots. I hoped in my buggy and headed home very depressed, because I know that could be the end of any resident fish that will hold there for the rest of the year—not to mention it would have most likely have been an excellent night. NW winds and dropping temps will push them out. Oh well—it will push them in to other areas.-----In appreciation to all those who have subscribed and are planning to subscribe, I will be giving away one full day trip between November 15th and Dec 15th. The trip will be for one person only and will be good for anytime and anywhere for the 2004 season. This will only be available to subscribers, and I will give more details as we move closer to those dates. If you would like to subscribe just scroll down and read yesterdays report to learn how.—Thanks--bill


Report Date: 11/4 TUESDAY

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After attempting to complete a few house repairs (believe me it was a poor attempt) it was off to Montauk with those solid E-NE winds. My old fishing buddy Pete fished the big clean water with me from 4:30pm – 8:30pm. It was good to wet a line with Pete, as we have not fished together this year, and have had many nutty fishing and non- fishing adventures over the past 20 years to catch up on. We began on the North side and I ventured out on a rock that was a little too far. The big water swept me off my perch, and I was swimming face first in the white froth. I lost my Manley pliers, 2 SS needlefish and my leader wallet. The worst wipe of the year, and I did not get wet, thanks to my Aquaskin neoprene top—what a great top! In the dark we headed over to another couple areas on the north side for nada. We waded for the tide to ebb, and headed deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side. The perfect water, swallowed the points and coves we were about to fish. Big white and clean. I screamed to Pete over the roar of an angry surf “this is big fish water”. We waded out to a point and I banged a teeny tiny right away on a yellow SS darter. That would be our only fish for the night. We were not there at the tide I wanted to fish with the wind that was present. If we had been there at low flood I am confident we would have had a good night, but sometimes you have to fish when you can—well I guess that is all the time.------------------- SUBCRIBTIONS------The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.—Tight Lines--bill


Report Date: working on the house--Monday

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No fishing tonight as I had to do some house repairs. I'll should be in MECCA tomorrow night --yahooooo! SUBSCRIBER SECTION--The correct address is as seenh below. For some reason I was not getting mail there? It should be ok now!!-------The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792---Thank You--Bill


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Report Date: O Yeah!

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The last report was MONTAUK.-- Subscribers---Also If you have sent a check to the provided address and got your mail returned please let me know.


Report Date: 11/1 -11/2 Saturday - Sunday

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My 10:30pm charter last night was a no show, and I was geared up and in the water by 11:00 pm – 3am. A beautiful night with temps in the high 50’s, no wind, and if the fish would not keep me occupied a night sky showing off the heavens would. I banged around on the North side for about 1.5 hours throwing bottle plugs and darters for no fish. Eventually I made my way to one of the spots I like with a high flood and decent swell. I began casting snakes, and with my first cast I banged a 22lb bass. With only two snakes in the live well I really needed to be careful not to loose them on a cast. I banged 5 more bass all mid to upper teens on the only 2 eels I had. After loosing my eels at high tide I began throwing plugs but could not find another fish. I don’t think it was lack of eels, but change of tide the disrupted the bite. These fish were all muscle fish, very aggressive and very thick with no sea lice. A good night, makes an excellent dinner this evening!--Bill


Report Date: 10/31 DUSK Happy Halloween

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Despite the traffic, high prices, and sometimes attitudes, we are truly blessed to live on Long Island. I think some people forget that we are actually on an Island, surrounded by some of the most diverse fishing you will find anywhere. Tonight I was reminded of this as I entered the Back Bay area of the South Shores State channel. A good south wind at my back made for quiet serene conditions. As flock of Canadian geese flew overhead, and for a moment, I almost got the feeling of flight as I listened to breeze created from the motion of one hundred or so wings. The hews of a fading sun caressed the waters edge, and took with it the green grass now browning from the autumn chill. Not a soul to the left or right of me. All alone. There was no place that I would rather be on the planet than where I was with an ebbing tide. Sometimes I can forget all we have here on the Island-- but not often. I threw Wild eyes most of the night. Retrieve after retrieve and not a bump. When you fish a lot, you or at least I--- get into a rythem where I do not change things up, such as different retrieves. I have a solid arsenal of retrieves I can use, but sometimes I just forget to use them. I know that sounds strange, but when you get into a routine that works sometimes you forget other strategies. I normally retrive the wild eyes slow enough to just keep it off the bottom. Something clicked in my head after about 60 casts that I have many more effective retrieves. The next cast I burned the wild eye on the surface so that it’s wobbling tail created a nice wake and—wack a nice low teen bass. It was my only fish of the night, but without getting away from my routine I would have never hooked up. It is good to recognize, and be reminded of the subtle things now and then. ---------------------------- SUBSCIBERS-----I understand that there is a problem with the provided address for the subscriber’s section. I will look into tomorrow and advise as to what the problem is.


Report Date: 10/30 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
DUSK----West winds, and the thought of big white juicy water gave me the grandiose idea that I was going to bang many large while gasping for air between each wave set. I fished FI inlet to find the water to be slightly dirty but very fishable. It was fun getting banged around by the white water, but I only managed one blue on a pencil pop. I’ll bet that night casters will to well as there are loads of bait around.—I still have openings for Thursday Friday and the weekend.SUBCRIBTIONS------The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792.


Report Date: 10/28 Report, openings, subcribtions

Fishing Report:
Got out this morning in the Zachs bay area to fish the high flood. The bright sun made for tough conditions and I did not catch one fish . I had on the polarized shades and saw loads and loads of bait! Think I’ll go back?—I have openings this week from 10/29 – 11/1-----SUBCRIBTIONS------The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Thank you for visiting my site, and of course booking trips with me.—Bill—I got some nice e-mails this morning. The following e-mail is from one of my regular customers, and an excellent fisherman as well.-----Hi Bill, My money order is going out in today's mail! THANKS SO MUCH for a great service! For people like me that, at least at this point in my life, due to kids, cannot fish as much as I would like to, it is helpful to keep a "pipeline" of info going so I can at least have a good idea what's going on where. THANKS AGAIN!! PS - I will DEFINITELY be booking with you again, possibly b-fore the end of the year!! Sincerely, John Toro


Report Date: POTENTIAL SUBSCRIBERS

Fishing Report:
The subscription section will begin on 11/10/03. Subscribers will be entitled to the same reports everyone has been enjoying for the past two seasons. Non-Subscribers will be able to read a weekly general report. In addition subscribers will enjoy articles by myself, fellow surf rats, and possibly other well-known surf fishing authors. Articles will focus on the technical and spiritual aspects of our sport, and will offer unique insight for the seasoned surf rat, as well as the novice. Over the winter I will break down my season from month to month with statistics, thoughts, and predictions. Scroll down this report section and you will find last years stats. As the subscriber’s section grows there will be more additions for your enjoyment. The fee is $25 per year. Upon receiving your check or money order I will send you an e-mail with your confirmed user ID and password, which you will be able to use immediately. ----TO BECOME A SUSCRIBER---Send your check or money order, with your e-mail address, and preferred user ID and password to Bill Wetzel PO Box 131 Wading River, NY 11792. Thank you for visiting my site, and of course booking trips with me.--Bill


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have openings for the North or South shores this week and Weekend. OCT 29th - Nov 2nd. The fishing is very good right now! Call me to book at 631-987-6919.


Report Date: 10/26 SOUTH SHORE

Fishing Report:
Travis Neel aka “onthefly” and his buddy Mike booked me for some south shore action from 1:30pm- 7:30pm. South winds and clouds with some rain made for nice conditions. We began by hitting the Zachs bay area for no fish. By 4pm we hit FI inlet and were tossing 2-3 oz bucktails out on a bar, with a flood tide, into an angry ocean, with waves breaking over our heads---FUUUUUUUUUN! We banged 5 bass and a blue out on the bar with Travis doing most of the damage. On our way back I was horrified to see my backpack with my 9’ Lami and VS 250 sitting on top of it floating away in a deep trough. I had left it up on a bar, apparently not far enough up on the sand. I made a full sprint, with my body weighed down by fishing gear fishing gear, through the sand and water in an attempt to capture my gear. Meanwhile Travis began casting his bucktail in an attempt to snag the sack, which he did, saving my truck keys, backpack, rod and reel. Thank you! Watch out for those rising tides! We hit another bar and Travis banged 2 more bass on wild eyes. We ended the evening by opening a bottle of fine wine provided by Travis and discussing the parallels of great wine and great surfcasting.


Report Date: MONTAUK 10/24

Fishing Report:
Very light North winds made for a pleasant night of fishing, but the death of the wind did not bring life to Mecca. Andrew from Connecticut booked me from 1am – 8am, and we began on the North side. There I took one bass on a yellow SS darter and dropped a couple more. Eventually we made are way over to the south side and my needlefish was getting bumped by small fish on every cast, but I could only manage 2 shorties. Then came dawn, and small bass were rolling at our feet. Tons of bait and very little white water made these fish tough to catch. Bucktails, wild eyes, pencils, and even Mr. Bob Hahn could not do the job—despite my ancient chants for Mr. Hahn to come out and play. We eventually moved on and found blitzing blues on the North side just on the end of our cast. We each managed 2 blues on pencil pops.-- I got word of 2 upper 40 fish taken on the South Side. If this word is true good job to the casters. There is a still lot of bait in Montauk and potential blitz action! I’ll be on the South Shore tomorrow. Stay tuned.----On a side note I got my fall AQUA SKIN top. Awesome. I fished two nights with it so far and stayed warm and dry- even after getting smacked by some waves on the south side this morning. I did not think it was possible, but the Aqua skin was more comfortable than my old Dry Core. It is an awesome top! If you want to learn more about the Skins, just click on their banner on my sponsor page.


Report Date: 10/22 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
NW winds about 15-20 knots got me thinking the south shore might be a little slow. NOT THE CASE! I fished the FI inlet area from 5pm-9pm and found peanuts and herring up the ying yang with plenty of bass on them. Yes I said herring. There was so much bait it made fishing tough, and I only managed 5 bass into the low teens even tough there was blitz action! There were a few other casters around throwing top water plugs that were not taking any fish. Bucktails worked as close to the bottom under the schools of bait was the way to go. The fishing right now is HOT! If you were thinking about booking -I recommend doing it now. Call me if you’re interested in catching some nice stripers 631-987-6919. I’ll be in the south tonight again-so stay tuned.-Bill


Report Date: 10/21 MORICHES

Fishing Report:
A VERY INTERESTING EVEING OF SURF FISHING. On my way to Moriches I went by the old OBI. With all the memories there, I had to stop to check out the wreckage. As I walked down to the beach I noticed a garbage can and an igloo cooler. Both with blood on them. The first thing that went through my mind was body parts? Upon closer inspection I found the garbage can full of fresh stripers. I opened the cooler more stripers. About 20-25 fish in all. There were no tags on the fish, and there were drag marks from the cooler and garbage can from the water across the sand to the beach. It was obvious to me that scum had recently dropped a load of illegal fish via boat, and would soon be back to pick it up. I called up Freddy Goloforo from the fisherman to obtain the DEC phone number. While I was attempting to contact DEC along comes MR Scum. A red Nissan Pick up truck. The scum gets out of his truck and heads towards the fish. I pull up in my buggy to take his plate number. The scum the takes a look at me gets back in his pick up and takes off. There was also another garbage can in the back of his truck. DEC shows up about ½ hour later. The officer staked out the area but the scum did not return. The DEC officer let me know he would pay the scum a visit, but there is nothing he could do because I did not see him actually touch the fish. Too bad I spooked the scum. It’s my guess the scum had been doing this a long while a selling illegal fish. Most of the fish were in the 20 lb class. Keep your eyes open and notify the authorities when you see such illegal activities.-------------Eventually I made my way out to Moriches after my charter cancelled. SW wind and lots of big water. I broke out the 4 oz bucks the red rind and banged 6 bass to about 14 lbs. Nice big water--- nice night. The south shore is hot folks. I’ll be back out there somewhere tomorrow. I have a Thursday opening and an opening Sat and Sunday. See ya on the beach! YA HOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!


Report Date: 10/18-10/19 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
My heart has been with Montauk as of late. I just can’t seem to get enough of MECCA this year. Thursday and Friday I had to take off due to a wedding and a birthday. I would like to make a move for no weddings and or births during the fall run! Thank you. Saturday I got out with a light NW wind from4pm-10pm. I hit the south side and found bass and blues on white bait at dusk. 3 bass to 14 lbs and about 5 blues all on white on white bucks. With the NW I figured there might be some bass to the North side fish on the ebb. I banged two more in the dark on SS yellow darters, and dropped what I thought was a nice fish—oh well. SUNDAY 2pm-8pm I took out Ken Newton from Boston for his first ever trip to Montauk. North winds. We hit the North for some casting lessons then over to the South Side, back to the North side, over to deeeeeeep on the south side, back over to the North side to fish darters in the dark. Not a bump! I never liked straight North winds at Montauk! Depending on the winds I may hit the South shore next weekend. I’ll be on the south shore tomorrow—I think—so stay tuned. I have the following openings. 10/21 evening, 10/22 evening, 10/23 evening & 10/25 morning. If you would like to book a trip give me a call at 631-987-6919. -----------RE: THE SUSCRIBERS AREA—It is not up and running yet, and I will post it here when it is ready to go. In addition to my regular reports I plan on doing weekly articles. Some of the articles will be written by me others by fellow surf rats. The goal of the articles will be to focus on the more technical aspects of surf fishing rather than general information. The report section will be exactly the same as what you have been reading-nothing more and nothing less. For those of you who do not choose to subscribe there will be a weekly general report section. I will have full details when everything is ready to go. See ya on the beach! Bill


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have the following openings. I have one opening left for this weekend.MONTAUK Sat 12pm-dusk. With the forcast I expect it to be good!----------Sat NW wind 10 to 15 kt. Seas 2 to 3 ft. Sat Night W wind 10 to 15 kt. Seas around 2 ft. Sun W wind 20 to 25 kt. Seas building to 3 to 5 ft. Sun Night N wind 20 to 25 kt. Seas 4 to 6 ft. ----I have an opening for the SOUTH SHORE on 10/21,10/22,and 10/23(Tues,Wed,Thur). MONTAUK--10/25 12am-6am. If your interested call me at 631-987-6919--Thanks--Bill


Report Date: 10/15 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
West winds 30-40 knots. I had to cancel my Caumsett charter, because of them. So where to go? Ahhh- Montauk –where else? Yes the wind was blowing and nearly blew me off of my rock on several occasions. Yes the South side was chocolate milk, but the North side was fishable –very fishable. I managed 10 bass most in the mid teens from 5pm-8: 30pm. Seven in the day on 11/2 oz bucks with white 240s rind, and 3 at night on Gibbs yellow bottle plugs-They did not want the black tonight. Lots of daytime blitz fisherman prowling around, but as soon as night fell I had the beach to myself—well almost. On a side note I have always felt it rewarding to challenge myself to try to find fish in any condition. I have even fished during hurricanes. Stupidity? Perhaps. It’s all about learning a little something more, about the hunt. Tonight my thinking was to get out to Montauk before it became dirty. There should be some colliding currents trapping bait with the unusual wind-especially in the area I thought the fish would be. This time my thinking paid off. Scroll down to last nights report. There, I went under perfect conditions, but made the wrong move. Happens-but that’s what makes the game so interesting. I still have openings for this weekend 10/18 & 10/19. I also have openings for 10/25/& 10/26. These will all be Montauk openings. It should remain hot out there-especially after seeing bait holding in today’s wind. If you would like to book call me at 631-987-6919. --Bill


Report Date: 10/15 Tuesday More Montauk

Fishing Report:
Fishing is never an exact science-if it was they would call it catching. Tonight I was reminded of this. The SE winds were blowing, and I knew I would have clean white water in Montauk. Speeding in my buggy all the way out, listening to AC/DC, and thinking of all the slobs I was going to catch got my mind reeling. Perfect conditions to get deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep I kept telling myself. I arrived in MECCA about 6 pm and was in the suds by 6:30. I got deeeeeep on the South side until about 7:30pm for not a bump. Conditions were perfect. On my way to the bluffs I stopped in the lot to say hello to my buddies—Wild Bill, Delaware Bud, Charlie, and Super Strike Don Musso. I got my chops busted pretty good as even Charlie said the fishing on the south side was “unbelievable. Bass were jumping up on the rocks chasing the white bait.” Wild Bill said he had over 40 bass since midnight and he was making the “wrong moves”. Yeah yeah rub it in! I hung my head low, thanked Bud for the cheese and crackers and went to the bluffs. One bass short -8lbs took a black Gibbs bottle plug. I quit around 9:15pm. Can’t win em all!--Bill PS--I have openings for this weekend call me if your interested--631-987-6919


Report Date: 10/9-10/13 MONTAUK & OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
Since my time is very limited lately, mainly due to the fall run, this report is obviously late and I will attempt to make it short. –FRIDAY—4:30 am-10: 30am—I started Peter Gulick on the South side where we banged 31 bass on wild eyes by night and bucktails and pencil pops by day. Most of the fish were around 30” and in the dark. Not much on the North side that morning. FRIDAY 3pm-9pm-It was time to take the LIZARD KING out-- Ken Braun. We began on the South side after seeing a blitz, but by the time we got to it we only managed 1 bass. We made our way to the North side and fished the crowds. Blitzing fish were in and out and—(I believe??) we had 7 more bass between us. The King caught his largest bass ever which was 17 lbs –good job Lizard Man! SATURDAY-- 4: 30am-10: 30am it was Mark Daybock turn to hit the South side. After getting the crap beat out of us by the dark pounding surf we headed over to the North side and threw bucktails to 3 bass to about 25”. That was all she wrote. SATURDAY 2pm-8pm East winds began to scream a little. Chuck Moeller and his buddy pounded the south side with me for NO fish. Back and forth from North to South for NO FISH. You talk about Fish, eat, sleep-- I am living the dream. SUNDAY 4am-10am—Time to change strategies with my charter Chris Alaimo. We began with some light tackle action in the back bays and banged 2 small bass. Then over to the North side to fish the howl of the NE winds. We banged about 20 more bass and blues on 2 oz bug eye bucks with 70 red rind. I felt good that I had made the right call that morning, as from what I understand most of the beach up front was quiet. SUNDAY 2pm-8pm I took out Adrian Moeller and by this time the NE had calmed down as well as the big heave on the South side. We hit the North side to find wet suitors doing decent on a line of dirty water. Something you do not see often—fish in dirty water that is. It was the second time I saw it this year and in the same area. Interesting! We hit the south side to find beautiful clean white water with no fish or bait around. Back over to the north side for a few small blues and Adrians first plugged bass on a SS darter. Congradulations! Monday I slept in -until 6am and banged around on the North and South side for nada---- Certainly not the greatest outing I had. On the one hand I am concerned that the daytime blitz action is coming to an end on the Montauk beaches. I did not see the white bait I had found in previous weeks although it was there on Friday and a huge blitz that I missed occurred on Thursday. Some will say that there are plenty of fish being caught in the block and Cape Cod and these fish have yet to pass through. I discussed this with surf rats that have been fishing Montauk since I was in diapers. We were all in agreement that there is no significant correlation between the movement of these fish and those same fish hitting the Montauk suds. Maybe the deep rips of Montauk, but the beach relies on bait. If the white bait leaves the area then we will have to pray for the wind to push the herring or whatever other bait may be present into our casting range, Therefore the fish maybe present in those deep rips for the boaters, but without consistent bait in the suds the fishing will be inconsistent for the daytime rats. The small bass have also began to move in. That is usually a kiss of death. On the other, brighter hand-- there is still one hell of a lot of bait in the bays and harbors, the water temps are perfect, and it has been a strange season most likely due to the cold spring. My bet is the Great daytime action will see at least a couple more weeks of greatness, and the nighttime will be wind dependent. I may head out there tonight or hit the South Shore –I have not made up my mind yet. I’ll be on the North Shore tomorrow, and I have openings for this weekend. Call me if your interested 631-987-6919. Whew longer then I thought.—Stay tuned


Report Date: BACK FROM MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
Just got back from Montauk. Was there from Thursday night until today. I have much to write and my report should be up tonight or early tomorrow. Sorry for the delay, but the saying Fish, Eat, Sleep has held true. Happy Columbus Day!! Stay tuned.


Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have openings for 10/18 and 1o/19. I was saving those dates for the South Shore, but I think Montauk will still be hot.If your intereested give me a call @ 631-987-6919.--See in Montauk!


Report Date: 10/8

Fishing Report:
Got out this morning and banged 4 50s--------------just kidding. Actually I am going through withdrawals because I have not fished since Sunday. Too much stuff going on. I will try to get on the North Shore tonight, but I doubt it as I have to prepare for my next Montauk trip Thursday-Monday. Montauk is now open full time. Thanks to all who advocated for the reopening!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Stay tuned--Bill


Report Date: 10/5-10/6 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
Before I start the report I want to say again that the Montauk State Park closer from 8am- 6pm is completely ridiculous. The test was done in August and it is now October. It’s cold and windy. Your chance of even seeing a mosquito is slim to none. I personally walked through the woods at night, near fresh water ponds, stopped and shined a flashlight for a few minutes, and saw no insects! None! DOH has to be kidding me! Now I am done with my rampage, please call the DOH. Scroll down for the numbers.-----------FRIDAY- After cleaning the buggy, making leaders, replacing korker spikes, cleaning reels, and repairing waders I hit the sack by 11:30pm to get up at 3am for my 5am – 11am SATURDAY charter with Bill Sturges. Due to the park closing we hit the sand beaches at first light. The water was a little dirty there and no bait. We headed toward the light and waited in line until the idiots at DOH said there were no more mosquitoes for the day, and opened the gates. Assinine! We immediately headed to the North side, and found a couple of teen to upper teen stripers on Gibbs olive pencil poppers. We eventually made our way to the South side but could not find any more fish. Toward the end of the trip we hit Napeque (spell??) bay for some light tackle fishing, but nothing showed up. I rescheduled my 2pm charter with Ron Levy and his buddy Jerry for 12:30pm – 7pm. My thinking was there would be fish in the white water on the south side at the first of the flood. By this point we had west winds about 20-25 knots and big water. Jerry had never surfcasted before so it took some time to show him the basics, and we did not make it on the South side until about 2 or 2:30pm. By that time the tide was up and we had no chance of reaching the water I wanted to fish, so we drifted over to the North side. I banged one fish on a white 3oz Lex pencil pop, but dropped him half way in, just before I was going to give the rod to Jerry who had never fought a striper. We moved around some more on the North side until we found mullet with some stripers on them. I had Jerry throwing a Gibbs Polaris, Ron with a SS little neck and myself with a 3oz Lex white pencil. I banged another bass on the end of my cast, and then another, which Jerry fought to the death. I could tell by his facial expressions Jerry had caught the bug. I take pity on his family—hee hee!! If my memory serves me correctly I nailed 3 more on white bucks, Ron nailed two, and Jerry got his first ever bass on his own. A nice fish about 36”. Just as Jerry beached it with some coaching, the striper turned her head and spit the bucktail, and off she swam. At about 6:45pm came the park police, just as a niiiiice pod of fish moved in. Thank you again DOH! The fish by the way were feeding on mullet about 15 feet off the beach in dirty water-- yes I said dirty. After dropping off Ron & Jerry I hooked up with my old fishing buddies No Finger Mark (finger recently mulled by a blue fish), Fly Boy John, and my old buddy No Time Mike. At this point I was dead tired but able to convince John, and myself, that there would be fish at night in the big water. So after dinner at The Dock, and a couple of brews I took John somewhere in Montauk. I will not even hint as to where as there are killer mosquitoes out there that are only after night fisherman, but stay away from the daytime tourists. Anyway we began throwing SS darters in the biiiiig water and I immediately dropped a fish. The flyboy hooked into a nice mid teen size bass, and then another “bigger” fish that he dropped. We only fished until 12am (1 hour), as I had to get up for my 6am charter. No Finger Mark let me crash on his boat that morning which was a nice change. Up at 5am again for my 6am SUNDAY charter with Mark Diangelous and his buddy Robert. I took Mark out a few weeks back for his first surf-fishing trip. I knew then, by the look in his eye, he had caught the illness. We began on the sand beaches for no fish and went to the North side after waiting in line for the park to open. We immediately were into fish. If my memory serves me correct we banged 7 bass-to about 34” and 6 blues 8-10lbs on white bucks and 2 oz SS littleneck pops. We eventually made our way to the South side, but could not manage any more fish, despite the clean white water. I dropped Rob and Mark off around 12:30 pm, got about 45 min of sleep in my buggy and began fishing again at 4pm. I found blitzing pods of bass on the North side, along with about 70 others fellow surf caster and upside down reelers. The fish were moving in and out, and I only managed 2 bass to 30” and a blue on 3oz Lex pencil pop. I posted this report a little late, as I just have not had a chance to write it. --Bill


Report Date: OPENING--MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
TWO OPENINGS THIS WEEKEND SATURDAY AT 2pm--8pm & Sunday 2am-8am-- If your interested call me at 631-987-6919--It should be gooood!


Report Date: 10/1 HAPPY OCTOBER

Fishing Report:
Partly cloudy and very light NW winds. I took out Ken Brawn aka the Lizard King for some Ashroken light tackle back bay action. Peanut bunker up the ying yang. Blue 1oz polaris pops did most of the damage of the 51 stripers we caught not to mention some decent blue fish. Bass were up to 27".A gooooooooood night! It seems no matter where I scout out fish on the North Shore there has been loads and loads and loads of peanuts. Below is George Bowman with his 37 pound striper he banged on a spring charter with me. 6" wild eye fished on a night tide did the job on this one---well I was going to put the pic up-- gotta work out some kinks-Bill


Report Date: 10/1 HAPPY OCTOBER

Fishing Report:
Partly cloudy and very light NW winds. I took out Ken Brawn aka the Lizard King for some Ashroken light tackle back bay action. Peanut bunker up the ying yang. Blue 1oz polaris pops did most of the damage of the 51 stripers we caught not to mention some decent blue fish. Bass were up to 27".A gooooooooood night! It seems no matter where I scout out fish on the North Shore there has been loads and loads and loads of peanuts. Below is George Bowman with his 37 pound striper he banged on a spring charter with me. 6" wild eye fished on a night tide did the job on this one---well I was going to put the pic up-- gotta work out some kinks-Bill


Report Date: 9/30 TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
Got out at dusk to fish the Wading River area this evening. Light SW winds and a fall chill in the air. Lots of peanuts with a few fish on them. I only managed 1- 8lb blue on a silver CC pencil pop.-------You may have noticed the subscriber’s section. It’s not up and running yet, but I’m hopeful it will be running within the next week or so. Subscribers will get my usual daily reports with some pics added in for fun. Also I plan on writing some articles for the section, and have guest writers as well. The cost will be $25 per year. The articles may be a weekly event. In the non- suscriber report section I will have general weekly reports NOT the day to day reports you have been reading. If you’re interested in becoming a subscriber, e- mail me with your name, e-mail address, home address, and telephone number. I will return your e-mail as soon as possible—Thank you--Bill


Report Date: OPENINGS--Montauk

Fishing Report:
I have Saturday 10/4 2pm - 8pm and most likely Sunday 1:30pm- 7:30pm. Sunday 10/12 2pm-8pm. Monday 10/13 3am-9am. These are all open dates. Montauk state park is open from 8am - 6pm and may reopen completely within the next week if new test results come back negative as per Dept of Health. In the mean time keep calling! If your considering booking a Montauk trip,but are concerned about the restrictions, don't worry, Montauk is a big place and I have many places to fish that are restriction free. I'll be on the North Shore tomorrow. Stay tuned!!

Report Date: MONTAUK --WHAT TO DO

Fishing Report:
Regarding the Montauk State Park closer. I urge everyone to call the following ------Suffolk Dept of Health 631-853-3055.----------State Parks-------631-669-1000----- County ---631-854—4949----Montauk State Park—631-668-3781------------Explain that you are a user of the park and or a permit holder. These are the questions I am asking------ When is the park going to reopen on a regular basis? Are area residents going to be evacuated? If not-why? Who conducted the study? When was the study completed? Can you send me a copy of the study? What are the chances of being bit by an infected mosquito? Do they have a plan to reimburse permit holders? –If not why? I’m sure you will have other questions, but please call!! In my opinion this whole thing is up surd. They closed the park without warning. The testing was done in August. They are opening the park from 8-6 as if people will not go to shaded picnic areas and hiking trails, or maybe they think the people will somehow have immunity during those hours? The whole thing stinks, and the only way we can get the park open again or at least get some concrete answers is to inundate the above offices with calls. If you are a person with some political pull or have a friend or relative that has pull, please let them know of the situation. Many livelihoods are being affected by this closer in the entire Montauk community. ---------PS: Don't worry none of my Montauk trips are canceled. Fortunately Montauk is a big place and I have many alternative spots besides the ones that are closed, and at least we still have 8am -6pm open-------- --------------------------------------------------------------------------------MORE NUMBERSMichael Caracciolo Suffolk County Legislator 1st District District Office: 633 East Main Street Riverhead, NY 11901 Phone: 852-3200 Fax: 852-3203 Secretary: Diane Devon Aide: Maryann Wowak MCARACCI@Suffolk.LIB.NY.US George Guldi Suffolk County Legislator 2nd District District Office: 140 West Montauk Highway Hampton Bays, NY 11946 Phone: 852-8200 Fax: 852-8203 Secretary: Marjorie Acevedo Aide: Thomas Henry Fred W. Towle,Jr. Suffolk County Legislator 3rd District District Office: 640 Montauk Highway Shirley, NY 11967 Phone: 852-1300 Fax: 852-1303 Secretary: Denise Morpurgo Aide: Nancy Cartiglia, Nicole DeLuca Joseph Caracappa Suffolk County Legislator 4th District District Office: 248 Middle Country Road Building 1 - Suite #3 Selden, NY 11784-2517 Phone: 854-2700 Fax: 854-2703 Aide: Phyllis McAlevey, KelliAnne Sacchitello Nora Bredes Suffolk County Legislator 5th District District Office: 46 Route 25A - Suite 5 East Setauket, NY 11733 Phone: 854-1500 Fax: 854-1503 Secretary: Lynne Cairo Aide: Terrence Pearsall Martin W. Haley Suffolk County Legislator 6th District District Office: 725 Route 25A Miller Place, NY 11764 Phone: 854-1600 Fax: 854-1603 Secretary: Loretta Filosa Aide: Pam Kreutz Brian X. 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Report Date: 9/24--9/28 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
It was a solid week in Montauk, but before getting to the reports I want to let you know that as of now Montauk State Park is closed from 6pm – 8am nightly due an encephalitis epidemic as per the park police. Let me ask a few questions here. Who does this effect most? Not the tourists who are apparently either mosquito proof, or perhaps the feeling is that the mosquitoes do not come out in the day. I think anyone who has spent a little time in the new picnic area in the fort will tell you about some daytime mosquito activity! Who else will it affect? I think that Montauk businesses rely on the fall run and the migration of surfcasters that fish it, and spend their money. Tackle shops, restaurants, bars, and motels will all take a beating. The majority of the guys from out of state that I fish with went home, or went to fish the Cape. Who knows if they will be back? Of course it also effects my guiding, as I already had one cancellation. I have managed to work around it, but it’s not easy. I spoke to the president of the Montauk Surfcasters Assoc. Willie Young who informed me that the infestation was confirmed in August. Again why close the park now? The whole park closing seems strange to me ,and from the information I gathered seems unjustified. This really affects the surfcasters most who spend the money on the permits, and fish dawn, dusk, and at night. Ironically these are the times the park is closed. What to do? We can start by calling the Montauk Park. I personally did this immediately and was told all that was known was the park was closed. This to me is unacceptable, and irresponsible. There was absolutely no warning that the park was closing. Therefore people were not even given a chance to make other plans. I spoke to one guy that told me he came from Wyoming and he has four buddies flying in that night. I am going to make some calls tomorrow and will post some phone numbers. This whole thing in my opinion is crazy!------------THE REPORTS---------- Wednesday 1am – 7am I took Tony Mikolich and his buddy out with light North winds. We began on the north side yanked 8 bass on darters, wild eyes, and eels. We made our way to the South side by dawn and managed 6 more bass on white and lime green bucktails. The water at that time was still a little dingy on the south side. After a good breakfast at Ronnie’s deli, which by the way has the best donuts in the world, I hit my buggy for some sleep at around 9am. Up again at 11:30am and fishing deeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side by 1pm. Some decent white water, but it was still a little dirty. 2 small bass on 1 ½ oz lime green bucks and 6” wild eyes. By 4pm I was back in my buggy for some sleep. My plan was to fish the North side at high out at 8:30pm- 10:30pm, then sleep for an hour and then fish low out. I managed to get up for high out and bang two small bass on eels ( 27”). At 10:30 pm I crawled back in my buggy but did not get up until 4: 30 am Thursday when I began to prepare for my 6am- 12pm charter. We began on the South side fishing the coves, going over techniques, and casting instruction. Over to the North side for some more instruction and fishing--- for no fish. I decided to check out the sand beaches to perhaps find fish there, but more impotently to show my charter the difference in reading the sand as opposed to more permanent structure –no fish.--- After dropping my charter off, making some calls and eating some pizza it was back to my buggy for some sleep. By 12: 30 pm I had No Truck Kenny waking me up to get deeeeeeeeeeep on the south Side. We got deeeeeeeeep, but I only managed 1 bass on a lime green buck. The rats that fished at night on Wednesday had good fishing on ebb tides on the North side with darters. So I convinced my 2am Thursday charter Buddy Ficarrelli to come out at 12 am to fish the low out. So we began at 12am on the North side only to mange one bass on a darter (I think??). When the water slacked out we banged over and took the walk deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee in the South. Buddy banged a 29 lb bass in the night on an eel. The fish was the most deceiving fish I think I had ever seen. I estimated it at 35 lbs and when I weighed it at Johnny’s, even John thought his scale was off. Big shoulders on that fish. Anyway we managed 5 more bass on bucktails and called it a night at 7:30am. After cleaning up, eating breakfast and preparing for my next charter I was crashed out in my buggy at 11:00am. I managed to crawl out and get geared up to fish the South side at 4pm. My feeling all week was that the south side was going to bust loose as soon as it was completely clean. Well it was completely clean, and No Truck Kenny yells to me “ they are all over the place”!! I said shhhhhhhhhhhh! I went south and managed 21 blitz bass to upper teens, all on bucktails. Not many guys were there and even the Jersey pencil popper crowd, put away the pencils and switched to bucks. It was a sight to behold! At 6pm the park police came and kicked us all out right in the middle of a blitz! Was I pissed off? Nahhhhhhhh! Like I said no warning no anything. You have to leave the park we were told. What the hell is that all about! I couldn’t sleep in the lot so I found a little private place in town crawled in my buggy and slept until 1 am. My Saturday 2:30 am charter was with Matty Blazer and his buddy John. Working around the restrictions I took em deeeeeeeeeeeep on the South side. Two young guys in decent shape, and I knew we all could handle getting beat up by some heavy white water--- and that we did. SE winds, dark, and fog made for near perfect conditions. We managed 3 bass between us including a 20 ponder. All on black, olive and yellow SS darters. I also dropped a huge fish. The kind of fish you may have on once a year or perhaps once in a lifetime. I’ll think about that one for a while—a long while. After being treated to a nice breakfast my Matty and John at Ronnie’s deli (THANKS GUYS!!) I was back in my buggy sleeping by 1030am. Up again at 1:30pm to take a shower and get ready for my 3:30pm Saturday charter with Travis Neal aka ON THE FLY. We began on the south side. The white bait came in, and we began banging fish on white bucks with 240 S rind. It was a slow pick and right around 6pm the strippers came in good attacking the white bait. Guess what else came –the park police. Time to leave in the middle of a blitz!!! What a bunch of crap! We managed 17 bass most in the mid to upper teens. We eventually made our way to the back bays for no fish, but Travis was a little tired so we did not give it much effort. Afterwards my Sunday 3:30 am canceled due to fear of mosquitoes, and I went to Pizza Village for some chow. My plan was to get deeeeeeeeeeep and fish the big white water with SE winds ( perfect!) at 12:30 am for the last of the out. There would surely be fish there and a good possibility of some cows. But I haven’t seen my wife since Tuesday and I was a little home sick so I went home to rest up fro some more fishing!. Man are my hands cut up!


Report Date: OPENINGS THIS WEEK 9/24, 9/25, 9/26

Fishing Report:
I have 3 Montauk openings for this week on the above dates. If you are interested call me @ 631-987-6919. Heading out tonight (Tuesday) and will be there until Sunday. I will try to give updates while I'm there--See ya on the beach!!!!!

Report Date: 9/20- 9/21 SAT- SUNDAY OPENINGS TOO!!

Fishing Report:
Saturday 2am-7am. SW winds and clear skies. The heave was much less then I expected and dirty South Side water kept me on the North side. I had planned to fish an area where the flood tide combined with a heave rolls in nicely, but with lack of heave there were no fish there. By 3: 30 am I moved to another area on the North side, and immediately was into a 15lb bass on Mr. Eel. I tallied 9 bass in total all mid teen- 19 lbs. I dropped about 6 or 7 fish including what I would say was a place fish in the Montauk Classic. I know there are many of you who do not like the Montauk classic, because it draws the crowds. For me it has always been an opportunity to compete (something usually I don’t do while fishing), and is something I look forward to every year. It also promotes our sport, which in turn can increase membership in clubs that promote beach access like LIBBA and MSA.--Anyway after Friday morning I went home to do some house repairs and by 12am Sunday I was heading back to Montauk. I hit the North side in the same location I was the night before. The difference –North winds about 10 knots. That was enough to push the bait out, and after a couple hours of slinging snakes I moved to the South side. No fish there either, then back to the North side NO Fish. A very tough night. I thought I was on to some tournament winning fish—I’ll blame it on the wind. –I gotta blame it on something!!! By 8:30 am I crawled in my buggy for some sleep before my 3pm – 9m charter with Perry Smith and his buddy Steve. South Side to the North side. Bucktails, pencil poppers and eels –Not one fish. THE GOOD NEWS—The North bar area was loaded with white bait. There has been peanut bunker, and even mullet in the suds as well. With clean water and stable weather patters, this bait should stay around. I believe this week is the week that Montauk busts loose—maybe today is the day!! Once the fish find the bait, we will see a lot of smiling faces including my own. -------------OPENINGS-----------I have some openings this week for the MECCA. WEDNSDAY 3pm-9am--------THURSDAY 3pm-9pm--------FRIDAY---- 2: 30pm—8:30pm.----If you’re interested call me at 631-987-6919. I know it’s been slow, but I really think it’s going to bust loose this week!!

Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
I have a Montauk opening on 9/24 from 4pm-10pm. If you are interested give me a call. 631-987-6919 I'll be in Tauk this weekend. Stay tuned!!

Report Date: MONTAUK THIS WEEKEND

Fishing Report:
Fri NightS wind 20 to 25 kt becoming SW. Seas 10 to 13 ft subsiding to 7 to 10 ft. Slight chance of showers mainly before midnight. SatW wind 15 to 20 kt in the morning...diminishing to 10 to 15 kt. Seas 6 to 9 ft subsiding to 5 to 7 ft. SunW wind 10 to 15 kt...becoming N around 10 kt. Seas subsiding to 3 to 4 ft. --------With this forecast my plan for Montauk is to utilize the swell to my advantage. I plan on concentrating on areas where current and swell are pushing in the same direction. Concentrating in the deep coves or areas where shallow meets deep will be the best bet at larger fish, Good luck in the Montauk classic. See ya tonight at he show. Scroll down for details.--Bill

Report Date: MONTAUK FORCAST 9/17

Fishing Report:
TodayN wind 10 to 15 kt...becoming NE around 15 kt. Seas 6 to 8 ft...mainly in se swells...building to 8 to 10 ft during the afternoon. TonightNE wind 10 to 15 kt...increasing to 15 to 20 kt. Seas 8 to 12 ft...mainly in se swells. ThuNE wind 20 to 25 kt...becoming E and increasing to 30 to 35 kt toward evening. Seas 10 to 13 ft...building to 14 to 18 ft during the afternoon. Rain likely in the afternoon. Thu NightE wind 30 to 35 kt....becoming se. Seas 15 to 20 ft... mainly in se swells. Vsby 1 to 3 nm in rain and scattered tstms. FriSe wind 25 to 30 kt becoming SW. Seas 15 to 20 ft subsiding to 11 to 14 ft late. Vsby 1 to 3 nm in rain...fog and tstms during the morning. Slight chance of showers during the afternoon. SatSW wind 15 to 20 kt...becoming W 10 to 15 kt. Seas 10 to 14 ft...subsiding to 6 to 8 ft. SunW wind 10 to 15 kt becoming N. Seas 4 to 6 ft. Water Temperatures Place Temperature Montauk, NY 69 °F / 20.6 °C Thought you would like to know--BILL--See ya at the show!

Report Date: SURF FISHING SEMINAR

Fishing Report:
The fishermans Surf Fishing Seminar---Thursday, September 18th 6 P.M. to 11 P.M. at the Huntinton Hilton just south of the LIE on 110. for more info call (631)345-5200 ext.218Guest list includes Crazy Alberto, Fred Golofaro,Frank Daignault, Steve Petri, Bill Wetzel, John Paduano, Tom Melton, Don Musso, Ralph Votta, Eric "the Treeman" Ernst, Doc Muller.-----------Prizes--and a lot of knowledge at this one folks. Don't miss it!! See ya there

Report Date: 9/11-9/15 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
Parts of this report are kind pf sketchy in my head-so I will give you the blow by blow as best as I can recall. THURSDAY----------I arrived in Montauk to fish dusk. I banged around on the North side throwing eels until about 11pm. In my buggy for some sleep until 4am to prepare for my FRIDAY-- 5 am-9am charter. This was a rather special charter as I was taking out the guys who have been working on my house. We began on the North side for no fish and banged over to the south side for only one fish caught by cousin Albie. By 9am it was time to prepare breakfast. Lets see-2 doz eggs, a loaf of bread, pounds and pounds of sausage, bag of potatoes, and who knows what else. I crawled back in my buggy at 10:30am to sleep until 12: 30, but only managed to sleep one hour until 11:30pm. I didn’t want to be rude to my guests, but I told my Father and Albie senior I would be back with dinner. At 12pm I took No Truck Kenny deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side to fish biiiiiiiig juicy white water. Kenny managed one keeper bass and that was all. When we arrived back at the lot at about 2:30 pm I found the gang of 4 eating and drinking. I asked my father if he was going to fish with me. He said it was too windy, and “we came here to eat” I chuckled and went back out in the pounding white water with no truck Kenny at around 4:30 – dark. The south side again. We managed 5 bass between us, including two fish around the 30” mark caught by me. You know it’s tough when I go by inches and not pounds. After a nice dinner of fillet monigion, kabasi, and who knows what else-- I hit the sack around 10:30pm to be up at 1am for my 2AM charter with Chris Aliamo and Mark Anglis. We began in the back bays by Hither hills as per their request. Chris managed two schoolies on red fins. After some casting lessons it was time to hit the south side for some serious surf. Big white water. Sets up to 12 feet, but nice and clean. Mark managed 2 more bass for 6 total. Mark had never fished water like that before, and after he caught his first fish I could tell by the look in his eye he had also caught the bug. I feel sorry for friends and relatives of his. We eventually went over to the North side for no more fish. Done at 8am and in my buggy for some sleep by 10:30am. Back up at 2pm for my 3:30 charter with Ed Condon and Frank. We began with some casting lessons and went into the south side. Continued east winds with biiiiiiiiiig white clean water. I think we managed 4 bass in the white water and by dark we were slinging eels on the North side in SE winds. Ed took one schoolie on an eel, and by 8:30 pm it was time to try one last spot on the North side. Beautiful water rolling in from the heave produced 3 more bass two of which were low and upper teens. Black SS darters and green SS needlefish did the job. I dropped Ed and Frank off at 10pm and it was back in my buggy for some sleep at 11:30pm – 3am to get ready for my 4am-10am Sunday charter. SE winds and biiig water continued. South side to the north side-- tried we did for just one very short bass. After breakfast at Ronnie’s deli I crawled back in my buggy by11: 30 am for some zees and got back up at 1:30pm for my 3pm charter with Jeff Wolf. For some reason my charter with Jeff is a blur. I know the fishing was not good. In fact I think we got the skunk. Maybe that’s why it’s a blur or just maybe it’s from lack of sleep. Then again sleep is for people who don’t surf fish. Ohhhhhh I remember now!!!!!!!! Jeff managed one bass on the North side, and dropped as very nice fish on the North side on a Gibbs canal special. Jeff and his buddy had to quit early to meet some friend and I drooped them off around 7:45pm. Dinner at Pizza village was a pleasant change. After dinner I could not resist gearing up and hitting the north side until about 11:30pm. I threw darters and needlefish to nada. I crawled in my buggy for sleep until 2am to awake for my 3am charter with Al Sargente. South side to the North side. ONE short. SOOOOOOO what’s happening at Montauk. Combination of several things I believe. Lack of bait in the way of snappers and spearing. I saw no white bait at all this week. Why? Continued easterly winds? –Maybe. The theory that everything is late-- I don’t by for a second-- at least for this month. Water temps are in the mid to upper sixties. We should be seeing lots of white bait and blitz action. We have had beautiful clean white water since at least Wednesday. My fear is that the heavy surf fishing action Montauk is famous for my be short and sweet this year. If the water temps get cold quick, the fish may stay deep and pass the Montauk surf up on their migration. We will see?? By the way yes there have been some fish on the town beaches, but the pick is very slow and fish are few and far. See Ya on the Beach!!--Bill

Report Date: 9/11

Fishing Report:
May God bless all those who have perished in the 9/11 attacks and look over all that continue to grieve. If you were a victim of 9/11 directly or indirectly you are entitled to free counseling from Project Liberty. There are many branches of the Project throughout the New York area. The one that I am familiar with is YES. They can be reached at 516-797-3203. ------------I’m heading to Montauk until Monday. I’ll try to give updates while I’m out there. I have much e-mail that I will answer on Tuesday. Stay tuned!!!!!

Report Date: 9/5-9/7 ohhhhhhhhhh the heave

Fishing Report:
I canceled my Friday night and Saturday day charter due to the biiiig heave. I drove out to Montauk on Saturday to scope out the situation. Nice clean white water everywhere and some bait on the North side. Lots of surfers, who were illegally surfing, Kings browns, and Jones reef. All in all very fishable. Sunday I kept my 4:30am-10:30am appointment with my charter with light North winds.4-8 sets. We took a walk on the South side for no fish, Nice and clean and white. I was surprised not to take a fish. Over to the North side where I took 5 bass to 30” on lime green bucks with # 70 red rind. The fish were on white bait. I did find white bait all over the North side. Not in large numbers-- yet, but it was there. I’ll probably get out on the south shore this week, and I’ll be in Montauk from Thursday – Monday. Stay tuned- it should be a good one.--Bill

Report Date: 9/4 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I took Mark Daybock to do a little light tackle Back Bay action at Ashroken from 6pm-9pm. NO wind. The ocean heave made the water high and took longer than expected to ebb. Lots of bait and we managed 6 bass between us on Polaris poppers, and chicken scratch mambo minnows.

Report Date: 9/3 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
When it’s blowing NE and there is the prospect of the best fishing of the year, my mind becomes numb. Void of everything else except what awaits in the suds. It was really upsetting last night when I had to stay home to take care of personal crap. All I could think about was tonight. My goal was to fish big clean water, but I knew the same bite wasn’t going to happen as there was during the NE. I only mention my mind being numb, because I was supposed to work at my part-time job last night and completely forgot about. All I could think about is big clean water and Montauk. By 6pm I was fishing the South side of Montauk throwing bucktails into a SE wind with 3-6’ sets coming in. It was the water I was hoping for. Beautiful white clean, greenish water. I managed 5 bass to about28”. By 8:30 it was dark and my needlefish was not connecting with anything. I shot over to Napeque bay, and fished the last of the drop. I only could manage one more bass on a mambo minnow. Lots of bait there, and lots of fish. I had a hit on almost every cast. I also got word that there was an “ok” bite on the open beaches. The fish were being caught on tins with tubes. Must be sand eels around??-Bill

Report Date: AND THE WINNER IS..............................

Fishing Report:
CONGRADULATIONS to Dennis Bravo who one the trip. Thanks for checking out my site! NE winds tonight-ya whooooooooooooooooo.—See ya on the beach!

Report Date: NE TODAY!! WIN A TRIP!!

Fishing Report:
The winds are NE 20-25 knots. I am going to try like hell to get out today. This change of whether should produce some quality fishing. ALSO last month I had over 100,000 hits. That’s really unbelievable to me, so I am going to give away a full day trip for one person ONLY-- good from November 1, 2003 to July 15 2004. The first person who calls me at 631-987-6919 will win the trip. Thanks for checking out my site. See ya on the beach!! Hopefully tonight!

Report Date: 8/30----8/31---MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
Things are heaten up! Friday I took John Toro out for a dark night of fishing. 12:30am-7am with strong SW winds. Lots of lightening, but no clouds –very strange. We started out on the North side, and if my memory serves me correctly we had 3 bass on eels. We also dropped about four other bass, and I dropped a very nice fish. By 4: 30 am we worked our way over to the South side and John banged another bass on a bucktail. Beautiful clean white water. The water was about as good as it gets, but no bait to hold fish. The good news was that John and I found spearing in numbers while we were fishing the North side. There were bass popping in the in the flat water feeding on the spearing. Hmmmm August in-- almost September. SATURDAY—It all changes. NW went to NE, went to North, back to NE. It was even a little chilly.1am-7am. Jaso Puris and I began on the North side going from area to area searching for fish. After getting hammered by waves in murky water, I advised my charter we were going south. I had been Scoping out an area for the past few weeks as its structure had changed, and was dying to give it a shot. Within 15 minutes I was reeling in our first bass at about 15lbs. My charter hooked up with 5 bass from 15lbs to 20 lbs, and myself one or two more. I dropped another decent fish because my MONO broke. When eeling there is a fine line between mono and braid. My charter kept the 18 and what did I find in her belly? Uh? Sand eels ! About 6” in length. Very interesting. I spoke to another caster later that morning that let me know he had some decent fish on needlefish. Go figure! Things have changed. Cold front and North winds! It should be excellent fishing from here on in. I had numerous discussions with fellow fisherman and I believe we will see all the bait at once--- snappers, spearing, white bait, peanuts, and juvenile weakfish. Damn I hope I’m right. By the way I am strictly talking about Montauk. It’s giving me chills, and of course those hallucinations from lack of sleep. I also shoud mention that I attended The Montauk Surf Caster Assoc. picnic on Saturday. Lots of fun, prizes and food. I want to urge all of you to join MSA as they work hard on beach access, beach clean ups and a heck of a lot more. GOOD JOB WILLIE YOUNG!!-------On the topic of subscription rates for the reports. 91% of the responses were extremely positive. I just want to thank all of you for all the kind words. Thank you also for those of you with not so kind words for taking the time to respond. I think eventually I will go ahead with a subscription rate, and continue giving a weekly general report for free. When will this happen? I don’t know-right now I’m fishing-so I don’t have much time to put it together. I will say this. My goal is to make a living at Surf fishing. I want to fish as much as possible while making a living at helping people progress in our sport. Being a social worker I love to see people learn, and advance in a sport that I have so much passion for. In my opinion my reports are the most honest and personable you will find anywhere at any price. They are not only for the people who visit my site, they are for me. I keep them as my personal log, and they are something I can look back on some day and say, “ I remember when that happened”. I don’t think there is a captain or a guide out there who is going to report that his boat or buggy broke down, the fishing has really sucked for the past few days, or his wife has been really upset b/c he has been fishing too much. I have also given pretty cool stats as related to my fishing year, techniques, discussed ways that I read the water, what conditions I prefer--- etc. All with out ever giving specific locations—something I will not do. If you scroll down and print out a year of reports it comes to about 50 pages –maybe more. Anyway I have continue to progress to fulfill my goals. Some of you will go your own way, some of you will continue to laugh learn and fish with me. Either way I just want to fish as hard as I possibly can while teaching people what I know, and watch them get excited about our great sport. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!--Bill

Report Date: 8/27 - 8/28 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
This August has truly been a disappointment. The new and full moon of August have been perhaps the most significant Montauk moons for me for the past 20 years or so. I have never seen the lack of bait, as I have this August in Montauk. There are places on the North side that usually hold spearing so thick you can scoop them up with your hands. This August-- if you see a few spearing your ecstatic. The reasons I think are a combination of several events. Lots of rain, and dirty water at the beginning of the month, big heaves at the beginning of the month, but now ther is little to no white water to be found, and cooler water temps, which seems to have put everything behind this year, are among the contributing factors. On the other hand the North Shore is red hot, with bait up the ying yang. I had a cancellation last night that was quickly filled by a very eager charter. 11pm-6am SW winds that switched to light NW. Clear skies. We took a walk to the South side, and stayed in one area the entire night. We only managed 3 bass between us to 10 lbs. All on eels. WA HOO. No white water, but more importantly there was no bait. Yes I am a little concerned as this year has been similiar to the the year we had a few years back and Montauk was dead the entire fall. I don't think that will happen. In fact I think everything is going to happen at once. White bait, snappers, peanuts. Wow would that be great!------------YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE-- I would like some feedback from those of you who read my reports on a regular basis. I have been trying to figure out a way to cover the cost of this site, and the cost of some buggy repairs while keeping my wife happy when I return from a long night of fishing, and go straight to the computer to write a report. I believe my reports to be unique and more importantly honest. I have always attempted to give the people who visit my reports a little more. If you scroll down on this report section you would probably have a days worth of reading material. I am toying with the idea of a $25 subscription rate for one year. For this you would get nothing more, and nothing less then you see in my reports now. Although knowing myself I would probably give you a little more, but that is not a promise. I would ask that no one email regarding specific areas, because I would not give that information. Like I said nothing more, nothing less. There would still be a regular report section, where I would give a general weekly report, and make announcements. This would be free, and a separate entity from those that would be subscribers. The charter business is a tough one, but one that I truly love. To continue it I sometimes have to make modifications to make ends meet. Your feedback is very important to me. Just click on the contact information and tell me what you think. THANK YOU! -----

Report Date: Opening and your thoghts

Fishing Report:
I have an opening for tonight / tomorrow (8/27 - 8/28) morning 12am - until we pass out/ We will sling eels and fish for large during the darkness of the new moon. You must have good casting skills and be comfortable standing on rocks in the middle of the night. if your interested call me @ 631-987-6919-------------YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE-- I would like some feedback from those of you who read my reports on a regular basis. I have been trying to figure out a way to cover the cost of this site, and the cost of some buggy repairs while keeping my wife happy when I return from a long night of fishing, and go straight to the computer to write a report. I believe my reports to be unique and more importantly honest. I have always attempted to give the people who visit my reports a little more. If you scroll down on this report section you would probably have a days worth of reading material. I am toying with the idea of a $25 subscription rate for one year. For this you would get nothing more, and nothing less then you see in my reports now. Although knowing myself I would probably give you a little more, but that is not a promise. I would ask that no one email regarding specific areas, because I would not give that information. Like I said nothing more, nothing less. There would still be a regular report section, where I would give a general weekly report, and make announcements. This would be free, and a separate entity from those that would be subscribers. The charter business is a tough one, but one that I truly love. To continue it I sometimes have to make modifications to make ends meet. Your feedback is very important to me. Just click on the contact information and tell me what you think. THANK YOU! -----

Report Date: 8/26 report-Openings & your Input please

Fishing Report:
Went to Wild Wood this evening for the flood from 6pm-8: 30pm. Lots of spearing in the water. Overcast skies with light west winds. I managed a few blues on pencil pops. It was my first time fishing this beach. Lots of interesting stuff. We are truly blessed to live on this Island!!-------------------I have a very good date that just became open. August 27-aug 28. 11:30pm-sometime in the am?? NEW MOOOOOOOOOOOOON You must have a good cast and be able to walk and climb on rocks. Hell it's the NEW moon. Give me a call if your interested at 631-987-6919.-------------------------------------------------------------------------------- YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE--I would like some feedback from those of you who read my reports on a regular basis. I have been trying to figure out a way to cover the cost of this site, and the cost of some buggy repairs while keeping my wife happy when I return from a long night of fishing, and go straight to the computer to write a report. I believe my reports to be unique and more importantly honest. I have always attempted to give the people who visit my reports a little more. If you scroll down on this report section you would probably have a days worth of reading material. I am toying with the idea of a $25 subscription rate for one year. For this you would get nothing more, and nothing less then you see in my reports now. Although knowing myself I would probably give you a little more, but that is not a promise. I would ask that no one email regarding specific areas, because I would not give that information. Like I said nothing more, nothing less. There would still be a regular report section, where I would give a general weekly report, and make announcements. This would be free, and a separate entity from those that would be subscribers. The charter business is a tough one, but one that I truly love. To continue it I sometimes have to make modifications to make ends meet. Your feedback is very important to me. Just click on the contact information and tell me what you think. THANK YOU! ------On a side note I deleted e-mail yesterday from someone who wanted to possibly book a trip. Please try again. I’ll be in MECCA tomorrow night!!!!!!!!! I think it will be a goooooood one. Stay tuned.

Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
I have a very good date that just became open. August 27-aug 28. 11:30pm-sometime in the am?? NEW MOOOOOOOOOOOOON You must have a good cast and be able to walk and climb on rocks. Hell it's the NEW moon. Give me a call if your interested at 631-987-6919. -ALso please scroll down and read the last post--Thank you

Report Date: YOUR THOUGHTS PLEASE--8/26/03

Fishing Report:
I would like some feedback from those of you who read my reports on a regular basis. I have been trying to figure out a way to cover the cost of this site, and the cost of some buggy repairs while keeping my wife happy when I return from a long night of fishing, and go straight to the computer to write a report. I believe my reports to be unique and more importantly honest. I have always attempted to give the people who visit my reports a little more. If you scroll down on this report section you would probably have a days worth of reading material. I am toying with the idea of a $25 subscription rate for one year. For this you would get nothing more, and nothing less then you see in my reports now. Although knowing myself I would probably give you a little more, but that is not a promise. I would ask that no one email regarding specific areas, because I would not give that information. Like I said nothing more, nothing less. There would still be a regular report section, where I would give a general weekly report, and make announcements. This would be free, and a separate entity from those that would be subscribers. The charter business is a tough one, but one that I truly love. To continue it I sometimes have to make modifications to make ends meet. Your feedback is very important to me. Just click on the contact information and tell me what you think. THANK YOU! ------On a side note I deleted e-mail yesterday from someone who wanted to possibly book a trip. Please try again. I’ll be in MECCA tomorrow night!!!!!!!!! I think it will be a goooooood one. Stay tuned.

Report Date: 8/22, 8/23/& 8/24-- MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
Feels like faaaaaaaaaaall. Friday night after working all day I shot out to meet Jim and Steve AKA Tiderunner from Tiderunner .com for a 9pm-5: 30 am charter. Lightening kept us in my buggy until about 11pm. When the storms passed the wind switched from SW to NW and it was not the wind I wanted for the tide we were fishing. We took the walk deeeeeeeeep on the South Side. Jim slammed a 21lb bass, I dropped one, and Steve also dropped one or two. By 4am I took them to the North side and Steve dropped another bass on a bomber. I am making the switch back to mono when feeding eels to bass. I have had it with the amount of bass I miss because of braid. I am convinced that bass feel the tension due to no stretch. I would say I have dropped at least 50% more bass when eeling since I have switched to mono. Braid has it’s place, but it has no place on my spool when eeling from here on in. Saturday Morning I drove home to pick up wife. Slept in the comforts of home until 12pm, and headed out to Montauk to see my long lost buddy Bill Dickerson AKA Nemo, No truck Kenny, and Foul Mouth Bob. I have been fishing with Nemo and his Dad in Montauk for probably more than ten years now. Two of the best fisherman I know, and I always get a laugh. After eating some burgers and LI sweet corn in the lot, I got an hour sleep and attempted to convince the guys to fish the hard NW with ebb tide on the north side with me. We are going to get up at about 1am and sling eels on the south side they said. So I went alone. It was pretty hard-core surf and I noticed loads of spearing getting washed in with the NW. I fished for about a 1.5 hours with out a bump and decided to crawl in my buggy with my wife. My plan was to sleep until 1am and get up and fish with the boys. My cell phone battery died and so did my alarm with it. I did not get up until 7am. Sorry guys! I was advised later that they had six bass to 15 lbs. I heard there has been some white bait around, and figured there might be some daytime action. I took my wife on the South Side at about 11am to 12: 30 am and threw 3oz Gibbs Canal Specials to a schoolie and a blue. I dropped 3 others. The fact that I had any fish at all in the middle of the day, with no white water, in August could only mean one thing. The white bait has arrived. I’ll be in Mecca again for the New moon –stay tuned.

Report Date: 8/21 THURSDAY 6pm-12am

Fishing Report:
I took my charter back to Ashroken last night to fish the ebb from 6pm- 12am. SW and clear skies with plenty of heat and humidity. We found loads and loads of spearing and stripers were popping all over the place in 2’ of water or less by nightfall. My charter managed his first bass of the year, and tallied 5 more for a total of six. I only managed one as I was doing a lot of experimenting with different presentations. The bass were caught on red gills by night and Polaris pops by day. Heading to MECCA tonight –stay tuned.---Thanks for coming to the Noreast show. It was a blast!-Bill

Report Date: 8/19 TUESDAY 6pm-9:30pm & NOREAST SEMINAR

Fishing Report:
An excellent evening with Travis Neal AKA “On the Fly” in the back bays of Ashroken. South winds and loads of bait in the way of snappers, spearing, peanut bunker about 1” in length and maybe even some anchovies. We tallied 15 bass to 28” between us, on Polaris and pencil pops, and chartreuse clousers on the fly. I also dropped a very nice fish probably in the 20lb class that chased a pencil popper. Travis also nailed a nice porgy on the fly.There are probably some big girls back there as well feeding on porgies. This is what I expect this time of year throughout the North Shore back bays. Awesome fishing with loads of bait. I have another back bat charter Thursday night so stay tuned!! NOREAST SEMINAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!! TOMORROW NIGHT!! -------------Wednesday, August 20th Location: Knights Of Columbus 400 S Broadway, Lindenhurst, NY Phone: (631) 226-3240 Featured Speakers Include: Billy "The Greek" Legakis - Reading the Beach and Bucktailing for Trophy Stripers (featuring a video presentation) NYS Licensed Guide Bill Wetzel - Succeeding in the Montauk Surf Captain George Grosselfinger - Trophy Bass of the Orient Rips Captain John Alberda - Long Island Sound Stripers Noreast Surf Editor John Skinner - Surf Fishing with Live Eels Other Exclusive Features: Eel Rigging demonstrations by Roger Martin Crazy Al and his AquaSkinz Drytops Captain Neil's Custom Rod Exhibit Jack Yee answers all your Montauk Questions $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and under Refreshments available. 7:00 PM - 11:00 PM Doors open at 6:15 Enter number of adults ($15.00 each) Enter number of kids ($10.00 each) -----My focus will be on plugging and bucktailing Montauk during the spring, summer, and fall. SEE YA THERE!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: 8/15-8/17 Fri, SAt, Sun

Fishing Report:
Friday evening before I left for Montauk, my wife and I were discussing the possibility of writing a book on Surf Fishing. Jokingly my wife declared, “I’m going to write a book. My Life Married to a Surf Rat. I’ll only need to make it one word. HELL.” I laughed, hoped in my buggy, and headed to Montauk. I met my Charter Kevin Ach at 11: 30pm and we finished to 6: 30 am. We began on the North Side. I found very limited amount of spearing. Kevin took one schoolies and we heeded into the South Side. We found little to no white water, but it was nice and clean. No fish. It was time to move again, and we went to another area that was deeeeep. Kevin only managed one more fish in the light on a Gibbs Canal Special. It weighed out to 19.5 lbs. Not bad, but not the residents I’m searching for. After my charter I headed home, got 3 hours of sleep, moved furniture, and prepared for my 11:30 pm charter. I took my charter around the North side until about 1:30am. We played games with the lightening, until we all agreed that the trip would need to be rescheduled. Sorry Guys! But it could be a good omen for your next trip- if you believe in that sort of thing. I crawled in my buggy and planned to get up at 3:30 am and fish the south side. I awoke to more lightening and fell asleep again to 4: 30 am-more lightening.- I GAVE UP! SO WHATS UP WITH THE FISHING IN MONTAUK THIS AUGUST? This weekend-- blame it again on lack of bait in the way of snappers and spearing. We had clean water, but little to no wind and no white water to push things around. I spoke to Willie Young – president of The Montauk Surf Casters Assoc. (a group that we all should be apart of) and he let me know that boats were taking large bass not far off shore on chunks. That made sense to me, as I suspect that the resident fish are there, but there is nothing pushing them into the surf. On a positive note I saw a good number of snappers on the North Shore on Friday. It could be the snappers may arrive late August early September this year. Just think about the possibilities in September, white bait, snappers, spearing, peanuts, maybe even mullet this year. Large resident fish moving into to feed on this feast. Those resident will not be around long though. Could be very good. In the mean time pray for Montauk bait. Winds are supposed to switch to the North East for a day then move around North and South. With the down swing of the August moon, and wind patterns shifting--August still has a good shot. See Ya on The Beach!!--Bill

Report Date: 8/12- 8/13--11:30pm-7am

Fishing Report:
The August full moon is one moon I anticipate the entire year. It’s a moon I have had excellent results fishing in past years. My Montauk theory in a nutshell is that the August full sparks movement of large bass into the Montauk suds from their resident homes in the deep rips. This happens for two reasons 1. The plethora of bait in the water especially snappers and 2. Preparation for an early migration. I believe these residents move on by early September sparked by the new or full or the first big heave. There is a little more to my theory than that, but that is basically it. So what the hell happened last night! Jimmy Faulkner booked this night sometime back in December. Light West winds; fairly clean, nice white water prevailed. The conditions were set. We fished deeeeeep on the South Side from 11:30pm until 7am. We fished hard and did not leave the area the whole night. I was hoping those resident cows would pay us a visit. All that for 3 schoolies on 7” bombers. Now for my reasoning. First off we had had South winds for the past two weeks. Too much consistent wind from any direction usually spells trouble. Then of course consistent rains and filthy water put fish deep. BUT WHERE Was the bait. No spearing and more importantly no snappers. I spoke to Johnny from Johnnys B & T and he let me know that he was selling very few snappers rigs this years. The winds are supposed to shift around to NW for the weekend, and with the down swing of the August full it may spark some bait movement. If the bait does not show I doubt the fish will either.

Report Date: 8/9 & 8/10 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
What a tough weekend. All day Friday I was forced to work on the house. After a long day, I went to pick up eels for my evening charter. Lo and behold my buggy breaks down AGAIN!!!!!!!! My Charter Justin Mirza was coming in from Philadelphia, and asked if I would mind if he drove. I love it when a plan comes together. We began deep on the South side at 10pm. Justin had a nice fish on an eel but dropped it. It would be our only fish of the night. Big and dirty water made things very tough. We ended at about 6:30am on the town beach—nothing there either. Later I picked up my truck, and payed over $900 for repairs. I’m going to have to start a buggy donation fund.—SATURDAY – SUNDAY 11pm—6:30am. I took GOOGINATOR deeeeeep in the South. I managed 3 bass on 11/2 oz bucks. Lightening chased us away from the big water on the South side. Back over to the North Side to find dingy water. Back over to deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep deeeeeeeeep on the South side for ZERO more fish. Lots of weed and dingy water. Like I said it was a tough weekend. Hopefully this heave will end and clean water will return along with plenty of fish that snap. I’m going to bed—Good night –I mean morning.

Report Date: 8/6 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
South winds about 15 knots and threatening skies. I decided to hit the state channel on the south shore from 7:45pm-9: 15pm. I was surprised by the lack of bait. Sure there was quite a bit of spearing, but not in the numbers I would expect for this time of year. No snappers to speak of-- really had me thinking, I know things are late but there should be more bait in the area I was fishing?? I have scouted the North Shore out in a few areas, and have found loads of spearing with, I would say, slightly below average snapper populations on them. Hopefully we see more and more snappers as the month goes on. I managed one small blue on a wild eye.

Report Date: NOREAST SEMINAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
Wednesday, August 20thLocation: Knights Of Columbus400 S Broadway, Lindenhurst, NY Phone: (631) 226-3240Featured Speakers Include: Billy "The Greek" Legakis - Reading the Beach and Bucktailing for Trophy Stripers (featuring a video presentation) NYS Licensed Guide Bill Wetzel - Succeeding in the Montauk Surf Captain George Grosselfinger - Trophy Bass of the Orient Rips Captain John Alberda - Long Island Sound Stripers Noreast Surf Editor John Skinner - Surf Fishing with Live Eels Other Exclusive Features:Eel Rigging demonstrations by Roger Martin Crazy Al and his AquaSkinz Drytops Captain Neil's Custom Rod Exhibit Jack Yee answers all your Montauk Questions $15 for adults, $10 for children 12 and underRefreshments available.7:00 PM - 11:00 PMDoors open at 6:15Enter number of adults ($15.00 each) Enter number of kids ($10.00 each) ---I'll talk about moons, winds,tides, pluging, and bucktailing Montauk-as much as I can fit in in the time I have!!.

Report Date: 8/4 MONDAY

Fishing Report:
My family from Ohio came into to town over the weekend for my parent’s 25th anniversary. So I didn’t get any fishing in this weekend. HOWEVER-after the party last night I arrived home around 1am. I asked my cousin Michael Hasenmeier if he wanted to get up at 3am and hit Montauk. “Sure” he said. I didn’t think anyone really thought we would get up, but get up we did, and were fishing in nice white water with south winds by 4:30am. North, South? Sooo many decisions- Deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep? My first cast banged a nice 15 lb striper and I eventually took 5 more for a total of 6 to 18lbs. Michael only managed to drop one. I had to speculate, but I dropped an estimated 40 + fish on a pencil. There was no turning the fish while she was peeling out drag. I love summer doldrums. My August charters should love them too, mmmmmmmm. All fish were taken on Gibbs Canal Specials, and 11/4 oz bucks. See ya on the beach!! Bill

Report Date: WHAT WILL AUGUST AND THE FALL BRING???

Fishing Report:
With my season starting up again on August 4th, I have been thinking about what August and the fall will bring. This year we have had a good number of large fish taken in the suds over 40lbs. I have seen this trend over the last two years, particularly last year. Because you haven’t read about it online, or in a magazine, never assume large are not being taken. Many go unreported, as I saw last year spending my time on the beach. I think I will have a great August, perhaps the best I have had since 1997. My charters and I should do well with fish 20 lbs and up for August. The water temps are cooler, we should see a good run of snappers, and I have already seen a ton of anchovies in the back bays. Sand eels populations are not what I expected, but certainly have increased in numbers as compared to the last few years. The bigger fall baits-- mullet, shad, herring and bunker, should be in good numbers this fall. Although I have been disappointed by mullet populations the last couple of years. If the herring hit the beach this fall look for the large to be massacring them. Pray that it doesn’t get cold fast this fall, and we have minimal amount of off shore storms. This spring was very good and I look for August and the fall to be the best since 1991. Perhaps the best I have fished in my lifetime. We will see. See ya on the Beach!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: 7/9 Thanks WB & Napeague

Fishing Report:
A very fun day today!! Thank you to the guys from the WB network –I had a blast. Thank you especially to Johnny last cast Copen and his buddy Ken!! We did the WB segments at the OBI this morning. We were going to hit the open beach but the satellite truck hit traffic on the way out, which made it too late. I could not muster up a fish at the OBI area but Larry sure was enthusiastic! After the shoot I hit the flats of Napeague Bay for some sight fly rod fishing-shhhh don’t tell anyone I was using a fly rod. Lots of terns working with some fish busting here and there, but I only managed one blue on a white and greed clouser. My plan was to get deeeeeeeep on the south side to fish the flood, but the water looked lifeless with no white showing and a little dirty. So I drove home. I have light tackle North Shore openings ONLY left for AUGUST, and the FALL is wide open (pretty much) so book now so I can give you a gooooood date.--Ill

Report Date: CHANNEL 11 NEWS

Fishing Report:
I'll be doing a little surf fishing from the sand with channel 11 news tomorrow morning 7/29/03 from 6:30am- 9am. Check it out!!!

Report Date: tiderunner.com

Fishing Report:
There is another great website for us surf guys, that I would encourage all to check out. Tiderunner.com Enjoy! Scroll down for this weekend in Montauk. I begin to fish hard again in 2 weeks. Thank GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: SATURDAY 7/27 TAUK

Fishing Report:
Mrs. Wetzel was my charter this morning. We arrived in Montauk at about 1am and I let her know we were going to do some walking. North ? South ? DEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEP? Flood tide! Light winds. At first she insisted that she wanted to stay in the buggy, but I convinced her that it would be beautiful with the stars and crashing waves. After walking to the area I wanted to fish on the flood, and swallowing a couple of bugs on the way, my wife let me know that she was not comfortable on the beach by herself, as I wanted to wade out about 100 yds or so. Fortunately I had plan two! Fish the edge of the cove where the deep met the shallow. An area I have done well over the years in. I was annoyed with the B& T shop I got my shoestring eels from, as they would not let me pick them out myself. I understand the reasons, but I should have told them to keep them, as most were not even fishable. Ya need big eels if you want to fish em in Montauk. Anyway I banged 2 fish 17 & 19 lbs on eels. By 3:30am it was time to hit the sand beaches. Who do I come across on the sand beaches slinging heads? Crazy Alberto. I made fun of his dead sticking ways a little bit, but it’s a good way to pull cows --I just can’t bring myself to do it. Around first light I banged a 17 lb bass on a lime green bucktail with a red jelly worm. Later in the morning I had a niiice fish come after a pencil popper, which Alberto saw and began casting his pencil in the same area. About 5 minutes later Alberto sets the hook on his dead stick rod to a 37 lb stripper. Was it the same one that was after my pencil? In all likely hood. I very nice fish Congrads Alberto!! A nice weekend spent with my wife!

Report Date: 7/25 Friday

Fishing Report:
It's 12pm and still no charter for this evening. Hmmmmmmmmmmmm -Montauk all by myself -ymm ymm. Call me very soon if your interestred.--Bill

Report Date: OPENING

Fishing Report:
With the moon dropping out, and some nice fish around, this Friday into Saturday should be a good one. I have a cancellation Friday night, which leaves me with an opening. Either Montauk from 11pm until we drop dead sometime in the morning (around sunrise) or the North Shore from 9:30 pm –3:30am. For the Montauk trip you must be able to climb around on rocks, have a solid cast, and able to walk long distances. Montauk we will target large, but it will be at my regular rates because it aint August yet. Damn I can’t wait!!!!!!!!!PS: August in Montauk is booked. I have openings for August North Shore which is very consistant, and recommend that you book NOW for the fall!!!!---Bill

Report Date: 7/21 MONDAY

Fishing Report:
I was guided by Chris AKA doughboy to fish high out in the Cranes Neck area 6:30-10pm. It was a nice change to be treated to a new fishing area. Hard SW winds blew out the Back Bay water at the drain we were fishing very nicely. We saw some possible white bait, but did not get a close enough look at it. I managed 2 cocktails and 2 schoolies on bucktails and 3” slug-o tease. and another gentleman who was with us Mike managed one schoolie on a popper.

Report Date: 7/20 SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
After working on the house all day yesterday I made an announcement. “I’m getting up at 2am and going fishing”. My wife continues to warn that “I’ll be burnt out” by mid October. HA I say-- ha ha ha ha ha ha ha ha! HA! So I was up at 2am. Where to go? My goal was to catch a fish for my Moms barbeque today. Where else Montauk. NW wind ebb tide. North or |South I pondered. After making my decision, which was not an easy one. I made my way to that decision and surprisingly found several other casters. I found my rock uninhabited and climbed aboard. I found 6 bass on bucktails and needle fish in the dark and light. On the way back to my buggy I could not resist piece of water I had my eye on for the last hour. There was such a nice water column there I figured there had to be a lineside holding to its edge. Yep 22lbs on a Gibbs white Canal Special Pencil pop. When these plugs hit the market be sure to pick up one for your bag. They really hold the water well. Nothing in the Stripers belly. I’m off to do a little queing. I might be fishing tomorrow. I can only pray!

Report Date: 7/17 MORICHES

Fishing Report:
I hit Moriches this evening. It was more of a scouting mission than fishing as I have not had time to fish the last couple of weeks—continued house repairs. I was specifically checking out the flats. There were some terns working a few of the flats, probably on sand eels. I did not see fish. I wet a line a few times, but it wasn’t what I would call fishing. It was more mental necessity. My wife advised me that I’d be fishing so hard from August to December “ you will get sick of it”. Nahhhh

Report Date: THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
Thank you to everyone that came to the lecture. I had 21/2 hours, and still couldn't get enough info in. One of these days I'm going to have a few classes in a row, and we really will go into it. I had a great time, and thanks for the brews afterwords. My mouth sure was dry. It's been really tough to wet a line as of late. My house has been priorty b/c I have to get it in shape before August. Thank God I'm doing the repairs in July. I still have a couple of August dates left for Montauk,and plenty left for North Shore August, which are also very good trips, with very nice size fish potential. August just isn't about Montauk, it's perhaps the best pattern fishing of the year-in my opinion. Thanks again---See Ya on The BEach!!!!!!!--Bill

Report Date: LECTURE

Fishing Report:
Wish I was fishin a little more. When I get serious again in a week or so -I'm gonna get real serious.heee heee.Just got done preparing stuff for the lecture tomorrow. Come on down. I have lots of stuff I want to cover.------------On July 15th at 7pm I will be giving a lecture entitled the Ins and Outs of Surf Fishing at The Wantagh Public Library. Discussions will be held on plugging the North Shore, South Shore, and Montauk. Equipment, safety, water temps, wind, tide, moon, and how stripers react to a variety of structures in relation to the conditions presented will be addressed. I will have up to 2 ½ hours to present, and will most likely use the entire time. I'm going to keep it loose, so bring your questions and I'll give it my best shot to answer them. Admission is free! DIRECTIONS: From the Southern State. Take Wantagh Ave South—make a right on Park Ave. Library is on your right hand side. 3285 Park Ave --COME ON DOWN!! -------

Report Date: JULY 13th--SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
I just scrolled down on the report section to see how much I fished last July. It wasn’t much. With my house in chaos this July has been a nightmare. My fantasy fishing room is in disarray, and the back of my house needed to be completely rebuilt. The fishing room- I have dreamed about since I was a kid. I can’t wait to get it where I want it to be. I have to start preparing for AUGUST-- I think it will be one to remember. It may even be a better August than 1997 or was it 95??-- ohhhhh yeah. I’m hoping for some very large that month. Anyway enough venting. I took Mrs. Wetzel out for a charter in Moriches. Well it was more of a scouting mission. We fished the flood beginning in the inlet. Too much weed-not fishable. Over to the backside. Too many boats. Went back home and worked on the house until 11pm. I’m getten it out of the way now—make time---- because August is coming-and September, October, November, and hopefully December.----------- Don’t forget tomorrow I doing a Lecture at the Wantagh Library. Scroll down for details.

Report Date: THURSDAY 6pm- 9:30pm

Fishing Report:
I finally got out to Moriches this evening. Nice east wind gave me the itch. I probably be fishing there a lot more since its close to where I’m living. 6pm-9: 30pm all I mustard up was 3 schoolies on 3oz bucktails. A beautiful water column on the flood developed. I thought with that gooood looking water the stripers would be feeding there up the ying yang. I guess not. Book now for August my favorite month for large!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I still have an opening for this weekend. Give me a call if you want it.

Report Date: THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
TonightE wind 10 to 15 kt. Seas 1 to 2 ft. A chance of showers in the evening...then showers likely after midnight. ----sounds like a nite to fish-stay tuned-Im still have an opening for sat-sun morning. I think it will be good fishing!

Report Date: 7/8---TUESDAY caumsett

Fishing Report:
I usually fish a lot less in July, and so far this month I have been fishing a little less than I am used to. They whole back room of my house is caving in, and it has been stressing me out a bit. Thank God I have people like my Dad, cousin Al, and a hell of a guy named Danny to do the repairs. Thanks guys! My Mom advised me to go to church and pray. So I went to the greatest church of all—the surf. For me, surf fishing has always been more then just catching fish. It’s has been an opportunity to collect my thoughts, and put things in perspective-- a vital piece of my very soul. Last night I realized that all in all I have it pretty damn good. Any way, I finished Caumsett from 7pm-10pm. Light SW winds-clear skies. I had 3 bass on my first 4 casts on pencil poppers. All keepers size or slightly above. Later I took a blue on a slug-o tease, and one schoolie in the dark. I normally don’t book too many trips in July, but I have found some resident fish, and I think there will be some good fishing on late night tides in some areas. If your interested in a North Shore charter Saturday – Sunday 7/12-7/13 11pm- 5am give me a call. –Bill---------------Don’t forget the lecture next Tuesday—scroll down for details----------

Report Date: JULY 15th LECTURE--ITS FREE

Fishing Report:
On July 15th at 7pm I will be giving a lecture entitled the Ins and Outs of Surf Fishing at The Wantagh Public Library. Discussions will be held on plugging the North Shore, South Shore, and Montauk. Equipment, safety, water temps, wind, tide, moon, and how stripers react to a variety of structures in relation to the conditions presented will be addressed. I will have up to 2 ½ hours to present, and will most likely use the entire time. I'm going to keep it loose, so bring your questions and I'll give it my best shot to answer them. Admission is free! DIRECTIONS: From the Southern State. Take Wantagh Ave South—make a right on Park Ave. Library is on your right hand side. 3285 Park Ave --COME ON DOWN!!

Report Date: HAPPY 4th

Fishing Report:
Since my last trip I have been doing nothing but working on my house --what a pain. However I took some time, and my wife and I are up at ONEIDA lake doing some fishing and catching up on some sleep. The weed is terrible in the lake this year, and yesterday on my first attempt at fishing it, I got weeded out -even with texas rigged plastics! I have some openings for AUGUST in Montauk. In August ee will fish with mostly eels, and most of the time more than 6 hours. We will be climbing on rocks in the middle of the nigh,t and most likely get smaked around by waves. The fact that we are slinging eels, we are going for moor than 6 hours most of the time, and I can only do two charters on the weekends, are the reasons for the increase in price, which still is a good price in my opionon.------oh yeah and we will not be fishing for schoolies--only large, hopefully quite large. ---I am also going to be giving away a trip on this site for the month I reach 100,000 hits. For the month of June I had over 94,000 hits, which is amazing to me and totaly unexpected. SO thank you all for checking out my reports and booking trips with me. And stay tuned--Bill-- HAPPY INDEPENDENCE DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: SATURDAY----SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
Things slowed a bit in the Mecca, but there are lots of sand eels up on the Back Bay flats, and stripers and blues can be had in the middle of the day. SUNDAY-12am – 6am. I took Steve Kent to begin on the North Side where we fished for about 30 minutes. Due to lack of confidence , I decided to make the move deeeeeeeep in the South. Out on the point I noticed a wet suiter yelling something and shinning his light at us. I didn’t think he was in trouble, as he was neatly perched up on a rock. I thought he was yelling because the fishing was good. Eventually the wet suiter made his way over to me with a black SS darter embedded in his left forearm. I cut the hook and he pulled it through, and then kept fishing. Yee HA! Don’t ya just hate that feeling- or even the thought? On my first cast with a needle fish I managed a small schoolie and we didn’t have another fish the entire night. SUNDAY 3pm- 9pm. After getting some much needed sleep in my buggy, I took out Justin Mirinza with a different strategy. We began on the open beach to find no fish, but some naked women walking around, which was almost as good as catching fish. We then headed to the backside of Hither Hills. I thought there might be some sand eels and fish up on the flats. We found 4 blues and a couple of schoolies on 3/8oz kastmasters modified with a green tube. Justin had a hankering for some punishment on the South side so we got deeeep –only to find unfishable weed. A decision was made to hit the flats again for the flood and dusk, although it was not an easy decision as Justin is a guy that loves the punishment only the South Side can give you. We banged another 3 blues and a few more schoolies on 1 oz Polaris pops. The flats should be good most of the week for AM ebb tides.------------ I’m heading up to Oneida lake to do the sweet water 4th thing, and I’ll be sure to put in some reports on that. I got an amazing e-mail toady and thought I would share it with you-----------Bill:I read your reports often and took note of the fact that you lost some needlefish plugs and a spool of power pro on Saturday morning. Were they attached to a bass?? I was on my boat on the south side on Saturday morning in what I think is called -------- Cove when I found a bass struggling on the surface attached to a blue needlefish plug, which was attached to a lot of power pro or other similar type line, which was probably attached to a rock. I pulled the bass in . . . 38 inches, 21 lbs. . . . removed the plug, put him in my livewell for about 15 minutes, when it seemed like he was healthy, I let him go, he swam right off.- Frank Weber ---------------NOW THATS A SPORSTMAN!! The plug he found was actually a canal special pecil pop that I was testing for Gibbs.

Report Date: 6/28 SATURDAY 12am -6am

Fishing Report:
I took out my Montauk charter from 12am –6am with light NW winds and clear skies. It was a beautiful night, but also a rough one as I lost 2 needlefish, a darter, and a few wild eyes, not to mention a spool of power pro. We began on the north side, until 2:45 am but we couldn’t get a bump. We made are way deeeeeeeeeeeep on the South Side, which as far as I could tell was open. There seemed to be more erosion then a few weeks ago, but nothing that I did not expect. Unless I’m missing something, it’s wasn’t as bad as everyone was saying. We began in the South by throwing wild eyes and darters, but found no takers. I eventually went to a needlefish and found a 23 lb bass that took the bait. Fat Stomach! My charter managed a 10 lb bass, but that was about it. Lots of, on the spot problems this morning that took away from some quality fishing time-so we probably would have had more. I’ll be back tonight—stay tuned.

Report Date: 6/26--THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I took Mark Dayboch on the South Shore this evening 6pm-12am, after we had to cancel our trip to Sunken Meadow last week due to buggy problems. Very light SW winds made it hot, sticky, and buggy. We started at FI inlet in hopes for weakies. With no wind and very little white water it didn’t seem promising, so we made the move to the Zachs bay area. Loads of mosquitoes almost chased us away, but we loaded up on bug spray and stuck it out. We walked what seemed to be forever to fish the grass lines, but after all that work Mark came away empty and I only managed one 30” bass on a needlefish. I’ll be in Montauk this weekend and I still have a tentative opening for Sunday 3:30-9:30pm. I say tentative because of the bluffs that have collapsed at Montauk. To fish the daylight hours requires access to the south side. If it’s closed I will recommend canceling the charter for Sunday afternoon. As for my night charters we are still on-- so stay tuned. Call me if your interested in Sunday and we will play it by ear.-----------Just a side note—When I heard that the South Side maybe closed it was like somebody took a piece of my soul or the piece of whatever makes me function. Just a small piece but a piece non-the less, a piece. I mention this because it is an area that has taken me over 20 years to learn (I’m still learning) and have spent countess days and nights catching stripers from the rocks and coves that call it home. It is my second home, and my favorite place to fish or to be on the planet---bill

Report Date: OPENINGS--MONTAUK --NEW MOON

Fishing Report:
I have ONE opening left for this weekends NEW MOON in Montauk. Sunday 3:30pm-9: 30pm. Call me if you are interested. PS: This tide will require wading out and standing on rocks.

Report Date: 6/22 SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
I took out Travis Neal and his two buddies Colin and Mike to fish Caumsett from 6:30 pm –12am. Very little wind and lots of bunker around. We managed 5 bass between us to 33” on chicken scratch bombers and black deceivers on the fly rod. I of course used my spinning outfit. I also caught one blue on a pencil pop. I’ll be hitting more South Shore this weekend in hopes for some more weakies- so stay tuned-Bill

Report Date: 6/21 SATURDAY

Fishing Report:
The Lizard King booked me again this evening. Our original plan was to fish Caumsett, but with the NE winds, and the possibility of some cows and weakies I advised the South Shore. The winds shifted from NE –NW and back to NE again. The Lizard was scheduled for 6 pm but we didn’t to get out until about 7pm due to lightening delays. We began in the Zachs Bay area only to find one bass on a 5” wild eye. Heavy winds and driving rain made things a little tough. By 9pm we were fishing FI inlet to only find one cocktail blue. Tonight had the makings of an excellent night, but it just didn’t happen. I’ll be on the North Shore tonight –stay tuned.

Report Date: FRIDAY 6/20

Fishing Report:
My charter and I were all geared up to fish the Nissequogue this evening when I noticed anti freeze all over the road. Sure enough, the water pump!. My second water pump this year. I give my buggy whatever it needs, but I have never ever had a truck that needed so many repairs. It’s eating me alive. I am on the South Saturday night—stay tuned

Report Date: 6/19 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I had excellent fishing to-DAY in the Zachs bay vicinity. No wind with rain that changed to hazy heat. 1oz blue Polaris pops did the job to 6 bass to 17lbs and 2 cocktail blues. I concentrated on the grass lines, flats, and bars. Fishing is very good right now---moon down swing!. I still have openings for the last weekend in June. New moon and Montauk. I can’t believe I still have it open. Give me a call if you’re interested. --Bill

Report Date: 6/17 TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
? I took out the Lizard King from 6pm –12am in the Fire Island area for a decent night with light SE winds. We started out in the back bays fishing the grass lines and throwing 1oz Polaris pops and knuckleheads for 4 bass to 28”. We made our way to the inlet area and threw lime green bucktails with red rind to one nice weakie and 3 or 4 more cocktail blues. The blues were hitting the rind on every cast. My first weakie of the year. Ya hoo!---- Thought I would share e-mail with you from my buddy Bob. These fish should move our way and I expect we will have some great late spring cows---oh yeah—August cows?---------------------Bill, this is the best shot we will ever have, for the next few years. Therehave been "5" 50's taken from the beach this year in NJ. A 50, 52 53 59 & a57 by a guy in my club. Later, Bob

Report Date: 6/16 MONDAY & OPENINGS!!!

Fishing Report:
I fished light SE winds from 6pm-9pm this evening, at Fire Island inlet. Lots of bait around but what it was who knows. The terns and blues were working the bait pretty hard and I came away with a bunch oh the toothy critters (blues). We will call it 7. I tried to stay deep with bucktails in hopes for some weakies or stripers, but nada. I did have 3 distinct bumps that felt like weakies?? I have MONTAUK OPENINGS for Saturday 6/28 & Sunday 6/29. Call me if you’re interested. Maybe we will sling some snakes?---Bill

Report Date: SATURDAY &SUNDAY 6/14 & 15------COW?

Fishing Report:
Where to begin? On the way out to Montauk, Friday night, I met Crazy Alberto to pick up my Aqua Skin light top, and hood. I was very impressed of how light it was, and couldn’t wait to beat it up to, see how it held up. By 1:30am SATURDAY morning my charter Peter Jorden and I were on our way to the North Side while Alberto made his way to another area on the North side. We banged around for about an hour before heading to the south side. My charter almost immediately took a schoolie on a needlefish. My plan was to get deeeeeeep before first light so we took the walk. We found dingy water but fishable-- yet could not hook into another striper. After bouncing around on the South side we went back on the North Side, to find Alberto sleeping in his buggy. Alberto let us know that he banged 4 bass to 44” in the dark on bucktails. Niiice! On the way to fish another area on The North Side my buggy got pretty deeeep into some soft sand and we had to spend about one half hour digging it out. We fished a little more on the North Side for No fish. By 8:30 am it was time for some egg sandwiches. Oh Yea The top? The Aqua Skin top held up like a champ, and I was completely dry throughout the night.That’s saying something, because I like to get abused by Montauks Surf. I will go on record to further say it was the most comfortable top I have ever worn, and at the end of the day, Night, morning or whatever it was—I did not feel like taking it off—I really mean that! After some fresh squeezed OJ and an egg sandwich at Ronnie’s Deli it was time to hit my buggy for some shuteye. I couldn’t sleep much on such a beautiful day and I was up and getting ready for a walk deeeep on the South side. By 3:30pm I took that walk, and let me tell ya –I went deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep—tooooo deep. I felt as though I was carrying a couple 50s, although I don’t know what that feels like. I fished until who knows what time, and by 7:30 I was eating dinner at Pizza village. Rigatoni with fresh veggies and chicken—Yum. Back to my buggy for some sleep? Nah I had to make a few casts on the North Side-then sleep from 9:30 pm –12am. SUNDAY 1:30am-7: 30am. I let my charter Geoge Bowman and his brother Jeff know that we were going to spend a few hours on the North Side, as my plan was not to move around as much as we had the night before. We began by throwing 6” wild eyes, and George fed one to a 36 lb cow. Niiiice fish! George let me know it was his largest fish ever! The man had the cow shakes—if you have had them you know what I’m talking about. We stayed on the North side until about 4am and left for the South after getting harassed by blues. By 4:30 am we were throwing bucktails to a few more schoolies I had one George 2. By about 5:30 am I decided that there might be Stripers holding at an edge, where a point met the cove. George picked another schoolies and a niiiiice 21lb bass on a bucktail. He got the shakes again. Poor Jeff got skunked. Back over to the North side for a couple of casts and we called it quits around 7:30am. Both nights we had little to no wind under partly cloudy to cloudy skies. Montauk has slowed –but the cows are lurking-keep your eye out for a sand eel explosion and get your needle fish ready!------------------------- I have had the opportunity to demo the NEW GIBBS CANAL SPECIAL—This wooden plug is a 3oz flat belly pencil popper, designed to hold strong rips and maintain it’s integrity. It also cast a mile. What can I say. It holds it’s ground in strong rips and has an awesome walk the dog motion. A must for your Montauk bag when it becomes available. I have a South Shore Tuesday night opening. Call me if your interested.-- See Ya on the beach!!!!------Happy Fathers day!! Good Night!!!

Report Date: OPENINGS!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
I have the following openings. SOuth Shore--6/17 & 6/19 6pm -12am. MONTAUK 6/28 am or pm & 6/29am. If your interested give me a call--631-987-6919--See Ya On The Beach--Bill---------Ps You may find it of interest to scroll down and look at last years fishing and weather patterns as compared to this year.

Report Date: JUNE FULL MOON THIS WEEKEND

Fishing Report:
What does it mean? More consistently then not it has meant an increase in the invasion peanuts, sand eels, cinder worm hatches, and the old stand by spearing. In turn we should see an increase in the feeding patterns of surf bound stripers. The water temperatures are now optimal. With all the potential for the right ingredients, I think we are in store for one hell of a next few weeks. Look for the big girls to really start to come out and play—heck there have already been more large taken this year, then I have seen in a long time. My charter and local Rats should be extremely happy. I’ll be in Montauk this weekend to target some large. My buggy is currently in the shop getting $ 1,400 in rear differential repaired. After I get it back, I think I will get the old live well going,and throw some snakes in there! –Stay tuned---- I wanted too share with you a very nice e-mail I received from a gentleman that attended one of my lectures.------------------------ Hello Bill,You don't know me but I figured you'd appreciate this anyway. I attended a Surf Fishing forum you spoke at in Fall 2001 at the Huntington Hilton. You had a brief talk on bucktail basics. Prior to your talk, i never really saw the intrigue in using bucktails. Since then, I never fish without a huge compliment of them.In May, my wife and I took a trip up to Cape Cod to a little nook called Newcombe Hollow. Sandy flats are far as the eye can see. Anyway, there was a nice group of local fishermen getting skunked on sandeels, tubes and spoons. It was overcast with a lot of white water and suds. No one was catching anything with what they were using, so I decided to start out with something nobody was using. I broke out a 1.5 oz. lime green bucktail with a red 50 porkrind. The locals looked at me like I had three heads. One older fellow came up to me and politely said (in a very heavy NE accent I might add), "Young man, you're not going to catch anything here with that thing." I shrugged and started casting into the breakers.From my second cast on, I landed a fish. All stripers, one 36" keeper. Everyone on the right and left of me started casting in the spots I kept landing fish. But alas! Oddly enough, no one had a bucktail that day but me. It seemed to be the only thing the stripers were interested in. This went on for 90 minutes. To top it all off, my wife (who never fishes) wanted to try. She tried her hand at casting. The bucktail only traveled about 30 feet. She nailed a keeper on her only cast of the day (we released it, of course!) The rest of the local fishing vets were scratching their heads, scurrying into their tackleboxes looking for anything that resembled a bucktail. Some switched over to bucktails, but for some odd reason (perhaps it was the color of the lure) the fish were only hitting the green buck with the red 50 rind.The reason I'm bringing this up is because I learned the color scheme trick from that talk you gave. I still have the notes. (Oddly enough, I never wrote down your name; I found it by chance surfing the net for LI fishing reports. Since your Fall 2001 talk, I've always carry bucktails around with me...and they almost always pull through for me. I've had recent success at the sandbar at Caumsett. I actually landed a pair of nice fluke on a pink 1.5 oz. In any event, thanks for the tips.By the way, how early on do you book for September and October charters at Montauk? I never seriously fished that area (though I've labored beneath the Montauk lighthouse mob like most other amateurs) and you seem like the perfect guy to show me the ropes. Let me know!Good luck this season. i hope this weather lets up for all of us.Sincerely,Randall DiGiuseppeFuture President of the Brooklyn Bucktail Fanclub ;)------------------Thanks Randall—Bucktails Rule!

Report Date: TUESDAY 6/10

Fishing Report:
SW winds clear. I fished with my charter from 6pm -12:15 am. We began by heading over to Fire Island inlet and I could only manage one blue on a bucktail. Lots of dead stickers there, and it was a little tough to work your bucktail in the rips and watch out for their line at the same time. Eventually we made are way to some back bays and went without fish for a couple hours. Finally on the way out I noticed some sand eel activity, and we walked out on the mud flats to find stripers, and probably shad doing the midnight slurp. My charter finally managed one bass on a slug-o tease. I think we will see a big change in the fishing shortly after the full moon. There has been sand eels around but not in numbers yet. I think we will soon see there invasion. Futhur I still believe that we will see the best spring in years --We will see?--Bill

Report Date: 6/9 MONDAY

Fishing Report:
Took out ON THE FLY from 6pm- 12am. Sw winds about 10-15—clear skies. Well not quite as he was a little late and we left a little early. We went waaaay back in the back bays of Eaton’s Neck to fish a private spot of mine that usually produces in high quantities. This time we only managed 3 bass on Polaris pops at dusk. We eventually made are way to Crab Meadow, but didn’t spend much time there. I saw no bait the entire night. I’m expecting the fishing and the sand eels to really pick up after the June full moon. We will see. I’m all booked up for this weekend and I’ll be on the South Shore tonight provided my buggy is running, as it’s currently in the shop.

Report Date: 6/7-6/8-MONTAUK & openings

Fishing Report:
I’m going to try to make this one short and sweet. I’m tired as hell and need some rest. Saturday 4: 30am – 10:30am. I introduced a nice couple to the world of Surf Fishing. We began in the back of Hither Hills and eventually worked our way to the South Side coves. NO FISH. Saturday evening 3pm-9pm I took my charter deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side in the pouring rain. We had 8 bass between us to about 30”. First fish of the year on Pencils. Water temps in Montauk are just warm enough that the stripers will chase it down. Tired and wet I ate at Pizza village and awoke at 2am for my 3am charter. It finally stopped raining. The South Side was mostly mud but we managed 2 shorts before it became unfishable. Over to the North Side to fish clean water, but no fish. Over to the sand beaches –no fish. A little slow this weekend. Blame it on poor winds and dirty water! I’ll be on the North Shore tomorrow and the South on Tuesday. Stay Tuned.--Bill PS--I have am and pm openings for Saturday 6/14 MONTAUK.

Report Date: 6/5 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
THANK YOU TO ALL THE GUYS AT MID ISLAND SURF CASTERS FOR GIVING ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO SPEAK AT YOUR MEETING. YOUR A GOOD BUNCH OF GUYS!!!!! SEE IN THE MECCA----IM BOOKED SOLID FOR THE WEEKEND STAY TUNED FOR REPORTS

Report Date: WEDNESDAY 6/4 OPENINGS!!

Fishing Report:
Got out a little bit today to fish some of the bottom of the Ebb and some of the first of the flood in the Green Island area. When will it stop raining?? I banged a couple of blues to eight pounds on bucktails, but that was it. I start to fish hard again on Friday. I HAVE ONE OPENING THIS WEEKEND 3AM - 9AM MONTAUK. CALL TO BOOK IT—631-987-6919

Report Date: MARK IT ON YOUR CALENDER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
On July 15th at 7pm I will be giving a lecture entitled the Ins and Outs of Surf Fishing at The Wantagh Public Library. Discussions will be held on plugging the North Shore, South Shore, and Montauk. Equipment, safety, water temps, wind, tide, moon, and how stripers react to a variety of structures in relation to the conditions presented will be addressed. I will have up to 2 ½ hours to present, and will most likely use the entire time. Admission is free! DIRECTIONS: From the Southern State. Take Wantagh Ave South—make a right on Park Ave. Library is on your right hand side. 3285 Park Ave.

Report Date: 5/31-6/1 MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
My knees are in pain, my shoulder and elbow are killing me, I can barely clench my hand because my they are so cut up and raw, and my mind is jellow—feels good-- I guess. Friday I got up and went to work after a late night charter on Thursday. I arrived home in enough time to get a few hours of sleep, and awake again at 9pm to prepare for my 1:30am MONTAUK charter. It never seizes to amaze me how much time is spent servicing reels, making leaders, replacing flashlight batters, changing hooks, and cleaning out my buggy. I met my charter Justin who was totally pumped to do a little surf fishing. After much internal debate on the drive out to Montauk, I decided we would begin in the back bays behind Hither Hills. We fished from 1:30am – 7: 30am with a new moon and clear skies with little to no wind. When we arrived in the back bays there were bass popping all over the place, feeding on teeny tiny grass shrimp. The problem was they would not take anything we threw at them. I ended up dropping 1 or 2 fish, and by 3am it was time to get deeeeeep on the south side. Nice white water got me pretty pumped up and I think Justin was pumped as well, as he had never fished water like that before. We began throwing needlefish and metal lips in the dark for no fish. By light the fish arrived in the white water, and we managed 12 bass between us to about 13 lbs. Most of the fish were around 10 lb –all were taken on 1oz white bucktails –slow roll. After breakfast with Justin I hit my buggy for some sleep, but not before getting 3 or 4 tics on me. The tics were not in the weeds, but in very short grass. BE CAREFUL out there this year—lots of tics. By 2: 30 pm, and not much sleep it was time for my next charter with Zeno from High Hills Striper Club. Don’t forget to check High Hills web site. It’s a site that was really well done and has some interesting history to read about. Highhillsstriperclub.com. I took Zeno on the South Side to throw bucktail to 8 bass between us to 15 lbs. Zeno had 7 of them. That’s just because I put him on to the good rocks—hee hee. By about 6: 30 Zeno took off under the light and I went north. I dropped 1 fish on a darter and Zeno let me know he fished until midnight for nada. I stopped fishing at about 9pm and went to Pizza Village for some cheep good food. After nice dinner, it was painful to get out of my seat and the waitress let me know that I moved like an old man. That made me feel good. The forecaster called for NE winds 25-35 knots by morning. Flood tide, white water, and BIIIG fish, potential encouraged me to stay and fish the am. I crawled out of my buggy at 4: 30 am, put on my wet gear and took the walk deeeeeeeep on the south side. Everything looked hazy and my mind was pretty shot by this time, but I marched on. Big white water had arrived, and by 5:30am it was already really tough getting out to my rock, I’ll even go as far as to say dangerous. I only could mange 1 bass that was 15 lbs. This bass hit and fought like an albacore. While fighting it a nice juicy wave smacked me in my chest, and sent me face first into the suds. Cutting my hand up on the rock on the way down was not fun. I released the bass, and got back up on my rock for more abuse, but could not find another fish. I made the walk back, hopped in my buggy and headed to the north side. Where was the NE wind? It was more SE – E than anything, and where was the big white water on the North side I had hoped for? I farted around for another hour and made the journey home. No big fish this weekend, but solid action. I don’t think I’ll fish tomorrow, but then again???

Report Date: 5/29---THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
SE winds and plenty of clean white water in the Fire Island inlet, was a good a good mix for a few stripers and blues. I took my charter out from 6pm –12am. We fished the inlet for 3 stripers to 25” and 3 blues to 7 lbs. All were caught in 11/2oz bucktails. By 9pm it was time to head to the back bays to fish the first of the ebb. I dropped 2 fish and my charter scored with a schoolie and a nice 17lb bass taken on a super strike needlefish. It was my charters largest striper ever. CONDRADULATIONS! I’m all booked up for the weekend in MONTAUK. I begin fishing again at 1am- Stay tuned-Bill

Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I still have openings for this weekend in Montauk. With the new moon the fishing should be hot!Saturday from 2:30pm-8:30pm and Sunday morning from 2:30am-8:30am. Call me if youer interested.-I'll be on the South Shore tonight --Stay Tuned

Report Date: 5/28/03--WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
Took a drive to the Sore Thumb area today to find terns and SAND EELS. Scroll down to January and February and note what I said about sand eels. They seem to really be turning up everywhere as predicted. I haven’t seen this many sand eels and quite a few years. The fish should take residence in many areas and hold longer with all the available bait. If that happens it will be especially good for the cows that have been showing up in the Montauk suds! Cold winters are good winters! Anyway loads of cocktails blues were on the sand eels and were pushing the bait up and down the beach. I had all the blues I wanted, I’d say I caught 10 blues – maybe more maybe less-I didn’t bother to count. Could have more but left early. All on 007 with green tube.

Report Date: NEW AQUA SKIN DRY TOPS & OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
I have been getting some e- mails about the Aqua Skin dry tops, which will surly be regarding by many as the best surf fishing top ever made. Crazy Alberto e-mailed the following info------- the AquaSkinz Drytops... They can be purchased at the following shops...Causeway, Campsite, R&G, Smith Point, Augies, Ronkonkoma Outfiters, J&J and Montauk (Freddies)! If they have any questions... They can always contact me at this email account (Nonstopfisher@aol.com ) -or - aquaskinz.alberto@verizon.net -or- aquaskinz.management@verizon.net-----------OPENINGS--I still have openings for Montauk this weekend. It sould be hot hot hot!! Call me to book. 631-987-6919

Report Date: 5/27 TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
I farted around for an hour or so at Green Island and the state channel for the first of the flood. Water was cloudy, but fishable with SE winds. No fish, but then again I didn't expect fish. Have a charter on Thursady and making sure things are up to par in the areas we are going to be fishing. There is a cool new web site with some good information on it. ---highhillstriperclub.com I wrote an article on Montauk for this site and there are also some other good articals as well. Check it out and enjoy!

Report Date: OPENINGS--MONTAUK ANYONE??

Fishing Report:
I have openings for the south shore during the week and Montauk during the weekend.It should be good with a new moon on Saturday. Give me a call to book a trip.Thank you for all who have served!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!--Bill

Report Date: 5/23-5/24 FRIDAY AND SATURDAY-MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
On Friday I took the Lizard King for a North Shore trip from 6pm –12 am. East winds had me thinking of a good east wind spot. We began at Northport Bay. The Lizard had 2 bass on 3/8 oz kastmaster modified with a tube. At dusk we headed to the Nissequogue where I managed 1 bass on a Fin-s. The Lizard began to sing Waiting FOR THE SUN by the Doors, and I haven’t got the song out of my head since. Friday night I arrived home at 1am, ate a bowl of pasta and hit the hay to be up at 7am for my 10am charter in MONTAUK. East went to North East on Saturday. Like peanut butter and jelly, and bagels and cream cheese Northeast East and Montauk just seem to go together. My 10am charter paid attention to my post that I had openings, and it should be good this weekend. I took him deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the South Side to find terns feeding on sand eels. I took 13 bass to 20 lbs before we left for a more easterly spot on the south side. Unfortunately my charter just could not catch a fish. When we arrived at the next spot I dropped a nice fish that was probably in the 25-30lb range. I did however manage 4 more bass to 12 lbs for a total of 17 bass for the day. My charter managed one schoolie, after 6 hours of getting the hell beat out of him by the pounding surf, but he took the abuse like a regular surf rat. All the fish were caught on 1 oz bucktails with a very slow roll. I couldn’t’ figure out what my charter was or wasn’t doing. Sometimes it’s that little extra something that makes or breaks you from catching fish. Largest fish of the day was 3 fish at 12 lbs and the 20. MONTAUK is alive and we had em all to ourselves.

Report Date: THURSDAY 5/22

Fishing Report:
Is it April or May? Hard East winds and driving rain made it a bit chilly. I made my way to the South Shore back bays-near the Jones area to fish the top of the ebb. I took the walk to fish the grass lines to find no fish holding on their edges. I figured there might be some fish on the flats, but all I found was shad, that were probably feeding on sand eels. Tomorrow should be a good one as I have a North Shore charter with a good tide. Stay tuned—Bill—No more openings for the weekend--sorry

Report Date: 5/21 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I got out for about an hour at dusk tonight on the state channel. No wind and a steady rain. I had a nice fish come up after a pencil popper, but no takers.----I STLL HAVE OPENINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND> GOOD NORTH SHORE LIGHT TACKLE TIDES> IT SHOULD BE GOOD.--BILL

Report Date: 5/18 TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
I convinced my charter to switch his South Shore trip and take the trip out to Montauk in hopes for some more cows. 2:30AM – 8:30AM no wind and a crisp clean smell of just plain freshness in the air. We began on the north side of Hither Hills where the bass were popping everywhere-no doubt on sand eels. We only gave it 20 minutes because the hunt for cows was in my blood. We made the journey deeeeep on the South side and fished and fished and fished, only to find 1 schoolie. I dropped 2 other nice fish. One of the fish dropped being my fault, as I was spacing out after being up all night, and I literally thought I had was dragging in something other than a fish. Lack of sleep does weird things to the mind. At about 6: 30 am the tide should have been coming in at a nice pace-it wasn’t. Something was holding the tide back this morning and it wasn’t the wind. At about 7am my charter cried uncle and I dropped him of and wished him a safe ride home, as he looked pretty tired. For me there were fish to be caught. I can’t tell you how close I was to making the long South Side journey again, and fish until the tide really began to roll in. I did hit the south side again however not as far in. I managed 2 more bass below 10 lbs on bucktail for the extra effort. What a fun ride home I had! I STILL HAVE OPENINGS FOR THE WEEKEND—IT SHOULD BE GOOOOOOD!----Bill

Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
Hey Bill- I just thought I'd say hey. I have a charter booked with you for June 15th, but I was also one of the 4 guys fishing at-------yesterday am. I didn't recognize you on my walk in, otherwise I would have waved hello. We went to the far point, but my brother finally gave up and went over to the point you were on. I saw you get that cow, I could see it's big white belly from across the cove. Nice fish! We only managed 3 schoolies. I was throwing a 1/2 oz bucktail. After you left I finally made it over to the point you were on, but didn't get anything. You're right, it was a difficult spot to fish correctly. I had a hell of a time. Nice job!See ya out there- George Bowen Thought I would post this e-mail since I don't have the meat or pics of the fish. I HAVE OPENINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND. I EXPECT THE FISHING TO BE VERY GOOD!!-CALL ME IF YOUR INTERESTED.-BILL--thanks George!!

Report Date: 5/18 SUNDAY COW TIME!

Fishing Report:
I had a 2am charter this morning that did not show. Did not even call to let me know he wasn’t showing. From here on in a deposit is a must. Well I of course went fishing anyway. Light NE winds made for cold fingers at 3am. I started by making a few casts at Shag. Kind of weedy there, so I took a shot at the harbor to see if there were any stripers up on the flats. Nothing there. I decided to catch some shuteye in my buggy until 4: 30 am- a solid half hour-- and fish deeeeep on the South side at dawn. On my way in I considered fishing the first point as the water was rolling around her getting pushed into the cove very nicely. The other point (my favorite) also looked good, with 4- 5’ sets coming in, and clean white water. It just didn’t look as good as the point I past up. I scaled down my bucktail size this morning to ¾ oz so I could really work it slow. I had to pick my casts, or the waves would do what they want with the bucktail. I made about 30 casts and found no fish. I took a walk back to the point I passed up. In about 10 minutes I was into a nice 26 lb bass (biggest of the year). I almost did not get her in as the hook on the bucktail was mangled. A few casts later and I had a screamer on that took off to china and spit my hook. Then a couple of schoolies. THEN another screamer. I loosened my drag a bit in fear that she would mangle the hook. After about 15 minutes she decided to go for a rock. I managed to horse her away from near disaster, and eventually got her up to my rock. 40? I thought as I bent down and grabbed her mouth. My boga grip scale goes up to 30 lbs and bottoms out at 35lb. SHE BOTTOMED OUT THE SCALE! I’ll call her 35lbs, but she may have been closer to 40. I’m going to my mothers today, and I considered keeping her to feed the whole family. In fact I was just getting down from my rock, and she made a U turn with her tail and slipped from my grasp. I could have reached down and picked her back up, but I thought it was just meant to be that way. There are obviously some cows around feeding off shad. A slow roll is key to success. I have a charter on the south shoere tomorrow. Maybe we will hit Montauk again?? Stay tuned--Bill

Report Date: FRIDAY 5/17 YUM YUM

Fishing Report:
Hard East winds, big white water, herring, sand eels, gannets, and terns. Oh yeah I almost forgot, STRIPERS. Where could this be? Montauk “ the surf fishing capital of the world”? It must be. I love fishing there in the spring, no people, and plenty of fish. I fished from 1pm –7pm. clean white water everywhere. Began by taking a ride to Shag- a lot of weed so I took my walk deeeeeep on the South side to find what I was looking for, Gannets, terns and plenty of bait. It was a challenge figuring out how to catch the fish. Even though there was a huge sweep I had to scale down on my bucktail from 11/2 0z to 1oz. The water temps are still cold and the fish were not that aggressive so I had to keep it to a slow roll-very slow, and you can’t do that with a heavy bucktail in Montauk. The East wind was pushing the sweep into one of my favorite coves and the bass were piled up where the point meets the cove waiting for shad and sand eels to be pushed to them. My bucktail was also waiting for 15 of the hungry stripers. The largest-12 and 16 lbs. I had a hit every few casts, but the trick was to let the bucktail sink after the hit because they were not chasing it. I ended up at North bar at dusk to make a couple of casts, and just check it out. You can drive from North to false bar this year with no problem. I also noted that Big Rock was showing its head at Shag. I’m heading back Sunday morning. Stay tuned.--Bill--ps I kept the 16 and she had two shad in her belly! yum yum

Report Date: 5/14 WENESDAY

Fishing Report:
Light West to North West wind this evening made for plesent conditions. My charter and I fished from 6pm-1:30am. We began at he back side of Jones and found terns no doubt feasting on sandeels, however there was nothing under he sandeels. By dusk and without one fish, I decided to move to some bask bay areas. We arrived at the top of the ebb and I only managed 1 fish on a needle fish. We took the walk along the grass lines fishing the edges to find nada. By 12:15 am I was wondering if we were going to find anything. Something in my head kept saying mud flats, but I had my doubts if the sand eels had found there way back there yet. When we arrived at the flats we found stripers popping all over the place in 2-3' of water. Super strike 1oz needle fish did most of the damage to 8 more stripers to 29 inches.Always learning! Im going to attempt Montauk on Friday with the North East gale winds predicted. It may be great or it may get dirty --stay tuned. Also please don't ask me to give out specific locations. My reports are honest, and give out the general areas. The areas I fish I have worked very hard to learn, fishing them countless nights and days under many conditons. If you need more info please book a trip. Thanks for understanding. Stay tuned for the MECCA report!--Bill

Report Date: OPENINGS THIS WEEKEND :-)

Fishing Report:
I have an opening for this SATURDAY 5/17 in Montauk for an AM or PM charter. I expect the fishing to be good. I’m on the South Shore tonight, so stay tuned ---CALL ME AT 631-987-6919 for booking.

Report Date: 5/12 MONDAY--OPENINGS FOR MONTAUK!

Fishing Report:
Hard West to SW winds held up the South Shores state channels tide a bit last night. I wanted the top of the ebb, but the tide really didn’t start ebbing until about 8:30pm, at which time I had to leave. I only managed one schoolie on a black SS needlefish. I’m fishing hard Wednesday and have a few OPENINGS for MONTAUK this weekend. Give me a call if you’re interested. 631-987-6919-BILL

Report Date: 5/11 SUNDAY HAPPY MOMS DAY

Fishing Report:
I made it out his morning to fish the high out at Shoreham. It was my first time fishing the area so I didn’t expect much. No bait,no fish. Foggy morning. I’ll be on the south shore most of the week, and MONTAUK next weekend. I have a Montauk opening for next Saturday 5/17 in the AM if anyone is interested------Bill

Report Date: FRIDAY 5/9

Fishing Report:
I took my first charter of the year to Oyster Bay from 6pm –12am. Light SW winds and cloud cover seemed like it may have been the ticket. We began on the north side throwing poppers, tins, bucktails, and swimmers. No fish. Over to the sound side. We found stripers and herring busting all over the place. It seemed to be more herring than stripers. My charter managed 1 bass on a chicken scratch mambo. The stripers were reeeeeal picky. I suspect they were feeding on tiny sand eels. Back over to the bay side for 2 more bass on wild eyes. I’m going to bed now—nite----Bill

Report Date: 5/7 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
It’s no secret that the back of Jones is absolutely loaded with blues. The boys at Causeway B&T in Wantagh said they are so thick that fluking is near impossible. Not interested in the choppers or crowds, and much more interested in something with stripes I headed east on the south shore for some baaack bay action. With a storm approaching and the last of the ebb I thought I would be into some fish. The first cast with a 1oz Polaris almost found a bass that came up to take a peek. Other then that I had no fish. I did see bait back there which is a great sign. Stay tuned-Bill

Report Date: 5/6 TUESDAY The legend of Bob Hahns

Fishing Report:
I was debating as to where I was going to fish this evening since yesterday afternoon. On the one hand I know where the fish are, as I have been getting reports from customers and long time fishing buddies, on the other hand I don’t want to take my charters to where the fish are not. To find out if there were no fish in the Matinecock area became priority. Does that make sense? I started out in Desoris pond throwing a variety of baits without much confidence. With the Matinecock Bridge being closed to cars as well as walking I headed over to Prybils. I reached my destination at about an hour after high. The NE winds had died down to zero winds, and my neoprene top was getting a little uncomfortable. After casting bucktails, tins pencils, Polaris, and bombers for over an hour I put on MR BOB HAHN, metal lip- white body red head. My first cast found a nice 15 lb lineside. My second cast with Mr. Hahn found a 17 lb lineside. No other fish, no other bumps. I also saw no bait in the water. I doubt very much if these fish were taking residence. More than likely just passing through, and I just happened to be there with my buddy BOB. Going south tomorrow. Stay tuned!--Bill

Report Date: THURSDAY 5/1 and more

Fishing Report:
I have been sooo busy with the house and getting my buggy ready for the season I have found it tough to wet a line--however wetting a line is a priority in my life-- hence a few reports. Thursday I went back to fish some back bay areas in the GSB. Last of the flood at dusk. No bait. Threw mambos, kastmasters and pencils. One bump came on the mambo. This week maybe a good one for the south shore back bays as we have had some warm days. I went with the sweet water today at a private lake near my house. A variety of species took 6” culprit purple plastics. I’ll be fishing quite a bit this week—I hope. So stay tuned. I hear a lot of talk about the lack of sand eels. Give it time, it’s still early as we have had a tough winter. Late May early June-- should be a gooood time.-Bill

Report Date: THURSDAY 5/1 and more

Fishing Report:
I have been sooo busy with the house and getting my buggy ready for the season I have found it tough to wet a line--however wetting a line is a priority in my life-- hence a few reports. Thursday I went back to fish some back bay areas in the GSB. Last of the flood at dusk. No bait. Threw mambos, kastmasters and pencils. One bump came on the mambo. This week maybe a good one for the south shore back bays as we have had some warm days. I went with the sweet water today at a private lake near my house. A variety of species took 6” culprit purple plastics. I’ll be fishing quite a bit this week—I hope. So stay tuned. I hear a lot of talk about the lack of sand eels. Give it time, it’s still early as we have had a tough winter. Late May early June-- should be a gooood time.-Bill

Report Date: 4/30--WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
I managed to get some time to wet a line this evening somewhere in the State channel on the South Shore. Last of the flood--dusk South winds with a bit of a nip in the air made for comfortable conditions. I made the walk back to some of my usual haunts and found no signs of bait or stripers. I noticed a few gulls working the flats. My thinking on my walk in was to try the flats, as this time of year stripers will hold in the shallows chasing sand eels and whatever other life is on them-in broad daylight. I eventually worked my way back to the flats and on the second cast had at least a 12lb striper take a 4” bomber with gold tint. I never touched the fish but got her close enough to see that she was very dark in color. Soo she wasn’t holding in any sandy areas as of late. –I begin my charter next week. We have a good tide for the north shore and I have some light tackle openings for Thursday evening, and Saturday and Sunday mornings. The fishing has been slow, but I expect it to pick up next week with warmer water temps and the presence of sand eels.

Report Date: 4/29--TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
I have found it difficult to get out as of late. I moved in my house over the weekend and have been working on it since that time. However and I have managed some recon missions and even some fishing. Guess what I found. SAAAAAAAAAAAAND EELS. On Monday I started on the north side of Oyster Bay on the flood. I found that the SW winds had made fore extremely dirty conditions. After about 20 casts I hoped in my buggy and went over to the south side of the bay. No fish. But what did I see? Sand eels. Ahhh. Today I got up at dawn and headed to Shinnecock to fish the flats. This is an area I haven’t fished for about 5 years, but and one time fished it pretty hard. What happened to all my parking spots---- gone. I didn’t even get a chance to wet a line. However I did see terns working the flats. That’s usually a sign that there are sand eels. I still have some spring dates left. I start to advertise heavy next week so book now before they go.-Bill

Report Date: Wed-4/23

Fishing Report:
I fished the North side of Oyster Bay this evening. Top of the ebb. Coooold with about 25 knot North winds. I measured the water temp at 49 degrees. Warm enough to hold some stripers. My buddy kept telling me we could have had fish elsewhere. I attempted to explain that for me its not always quantity and quality, but its also about learning more about migrations patterns, and being the first or at least one of the first to catch a striper in a certain area gives me great satisfaction. At the same time it helps me put my customers on to fish by knowing where the fish are not. Well tonight we had nothin . Two small bumps between us. I knew it would be tough when the sun dipped into the clouds. We fished one of my favorite drains and the water temp there was the same as more open areas. Maybe next time I’ll go where I know there are fish—maybe not. Lots of fun scouting and learning.

Report Date: 4/22/03--TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
I've been going through surf rat withdrawal lately, and only have managed to survive by catching a variety of sweet water species at a private lake next to our new home. This I have done on a daily basis as of late. Today I wanted to get out to the North Shore to fish the high ebb, but never found the time. I did however manage to wet a line in South Oyster Bay, and do a little Back Bay reconnaissance on the top of the ebb. I had zero fish and saw zero bait, besides a couple of tiger mums that scattered out from the grass lines. I spoke to a boater who was flounder fishing. He said he was there for hours without a fish. Water still cold. I’m fishing on the North Shore tomorrow so stay tuned. –Book A TRIP!!!!!!!!!!!!--Bill

Report Date: HAPPY EASTER

Fishing Report:
I'm freaking out. My wife and I are moving into our new home. Painting and repairing. I really need the tast of the suds this time of year, on a daily basis or they can just throw me in mental hospital with a diagnosis of severe withdrawal. I'll hopfully get out on Monday and Tuesday. Good tides for the north Shore. Ebb with dusk!!--bill

Report Date: 4/16----Wenesday

Fishing Report:
Got out to Manhasset Bay today. Sunny and ait temps in the upper 70s. I missed the top of the ebb and arrived somewhere in the middle. Strong SW winds made for dirty water where I was fishing, but I did manage one schoolie on a 3/8 oz modified kastmaster. That dreaded 3 hour of the tide. I try to avoid it as much as posible, but sometimes I just can't. I'll be buying my first home tomorrow so my fishing my slow --then again it may pick up.--Stay tuned--Bill

Report Date: 4/15 Tuesday-TAX DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
I’m sure I could have had fish on the ebb at Little Neck today ,but instead decided to do a little scouting in SOUTH Oyster Bay. I was there for the bottom of the ebb. I fished one of the bridges and the surrounding area for no fish. No bait in the water near the bridges or on the flats that I saw. I think I’ll give this area another week or two.

Report Date: 4/14------MONDAY

Fishing Report:
I would have preferred fishing the ebb tonight, but you gotta fish when you can sometimes. I went to Crab Meadow and fished from 5:30pm – 8pm. Sunny skies, and temps in the high 50s with SE winds that turned to light NW. I could only manage 3 schoolies this evening. 3.8 oz kastmaster modified with a lime green tube did the trick. There are some good tides for North Shore light tackle trips next week. I will post specifies dates tomorrow, or just give me a call if you’re interested in booking next week. I may hit the South Shore tomorrow-- stay tuned!

Report Date: 4---4/13--SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
I managed to get up this morning at 4am to fish Crab Meadow from 4:30 am – 7am with my long lost fishing buddy Pete. We managed only 3 stripers between us on ½ bucktails with chartreuse fin-s as dressing. Flood tide, light NW winds and a beautiful sunrise.

Report Date: 3--4/11 FRIDAY

Fishing Report:
All day long I debated if I was going to wet a line today. Cold, North East winds, and a driving rain made me think I was not going to be a sissy and stay home. When I arrived home I was prepared to sit down with a nice hot cup of coffee and pay my bills—oh fun. While standing on my stoop to unlock my door I looked down and took note of my door matt, which reads “ To fish or not to fish, what a stupid question”. With that I packed my gear and headed to crab meadow. Lots of dirty water. Northeast, last of the flood, dirty water, I knew there was only one place to go. Upon my arrival at this place I noticed a few gannets and gulls working the dirt line. I began throwing 3/8 oz kastmaster with a lime green tube, and had fish immediately. Lime 007, and ¼ oz lead heads with a 4” chartreuse Fin-s, also did some damage to the tone of 28 schoolies –boy that was fun. The key was keeping the line high out of the weed and off the water, with a very slow roll. When I wasn’t catching fish I was catching weed.

Report Date: 4/10 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I went to Little Neck Bay to fish the last of the flood. 4pm-6pm. E -SE light winds and a chilly day. Mostly cloudy. I figured with all the snow and wind the water temps would have dropped, the water clarity would be poor, and the bite would off. I was right. Nobody I saw took a fish. My buddy stayed for the ebb but didn’t even get a nibble. Sunny skies, warm temps, and south winds should heat up the fishing in Little Neck as well as some other early season haunts.

Report Date: APRIL 15 OPENER

Fishing Report:
YES IT IS CONFIRMED -- APRIL 15 IS OPENING DAY THIS YEAR. MOVED UP FROM MAY 8TH. LITTLE NECK IS SEEING SOME FISH, AND OTHER HAUNTS SUCH AS BAYVILLE AND SOUTH SHORE BACK BAYS SOULD NOT BE FAR BEHIND. IM OPEN TO BEGIN SOME APRIL- EARLY MAY CHARTERS THIS YEAR. I'LL MOST LIKELY LIMIT THESE TRIPS TO HALF DAYS AS THE BITE WILL BE ON VERY TIDE SPECFIC TIMES. KEEP YOU EYE ON MY REPORTS FOR UPDATES.--BILL

Report Date: Powder Anyone??

Fishing Report:
The paralles of surf fishing and skiing ahhhhhh. This morning we woke up to 15" of fresh powder here at killington. My budy Doug took me out of bounds deeeeeeeeeeeeep in the woods on a secret trail called Anarchy. Knee deeeeeeeeeeeep powder. Hunting for pow or hunting for stripers--both are awesome gifts from the man upstairs.

Report Date: HIGH HILLS OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
Membership Chairman Kevin Cunningham asked me to let everyone know that High Hills Striper Club has a few openings for membership. They are a good bunch of people, and if you join your sure to learn a thing or two. If your interested contact Kevin Cunningham at 516-678-2835---------Bill

Report Date: MISTAKE

Fishing Report:
DID I SAY SUNKEN MEADOW--IM SORRY------I MENT CRAB MEADOW-----SEE BELOW

Report Date: 4/3/03-thursday

Fishing Report:
I finally got out to officially start my season today. Low water temps, Light NE winds, and a chill in the air got me wondering if it was going to be a good day. I decided to fish Sunken Meadow. Last of the ebb and dusk. That combo usually has done me well over the years-especially with SW winds. 20 bass tonight to 6 lbs. 15 of them came on 3/8 oz modified kastmaster with lime tube. The others came on 4” chartreuse Fin-S. An excellent sunset, and a solid way to start off April. I’m content. I’m not going to be fishing this weekend. KILLINTON is holding its annual mogul challenge. If you’re looking for a party and some fine skiing, this is the place! Come on up. I’ll be fishing a little more next week—I hope. ---------Bill

Report Date: OCTOBER SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
You read a lot about October being a great month. It can be, but you really have to be on your toes to find the fish consistently. Constant Changing weather patterns will spark the movement of bait, and with the bait will go the stripers. If I find fish in a certain area I will fish that area hard, until the fish move. My strategy for October is usually to find the fish, and find the patterns those fish are on. If I’m on a pattern, and there is a change of weather, or after a few days a good tide changes to a poor tide, I’ll make a move to another area. The beauty of Montauk is that the fish may not move far, and if they do move far there is usually another pod of fish that come in to take their place at least through mid October. Towards the end of October Montauk has been iffy for the past decade, with the exception of the 2001 season, and I believe 1995 was also a solid late October. In 2001 the warm stable weather stayed with us, and as did the white bait. With the white bait were excellent numbers of stripers. In my opinion late October as well as November has been poor in Montauk the past decade, because there has been a lack of sand eels in the area during this time of year. Because there has been a lack of sand eels, the herring rarely make it into Montauks suds. I can’t tell you how many times in October and November I have seen gannets working the herring schools five or six casts away, and the boats doing a number on the bass. Makes me almost want to jump in a boat - well maybe not. Towards the end of the month I’ll do a lot of blitz fishing. Look and move, look and move. A good place to do this type of fishing is between Atlantic beach and Robert Moses. You can cover a lot of beach in one day. The back bays of the South Shore are also a good bet and will hold bait and fish even through significant weather changes. Last year I found herring in the back bays, and had some decent shots of quality fish. The Storm six inch wild eyes are a good herring imitation, and when conditions are right I’ll throw the heck out of these realistic looking baits. I’ll tend to shy away from pencil poppers a little more this month and stick to big metal lips, darters, and bottle plugs. It’s my belief that pencils disrupt a feed by dispersing bait, or the pencil will agitate bass that are not on the feed. In either case they hit the plug out of aggression – in my opinion. The bass of October are almost always aggressive. If you put the right presentation in front of them, they will hit it. Of course bucktails, bucktails, and more bucktails. The North shore can be absolutely phenomenal this month, especially places like Horton’s Point, Caumsett, and Sunken Meadow. Hard North West winds combined with ebb tides will make it so.------ THE STATS----- TRIPS MADE = 27. --- HOURS FISHED = 99. --- HOURS FISHED AT MONTAUK = 52.5. ---HOURS FISHED ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 40. --- HOURS ON THE NORTH SHORE = 6.5. --- TOTAL NUMBER OF BASS = 84. --- TOTAL NUMBER OF BLUES = 37. --- NO WEAKFISH. --- TOTAL BASS IN MONTAUK = 44. --- TOTAL NORTH SHORE BASS = 3. --- TOTAL SOUTH SHORE BASS = 35. --- BASS 10 – 14 LBS. = 4. --- BASS 15 – 19 LBS = 2. --- BASS 20 – 30 LBS = ONE 26 LB BASS. --- NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 8 --- PERCENT OF SUCCESSFUL CHARTERS = 83% ----------------------- As you can see |I put some time in on the South Shore. As the fish migrate from east to west and north to South, Gilgo, Democrat point, Long Beach, and all the back bays in those areas can get hot. If I get the wind and tide I want for the North Shore I’ll fish it. Last year I didn’t get what I wanted during the times I had to fish the North Shore. This October could be a great one. With the possibility of great numbers of Sand eels comes the possibility great numbers of Montauk herring –IN THE MONTAUK SUDS! So I am very hopeful Montauk will be hot throughout October, with quality stripers feeding on herring, feeding on sand eels. Weather patterns will dictate how good it will be. Big heaves and hurricanes will put a damper of possibly the best October since the eighties. ----------------------- If you have fishing club and need a speaker give me a call. In the past I have done them for free, this year I’m going to charge a fee to cover expenses, but it aint much. I should begin fishing sometime next week, so stay tuned for the reports for the 2003 season!! Book a spring trip it should be a good one!! Can you say sand eels??????????-----------------huh-------------Bill

Report Date: 3/28 getten ready!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
I hope to start doing some fishing this weekend.I spent the whole day yesterday waxing and organizing my buggy. It still has a long way to go. I also have some reel repairs to take care of. Currently I'm in the middle of purchasing a home, so that has kept me very busy. I will have a major announcement (fishing related)sometime over the summer.--I hope. So stay tuned. Support this site and my fishing habits--Book a trip!!!

Report Date: NEW PICS

Fishing Report:
Hey check out the new pics. Some of you have been e- mailing me requesting some new--so there you go. By the way- the 43 was not my charter. We just missed the cows that morning, but I got a nice Shot of a gentleman who had a good night. --Just to set the record straight.

Report Date: open dates

Fishing Report:
Well the season is near!!!! I have some open dates left so book now so I can give you the best dates. Like I have been preaching all winter I expect the best season we have seen in years, allthough the past few havn't been bad. I'll have the OCTOBER SYNOPSIS up as soon as I can. Lots of stuff going on right now with preping for the season. I'm going to start poking around a little next week, so stay tuned for the begining of the reports for 2003. Yee haa.--Bill

Report Date: SEPTEMBER SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
For me September is a time to fish as hard as I possibly can. I fish almost exclusively in Montauk this month, as this is where the most productive Striper fishing in the world takes place. The invasion of White bait (bay anchovies) hugging Montauks boulder infested white water shoreline can produce blitzes of stripers that can last an entire day. After becoming a night owl in August, September offers opportunity for daytime fishing at it’s best. Crowds in the Mecca this time of year are always a catch 22. Having the Mecca all to myself in the spring and summer makes me feel as if I have some kind of unjustified ownership. Seeing the hordes of anglers from every state in the east standing on sacred rocks, that once I had to myself, makes me feel like my home has been invaded. At the same time September brings many old friends to share fried fried stripper, cold beer, and plenty of conversation. Oh yeah-did I mention plenty of fish. The thing about September crowds is that you have to know where to go to get out of them. Perhaps the largest crowds of the year come for the Fisherman’s surf fishing tournament. Even during this tournament, I fished in the dark without another caster in sight. Pay your dues, know your tides, and winds, and be prepared to do some walking. Do this, and you will fish all by your lonesome. I’ll rarely fish a crowd unless the temptations are so great I just can’t resist. Montauks a huge place, I recommend exploring and learning, she will always test your endurance, knowledge, and skills.-- During the past 10 years or so the pencil popper has become the daytime plug of choice for most, especially those out of state guys. I’ll admit the pencil will at times out fish anything in the bag when the fish are on white bait, and it produces monster strikes. I however like to be different, alltough I throw a lot of pencils I love my bucktails, and metal lips, especially for daytime bass. The beauty of a bucktail is that they have a single hook instead of two trebles. I have had a number of trips to the hospital because of those trebles. It’s also nice to out fish the hordes of casters throwing pencils with a bucktail or metal lip, and watch how other casters around you begin to change there plugs. This doesn’t happen often, but I get a kick out of it when it does. For me September is a time to throw big plugs, bottles, and darters, metal lips will all take fish. September Stripers are very aggressive, and even a small bass will nail a big plug. The fish are beginning there migration which means they are moving in and out of areas which can provide for unbelievable days and night, or at times fishless ones. This, in part, is due to weather patterns that either push bait in a certain areas or push bait out. Any winds that consistently last over three days are usually a nightmare, and can leave you fishless, as was the case from 9/20/02 - 9/23/02 (scroll down to view specifics). We had consistent SW wind that shut down the fishing, but once the wind changed it became the best fishing I saw the entire year. Fish will move into a certain area only while the bait is there. It’s rare you can rely on an area to produce on the same tide night after night for more than a week in September. As temperatures go from warm to cold, wind from NW to NE, to SW, and as the moon phase changes, the bass move. You have to be on top of your game to keep up with them, and catch fish consistently.---------THE SEPTEMBER STATS------------TOTAL TRIPS = 25---TOTAL HOURS FISHED = 101.5---TOTAL HOURS N MONTAUK = 95.5---TOTAL HOURS ON TH NORTH SHORE = 5---TOTAL HOURS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 1---TOTAL BASS CAUGHT = 189---TOTAL BASS CAUGHT IN MONTAUK = 183---TOTAL BASS ON THE NORTH SHORE = 6---TOTAL BASS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = O (17 BLUES)---TOTAL BLUES CAUGHT = 30---TOATL WEAK FISH = 0---TOTAL BASS 10-14LBS = ??(MANY)---TOTAL BASS 15 – 19 LBS = 11---TOTAL BASS 20-29LBS = 3---TOTAL BASS 30 OR OVER = ONE (AT LEAST 35 LBS POSSIBLY 40, I RELEASED HER)---NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 7---PERCENT OF SUCCESSFUL CHARTERS = 70 %----------------------As you Can see lots of fish and quit a few skunks as well. September in Montauk is about white bait. If it’s not there, fishing can be very tough. I remember a few years back (1995 I think) when it was the worst year I have ever fished Montauk. No fish, No white bait! Last year I was very concerned because I didn’t see any white bait in August (a rarity), but September came with plenty of pizza toppings. I didn’t fish much on the South Shore in September, but it can be excellent as well, and the North Shore always has blitz potential in the fall months. September in 2003 should be a great one. This year’s cold winter should yield a plethora of bait, and it shouldn’t only be white. However weather patterns will make the difference between a great September and a poor one. Pray for no hurricanes, no big heaves, and good winds, and we may be in store for the best fishing I have ever seen—maybe you too! -----------I’m really starting to book up for the spring but still have some good dates left. Book NOW so I can give one of the good ones. Also I recommend booking now for the fall, as I have plenty of good dates open, but will fill quickly.--- On a side note check out the new surf fishing website Tiderunner.com. It’s well done and will provide you with plenty of surf related discussion, and knowledge. Of course Noreast.com, and Stripersonline are also fantastic sites to pick up info on.-----See ya on the beach, SOOOON!--BILL

Report Date: AUGUST SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
August is probably the most overlooked month of the surf-fishing season. Believe it or not it’s also my favorite. Warm nights, absolutely no crowds, and pattern fishing at its finest-mmm-mmm. In July you can find schools of juvenile spearing cruising the grass lines of most estuaries throughout Long Island. By August the spearing have grown, and move out of the estuaries into the open surf. What follows is an abundance of snappers that come into the surf for a god meal of spearing. Anchovies usually begin to make their appearance, and it’s not uncommon to see mullet cruising the white water of Montauk. A surf stew, just waiting for big cows to lap it up. Yes big. I’ve taken more fish over 30 and 40 lbs this month than any other. Most of the big girls have come from the suds of Montauk, but the North Shore can produce some decent fish. Over the years I have developed a theory as to why the bigger fish come to feed in the August Montauk suds. Throughout July the Montauk boat fisherman do very well on large resident stripers in the deep rips that surround the point. During the new or full moon, whatever comes first, these resident fish begin to feed on the plethora of bait in the night suds, to beef up for an early migration. You can find the cows in very specific areas feeding night after night, on very specific tides. The key is to find the fish, and then finding their pattern. Sometime in September, usually after the first new or full moon, or the first big heave, these fish move on. Just in time for the tourists. The daytime September tourists, with any luck, may be treated to awesome blitzes of 8-12 lb bass and the occasional cow, but I don’t believe they are the same fish of August. I haven’t heard this theory anywhere else –so you heard it here first. Don’t be fooled. These fish are not everywhere and it takes many nights of, climbing on rocks, no sleep, and long hot walks, to find them. Not to mention that I’m not expecting to catch a mess of cows. Two to four fish over the course of 6 hours is a decent night, but they aint schoolies. To me that’s part of the attraction. I primarily throw eels to catch the Montauk big girls, but I have had excellent nights on Bombers and Red Fins, which are excellent snapper imitations. On the North Shore my go - to August plug, is a black and silver red fin. It has a slightly larger profile than other Scandinavian type swimmers, and that usually makes the difference when snappers are the primary bait. One of the keys to fishing August is to think big. All the small stuff that I was throwing at the little schoolies in July gets discontinued. Metal lips, darters, bottle plugs are always good choices. I don’t bother fishing day tides this month. The water temperatures are above 70, and the daytime fishing is almost non-existent. Once the sun peaks its nose over the horizon it’s time for bed, because that is a signal for the fish to move to deeper, cooler water. No matter how many times I have witnessed this it continues to amaze me. I have had numerous mornings when I have been catching fish after fish at first light, but once the sun began to say hello, it shut down completely. Right Bob! Bob is a buddy of mine who I met a few years back and convinced him to fish August in Montauk. Now he is an August Montauk regular, who makes good 2am coffee. Bob is willing to pay his dues to find and catch the fish, and that is what August is all about. I mention Bob because he is a good friend, and to point out that there are many nights when my buggy and his are the only ones in the Montauk parking lot, no crowds, just paradise. ------------THE STATS----- TOTAL TRIPS = 14----TOTAL HOURS FISHED = 81.5-----TOTAL HOURS IN MONTAUK = 66.5---- TOTAL NORTH SHORE HOURS = 8.0----TOTAL SOUTH SHORE HOURS = 0---- TOTAL RHODE ISLAND HOURS = 7(MOSTLY DAYLIGHT)---- TOTAL BASS CAUGHT = 47 ---TOTAL BLUES CAUGHT = 33---TOTAL WEAK FISH CAUGHT = 1----TOTAL BASS IN MONTAUK = 22----TOTAL BASS ON THE NORTH SHORE = 25----TOATAL RHODE ISLAND BASS = 1---TOTAL BASS 10- 14LBS = 6----TOATAL BASS 15-19 LBS = 5---- TOTAL BASS 20- 29 LBS = 2 (23 & 25 LBS)--- TOTAL BASS 30 OR OVER = 1----NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 2----PERCENT OF SUCESSFUL CHARTERS= 85%-----------------August of 2002 was below average as compared to years past. I contribute this partly to the weather as we had a blow of North East, some dirty water, a few heaves, an above average hot summer, and a lack of white bait. I was really worried about how the fall would shape up in Montauk because I found no white bait in August. I was relieved to see the loads and loads of it in September. As you can see by the stats the North Shore was excellent. I don’t expect many cows there this month, but the fish are usually above average. I think August 2003 will be a good one. I expect to get a few bigger fish, as we also should have a mix of sand eels in the stew. Hopefully we will have a summer with average or below average temperatures. We will need to have clean water, and not too many heaves. If all these factors play in our favor---ohhhhhh yeah!-------------IF YOUR INTERESTED IN BOOKING, I RECOMMEND YOU DO IT SOON SO I CAN GIVE YOU THE BEST DATES. DATES ARE GOING FAST THIS YEAR, AND WILL ONLY GO FASTER ONCE THE SEASON GETS NEAR.------SEE YA ON THE BEACH!---BILL--------sroll down for august in detail.

Report Date: 3/2 LILCO REPORT

Fishing Report:
I haven’t wet a line since December. I had to get out to the only game in town, the Keyspan flow. I have to admit getting organized and finding the right equipment was a chore. I have fishing equipment all over the place, and don’t make winter projects out of my keeping it shinny and new. That to me is time better spent in the back of my buggy on the beach. I decided to open my season on the high ebb, on a rainy chilly day. It was soothing to hear the gentle crash of the North Shore waves on my walk to the Keyspan flow. I few years back-ok-more than a few, I fished this area 5-7 days per week no matter what the weather. I just burned it out for myself, and beside I have to save myself for the season. I made my first few casts with a chartreuse 4” fin-s at the T bar, only to get a nice birds nest. After some repairs I worked my way to the flow where a customer of mine (Tom) was already fishing. I didn’t recognize him until he introduced himself. I should remember faces better, but its tough when your guiding someone, and your looking out at the water 90% of the trip, or it’s just dark out. You really never get a good look at who your with. Tom said he had not had a bump, and I eventually worked my way out to the second bar. It was good to smell that fishy smell again. It’s a smell the stacks have always had. The hours I used to put in at this area really blew my mind when I thought back. I told Tom of some of the things I knew about the area and a few stories. For instance I knew it was 90 or 120 paces from the last fence to the big rock just before the flow. Turned out to be 120. I used to have the bars paced out as well. The bars have changed but the old rock still remained 120 paces. The little things within the realm of the suds keep me going. Toms a good plug maker and it was nice to see a few he had made to give the day a good mix. Rain, clouds, snow on the ground, the smell of fish, and fog –to me is a good mix. No fish at the flow by the way. On my walk back I walked out to the T bar for no fish. It was a good day!------AUGUST SYNOPSIS WILL BE UP SOON> MAYBE TONIGHT>

Report Date: JULY SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
Before I begin the July Synopsis I gotta tell ya I’m in severe suds withdrawal. And I ain’t talking about beer. I was even thinking about heading to Lilco. I used to fish there almost 7 days or nights per week in the coldest of cold; I just burned it out for myself. Like I have been preaching-I think it’s going to be the best year we have seen for years. Lets all take a moment and pray that my prediction comes true.-------July is a month I like to take a break and fish a little less. Spend some time with the family, as the months of no sleep and obsessive fishing approach. I 'll watch the bait and make educated guesses as to what’s going to happen in August. One of the great things about July is resident schoolies can be picked every night in most of Long Islands back bays, particularly the North Shore. Take a walk along our estuaries at night with a flash light, and you will almost certainly see thousands of juvenile spearing hugging the grass lines. That is what the schoolies are feeding on. When fishing the back bays this moth think small. Teasers, 4” bombers, and 3” slug-os will all match the hatch fairly well. Also realize that water temps are up above the magic 65-degree mark, thus my fishing takes place on night tides (with a few exceptions of dawn and dusk). ---- Last year a few Montauk locals that I know had a special treat of 30 and 40 pound class stripers on a consistent basis, for a few weeks in July. I can only say, I did not. I found this to be a little strange as I have found this class of fish to prowl the Montauk Surf, chasing the plethora available bait, beginning sometime after the new or full moon of August. I will explore this more in my August synopsis. What I believe happened is that the snappers moved in early in 2002, and the big cows that had taken up residences in the deep water rips that surround Montauk, had found high concentrations of snappers in the night surf in very specific areas. These bass feed on them night after night in July, as they do in August. If you were lucky enough to find them, and more importantly fished hard enough to figure out when they were feeding, you were a very happy Surf Rat. By the way I’ll usually throw snakes in the night, when fishing Montauk this month. ---I was also lucky enough to get to Oneida Lake and banged 7 large months to 7lbs! Of course I could not catch anything from a boat and all the sweet water bass had to betaken by wet wading. THE JULY STATS----- (1.) NUMBER OF TRIPS = 13—(2.) NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED = 40 – (3.) HOURS IN MONTAUK = 16.5—(4.) NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED ON THE NORTH SHORE = 13.5—(5.) NUMBER OF HOURS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 17—(6.) NUMBER OF BASS = 17 – (7.) NUMBER OF WEAK FISH = 0 (8.) NUMBER OF BLUES =5—(9.)NUMBER OF BASS ON THE NORTH SHORE = 9—(10.) NUMBER OF BASS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 4—(11.) NUMBER OF BASS TAKEN IN MONTAUK = 4 (12.) NUMBER OF FISH 10-15LBS = 2 (zero fish taken over 15 lbs) – (13.) NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 4 (14.) % OF CHARTERS THAT CAUGHT FISH = ZERO (only three charters for July) -----------There was a time that I fished 7 days a week sometimes twice per day, not stopping for July . I did this until a couple of close buddies pulled me to the side and asked me if I was “ok”. They were concerned that they never saw me, I had no women in my life, and all I seemed to talk about was fishing. I had to mend my ways or loose my friends, and risk the chance of never finding someone to share my life with. Well I mended them—just a little. The point I want to make is to be very careful. Don’t let the obsession take control of your life, or you may loose a valuable part of it. Believe me I know this to hold true. ------Not many fish in July, and Zero percent with my charters. July is tough. The water temps are high, the juvenile spearing have not reached the open water yet, and snappers have not arrived in force. Outlook for next year = spend a little time with the family, and you will have more time to fish for the resident cows of August, and the blitzes of the fall. Stay tuned for the AUGUST synopsis. -------Bill

Report Date: JULY SYNOPSIS :>)

Fishing Report:
Before I begin the July Synopsis I gotta tell ya I’m in severe suds withdrawal. And I ain’t talking about beer. I was even thinking about heading to Lilco. I used to fish there almost 7 days or nights per week in the coldest of cold; I just burned it out for myself. Like I have been preaching-I think it’s going to be the best year we have seen for years. Lets all take a moment and pray that my prediction comes true.-------July is a month I like to take a break and fish a little less. Spend some time with the family, as the months of no sleep and obsessive fishing approach. I 'll watch the bait and make educated guesses as to what’s going to happen in August. One of the great things about July is resident schoolies can be picked every night in most of Long Islands back bays, particularly the North Shore. Take a walk along our estuaries at night with a flash light, and you will almost certainly see thousands of juvenile spearing hugging the grass lines. That is what the schoolies are feeding on. When fishing the back bays this moth think small. Teasers, 4” bombers, and 3” slug-os will all match the hatch fairly well. Also realize that water temps are up above the magic 65-degree mark, thus my fishing takes place on night tides (with a few exceptions of dawn and dusk). ---- Last year a few Montauk locals that I know had a special treat of 30 and 40 pound class stripers on a consistent basis, for a few weeks in July. I can only say, I did not. I found this to be a little strange as I have found this class of fish to prowl the Montauk Surf, chasing the plethora available bait, beginning sometime after the new or full moon of August. I will explore this more in my August synopsis. What I believe happened is that the snappers moved in early in 2001, and the big cows that had taken up residences in the deep water rips that surround Montauk, had found high concentrations of snappers in the night surf in very specific areas. These bass feed on them night after night in July, as they do in August. If you were lucky enough to find them, and more importantly fished hard enough to figure out when they were feeding, you were a very happy Surf Rat. By the way I’ll usually throw snakes in the night, when fishing Montauk this month. ---I was also lucky enough to get to Oneida Lake and banged 7 large months to 7lbs! Of course I could not catch anything from a boat and all the sweet water bass had to betaken by wet wading. THE JULY STATS----- (1.) NUMBER OF TRIPS = 13—(2.) NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED = 40 – (3.) HOURS IN MONTAUK = 16.5—(4.) NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED ON THE NORTH SHORE = 13.5—(5.) NUMBER OF HOURS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 17—(6.) NUMBER OF BASS = 17 – (7.) NUMBER OF WEAK FISH = 0 (8.) NUMBER OF BLUES =5—(9.)NUMBER OF BASS ON THE NORTH SHORE = 9—(10.) NUMBER OF BASS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 4—(11.) NUMBER OF BASS TAKEN IN MONTAUK = 4 (12.) NUMBER OF FISH 10-15LBS = 2 (zero fish taken over 15 lbs) – (13.) NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 4 (14.) % OF CHARTERS THAT CAUGHT FISH = ZERO (only three charters for July) -----------There was a time that I fished 7 days a week sometimes twice per day, not stopping for July . I did this until a couple of close buddies pulled me to the side and asked me if I was “ok”. They were concerned that they never saw me, I had no women in my life, and all I seemed to talk about was fishing. I had to mend my ways or loose my friends, and risk the chance of never finding someone to share my life with. Well I mended them—just a little. The point I want to make is to be very careful. Don’t let the obsession take control of your life, or you may loose a valuable part of it. Believe me I know this to hold true. ------Not many fish in July, and Zero percent with my charters. July is tough. The water temps are high, the juvenile spearing have not reached the open water yet, and snappers have not arrived in force. Outlook for next year = spend a little time with the family, and you will have more time to fish for the resident cows of August, and the blitzes of the fall. Stay tuned for the AUGUST synopsis. -------Bill

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Report Date: THANKS

Fishing Report:
Thanks for coming by my booth and to my lectures at the Freeport Show! I'm going to have the July Synopsis very soon along with some new pics in the photo section. stay tuned--Bill

Report Date: RAFFLE

Fishing Report:
I'm going to do a raffle at my booth at the Freeport show. $1.00 per chance for a chace to win a full day charter anywhere on the Island until August 1st. This trip will be for one person only.--See ya there!--Bill

Report Date: FREEPORT SCHEDUELE

Fishing Report:
21st Annual New York Sportfishing FederationSeminar ScheduleFriday, February 14th, 20032:00-8:00 pm Doors Open6:00-7:15pm UPSTAIRS Extreme Surf Fishing Techniques w/ AtillaOzturkSaturday, February 15th, 20038:00 - 6:00pm GYM Exhibitor Booths - ( Main Hall Auction ItemsExhibited)9:30 - 12:00pm LOBBY CHINESE AUCTION & RAFFLE DRAWING(Winner MUST be present to win!)10:00-10:55 Rm.101 Targeting Spring Stripers w/ Bill WetzelRm.103 Flyfishing Saltwater Shores w/ Jaiem FleischmannRm.104 Bait Tailing Montauk Stripers w/ Capt. SteveWitthuhn10:00 - 12:00 UPSTAIRS TEACH A KID TO FISH PROGRAM(Boys & Girls 8-14 years old)11:00 - 11:55 Rm.103 Party Boat Fishing Secrets/Techniques w/ Capt. Ken/ John HigginsRm.104 The Art of Trolling Stripers & Blues w/ Capt. BobRochetta on the"Rainbow" specializing in PhysicallyChallenged Fishers.12:00 - 12:55 Rm. 101 East End Trophy Fluking w/ Al GoldbergRm. 103 Fishing Alaska w/ Capt. Jerry McGrathRm. 104 Striper Surf Fishing w/ Bill "DOC" Muller1:00 - 1:55 Rm. 101 Fishing The Elusive Blackfish w/ Dean DelleDonneRm. 103 Fishing The North Fork w/ Capt. Tony LoPerfidoRm. 104 Fly Fishing For Small Tuna w/ Glen Mikkleson2:00 - 2:55 Rm. 101 Fishing Tins In The Surf w/ Ralph Votta, West EndFishing TackleRm. 103 Striper Fishing The Hudson w/ Capt. Phil KozakRm. 104 Extreme Surf Fishing Techniques w/ Atilla Ozturk2:00 - 4:00 LOBBY CHINESE AUCTION & RAFFLE DRAWINGS(Winner must be present.)Sunday, February 16th, 20038:00 - 3:45 Main Hall Doors OpenLobby Auction Items Exhibited10:00-10:55 Rm. 101 Surf Fishing Tins, w/ Ralph Votta, W. End FishingTackleRm. 103 Bait Tailing Montauk Stripers, w/ Capt. Steve WhithuhnRm. 104 Chunking Tuna In The Canyon w/ Capt. Phil Kozak10:00 - 12:00 Upstairs Teach A Kid To Fish Program(Boys & Girls 8-14 yrs. Old)11:00 - 11:55 Rm. 101 Flyfishing Saltwater Shores, w/ Jaiem FleischmannRm. 103 Plugging The Surf, w/ Bill WetzelRm. 104 The Art of Trolling Stripers & Blues, w/ Capt. Bob Rochetta12:00 - 12:55 Rm. 101 Fly Fishing For Small Tuna, w/ Glen MikklesonRm. 103 Fishing The North Fork, w/ Capt. Tony LoPerfidoRm. 104 Stripers On The Beach, w/ Bill "Doc" Muller1:00 - 1:55 Rm. 101 Tips On Bottom Rigging, w/ Al GoldbergRm. 103 Trolling & Chunking Tuna , w/ Chris SqueriRm. 104 Fluke / Stripers in Western LI Sound & Staten Island w/ RichTenreiro3:30 UPSTAIRS DOOR PRIZES AND RAFFLE DRAWINGS4:00 - 6:00 UPSTAIRS LIVE AUCTION SEE YA THERE!!!!!!BILL

Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW --IM RESCHEDULED 2/12/03

Fishing Report:
I posted that I was speaking at 12pm on Sat and Sun. The times have been changed. Saturday I will speak on Targeting Spring Stripers at 10am and on Sunday I will speak on Pluging the Surf at 11am. Scroll down for more details on the lectures. If I don't post any changes from now until the show--- the times stand.See ya there!!

Report Date: JUNE SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
Ahh June, one of my favorite months. I had some family obligations so I didn’t fish as hard as I normally would have. Needless to say I managed some fish this month and had most of my charters go home with a smile on their face—I hope. As in May, June sand eels will put a smile on my face. When we have them in good numbers the whole Island can be hot, especially calm nights in Montauk. Needlefish and slug-o teasers take the majority of my fish when this precious bait invades our shores. I can recall a June night or two or three or four over the years taking many fish over twenty pounds on 3” slug-os, used as a teaser when old linesides would not touch the lead plug. I know I have been preaching about sand eels or lack there of, but they are such an important bait, especially in the spring. June is also a month when the water temps are just about perfect, and stripers begin to take up residence in our estuaries, inlets, and all around Montauk. I love targeting those June cows by slinging eels on night tides, especially in the MECCA. However last June was a disappointment for large. Why? I believe since we had a lack of sand eels, not as many stripers took up residence in the coves, rips, and rocks that make Montauk their home. Therefore many of the bass either took residence in the deeper water around Montauk or simply moved on. Not to mention inconsistent weather patterns with high winds, and probably one of the weediest springs I have fished. Theories are many, and provide much conversations (friendly arguments) on the beach between “rats”. --THE 2002 JUNE STATS—1.NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED = 77.5 –(2). NUMBER OF DAYS FISHED = 19 (3.) HOURS IN MONTAUK = 37 (4.) HOURS ON SOUTH SHORE = 19 (5.) HOURS ON NORTH SHORE = 21.5 (6.) NUMBER OF BASS CAUGHT = 67 (7.) NUMBER OF BLUES CAUGHT = 12 (8.) NUMBER OF WEAKS CAUGHT = 12 (most 7-10 lbs) (9.) BASS 10 - 15 LBS = 7 (10.) BASS 15 - 20 LBS = 2 (11.) Bass over 20 lbs = 0 (12.) FISH CAUGHT IN MONTAUK = 22 (13.) FISH CAUGHT ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 15 (14.) FISH CAUGHT ON THE NORTH SHORE = 54 (15.) NUMBER OF SKUNKS= 3 (16.) % OF CHARTERS THAT CAUGHT FISH = 89% ------------Once again the North shore took the majority of the fish. Stripers take up residence in the marshy back bays of the North Shore this month, and I like to concentrate on ebb tides, fishing the extremely productive drains. Needlefish and mambo minnows take their share of fish at night and 1 oz Polaris poppers do the job by dawn and dusk in these areas. Light tackle enthusiasts and Fly rodders love to book me this month, as I have a few private areas that provide serenity, and skinny water filled with hungry stripers. I caught 12 Weakies, which is not all that impressive, but the size of these fish impressed the heck out of me. I like to target the toothy critters on the South Shore in June. Usually when I target them I have decent action. ---Realize when reading these stats, I have to fish at certain times due to booked trips. I always get a feel for my charters before going out and recommend a tide I believe will give them the best chance at some fish. Unfortunately there are many other factors I can’t control like wind, warm fronts, cold fronts, and on a 6-hour trip, that dreaded third hour when the fish seem to be sleeping. Further a lot of hours are spent teaching my charters how to things like, casting, standing on rocks, keeping contact with the plug, preventing line twist, retrieve speeds the list goes on and on. Therefore when looking at the hours fished just keep that in mind. I tell ya there is nothing like putting someone just beginning in our wonderful sport on to their first striper. Sometimes it’s better than catching fish myself! (Sometimes)----JUNE 2003--- I said it once and I’ll say it again SAND EELS. With a cold January and February (the months that sand eels spawn) I expect a fantastic June. I will go on record to say I think next year we will have one of the best overall seasons since the early nineties. Lots of bait over the past few years in the way of bunker (especially peanuts), spearing, bay anchovies, herring, and snappers combined with the cold winter lead me to believe that this will be so. So you heard here first, at least I haven’t heard any such predictions yet. God-I hope I’m not jinxing it---------nahhhhhhhhh. ---See ya at the Freeport Show. The times have changed for my lecture and I will post them shortly. Also something I did not know—Mark Flynn (my rod builder) holds rod-building classes every Tuesday evening. Give him a call and tell him I sent ya—516-785-2328

Report Date: IM BACK 2/5/03

Fishing Report:
Colorado has some awesome skiing. Winter Park, Vail, Copper, and Steamboat are the ones we hit. There sure is a lot of land out there. I also saw my first wild bald eagle. That was something I always wanted to see, and was well worth the wait! Anyway-sorry about the June synopsis. I’ll have it up by 2/8. I just have been so busy with work and preparing for the shows. I would recommend booking very soon for good spring dates, as I’ll start to book up after the shows. See ya at the Noreast BASH on Friday and the Freeport show on 2/14-2/16. Don’t forget to check out my lectures on 2/15 & 2/16.Scroll down for more.-BILL

Report Date: ON VACATION

Fishing Report:
Sorry about not posting anything. I had a death in the family and soon after headed up to Winter Park for some gooood skiing. I should have the June synopsis up some time next week.--Thanks--BIll

Report Date: MAY SYNOPSIS :<)

Fishing Report:
May is the time I begin to fish harder. Usually I will concentrate on evening tides in the beginning of the month and morning and night tides toward the end of the month. Just as I thought there was a lack of sand eels during May and throughout the whole year. Warm winters yield weak hatches according to my logs, and last year this certainly proved true. Usually May is a good month for the Mecca with the usual conditions applying to catch fish-that is, good wind and white water. However Montauk’s May 2002 was pretty much a disappoint for me this besides a nice 25 pounder I yanked on the South Side (scroll down to 5/24-5/26 reports). For the locals it had some good shots of 30 and 40 lb class fish. I just missed them. The inconsistent weather and wind patterns did not help much either, but I did manage to catch some fish despite the negative weather. For Montauk May I Usually size down a little and throw smaller swimmers and bucktails i.e.: ¾ ounce bucktails instead of the standard 1 1/2 oz. Of course conditions will dictate variations of the sizes I’ll throw. May is a great month to fish the Back Bays as bait congregate for cover and spawning purposes in most if not all of the Islands grassy marshlands. Find a nice drain in these marshy areas and you can find the fish. I love to throw a ½ 0z polaris popper this time of year at the mouths of Back Bay drains at dawn or dusk. Pencils will work also in the back bays, but may spook a school of fish, and instead of catching 10 you may only catch 2. Don’t get me wrong the pencil always has a place in my bag and at the end of my line. The needlefish used as a pencil this time of year can be deadly, especially in Montauk. The reason for this is the needle gives a thinner profile and better matches the May bait, i.e.: sand eels. -----THE STATS------ 1. (TOTAL DAYS FISHED = 23) 2. (TOTAL HOURS FISHED = 86.5) 3. (TOTAL HOURS FISHED IN MONTAUK = 47.5) 4. (TOTAL HOURS FISHED ON THE NORTH SHORE =11) 5. (TOTAL HOURS ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 28) 6. (TOTAL FISH CAUGHT= 73 BASS & ONE WEAK FISH) 7. (TOTAL NORTH SHORE FISH = 50) 8. (TOTAL SOUTH SHORE FISH = 7) 9. (TOTAL MONTAUK FISH = 16) 10. (TOTAL FISH 10-15 LBS = 1) 11. (TOTAL FISH 15-20LBS =1) 12. (TOTAL FISH OVER20 LBS = 1) 13. (TOTAL SKUNKS = 6) 14. (TOTAL PERCENT OF CHARTERS WHO WERE SUCCESSFUL 84 %- not bad) ---------As you can see most of my fish were caught on the north shore in the least amount of hours fished. Those back bays really hold fish, and are very tide specific, which means if I’m there at the tide I need to be there at, the fishing can be really hot. Montauk took the bigger fish, and the South Shore just did not do much for me in May. ---2003 PREDICTIONS---As I said in the April synopsis, I think the sand eels will be the key for May and with the cold winter I predict a good hatch. The North Shore should be phenomenal, and I think Caumsett and Sunken Meadow will see a lot of fish for May 2003. Montauk and the South Shore should be hot as well. I think needlefish plugs and teasers will take the bulk of my fish for May 2003, if my predictions about the bait are correct.----Sorry about the format of this synopsis, but unfortunately I’m still working out some kinks on the site. Stay tuned for the June synopsis!!

Report Date: FREEPORT SHOW

Fishing Report:
I will have a booth and will be speaking at the Freeport show. The show will be held from 2/14-2/16 at the Freeport Recreational center. On Saturday from 12 pm-1pm I will lecture on Targeting Early Season Stripers From The Surf. The lecture will concentrate on finding early spring stripers and making the right presentations to catch them. Don’t get confused about the word “finding” because I will not lecture about spots-rather I will attempt to give you the tools to find your own honey holes. More specifically among what will be covered will be discussions on teasers, water temps, structure, spring presentations, retrieve speeds, day vs. night, dawn vs. dusk. On Sunday I will lecture again from 12pm-1pm on Plugging the Surf. During this lecture I will discuss various plugs. Among the plugs discussed will be darters, bottle plugs, metal lips, pencil poppers, needle fish, Scandinavian type plugs like bombers and red fins. I will give the where how and when to each plug discussed, and if I get time I’ll show you how I load the Super Strike needle fish-one of my favorites. Also if you have some home made or unusual plugs bring them by my booth, I would love to check em out. See ya there---Bill

Report Date: SYNOPSIS

Fishing Report:
I SHOULD HAVE THE MAY SYNOPSIS UP BY THE WEEKEND---TIGHT LINES--BILL :<)

Report Date: APRIL SYNOPSIS & STATS :<)

Fishing Report:
As predicted by many including myself April Surf Fishing for stripers came in like a lion. An extremely warm winter produced abnormally warm water temperatures and bass made there move early to many Back Bay areas on both the North and South Shores of the Island. I usually start poking my nose around the Back Bay areas during March to sniff out some new spots, and find a few bass on the mud flats, but bigger and better things prevented this routine-MARRIAGE! In April you usually can find me poking around some of the back bays where nobody else is fishing, because people assume that the fish haven’t arrived there yet. I know I could increase my catch for April by fishing Little Neck and Manhasset Bays, but there is something about being the first to catch the first caught stripers of the year in the area your concentrating on, and the peace and serenity it offers seems to give me a deeper appreciation of the upcoming year and years past. I guess I’m surf fishing for the joy of fishing, not the numbers or the pounds-although the numbers and the pounds are always niiiice. So why the back bays? As I always stress to my clients –think like a striper. Remember, stripers are cold blooded which means their body temps are about the same temperature as the surrounding water. Optimal feeding temperatures for stripers are around 55 to 65 degrees. Because much of the back bays are shallow, and loaded with mud flats that are warmed by the sun, the water in these areas also becomes significantly warmer. Try standing in any Back Bay drain on a warm sunny April day and you will feel how much warmer the water really is. Stripers will seek out this warmer water and actively feed on baitfish such as spearing that also have found the warmer waters. Eventough the water is warmer in these areas it is usually still pretty cold. My presentations usually consist of small jigs like 3/8-1.2 oz bucktails dressed with paddle tails, 3/8oz- ½ oz kastmaster modified with a tube, or the deadly 3” brown and silver slug – o with a ¼ oz lead head. Of course my presentations are in no way limited to these jigs, but they are my go-to’s. I usually keep it to a slow roll on or near the bottom in April due to decreased metabolisms. However conditions can change and you should be ready for them. Case in point: I had a morning in Oyster Bay last April when I was schooled by 2 guys throwing pencil poppers to feeding stripers that were unreachable with my 7’ rod. Not having my 9’ to break out is not what disturbed me; the fact that I would not have thrown a pencil in April is what concerned me most. We had some 80-degree days last April, and I should have thought it out a little more. A lessoned learned! THE STATS! The following stats were of great interest to me, as I have never bothered looking at how many fish I caught or the hours I put in to catching them. I decided to put the information together this year for all the people who have come to my web site this year (the number of people checking it out is mind blowing to me—THANK YOU!), for all the customers I have taken out, and just for the fun of it. I plan on putting up my monthly stats for 2002 on a weekly –bi-weekly basis. After I am done with September I will do a wrap up and possibly some more stats on moon phases as related to catch-so stay tuned.APRILS STATS1. NUMBER OF DAYS FISHED = 202. NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED= 37.153. NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED IN MONTAUK= 64. NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED ON THE NORTH SHORE = 235. NUMBER OF HOURS FISHED ON THE SOUTH SHORE = 8.156. NUMBER OF SKUNKS = 87. TOTAL BASS OVER 10 LBS. = 48. TOTAL BASS OVER 15 LBS = 39. TOTAL BASS OVER 20LBS. = 010. TOTAL BASS CAUGHT = 4611. PERCENT OF SKUNKS FOR CHARTERS 100% (one charter in Montauk) I didn’t expect the number of fish caught, or the number of days fished to be as high as it was. I also expected the skunks to be a lot higher. I’m usually not catching to many fish in April because I’m doing more scouting and farting around then actually doing serious fishing. Also since I just got married I didn’t think I was fishing too much. Could my wife have had legitimate complaints about my fishing habits? I fished much harder when I wasn’t married-not that I would change a thing! APRIL 2003Hmmmm. Being that it looks like we are in for a cold winter I expect this April to get started a little late. I think there will be loads and loads of sand eels throughout the year. It is my experience that cold winters yields good hatches of sand eels. Last year we had a lack of them. Why? Warm winter. Typically cold winter yield above average seasons. Cleaner water, more oxygen in the water, and better hatches, in my opinion, contribute to this. STAY TUNED FOR MAY—AND BOOK A TRIP KNOW SO I CAN GIVE YOU A GOOD DATE!!---HAPPY NEW YEAR. ----- BILL

Report Date: HAPPY NEW YEAR

Fishing Report:
I have been up skiing since Friday at Killingtn and wouldnt ya know it I forgot all my stats. I should have a synopsis of April 2002 and the stats to accompany them by the weekend. HAPPY HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: SYNOPSIS OF THE SEASON--ITS COMING

Fishing Report:
The synopsis of the 2002 season should be up around the first week of January. I’m going to give a breakdown of each month and post it on a weekly to bi-weekly basis. I want to discuss why I fished the way I did for the month being presented. The where and how are already in the reports. With the,“why” I’m going to give a lot of stats for i.e.: # of hours fished on North Shore, South Shore, and Montauk, # of fish caught, percent of times skunked (which was lower than I thought-so far), and I bunch of other stats. I’ll also make my predictions for that month for the 2003 season. When I finally get done with November I plan on having some graphs that show amount of fish caught in relation to moon phase. I have always kept logs, but never have I looked at them in this way-so I’m finding it to be pretty interesting and a lot of fun. ---------------I want to wish everybody a MERRY CHRISTMAS and a HAPPY NEW YEAR. Thank you for checking out my site. If you booked with me in the past thank very very much! I wish you all the best. --BILL

Report Date: 12/20 LILCO-I refuse to call it Keyspan

Fishing Report:
Went by the stacks this morning-it was hard to tell in the rain and fog, but it didin't look like they were pumping.

Report Date: NEW RATES

Fishing Report:
My rate page is up for 2003. My rates have not changed much except for night trips in August. I raised the rates more for the month of August, because typically we go for more then six hours ( sometimes we will fish until you say uncle), we usually just throw eels, and I only fish night tides that month -so I can only book 2 charters in Montauk for the weekend. I'm still working on my 2002 season review with my stats for the season-so stay tuned for that. I really want to know how many hours I put in total-don't tell my wife though!! If you book before 2003-2002 rates will apply for your trip in 2003--except for August.--Happy Holidays!!-BILL

Report Date: LILCO--12/19--THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I just can't call it Keyspan. I drove by the stacks at 7:30am-2 stack with very little being pumped out. Again tonight at 10:30pm with little to nothing coming out. Looks like a poor next few days for you Lilco heads-especially with the warmer temps.

Report Date: 12/17 TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
Keyspan stacks--At 11pm 2 stacks were pumping hard. That sound sexual!!hee hee---There is a new web site in town dedicated to surf fishing. Go to www.tiderunner.com,and check it out!!! Also don't forget to book before 1/1/03 to get 2002 rates. I will not under any circumstances give 2002 rates after that date. --How about a gift certificate for Christmas!!!--------I will be posting a synopsis the 2002 season with some mighty fine,and very interesting stats very soon. So stay tuned!!

Report Date: KEYSPAN UPDATE

Fishing Report:
I drive past Keyspan everyday so I thought I would let you know how the stacks looked. Two stacks going today-not pumping too hard, but enough to spill some warmth. If your going --good luck.-Bill

Report Date: 12/13--FRIDAY

Fishing Report:
I had a planed to fish the flood anywhere between WE2 and Rockaway-if I saw life. I took my buggy and drove the entire length but found no life. I didn’t even wet a line-especially after seeing another diehard catch ZERO. I might do a little Lilco I mean Keyspan this year. I’m old school. Up until about 7 or 8 years ago I would fish Lilco 5-7 days per week all the way through the winter- I just got board with it. Not to mention I don’t want to burn myself out for my spring charters. I have a good story or two about fishing the stacks, which I will share with you soon. Skiing wasn’t bad today (SATURDAY) at Killington-nice soft snow-low visibility. It’s snowing right now!!!!--Bill

Report Date: Thursday

Fishing Report:
I might just wet a line tomorrow. Stay Tuned. I'm getting a lot of bookings already for next year. So book now to get a good date and this years rates. --Bill

Report Date: GOOD READING

Fishing Report:
For some good reading print out my reports. It's 40 pages! I'm going to have some cool stats on the year like hours fished,fish caught, % charters who caught,and a bunch of other goodies. It will take me a while to do them,but I think I'll have them up in a week or so. --Bill

Report Date: OUR FUTURE SURF CASTERS

Fishing Report:
CONGRADULATIONS TO ROBERT DOWLING AND HIS WIFE ON THE BIRTH OF THEIR BABY BOY TODAY. 8LBS 4OZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: 12/7 SATURDAY

Fishing Report:
Man-- the fishing sure hasn’t been easy. This morning the winds turned SW and I thought they might push some bait onto the beaches of the South Shore. I met my charter at 5:30am and we went to Nassau Beach to find no fish and no birds. We worked our way to Western Long Beach, then to WE2, then to Field 6, then to, Green Island-- to find no fish –not even a bump. We quit around 11:30am. Don’t know how much I’ll keep fishing, but stay tuned. Over the winter I’ll have some new things on the site like articals, announcements of upcoming projects, and what ever comes to my head. Also try scrolling down on the reports. These reports double as my personal log-so there is quit a bit of info in them. If you’re interested in booking for next year do it before JAN 1st, 2003,and get 2002 rates!! Heck ask for a gift certificate for the holidays.—Stay tuned I may be fishing tomorrow.--Bill

Report Date: SUNDAY CHARTER

Fishing Report:
GREG S. PLEASE CALL ME ABOUT SUNDAYS BOOKING.I DO NOT HAVE YOUR PHONE # AND NEED TO CONFIRM TRIP. THANKS--BILL

Report Date: 12/6 FRIDAY Still going!!!

Fishing Report:
Fished Long Beach once again today for the last of the ebb and first of the flood. Light NW winds, and a small heave. Nice clean white water and birds. Too bad the birds were about 4 casts out. I eventually worked my way over to Nassau Beach-or whatever it’s called these days. Lot of gannets on the outer bar with breaking fish underneath. Bass were either on peanuts or herring?? No fish caught! W –SW winds tomorrow could push the bait within casting range. If that happens my charters and I should be happy. The fish are extremely concentrated right now. If you hit them you will hit them big, and if you don’t your casting to a void. That’s late season linesides for ya.--Bill

Report Date: 12/5 Thursday snoooooow!

Fishing Report:
Four 40s today!!----------Just kidding. I really was set to fish today,but I had to pick my wife up at the office due to the snow. I did however get out to Long Beach to walk part of the boardwalk to find no birds. The water looked very fishy though.

Report Date: 12/4 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
On my way to Long Beach today I noticed a lot of ice in the back bays of the GSB. That was quick! Got to Long Beach this afternoon and fished until dusk. Light NW winds and partly sunny skies. SKUNKED! Birds here and there and lots of gannets way out, but next to nothing on the beach. Anybody want to fish in the snow tomorrow night? I have a half day available 5pm-8pm. It’s very iffy right know, but there is still big fish potential-also potential to freeze your rear off. Give me a call!-BILL

Report Date: 12/3Tuesday BRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR

Fishing Report:
The weather guy said it was 15 degrees with the wind chill. I believe it. There is something about fishing in cold weather. It kind of makes you feel alive. The air is clean, the cold salt spray is slapping you in the face, you can’t feel your fingers until they warm up with pain, your face feels sunburn, but it’s just really from the wind-it’s a good feeling believe it or not. Especially when there are fish around, and there were today! I fished Long Beach for most of the flood. Loads of birds on peanuts with bass under them. I even saw some white bait. The bass were acting like albacore as they would push the peanuts into the wash and just vanish by the time you got there. Due to this trickery I only managed 4 bass-12 pounds. The 12 was taken on a 1-½ oz white bucktail and the other three on a wild eye. Strong NW winds, clear skies, and bitter cold. Sounds like it’s time to fish. I only had 4 bass, but the potential for good numbers was there. Get out there now! -Bill

Report Date: skiing and fishing ahhhh

Fishing Report:
Plenty of fresh powder at Killington. Over 3 feet of natural snow and plenty in the woods. There are many parallels between surf fishing and skiing-which I will discuss at another time. I’m going to try to get out tomorrow as I know there is some good fishing to be had! Stay tuned. -BILL

Report Date: 11/28 HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Fishing Report:
Happy Turkey Day!! !Light NW winds and coooold! My charter wanted to fish the back bays of the South Shore and I had no objections as Sundays Charter missed a nice fish there, and is still plenty of bait showing. 4:30 am-7:30am-Not a bump,nibble,or hit. Not much bait left there, and there was nothing on the open beaches we looked at. No fish on Thanksgiving-doesn’t seem right. Last year I had a 25 lb on a bottle in Long Beach. That’s fishin. Heading up to Killington for some skiing-yee ha It’s a great time of year.-BILL

Report Date: WEDNESDAY 11/27

Fishing Report:
No I haven’t packed it in yet! Just been busy with the holidays. I believe we are in store for another good run of fish within the next couple of weeks. I’m sure the North Shore guys are banging loads of schoolies –but I aint after schoolies this time of year. I have a charter Thanksgiving morning so stay tuned. If your interested in booking for next year- NOW is the time to do it, as I will give you 2002 rates if you book before Jan1, 2003. Dates are already getting booked for next year so give me a call or ask your sweetie for a gift certificate for the holidays to get the best times.-BILL

Report Date: SUNDAY 11/24

Fishing Report:
I took my charter to Long Beach to find West-South West wind and beautiful clean white water for a 5am start My charter had some difficulty with the bailess VS at night but by dawn was doing ok after a few lessons. We started east then moved west only to find two small bass on a Gibbs bottle, and a 2oz buck. We took the ride over to Robert Moses. Filthy rotten dirty water-didn’t even bother making a cast. Then we went somewhere in the GSB and my charter missed a nice fish that went after a wild eye. Ended at 11:30am--Bill

Report Date: SATURDAY --GALE

Fishing Report:
This is the first time I canceled my charters due to wind. I know a few places where I could bang some schoolies in this wind,but I didn't want to put my charter through the windy mess-so I'll be going out tomorrow.I think I'll kick back, drink a few brews, and watch some college football. If you fish a lot you never get a chance to do that sort of thing.--BILL

Report Date: LOST AND FOUND

Fishing Report:
SOMEONE LEFT A FLEECE SHIRT IN MY BUGGY. CLAIM IT AND IT'S YOURS. GOING OUT TOMORROW IN THE GALE--STAY TUNED!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Report Date: 11/21/02 --11/22THURSDAY-FRIDAY

Fishing Report:
Everything seemed perfect tonight-light NE winds, rain, cloud cover, no weed, down swing of the moon-except NO FISH. I met my charter at 9:45 pm and we made are way over to Robert Moses. We threw darters, bottles, and a Schneider metal lip (nice swimmer Mr. Schneider). A couple of bumps and we called it quits at 12:30am. Hope we do better on Saturday!--BILL

Report Date: 11/20-WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
I was feeling under the weather this eve-so I only did a little mellow fishing at dusk. Light-no wind and sunny skies made it feel like early fall. I fished WE2 at dusk for no fish. Plenty of herring around. Had I went out at night like originally planned -who knows?? With the down swing of the moon and clean water I think my charters will be happy this weekend. We will see. -BILL

Report Date: The 50-I mean 43

Fishing Report:
The gentlmans name who caught the 50lb fish on Saturday is Adam Youkeles. Adam used a yellow darter-I believe Gibbs- to nail the cow. Oh yeah-turns out to be only a 43 as weighed by Causeway B&T. Adam said his scale was a little off. Still a very nice job-on wood!!!

Report Date: MONDAY 11/18

Fishing Report:
Gale warnings for tonight West –North West. Went to FI inlet to scope things out for my am charter and hopefully bang a few bass. Dirty water with lots of weed made things unfishable for us pluggers. I bucktailed and bottle plugged it for about 1 hour at dusk pulling globs of weed off my offerings on every cast. No sign of herring-no birds. I canceled my charter for tomorrow-- I’ll hold off until Wednesday. Maybe!--BILL

Report Date: OPENINGS

Fishing Report:
Lots of Herring and some big fish showing,and I took off today. I guess you have to spend some time with the ones you love.I have openings for this week 1/2 days 4am--7am Tues,Wed, Thurs,and Fri. 4:30-10:30pm trips Mon,Thursday and Friday. Saturday 1-7pm. Should be good!! Give me a call--Bill

Report Date: FRIDAY & SATURDAY

Fishing Report:
I was looking for some working birds on Friday from Moses to Long Beach. Nothing working so I decided to fish western Long Beach after finding weed on its east side. South West winds made the water white and nice and I figured there should be some fish around. I only managed one short on a Gibbs bottle. John Copen and Bill Kearny paid head to my advice today and booked a charter from 5am-11am. We started at Moses and before I made a cast a gentleman was reeling in a niiiice fish. 50lb on darter. Damn--- if we only were there 15 minutes earlier. The fish was weighed on a Manely scale, and it bottom out the 50# mark as per the guy who caught it. I’ll put some pics up of the fish when I get a chance. Bill Kearny caught his first surf caught bass on a Gibbs yellow bottle. 23 lbs. Not bad! John also took two teen size bass, while I went fishless-hey I was too busy guiding LOL. --BILL

Report Date: OPENINGS :>)

Fishing Report:
I think there will be a window of opportunity Saturday morning for some great fishing. NE winds are expected to 25 knots with rain. There is still lots of bait in the bays which will get pushed out tomorrow by the NE. By Sunday the water will probably be dirty and the fish will have moved on.If your up for some wind and rain I have SAT morn open!--BILL

Report Date: 11/14/02 THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
Wow 2 days in a row with no fish. I’m changing my pattern tomorrow! Light SW winds and sunshine. Fished SOMEWHERE in the Great South Bay for the last of the flood. Saw plenty of bait in the way of herring, but nothing on them. Threw wildeyes, bottles, and pencils for no hits. HOW ABOUT ASKING YOUR SWEETIE FOR A GIFT CERTIFICATE FOR THE HOLIDAYS!

Report Date: 11/13--WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
North winds about 10 knots, and overcast made for a chilly day. I fished last of the flood ant top of the ebb in the Jones beach Tobay area for no fish. I fished pretty hard and only managed a couple non-aggressive bumps on bucktails. It was the kind of hit where they were just sucking it in and not smacking it. That makes me think there wasn’t a whole lot of fish around in the areas I fished. Still plenty of fishin left though!

Report Date: 11/10 &11/20 SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
Knowing that Sunday and Monday may have been my last trip to Montauk of the year I wanted to fish some of her areas that have treated me to some fine stripers over the season, not to mention other seasons. I arrived in Montauk on Sunday about 2pm and geared up to make the long walk on her South Side. I knew the Southwest winds and heavy surf may have caused the water to silt up in the area I wanted to fish, but today I wanted to fish with my heart, not my head. I would have the last of the ebb and first of the flood and was hoping I could wade out to one of the distant rocks, that are also my friends, and reach the clean water. Since this could have been my last trip of the year I was taking note of things I sometimes overlook. Things like her eroding bluffs that have always welcomed me by giving me shelter from the North winds, and majestic views of her face while the rising sun makes her blush red, like the way the flood tide pushes the white water around the rocky point, pulling in spearing and sand eels in the spring, snappers in the summer, and bay anchovies in the fall, and my rock. Like an old friend my rock shelters me just enough from the pounding surf that always threatens me with every wave to carry me off to the canyon. I finally arrived and made my way out to my rock, all sweaty from over dressing on a 63-degree day. What I feared came true- dirty water. Not having the patience to make cast after fishless cast I began the usual, which is to fish with my head. I made about 20 casts and moved a few miles east to fish some clean water that had I scouted out earlier. By 4:30 I was into some schoolie bass throwing 1 ½ oz lime green bucks with #70 red rind. I managed 3 little guys and at dusk I tied on a yellow Gibbs bottle plug. Normally I don’t use a bottle plug on the south side in fear I’ll snag it up, put this was big water and there had been herring in the area. By the third cast I was into a nice bass that weighed out at 16 lbs. I released her. After hearing all the dismal reports from the Mecca earlier that day I was content with having four stripers under my belt for the evening. By 6pm I decide to take a break and eat some chow at Pizza Village where the service is always friendly, the food is good and fast, and best of all- the price is right. By 7:30pm I was in the suds on the North side. All day I was debating to fish the light this evening. A couple of bumps at Scott’s Hole didn’t spark my interest enough so I made my way to the light. In the suds I found loads of spearing and what I believe to have been juvenile weakfish. Hmm could be some nice fish around? I don’t like fishing the light and tonight was no exception as the rain was falling, the fog horn was bellowing ,with the wind blowing the flood tides white water against the lights huge boulders that protect the light house frome falling into the ocean. I found my rock, and I was the only one there, which was good and bad. Good in that I had the light to myself, and bad that if I wiped out there would be nobody there to help pick up the pieces. No matter I stayed until about 9:30 with out a bump and called it a night. As usuaul I brushed my teeth and washed the salt off my face in the lots bathroom crawled in my buggy and attempted to get some sleep for my 4am charter. For some reason I just couldn’t sleep. I kept thinking about the big fish potential that Montauk has in the next couple of weeks. If the herring hit the beach so will the cows. It’s hit and miss this time of year-that’s just how it is, and I guess I just need to accept it. After only a couple of hours of sleep I awoke at 3am with a song in my head that would last throughout the day. My charter must have thought I was nuts for singing Stoned Temple Pilots music to myself all day, but many of us who fish a lot do the same thing so I wasn’t too embarrassed. I took my charter on the North side to fish darters and bottle plugs in the dark for no fish. Then over to the South Side for first light to throw bucktails. My charter only managed one very small bass. Lots of white water-silty but fishable SW winds, and not enough overcast. We eventually worked our way back to the north side and bounced around until my charter managed one more schoolie. And that was it. It was time to go home and visit my wife who has been very patient and understanding about my trips to the MECCA. Before I left I spoke with Kathy from Johnny’s B&T and she agreed that it was far from over. All the gannets that have been around have been on peanut bunker according to Kathy—not herring. There are still plenty of fish north so it’s probably just a matter of time before Montauk explodes again. The trick is going to be, to be there at that time b/c it’ not going to last for long ------I still have openings, and the south shore is HOT. Give me a call and book!!

Report Date: SATURDAY 11/9

Fishing Report:
Man was I tired this morning when I awoke at 3:30am. I guess I shouldn’t have drunk those beers last night. I met my charter at 5am and we took off to Long Beach. Long Beach is one of my favorite haunts this time of year, and today she had nice white water with SW winds pushing some weed into some of her jetties. Some weed, but very fishable. We stayed in Long Beach until about 9am for no fish and headed to SOMEWHERE in the Great South Bay. We broke out the 9’ Lamiglas and throw 6” wild eyes to three linesides to 13lbs. Heading to Montauk in the morning—stay tuned. --BILL

Report Date: 11/7-THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
If I’m not learning I’m not satisfied. I have been scooping out some Back Bay areas for years in the GSB. Today I finally got back there. Access to these areas was the 1st obstacle I had to over come. SO after a long long back bay walk (about 3miles) I was able to fish some decent back bay rips. It was last of the ebb and there was limited deep water and many flats. I’ll bet the stripers are up on those flats chasing sand eels in the spring. I’ll just have to keep fishing it to learn her secrets. No fish today and a nice stiff NW wind with lots of sun. Plenty of Herring around. Heading to Montauk this weekend and I have some openings. Give me a call if you would like to take one of them. 631-987-6919--BILL

Report Date: OPENINGS!!!!!!!

Fishing Report:
I HAVE A FEW OPENINGS FOR THE WEEKEND.SATURDAY MONTAUK OR SOUTH SHORE 1PM-7PM. SUNDAY -MONTAUK-MORNING OR EVENING. MONDAY I'M BOOKED. NO FISHING TODAY--GOOD LUCK!-BILL

Report Date: TUESDAY CONTINUED

Fishing Report:
How do you get high without using drugs? No really mild hallucinations, fits of laughter, and slurred speech. Work 3 jobs and fish as much as humanly possible-just make sure you fish as much or more then you work, and I assure you that you will become symptomatic. I got another inning in this evening before going to my night job. I fished the Jones Beach area with light SE winds. Loads of herring but nothing on them. There should be a sign in the suds there that says BIG FISH SOON. Probably tomorrow it will happen as the wind is supposed to blow east then NW at a possible gale. I’m going to try to take tomorrow off from fishing even though I’ll probably regret it-then again I’ll probably fish. I guess I have a disease-it’s called surf fishing. Book a trip and watch me become symptomatic, and we will catch some stripers at the same time. It will be fun!! Nite-Bill

Report Date: 11/5 TUESDAY

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My charter took me up on my advice and booked me for this morning. Light winds and no white water. I figured we would be into some fish at Robert Moses, but my charter could only manage 1- 28” bass that took a 2.5oz white bucktail. I managed nothing, nada zilch, skunk. Happens? Still lots of bait and its looking good for quality fishing and quality fish.

Report Date: MONDAY EVE-Im obsessed &*%$#

Fishing Report:
Something about fishing for stripers in November. Big thick stripers that have been feeding on herring love to eat my bucktails. I had about a half hour to play with at dusk, before I had to be home to my very understanding wife. Not the best of tide for the Jones beach area but I had dusk on my side. Upon my arrival herring were busting all over the place and a gentleman with a 7’ rod was banging schoolies one after another on light tins. I wasn’t after schoolies and it took a lot of discipline not to throw something smaller then 1 ½ oz buck with a #70 split tail-especially since I was getting bumped by the little guys on every cast. After my half hour I promised myself 5 more casts, but you know how that goes. In about 10 more casts I beached a nice 23 lb bass. I love how alive these fish look-dorsal flaring, and bellies fat with herring. If you want to catch some fish I recommend you book NOW!!!—Bill—By the way whoever gave me the tip to fry fish in peanut oil ---thank you! mmmmm

Report Date: 11/4 MONDAY

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AN EXCELLENT MORNING! My wife loved it when I crawled out of bed this morning at 4 am. Took my shower, brushed my teeth and prepared my work clothes, but left the house wearing my smelly fishing garb. By 6am I was at Robert Moses throwing 1 ½ oz bucktails to hungry stripers that were feeding on LOADS of herring. When I made the switch to the lime green with red rind from white on white I began to get more hits and more fish. By 7:45 am it was time to head to work, but not before I managed at least a dozen stripers to 17 lbs. NOVEMBER IS HERE! Wanna do a half day tomorrow morning?? Call me-631-987-6919---BILL

Report Date: SATURDAY-SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
An excellent weekend!! My thinking that the south shore would bust loose certainly happened this morning –at least where we were fishing. SATURDAY—5am-11: 30am. I began with my charter at Robert Moses. Cold west winds made our fingers numb, especially my charters as he forgot his gloves. We were into schoolies right away on 1 1/2oz bucks with red rind. If I remember right we took 11 between us?? Eventually we worked our way to somewhere in the Great South Bay. NO MORE MENTIONING OF BEING EVEN CLOSE TO THE LOCATIONS THERE!! Tooo many people figuring it out. Any way we took one more bass –12 pounds and I dropped a 20+ fish on wild eyes. Today 5:30am-11: 30 AM. My charter paid heed to my advice on this site, making a last minute booking. I think he made the right choice. West wind went to Northwest and we began the day again at Robert Moses. First cast yielded our first fish-and she had lines. We kept throwing 11/2 bucks (early with red rind and later with white) to 21 stripers to 34”. We probably could have stayed and banged some more, but I got the urge to poke around somewhere in the GSB. No more fish –but a most excellent morning. ----OPENINGS-I have ½ day openings for this week 4:30am-7: 30am. Good tides, plenty of bait and consistent weather patterns. If you’re interested in booking-- NOW is a good time to do it. Also have availability for the South Shore on FRI 11/8 and SAT 11/9. MONTAUK Sunday 11/10. See ya on the beach!!-BILL

Report Date: 10/31 HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Fishing Report:
I made the decision to hit my old stoppin grounds in Bayville for the last of the flood this evening. There is a nice back eddy in the area, and even when the tide is flooding the current is moving out. Light NW winds made me figure I could be into a big fish night –big in number not size. I only managed 3 schoolies on 3/4oz bucks. While the sky turned brilliant red I could help but reminiscing about all the fish I had taken there. One night about 10 or 15 years ago- I think in June b/c there were loads of sand eels. Northeast winds blew about 25-30knots and big swells were colliding with the ebb current which created a type of trap which there was no escape for the sand eels. I took 20 bass that night all in the 17-25lb range throwing chicken scratch bombers with a with a 3” slug-o tease. All but one was taken on the tease. Yep many good nights there! Tonight was a good night.

Report Date: OPENINGS

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I STILL HAVE OPENINGS FOR THIS WEEKEND ON THE SOUTH SHORE!THERE HAS BEEN PLENTY OF BAIT AROUND, I'VE BEEN ON TO SOME NICE FISH,AND WE HAVE A GOOD FALL WEATHER PATTERN. SO I EXPECT TO DO VERY WELL. GIVE ME A CALL IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO BOOK A TRIP.631-987-6919 GOING TONIGHT!!!! --STAY TUNED

Report Date: 10/29-TUESDAY

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I decide I’m staying local this weekend. As of this day I have openings for this weekend 11/1, 11/2/and 11/3 and the next weekend 11/8, 11/9 &11/10.Thats South or North Shore. I’m staying local because of the recent weather pattern and the amount of large bait that is around on the South Shore. It should be gooood! Tonight we had light NE winds with overcast skies and a nice chill in the air. I fished dusk. I really should have been wearing gloves. I fished the Gilgo area, and upon my arrival I met a gentleman who met me at a couple of the shows. He said he had blues all morning at Robert Moses and was going to fish the Gilgo area. I let him know that was great, but I wasn’t after blues-even though they were large as per the gentleman. I told him where I was going to fish and he asked if he could tag along. “Sure why not as long I you swear not to give away the area”. He laughed, but I let him know I was serious and he agreed. He told me he had only one keeper bass the whole year and that came in the spring. I was confident he would have another this evening. I let him know that when the tide ebbs you may have another. We fed wild eyes to 9 bass between us. Me 5 and him 4.-- He took another keeper-20lbs.I think he was happy. My fish were 9, 9, 7, 13, and a little schoolie. So this is why I’m not going to get MECCAD this weekend.-BILL

Report Date: 10/28 MONDAY

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I have a new policy!!! I have been getting a lot of e-mails asking me to give out more specific locations. From here on in I will return e-mails that request specific locations with the following attached: Please understand that the locations I fish took many long days and nights to learn. Fishing them on ebb, flood, different moons, times of year, and all kinds of crazy weather. I give the reports on my site to promote my guide service, help fellow surf fisherman learn a little, and I just enjoy doing it. I believe my reports are unique, up to date, and very honest. I also believe that part of learning how to surf fish is putting in your time and paying your dues. It is always my goal to assist the fishermen who charter me in bending the learning curve, not breaking it. Heck I couldn’t break it any way. That’s a curve that bends, but never breaks. Because of the work involved, the quality of the information I have already given you, and my own code of ethics the information on the report is all I can provide you with. I will be happy to show you specific spots and the techniques I use to fish those spots if you choose to book me for an evening of surfcasting. I will also be happy to answer any other questions you have that are not spot specific. Thank you for understanding.—Bill Wetzel NOW TO THE REPORT------Not to miss a day I managed to get out at dusk in the Gilgo area. Light NW winds and an ebb tide made for nice conditions. I managed two 8lb bass and one 13 lb bass on wild eyes and cotton cordell pencil pops. I didn’t see any herring and the fish were less aggressive then they have been,making miss 3 or 4. It could be because the herring moved on?? I’ll just have to keep fishing to see if my theory is correct.--Bill---- I also have dates available in MONTAUK for this coming weekend------

Report Date: FRIDAY---SUNDAY 10/27/02

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Frequent hallucinations from lack of sleep, headaches from dehydration, fingers so cut up that I have to tape them up every day-even when I’m not fishing, family members wondering if I still exist, hell-it must be near November. Aint it fuuun! FRIDAY—My alarm went off at 1am, and played some stupid song that I couldn’t get out of my head the rest of the day-or night. I met my charter at 3am at Demo and it was off to the Gilgo area. Light NW prevailed mixing with an ebb tide and I figured we would be onto some fish. I had my charter throwing wild eye shad while I threw the old chicken scratch bomber. After my charter banged his first bass-- guess what I did? WILD EYE. We managed 6 bass in the dark on the wild eyes and by light my charter took a nice 16.5lb bass on a pencil. I also took a decent bass or two by light. By 8:30am we found plenty of bunker with nothing on them and decided to go give Demo a shot. Good water, good tide-no more fish. So we ended the trip with 11 bass total (bass were on herring) at about 10:30am. By 3pm I was in Montauk and putting on my gear. I took a ride on the North side to find cocktail blues just about everywhere. I just kept driving until I was away from them and fished way out side the schools in hopes for something with lines. By 5pm I decided that I was going to fish the south side flood until about 9pm. Upon my arrival I began picking up the cocktails that were blitzing all over the place, and wondering where the bass were. I began to work my 11/2 oz bucktail closer to the shoreline hoping to pick some bass in the shallow rocks. Sure enough I finally began to pick bass-schoolies-but at least they had lines. By dark I managed 12 bass and who know how many blues. Once night fell I realized that my mind and body were about to decompensate so I took the walk back to my buggy. After dinner I crashed in my buggy until 4:30am Saturday. Gale East to North East winds, rain, and darkness made crawling out of my buggy and getting ready for my charter very uncomfortable. By 5am we were heading over to Shag to find dirty water and some needed casting lessons. After the lesson they were ready for hard-core NE winds and white water in the face. Over to the North side closer to the light we found some bass on 11/2oz bucks. We managed 16 bass between us to 36” –not bad considering much of the Mecca was unfishable due to dirty and crazy wild water. We quit around 12pm and by 3pm it was time for my next charter. The wind had shifted to 25-30knot NW and the south side had 10-13’ sets coming in. We poked around trying to fish in-between the dirt lines on the North Side, but it was just too dirty. Over to the south to find clean very white water. No fish. By dark we moved into Browns and attempted to throw darters into the dark, but the huge waves would only let your plug dig for a couple of yards before it washed it back into your face. We eventually went to some Back Bay areas but we couldn’t even bang fish there. We finally quit around 9pm. After a generous tip from my charter, and a home made metal lip he gave me I decided to celebrate and pound a couple Guinness at the local pub. Thanks guys!!!!! At 4am Sunday Morning it was time to fish again. NW wind about 20knots and dirty water everywhere except the rocks on the south side and shag. No fish at Shag and 2 small bass on a bucks and a BOB HAHN on the South Side.Oh yea- and a cocktail. We moved around quit a bit, but that’s all we could manage this morning, and from what I heard it was more then most. Might take a day off tomorrow-might not?? Stay tuned-book a trip!--Bill

Report Date: OPENINGS :<)

Fishing Report:
I’m getting a lot of e-mails about availability. As of today I have weekdays pretty much wide open for the South and North Shores. These are primarily night trips with half days also available. MONTAUK—11/2,11/3,11/9/,11/10,11/11,and the infamous Thanksgiving weekend are still open. SOUTH and NORTH WEEKENDS—11/16,11/17,11/23/and11/24. These dates will probably go quickly after this post so book soon so I can give you the best times. Thanks—BILL I also wanted to mention in yesterdays report, that the fish I caught yesterday were very aggressive. Each one had the entire wild eye in its mouth and hit the plastic with a vengeance.

Report Date: 10/23 WEDNESDAY

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Fished the Gilgo area in broad daylight on the ebb. North winds about 10 knots. I took 5 bass to 12lbs on wild eye shads. I'm really begining to fall in love with that plastic. Swims nice,looks natural,and casts well also. Going to try to fish tomorrow. I'll be in Montauk for Friday-Sunday and the South shore Friday morning..Stay tuned.....Lots of fish to catch!!!-BILL

Report Date: 10/23--TUESDAY

Fishing Report:
Light NE winds,and sunny. I fished the Gilgo area for the top of the flood. No fish. Plenty of bait on the open beaches and fish busting outof casting range. South Shore is ready to explode-I think. I'm all booked up for this weekend,but have some openings for next weekend and the rest of November..BILL

Report Date: 10/21-MONDAY

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Light NW winds and a nice fall chill in the air made this evening feel like big fish weather. Big fish eat big herring, and there are plenty in the Gilgo area. Since I saw some very large tails on Saturday I have been obsessively thinking about big fish potential in this area. I don’t see the herring leaving any time soon and I believe or at least I would like to believe I’m close to finding what tide these fish are most actively feeding on in that area. I took 4 bass today –26lbs on wild eye shads. There is a good tide Friday morning-so I’m considering staying west on Friday instead of the MECCA. We will see. Man I tell ya-when you think you could be on to big fish the adrenal glands are on overload! Big fish-time will tell?????????—BILL----I have an opening on Friday ----wanna go?

Report Date: 10/20-SUNDAY

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I’m an idiot! I was sure I was on a big fish pattern, although patterns don’t last that long in the fall. Southwest winds continued and I saw some very large fish chase the pencil earlier in the day (I know they were large b/c I saw some tails). These fish were chasing herring, and when they’re chasing herring there usually are not too many schoolies. I wanted to get to an area last night at very specific tides-High flood-high out. By the time I pulled my buggy into the Gilgo area it was 11pm and the tide was already 1.5 hours out. No herring breaking, and not a bump. Eels, darters, and wild eyes didn’t even see a fish. By 1am it was blowing NW and I was on my way to the thumb. I only stayed for about 40 casts and drove home very upset with myself, but it’s still good fun, and a lesson learned. I can’t tell you how many times I have learned that same lesson!--BILL

Report Date: 10/18-10/19---FRIDAY-SATURDAY am

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I took a walk in Northport Harbor Friday evening due to word of some 50+ stripers. I fished dusk and only managed 2 blues on yellow knuckleheads. This morning I took my charter to Demo. At 5am winds were light out of the SW, but increased throughout the morning blowing about 20knots before 11am. I managed 1 fish at Demo on an 11/2 oz buck. By 8am we moved west and I managed another bass on cotton Cordell pencil, and dropped another 20+ fish on a wild eye shad. I saw some mighty large tails, this morning and plenty of herring. I think I have a good chance at some large tonight!!. Stay tuned

Report Date: WANNA BOOK A TRIP????????????????????

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I scouted out some back bays today on both the North Shore and the South Shore. Let me go on record as predicting a great November. There seems to be bait just about everywhere, and what is more exciting it has held through the recent storms. I have openings for this weekend-SOUTH SHORE 10/19 & 10/20 .— MONTAUK10/25 Friday and 10/27 Sunday. I also have several openings for November!!! BOOK EM NOW!!!!!!

Report Date: 10/17--THURSDAY

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I fished the flood at Ashroken this evening to find white bait up the waa zoo. Nothing on them. Zero winds. I managed one blue on a Cotton Cordell pencil. I found one bass holding just on the edge of a rip. He came up after a yellow knucklehead 3 times but wouldn’t take it. Bucktails, Hahn, nor the pencil would take that fish, so I put the knuckle back on and she struck it 1 more time. Unfortunately not hard enough to set the hook. I fished for that one fish for about an hour. Sometimes it’s more of a challenge to fish for that one small bass then it is to move on and fish many of them.—When the fish find the bait in this area it’s going to be chaos!!!!--BILL

Report Date: 10/16 WEDNESDAY

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Before I get to the reports I want to let you know that I have several openings for November and a couple of openings for this weekend. I will be on the South Shore this weekend. With all the bait this year I expect November to be a wild one!! BOOk now so I can give you a good time! -----------I fished the thumb during the height of the Noreaster.Wind and sand was blasting in my face,but it was very fishable. I fished the last of the ebb current for only one blue. Lots of white bait in the water. I was surprised I didn't do better. I eventually went to WE2 and fished the last of the flood-no fish. The gates of heaven opened up while I was fishing,as the sun poked its head out for about 15 minutes. The clouds and rain returned and the wind slapped around to Northwest. A good wind for Montauk! I wanted to stay for ebb, but I had to take care of some family matters.----BILL

Report Date: 10/14--MONDAY

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Somehow I convinced my wife to put on cold wet waders and go fishing with me in Nortport BAy. I was hoping for strong NW winds,but instead we got light below (10 knots).I had her casting yellow knuckle heads as I threw the Yellow HAHHHHHHHN metal lip.We caught nothing,but my wife missed a nice fish-probably a bass. It would have been her first. When the fish came up and smaked the plug -she jerked the rod and let out a slight yelp. She always tells me that she doesn't want to catch a fish,but you should see her eyes light up when she thinks she about to catch one. SHe also gets that last cast syndrome-you the one--- that never ends.

Report Date: SATURDAY & SUNDAY

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My plan was to head out to Montauk on Friday-but I couldnt get it together, and I missed out on some good action-so I hear! I arrived in Montauk at 4am Saturday for my 4:30 charter. Gale East winds were challenging me to cath- A -fish. I took my charter to Shag to throw bottle plugs. There were a couple other rats out there no doubt throwing the same thing. Lot of weed,and it was unclear if the water was clean or dirty. I took my charter to the back of Hither Hills to fish dawn. I believe I managed 3 bass and 2 blues on 1 oz bucks # 50 rind,and chicken scratch bombers. Enough playing games-- it was time to fish up front. We went to the North side and the wind began to make the switch to NE. I only managed one more bass under the bluffs.My charter ended at 10:30am, and I had another chater at 2:30 pm. I'm thinking hmmmm- NE winds, flood water, I didint want to miss out,but I also needed some sleep. Then I saw Crazy Alberto and he put me over the top by confirming my line of thinking. So I dropped off my charter and went back to the bluffs and North bar until 1pm. NO fish. My shoulder was begining to hurt from all the reeling, but I had to keep going. Picked up my next charter at2:30pm and managed no fish on the North side.I took them to the back side of Hither Hills for dusk. I think-- we managed a couple blues on bucks and we called it a night around 7:30. NE WINDS GAAAAAAAAAAAALE! 5am Sunday morning and it was time to take out my next charter. Back side of Hither first. I managed 3 bass in the dark on chiken scratch bombers. We eventually made it to the South Side to find Semi clean water. I felt like I was fishing inside a vanillia ice cream cone,as it was nothing but white water. As soon as we arrived I saw some fish boiling,but we only managed 1 more fish. I dropped my charter off around 10am and managed to get a little sleep in my buggy. By 2pm I picked up my charter and we bounced around on the North side to find no fish. We ended up on the South side as I saw Comerrans(spelling??) working the area earlier that day. NO FISH. It was time to head home. NW for Monday- Get out there and fish!!!!!!!!!-BILL

Report Date: 10/10--Thursday

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I fished dusk in Northport bay. Loads of adult bunker,but little to nothing on them. No fish. Well folks NE this weekend. It may be the best fishing we have seen this year on saturday-by sunday everything will probably be chewed up---GOOD LUCK TO ALL--Bill

Report Date: 10/9--Wednesday

Fishing Report:
SE wind about 10-15 knots and, clean, nice, white water made conditions, look nice, anyway. 5pm-11pm Took my charter to Tobay,WE2,and Goose creek. No fish. No bait on the open beach..Bill

Report Date: 10/7--MONDAY

Fishing Report:
I had planned to fish Goose Island this eve,but before I could wet a line I discovered my 9' Lami had two cracked guides. I took a quick ride over to my rod builder Mark Flynn who had me out within 1/2 hour with a new wrap and a tip. Mark has built all my rods, and if your looking for a custom rod I highly recommend him. He also sells rod accessories. Marks one of the few if not the only guy on the island making a living solely from rod building (as far as I know anyway)-he knows his stuff. He can be reached at 516-785-2328. His shop is located in Wantagh. --Back to Goose Island--I fished 6pm-9pm and only managed 2 bass -30" on 10z white bucktails. I threw snakes in the dark,but nobody was home. Lots of bait in the area. NW winds about 10-15 knots.

Report Date: 10/6/02--SUNDAY-MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
IM EXHAUSTED! Up at 12am to be in Montauk by 3am for a 3am-9am charter. We immediately went to the south side as the winds were pretty stong from the North. The North side would have been the best bet , but my charter was relatively new to surffcasting and I didn't want to take him into the jaws of the lion. I had one short in the dark on a Hahn metal lip and one short in the light on a bucktail.We banged around on the North side but couldn't find any more fish with stripes. I crashed in my buggy from 10-12:30pm and then prepared for my 2pm-8pm charter. I took my 2pm deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side to find SE winds and dirty water. A long walk back after about 1/2 hour of no fish made me feel like I was going to pass out. We took a ride over to the North side to look for some blitzes--no deal. Back over to the South side- as I figured the SE and flood would make conditios good in a few areas. We found the nice white water, and I manghed 5 bass on a white buck with red rind and dropped a decent fish on a pencil pop. My charters sure did take a beating today fishing the flood tides. Both ended up with a bucket of salt water in their waders.. North shore or south shore tomorrow??? hmmmm--BILL

Report Date: 10/3/02-THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
My head told me to fish the flood in the backbays, but my heart said to throw plugs in the white water, while listening to the waves pound the sand beaches. Sometimes-you just gotta go with your heart. Northeast winds 15 knots-i was hopping they would push out some of the bait that's in the GSB. God-there sure is alot of it! I cruised the beaches from Jones to Demo and found the cleanest water to be at Demo. The other beaches had clean water about 60 yards out. I through 3oz. white lex pencil poppers in the white water and managed 3 schoolies. Northwest winds are expected on Saturday night so the MECCA should be gooood. Unfortunately,due to a death in the family I will not be there Saturday, but will be there late Saturday night till Sunday-Sorry about the charters I had to cancel. See ya on the beach!!!!-Bill

Report Date: 9/30-Monday- light SW winds-6pm-8:30pm

Fishing Report:
As I made the long walk to one of my favorite back bay haunts in Ashroken an excited, uncomfortable,familiar feeling came over me-if that makes since. Tonight I was not fishing with my 7 or 9'Lami surf sticks,but my 9 weight fly rod. My plan was to match the peanut bunker that the bass have been ripping up for the past few weeks. My plan worked as I took 6 schoolie bass on the fly using bunker patterns. It was a nice change!--Bill

Report Date: 9/25--9/28--MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
What a week I had! I always debate the moon and month I'm going to spend 8 or 9 days straight sleeping in my buggy,and fishing my rear off in the suds of Montauk. As you can see from my last report there were some fish around this week. Blame the lack of fish from the 20th -the 21st on the south winds we had for almost 2 weeks straight. I had a few debates over the bright moon. True I would had liked some cloud cover that weekend,but the bait wasn't there to bring the fish in-most likely from the south winds. The down swing of the September full has been very good to me over the years,and I feared October due to possible hurricanes,and big off shore storms that bring huge heaves. Last year I did the October full, and we had a wicked Noreaster that blew out the bait for the whole week I was there-making me and my chaters very unhappy. The end of October through November has been very inconsistant in Montauk for the last decade. Last year we had a good year out there due to warm water temps,but beyond that 1995 was the only good year in November late October since the 80's. I'm not saying there were no fish to be picked during those years, but the action was slow and you really I mean really- had to work for em. Anyway-those are some thoughts.---Wednesday--2pm--8pm. I took my charter on the North side for some casting lessons. After the lessons we managed to find some blitzing fish and picked 3 bass -36" on 2oz Gibbs pencils-3oz Lex pencils (white),and 1 1/2 oz lime green bucks. Over to the south side to fish dusk. I believe I took one short on a buck?? Nice white water though! We had beatiful water -in fact we had it until Saturday morning until the gale South and driving rain screwed it up.THURSDAY-4am-8am--I had a no show with my charter-so instead of being a fat lazy load,which sometimes I can be- I took my walk deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the South side--(sorry Joe). I was treated to 5 bass in the dark on yellow BOB HAHN metal lips. Just as it started to get light I had a wicked knot in my 50# power pro. It took me about 20 minutes to re-adjust. A wet suiter I was fishing next to was kind to me by catching all the schoolies as I made my adjustments. I remember him saying "I'll get all these little guys out of the way for ya". At the time I thought to myself -Gee thanks-as I was in a panic as he had fish on every cast and I was losing first light.I finally got situated and tied on the good old 1 1/2 oz lime green buck with the #70 red. I banged a 17 lb bass on my first cast ,then a few schoolies ,another15 lb bass and then Mrs Moo Mooo. She slamed the buck and I figured maybe 20 lbs until I saw her tail emerge from the suds as she dove into the rocks trying to spit the lead offering. HMMMM she looked bigger then 20. After about 10 minutes I got her up to my rock,grabed her fish bowl mouth and took a good look at her huge shoulders. The fish was fat and looked as if she could play on the Green Bay packers. I put her on my boga grip and she completely and totally bottom out the 30 lb scale. Later I found the scale to bottom out at 35lbs. So we will call her 35 even though she was probably over. I wish boga would make a 50 lb scale-great product though. Well thats my biggest this year,and on my favorite. MR BUCKTAIL.Anyway I totaled 24 bass that morning. That one fish made the whole week. Thursday continued-- 5pm-11pm I took my chater in the pooring rain. One small bass on the South Side and we couldn't buy a fish on the North side. Had we been able to fish ebb instead of flood on the North side we probably would have had fish. By 11pm we were done, but I had to prepare for my 5am -Friday charter in the pooring rain -that sucked. Woke up in my buggy at 4am to prepare some more-what a headache -and the damn rain was coming down in sheets. 5am-11am-I took my chater to Shag for no fish and then to the South Side for nada. My brain felt like it was going to pop out of my skull. But then the Lord looked down on me and saw my soaked, fat, headache ridden body and said- GIVE THIS MAN SOME ALIEVE. There it was in my glove compartment. Hallaluya!! I downed it with some gatoraide ,and 20 minutes later I was a guide on a mission. We found the blitzing bass on the north side. I told my chater we are going to go into the cove which was about 1/4 mile away-Get away from the crowd and wait for those bass to push the white bait right to us. I love it when a plan works.We managed about 20 linesides-36" all on bucks in the pooring rain-No more headache! FRIDAY eve-5pm-11pm- North side south side snakes and Super strike darters. Two small fish on the darters. Gale south winds. Tough night!Next Morning my charter canceled-I'm raising my deposit-by the way. So I slept in my wet buggy until 9am. Got up and cooked a nice breakfast,and went over to the North side. Tbe South side was not fishable. Huge heave -filthy water-and tons of surfers. Why don't the police ticket the surfers who park on the side of the road. If it were fishermen you better believe we would get a ticket. Then again I have never seen fisherman park in front of the light house. Anyway I cruised the North Side and fished the bluffs for no fish until about 1pm. Took out my next charter at5pm-11pm. South side was still no good -filled with dirt. We stuck to the North side and fished the pockets of clean water. NO FISH. It was time to go home and spend some time with my wife. I dont think she liked my beared and raw semi bloody hands though. North shore on Monday-stay tuned-book a trip!--See ya on the beach!--BILL --One more thing-I dont have a spell check for posting-so thats why all the mis-spelled words-not to mention the fact that I hate to proof read!

Report Date: MONTAUK 9/20-9/25 1:30pm

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I'll make this short as I can as I have limited time. The weekend stunk. Lack of bait and lack of fish. FRIDAY-9pm-12:30pm- SW winds continued North side-Threw snakes --NO FISH. SATURDAY 2am-7am South side more snakes and not a bump. 5:30pm -7:30pm-South side 3 bass -16lbs on a MR BOB HAHN metal lip--yellow.SUNDAY--2am --7am South side--Threw snakes by dark and bucks by light --NO FISH.SUNDAY-winds changing to the North -I missed some fish on the South side and fished from 5pm-7pm for nada. Sunday 9:30pm-3:30am. Took a charter for a walk on the south side and I dropped one nice fish on a Hahn . Lightening chased us over to the North side and we managed No fish! Hold on b/c those winds are shifting. North,NE, NW -the wind kept changing as it grew stronger.Slept in Monday morn and took a charter from 3pm -9pm . North side Blues and bass on bucks. South side BASSSSSSSSSSSSSS. Pencils were the ticket but bucks were taking fish as well.We managed 28 bass total and a bunch of blues. Bass-36". Hold on--TUESDAY--South Side--49 bass on bucks. They were everywhere!! Yee hAh North winds. Tuesday--3pm-9pm --Charter--North side no--Fish over to the South-5bass between us to 12 lbs-no fish in the dark. This morning.My charter canceled and I was alone--poor me!-Went South to find 2-20 lb bass on a HAhn metal lip and a pencil--oh yea-also a 15 & 17lb fish on bucks--and a rat. Shes blowing North right now. I'm hoping it will go more east. Too much wind in any direction isn't good. Fishing has died down since yesterday afternoon--I'll try to keep posting-but cant promise anything--BILL

Report Date: MONTAUK --YEE HA

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I WILL NOT BE RETURING E-MAILS UNTIL 9/29 OR 9/30 AS I WILL BE IN THE MECCA. IF YOU NEED TO GET IN CONTACT WITH ME GIVE ME A CALL. IM GOING TO TRY TO GIVE SOME FRESH REPORTS WHILE IM OUT THERE,BUT I CANT PROMISE ANYTHING. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!--BILL

Report Date: 9/18 WEDNESDAY

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Drove out to |Oyster Bay to fish for a couple of hours. 5pm-7pm. Lets see-There was white bait,shrimp,spearing,and loads and loads of peanuts. Nothing on them but what a sight just watching that much bait. I managed 3 blues on white 1/2oz bucktails, and one with the fly rod (white clouser).When this weather pattern shifts and the North winds come knocking look for this area to explode-along with just about every other area. There is bait everywhere-the most I've seen since 1991!! I'll be in Montauk from 9/20-9/29. I'll try to keep you posted as much as possible while I'm there. Ya hooo.--Bill

Report Date: 9/16--SAT--MON

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My wife came with me to Tauk this weekend for my Birthday,and treated me to a motel room. How great it was was to have a room instead of a buggy for a weekend! FRIDAY night on the drive out my fuel pump went and I was down for the count on Saturday Morning. Thanks Bob M. for giving me a tow-I owe you a dinner. I took my buggy to B&B auto and they had me fishing by 3 pm on SAturday. If you ever need a tow or get stuck in the Mecca I can recommend B&B with confidence. After reschedueling my charter we finally got to some fishing by 5pm Saturday. We started out on the North side for 2 small bass on 1 oz bucktails. SW winds were about 10 knots. Over to the south side for no fish. Water looked good-clean and just enough white. Back over to the North Side for 1 more in the dark on a snake. Back over to the South side from 10:30-11:30pm for no more fish. I slept in Sunday morning-yep thats right I slept in -- I was living the good life. I was informed that not much happened that morning anyway. By 1:30pm I was back on the south side throwing pencils and bucktails to small blues. SW wind continued and the water was cloudy but clean-still good water. I even had my wife on a rock. We took a break around 3pm and went back on the North side around 5pm. We found some exotics in the way of false albies,but way out of casting rang. I got out my brand spanking new fly rod out, when we found some blues on loads of white bait. By the time I crawled out on a rock they were gone. I'm NOT going soft just b/c I used a fly--------am I? Motel-fly rod-- I have to ask myself some serious questions here. ANyway-we fished until dusk for no more fish. Got up to fish this morning and was in the suds by 5am. No fish in the dark on the North Side. I tought all the rain and hard SW would have made the South side very dirty. To my surprise she had nice clean white water. My buddy told me he had 11 shorts at dawn. I got down in the South suds about 7am and managed a 17lb bass on a pencil. Blame the lack of fish this weekend on the SW winds for 4 or 5 days straight. There sure is tons of bait around, and I'm hoping for some good action when the winds make their shift. --Bill

Report Date: 9/11 WEDNESDAY

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GOD BLESS AMERICA AND THE HEROES,VICTIMS,AND THERE FAMILIES OF 9/11. WE ARE TRULY BLESSED TO LIVE IN SUCH A GREAT COUNTRY.After a long weird day of work I managed to get out to SOUTH Oyster BAy at dusk. Gale NW wind made conditions perfect for huge blitzes of bluefish. I managed 17 blues on white 1oz bucks. White bait was everywhere you looked. I tried to get under the blues and around them for old linesides but I could not manage one striper. I wanted to get out tonight,but I have a long day ahead of me tomorrow. See At the show!!

Report Date: THE FISHERMANS SURF FISHING SEMINAR

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Come on down and learn a lot off something at The Fishermans Surf Fishing Seminar. I'll have a table that will focus on Successful Bucktailing,but the floor will be open to any other topics or questions. Tom Melton, Fred Golfaro, Frank Daignault,Bill Doc Muller,Scott Leonard,and John Paduano will all be speaking on taking fish from the Surf. There will be loads of knowledge at this show-so don't miss it. -------HUNTINGTON HILTON 598 BROADHOLLOW RD (RT 110)1/4 MILE SOUTH OF THE LIE FROM EXIT 49. 6PM--11PM--SEE YA THERE!! I FORGOT THE DATE--SEPTEMBER 12TH

Report Date: THE FISHERMANS SURF FISHING SEMINAR

Fishing Report:
Come on down and learn a lot off something at The Fishermans Surf Fishing Seminar. I'll have a table that will focus on Successful Bucktailing,but the floor will be open to any other topics or questions. Tom Melton, Fred Golfaro, Frank Daignault,Bill Doc Muller,Scott Leonard,and John Paduano will all be speaking on taking fish from the Surf. There will be loads of knowledge at this show-so don't miss it. -------HUNTINGTON HILTON 598 BROADHOLLOW RD (RT 110)1/4 MILE SOUTH OF THE LIE FROM EXIT 49. 6PM--11PM--SEE YA THERE!!

Report Date: 9/9 Monday

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I fished Northport Bay at dusk. Light SW winds and clear skies. Hordes of bunker. Nothing on them. No fish throwing pencils-even live lined a snapper. It's probably excellent there at night. Maybe tomorrow I'll go.--Bill

Report Date: OPENINGS :0)

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Hey I have some openings this weekend. Friday night 1/2 day. Saturday night,and Sunday-all MONTAUK. It should be excellent fishing. Give me a call at 631-987-6919--Bill

Report Date: 9/8 SUNDAY

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Worry about the white bait showing up - NO MORE! Montauk was smoking hot this weekend as afternoon flood tide produced the bulk of the action with white bait up the ying yang. SATURDAY-5am-11am. I took my charter on the south side to fish the flood. WE found about 1 dozen bass on Bucktails,and 2oz Gibbs pencils -15 lbs. By 8:30 am we took a ride to the North side to find no fish. Over to the sand beaches to find herds of fish about 3 casts away that never came in. Hold on to your seats because it gets better. Fish were all over the south side in spurts throughout the day, and after a little sleep in my buggy I began fishing again around 5pm. There were big crowds on the South side so I walked away from them, and in doing so I walked away from the bulk of the action.I managed to pick 6 bass standing all alone on one of the South side points. The knowledge that there were blitzing fish with the crowds got the best of me, so I figured if I couldn't beat em join em. It really wasn't that crowded when I arrived and I managed to find a friendly rock right away. I also managed to find Mr.Striper right away. 2oz Gibbs pencils, bucktails, and ahh yes- MR BOB HAHN metal lips all took fish. My blue Hahn took most of the action.I managed 18 more bass with some nice choppers mixed in. Bass were up to 17lbs. I was low hook for day compared to other caster who fished the crowds and took as many as 60 bass! There were some reports of guys catching 100 bass -I believe it. Lots of white bait!! It's funny-all summer long you can fish Montauk and have it to yourself until the end of August. Come back a week later in September and it's packed. Must be the fall!-Anyway there were no reports that I heard of,of fish over 30 and very few casters who fished the day blitzes had fish over 25 . I wanterd something a little bigger and began fishing again at 3am SUNDAY morning. We took a walk into the South side and my buddy managed 3 bass on snakes in the dark-19lbs. None for me until the light when I managed just one on my Blue BOB HAhn Metal lip-17lbs. We went back to the Fort at around 7:30am to find casters taking fish,but I was dead tired,and have many more days to spend in the Mecca this year so I went home.I went home to find hordes of Bunker in Northport bay. I'm fishing it tomorrow -so stay tuned. If your interested in booking with me do it now as the fishing is the best I've seen it in years! --Bill

Report Date: FRIDAY

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I'm back!-Heading out to Montauk this weekend. Stay Tuned.-BILL

Report Date: 9/4 thursday

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Man O MAn I just can't seem to find the time to go surf fishing this past week. I'm going through severe withdrawls. Lets see-Fri-Monday I went upstate to do the family thing and some pansey sweet water fishing--I was born on sweet water-just my weird sense of humor in calling it pansey. ha ha Tuesday I had to work my rear off from 8:30 am-9pm. Today 8;30am-9pm- doing that social work thing and listening to peoples hardaches. I planned on fishing tonight but didn't have the water I wanted until late-to late.Tomorrow I have some chores I MUST do. Friday I canceled a charter b/c my wife is going in to get her wisdom teeth removed. I'm just going to quit my jobs and fish full time if this keeps up!-Hell I just may do that anyway.I'm going to fish my rear off when I get to Montauk this weekend!

Report Date: 9/3-Tuesday

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I've been so busy getting ready for the up comimg months- I havnt been getting out. Wax the truck,maintain all the reels,leaders,line,flash lights,change hooks--the list goes on and on. Don't fish with rusty hooks-and whatever you do don't fish be a upside down reeler. hee-hee- I hope to get out a little this week then Montauk this weekend.----ANDREW WYBERG from Hempstead--Please call me. I dont have your number and I need to confirm our trip. Thanks--Bill

Report Date: 9/1/02 Welcome to September

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I'm up here at Oneida lake. The fish are out of the shallows and into the deep water, so shore fishing is tough. If I can get out during the night I think I may have a shot at some Walleyes. I have to rest up because when I return home it's back to getting serious in the suds. Sleepless nights,walking around work like a zoombie, fights with loved ones,wind burn,fingers so raw you can hardly move them, back aches,gallons of coffee, fishermans elbow and shoulder, dangerous waves crashing over your head,calluses that are so bad nobody wants to shack your hand,and lots and lots of fish. Welcome to September. I have some dates available so book now before they go.!-See ya on the beach--BILL

Report Date: 8/29--Thursday

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A mini Noreaster today. Many areas to choose from and decided on Demoocrat. By the time I got there to fish it was the top of the ebb CURRENT,and the wind had died down to nothing. I managed to get in almost 2 hours for no hits. Lots of weed in certain areas,but the water didn't look bad. I should have fished the North shore for a sure thing-oh well I'm seeking out some cows. I'm heading to Oneida lake this weekend for some sweet water. When I get back the fall games will begin. No sleep and lots of caffine. Are you ready??? YEEEHAAAAA!

Report Date: OPENINGS for 9/7 & 9/8

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I have a couple of cancelations for September 7th & 8th. If your interested in booking these dates they are open as of this writing. It will be Montauk only--yee ha! With all the bait around I expect to do well. See ya Bill--Going to try to get up this morning for some North Shore action. Stay tuned--

Report Date: 8/25--SUNDAY-MONTAUK

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Where to begin? Thursday I spent the day in the hospital with my Mom, who had a successful surgery. Soon after I was at Noreast seminar,which was lots of fun-but didn't get home until 1:30 am. I should be used to lack of sleep by now.By 11pm Friday I was fishing with my charter in Montauk. We banged around on the North side to find blue fish on loads of peanuts. The NE winds that were blowing the day before made for dirty conditions,but.. We arrived at the tail end of the tide which was also the tail end of the action. We managed some nice blues,a couple of bass,and a weakie. I love to throw bucktails on those bright moonlit nights,and what a good peanut imitation they are. At about 2am we workrd our way to the South side to throw eels. DIRTY water made my confidence shrival,and by 5am we were back on the North side. No more fish until 6am. My charter kept the weakie,and I found a snapper in her belly-The snappers and spearing are the reason the big girls are coming in during the night tides to play! After a good breakfast at Johns I hit my buggy and was asleep until 2:30pm. My buddy Bob cooked a nice dinner of fried striper in olive oil(EXTRA VIRGIN), as I made the pasta. Bass always tastes better on the beach.MMMMMMM I was fishing the North side again by 6pm ,and we found some more blues until dusk. Bucktails,tins and pops all took fish. By 11pm I was fishing with my charter. We didnt get done until 7am. We began our adventure on the North side, where I took a nice 17lb bass on Mr. eel. Between the 2 of us we dropped 3 more. We poked around on the North until 3am, and and by 3:30 we were fishing the flood on the south side. What we didn't know was that we were slinging eels into dirty water until first light. Sure the water at our feet was dirty, but I thought our eels were reaching the clean water one of the many deep water coves on the South side.Finally- I decided to move at the hint of first light. When we reached our next destination we found CLEAN WATER- HALA LULA!! By the 3rd or 4th cast I was reeling in a nice 12 lb bass. Lots of big white juicy water-and you know what that means. BUCKTAILS--We continued to throw bucktails until 7am and I managed 4 more shorts and dropped a nice estimated 20 lb fish. My charter took about 4 shorts and managed a 23lb bass on a 1 oz buck. At one point the fish were boiling in the wash. August rules! I don't know how I drove home but made it with a smile on my face.--BILL-- BOOK NOW for the FALL BEFORE MY BEST DATES GO!

Report Date: NEW STUFF ON MY SITE--8/21--WED

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Finally got around to getting up some new material on my site. Click on LOCATIONS.This info- I hope will help you customize your trip with me, or it may help catch some fish on your own. I need to correct some things on it and get some pics in there,but you should get the idea. SEE AT THE SHOW TOMORROW--Go To NOREAST.com for more on the show.--Bill

Report Date: 8/19--MONDAY

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I fished dusk at Ashroken today with silver Cotten Cordell pencils. 5 Bass up to 28" & 5 Blues. Light winds. Bait up the wa zoo in the way of spearing. I had a treble go in and out of my thumb. Thank God it was barbless! GOING TO THE SHOW THURSDAY NIGHT. CLICK ON NOREAST.COM FOR MORE..BILL

Report Date: Saturday & Sunday 8/18 MONTAUK

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The lack of white water made for tough fishing this weekend in Montauk. Tough, but worth the effort. FRIDAY SATURDAY--9pm-6am. I took my charter on the South side. When we reached our destination I had to guzzle some gatoraid,as long walks in Augustin in a pair of waders srivel you up like a prune. Although I could use a little shrivling. Within the first 10 min I took my first 30 lb fish of the year on an eel. Nice fish -and I hope to have some pics of it at the Noreast show this Thursday. The south side was a little dirty and by about 12:30 am with no other bumps I decided to find some bait on the North Side. Thats just what we found in the way of loads of spearing, and small bass popping on the spearing. By about 2am I hooked in to the largest fish I've had on since 1995. My reel is spoooled with 50lb power pro, and I like my drag fairly tight when eeling in Montauk. This fished was just smoking my drag. I could do nothing but hold on.After about 15-30sec the fish spit the hook. @#*&)!!! There are BIG fish in August. I dropped another fish on an eel and landed a 8lb blue. At 3am I dropped off my charter and was prepared for some sleep. My buddy Bob somehow convinced me to keep going until dawn. We worked our way back to the North side until 6am for a couple of small blues at first light. After drinking a night cap- beer- I went back in the fort for some attempted R & R at about 6: 30am. By 9:30 the heat that invaded my buggy was getting to me and I made the mistake of opening some more windows without screens. You know what that means when there are winds out of the North.FLIIIIES!! No sleep for the weary. SATURDAY--SUNDAY--9pm--3am. I took my charter on the North side and began slinging eels. Plenty of spearing,and small bass poping on them. Not a bump on the eel. We probably could have thrown red fins and scored with the schoolies, but that was not what I was after. Over to the south side until 1:30am. Not a bump! Back over to the North and way over to Shag. NOT a Bump. No wind and lack of white water probably played a roll. The 30 and the other very large made the weekend well worth it..Bill

Report Date: 8/15 THURSDAY

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West -South West winds. 6-pm-9 pm. I took Travis Neal from NYC to Ashroken for about 15 bass between us-several other dropped. The fish were taken on pencil pops,black and silver A-Salts,and white decievers on the fly rod.Travis dropped a nice fish on a black clouser-broke the hook. As I reeled in a short a bertha blue came from Out of nowhere, and with one chop bit the poor little striper in half. This has happend to me before,but in this case it was only about 4 feet from me. I'm glad it wasn't my hand! The August patterns seem to be here. Good fishing, loads of bait,and some large on night tides in Montauk--FISH AUGUST!! I'll be in Montauk tomorrow-stay tuned--BILL

Report Date: 8/13--tuesday

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I couldnt fish today as I had some family stuff to take care of. I passed Oyster Bay today,and saw pods of blitzing fish everywhere including the creek. The last time I saw bait like this was 1991 which was my personal best year. The blitzes in Oyster Bay may not be corralated to the great fishing that was every where that year, but it's is interesting to note.--Bill

Report Date: 8/13 Tuesday

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Took a charter to fish Bayville this morning.3am-6am. No wind. No gnats-believe or it- or not. We had 5 small bass between us-I think? maybe 4. Black and silver red fins and bombers did the job. Lots of spearing around and no fish in the day. Probably would have done better with a little SW wind to help the rip.--Bill

Report Date: 8/11--MONTAUK

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Nothing like a cold Guinness,a couple ears of corn, and some fried striper after a solid weekend. Yea I took one for the table. She swallowed the hook. SATURDAY 12 am-6am--I took two experienced gentlemen to the south side to fish the rocks.-- My buddies yelled at me for saying deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side-they feel it's too specific. So I won't use that slang anymore. You will just have to use your imagination. My charter feed eels to a 25 lb and dropped another which -judging from the drag that it peeled- was much larger. His buddy Joe took a 17 & 15lb at dawn, on a BOB HAHNS metal lip-copied by LEX-God bless ya Tony. Your plugs swim like hot looking belly dancers.Beauty of a night- no wind-and just a tad of white water. SATURDAY continued-2-8pm. Took two new comers to learn our great sport.We farted around at the open beaches and Shag. Then it was over to the South side. Some nice white water with the SE winds. I managed a couple little ones on 1 oz bucks. I think my charter liked getting beat up by the suds?SUNDAY--I wanted to get up earlier, but I just couldn't. I Managed to crawl out of my buggy at 2am,and was in the suds by 3:15ish am. I walked to the first point I wanted to fish, and found dirty water. Stayed there for about an hour. Then I backed tracked to fish the edge of one of the many south side coves. First cast I banged a nice 19lb bass on an eel.I managed to take one more 18lb, before the evil sun chased them all away. I kept the 18 lb bass as she had swallowed the hook ,and I was just plain hungry. When I opened her big belly, I found a lobster,an eel,and some crabs. She has been feeding well. I am spent! Good night--Bill

Report Date: 8/8 Thursday

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FINALLY--The August new moon. This is it. Time pack the heavy plugs and tackle, and break out the 11 ' foot, and fish long hard nights at the MECCA. For those of you who booked with me in August-I expect we are in for some treats this year. YEE HA--Bill--Stay tuned

Report Date: BOOK NOW FOR THE FALL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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My ads start coming out in The Fisherman and Noreast magazine in a couple of weeks. When that happens my available dates will go very fast. So book now for the fall!! September is a fantastic month with warm days,lots of bait,and lots and lots of stripers. In Montauk September may be the best month for a chance to catch blues and bass until your arms fall off- But then I'll just duct tape them back on so you can fish more..Bill

Report Date: 8/3 Sunday

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Rhode Island sure has tons O goodies in the way of surf fishing,friendly people,and lack of crowds-if your in the right area that is. We arrived at our B&B in Westerly late Thursday night. Friday my wife and I covered a lot of ground.I was most impressed with the rip at the Watch Hill Light. On the way to the Charlestown Breechway I stopped and picked up some eels and got some friendly local info.I was informed that the light had been very slow, but they had been banging fish at the breechway. I really don't prefer fishing off jettys. Something about standing in the surf thats umm-magic! We continued to drive around and as my wife was enjoying the sites,I was studying the surf fishing potential-not that I wasn't enjoying the sites too. They are not lying when they say clear green water - absolutely beautiful. At one of the breech ways I saw a truck with the words PLUG MAN written on it.Always hunting for a plug bargin I asked if he was selling. Oh yeah. This gentlman who went by the name of Del had loads of polaris type pops. Every one-- just a little diffent. He said he doesn't make any the same. For 5 bucks each I bought a few--just a few-- yeah right. --The Watch Hill tide was about 4:30 am Saturday morning. My goal was to fish ebb current on a night tide--late night -so that was not going to happen. I arrived at the light at 2am. During the day it seemed like I was going to get to walkout to some nice rocks. Too my surprise, and almost death I found out in a hurry that was not the case, as the water was suddenly coming up over my waders no more than 20 or 30 feet out. I managed to find a beautiful rock about 15 feet from shore, and made cast after lonely but peaceful cast, until first light when the first fellow caster arrived. I only managed one striper on an eel--just a baby. What a spot though.I'm positive at the right tide there are some large there. The next day I went to the Charlestown Breechway. I fished or as I like to think of it as farting around--that middle of the day crap aint for me--as my wife sun bathed. How do people sit in the sun all day --and sit and sit and sit-I dont get the attraction,but that's just me, I guess. Anyway needless to say no fish in the middle of the day. I managed a little more night fishing,but for no fish. It's interesting to note that there are loads of herring in the estuararies. That could mean an excellent November if the herring make their way into the surf. ALso they havn't seen snappers up there yet. Yep Rhode Island is a great place to fish. If I had more time while I was there,perhaps I would have done better.--Bill

Report Date: 8/1 The cows of august are upon us!

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AUGUST!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Yep eee YEeHAA WA HOOOO. I'm heading out to watch Hill RI for the weekend. Every weekend there after I will be in Montauk. I hope to land some of the cows of AUGUST this month we will see. --BILL

Report Date: 7/30--Tuesday

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I got off of work yesterday, and on my way to my other job I got that nauseous feeling as my head felt like it was going to explode all over the wind shield. Listening to people problems all day and working until 10pm to listen to more problems just was not going to happen--I work with paople with mental illness. So I called in sick to go home and sleep. I popped a few motrin and ate a little pasta, looked out the window at the west winds,and away I went.I can't just sit around and watch the tube. --I fished Ashroken,and took the mile in mile out walk. West winds- 8pm-10pm.I went new school and threw 4" wild eye shad and picked a blue and a bass. At dusk I put on a chicken sctratch bomber A- Salt. I managed to pick two more bass. There was bait everywhere at dusk. There is a lot of adult spearing mixed with the juveniles as well. Snappers are starting to find them, and the fishing should really begin to pick up within the next week or so.--Bill

Report Date: 7/29--Monday

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Fished Bayville this eve.7 pm-9:30pm. Light west winds. We had fish breaking just out of casting range right after it got dark. I managed 2 bass -30" on black and silver red fins.Plenty of spearing, and the snappers are really starting to show up.Things are starting to heat up!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!-Bill

Report Date: OPEN DATES

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I'm heading out on the North shore this evening so stay tuned. If your interested in booking the fall I recommend doing it now so I can give you a good moon date. I still have a couple of openings for August in Montauk(night time only-must be able to crawl on rocks, and take long hikes). I Have some light tackle dates open for August nights on the North shore as well. Give me a call--BILL

Report Date: 7/28-Sunday

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My mom asked if I house sit for a few days while they went away. It was a perfect opportunity to fish my old stomping grounds in Bayville. My alarm went off at 2:45 am,and I got that same feeling I had when I was a kid. It's a kind nervous,anxious,it's good to be alive, type of feeling.I usually get the same feeling when I'm preparing for a charter-only different. If that makes sense? I slipped on my waders and rigged up my 9 foot, and in less then 5 min I was walking down to the water. Man, all the good times I had in this area I thoght to myself as I took the 1/4 mile walk down to my spot. This is where I started surf fishing and I know every rock,hump,hole,bar,and rip. I fished it every tide and every wind -even during a hurricain once or twice. As I walked I remembered the time we had a noreaster, with heavy lightening just over on the Conn. side. The out going tide was colliding with the noth east wind creating a collision of sorts, where the bait was trapped and many large were there for the feast. I had over 20 bass in the dark, all over 36", with lightening threatening me. I don't fish lightening? Every bass I took was on the slug -o tease. I had to leave after running out of slug-os. I remembered my buddy Pete and I fishing in the middle of the night on June night. After an hour or so we had no bumps. The rain was coming and even thogh we didn't have rain slickers and I suggested we stick it out, because I knew when it began raining we may be in for a treat. As the rain drew near two crab like arms began to crawl down from the sky and the wind began to absolutely howl. The rain came and we started banging fish on every cast. The crab like arms grew bigger and bigger as the wind grew fiercer and fiercer. Lets stick it out I screamed. This is great Pete screamed back. I dont know how many fish we caught that night,but it was many. Completly soaked, we eventually walked back to our car where we turned on the radio and was advised that tornados had touched down in certain areas on Long Island. We still bring that one up over a couple of beers--speaking of beers Another night that I remebered was the time I was at the local bar drinking up storm. I must have been about 19 ( I was legal back in those days). After many too many, I declared that it was a full moon and "I'm going fishing". It was 3am. Back then I was fishing 7 days a week and rarely missed a night-until later in my 20's when I realized I had no lady friends,and the friends that I did have were getting sick of me not hanging out-so I cut back a little on my fishing,but thats another story.-just a little. Anyway I got my gear and staggered down to the beach. I entered the water and almost simutaneously tripped over a rock. I fell onto another rock breaking my ribs. There went college baseball tryouts. Oh well I got to fish more. Some spots remain sacred and this is one of them.-- This area has a back eddy and even when the tides moving in the cireent is moving out.I decided to cast the chicken scratch a-salts and red fins with a slug-o tease until light --- only one bump. AT first light I began throwing the polaris pop-nope. The the red head white body Cotten C. pencil. That did the job as I landed 5 bass to 8lbs and one blue. A good morning. It felt good to catch some line sides in my old spot!! The snappers are here but not in full force. I'll be fishing hard this August after the new moon.--Bill

Report Date: 7/25-THURSDAY

Fishing Report:
I put on my bathing suit,hopped in my buggy with my wife and headed for FI inlet to fish dusk. No fish tonight and no bait present. It was the first time I have not seen bait there in a while. The east winds more than likely had some role in the lack of bait. -Bill

Report Date: 7/24--Tuesday

Fishing Report:
I finally got out. I fished Demo for no fish.Before going on with this report I have to say that the Captains of the Island Princess and Jib IV are jackasses. The captains of these boats took their huge party boats loaded with charters no more than 30 feet from the beach,and prceeded to stay there for long periods of time. Us surf guys at times couldn't even make a cast. Anyway I had to vent! --I thought the strong SE winds that changed to east would have an ill effect on the fishing,and it did. There were plenty of blues/snappers for anyone throwing tin but I was getting underneath the blitzing little guys and tried for something bigger. No fish. Loads of bait though. Sand fleas,spearing,maybe even some white bait. Should be a fine August & fall.--Bill

Report Date: 7/20--Saturday --continued

Fishing Report:
I hung out soaking some rays at Gilgo today and then headed over to Demo. Couple of shorts on flood current. 1 1/2oz bucks #70 red rind. Lots of bait --dare I say white bait--wasn't sure but it sure looked like it. Also loads of shrimp-a little larger then a pencil head. Things may be intereting there at night.--BILL

Report Date: 7/19--Saturday

Fishing Report:
Got out a little this morning. I thought the sun was going to remain behind the clouds but after a good 1 mile walk the sun peeked through and I knew it was over before it began. Went to Callahans to fish the last of the flood at about 5:30am. I only got about 20 casts in before the sun drove me away. No fish. I hope to get out late Sunday night as I'm confident I know where some fish are holding. Stay tuned.-BILL

Report Date: 7/18 Friday

Fishing Report:
I know I know I havn't been fishing that much--it's July-family time. Going to try to get out in the morning. North Shore Flood mmmm mmm.

Report Date: 7/17--WED

Fishing Report:
Well I was going to get out tonight as I have good info that the back bays are loaded with schoolies that are on spearing near Cold Spring Harbor, but I didn't get home until 9pm and by the time I got out it wouldn't have been the tide I was looking for. I saw some some nice action in Oyster Bay the other day as I drove past in my car. Fish--bass or blues, were on the bunker-a solid acre of fish. Thats a good sign folks. --Bill

Report Date: 7/17--Wednesday

Fishing Report:
Getting some family time in and may not fish until this weekend. I have a couple of openings left for August in Montauk. The August fishing is just for the big boys/trophies. The August trips are night trips only and require,long walks, rock hoping,and a decent cast.BOOK NOW for the fall as my dates will start going fast as the fall approaches. Thanks--Bill

Report Date: 7/13-7/14--SAT-SUNDAY--MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
I didn't really expect much in Montauk this weekend as the water temps are high and the spearing havn't worked their way to open water areas yet. It was good to hear of some large fish around while I was there.The south side has been giving up some 40and 30lb class fish this week on high out. This information came from a very reliable source so I'm posting it with confidence. --I began fishing Saturday at 5pm-11pm with my charter. We hit Shag to go over casting techniques,and then over to the south side. I picked 2 bass on a white Gibbs pencil-12lbs & and a baby. At dark we went over to the north side where I got plenty of hits on a 9" slug-o but no takers. No spearing present on either the north or south sides. Don't worry it's coming! Dropped off my charter and the big debate began running through my head. Walk deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side now and fish high out or get some sleep and fish low out-dawn. I was dead tired so went to the buggy for some shut eye. I couldn't sleep because I kept thinking of the fish I was probably missing. Eventually I crawled out of my buggy and took the walk at about 2am. I saw my buddy who was on the way out, and he let me know about the large as mentioned above-so I got pretty psyched. Cast after cast until first light and not a bump. My braided line became a twisted mess and I called it a night --or morning#%$&. Got SOME?? sleep in my buggy and went over to West Lake marine to grab some chow before my 4pm charter. There is something about that place that cries Montuak. I love going there on a cold October or November night with the fire place crackling and listening to the rumblings of fish stories throughout the restaurant,while I eat a good hot meal and sip on a couple of brews. Anyway--Sunday--4pm-10pm. Again we started at Shag for some casting. No bait there. Over to the South side where I took my charter deeeep. By this point dehydration had set in ( as confirmed by my charter who is a docter) and my head was killing me.But there are fish to be caught . But only a couple shorts on 1 1/2 oz bucks. On the walk back I was secretly asking myself if I was going to make, as I broke out into a cold sweat and nothing seemed reel. Must have drank 3 gallons of water since that time. I have to start carrying Gatoraid. --BILL

Report Date: 7/13--SATURDAY

Fishing Report:
I took a walk to Northport Harbor with my wife last night.The spearing are growing and are everywhere. There was nothing on them. Should be some snappers in about a week or so. I'm heading out to Montauk tonight Look for a report late Sunday or early Monday. Speaking of Montauk I'll be doing a lecture on Montauk for Noreast.I'll give you the specifics (dates,time,and what I'll be talking about) on another post. For more go to NOREAST.COM....See ya on the beach.....BILL

Report Date: 7/10 Wednesday

Fishing Report:
I don't know how much fishing I'll get in this week as the water temps are high. There are still plenty of fish on the north shore, but mostly small. The fine folks at Pradco sent me 10 bomber A-salts. Great colors and good hooks. I'll give you my full review as soon as I get a chance to fish them a little harder. I'll be in Montauk this weekend, so stay tuned for that report,and I may get out during the week--hee-hee---BILL

Report Date: 7/8--Monday

Fishing Report:
I took my charter to Fire Island inlet tonight from 6pm-11pm.I managed one small schoolie on a bucktail. We then went over to the Robert Moses bridge to catch some weed.SW winds-warm temps. Things are really slow now except for schoolies on the North shore. I'm also finding a lot of spearing on the south shore. It's going to be interesting when the snappers arrive. I don't know how much effort I'll put in this week,but I'll be in Montauk for the weekend. I'll keep ya posted.

Report Date: 7/8-Monday

Fishing Report:
Went upstate to Oneida Lake fot the 4th weekend. Beautiful lake with lots to fish. We went out in a boat on Saturday for no fish. I noticed some nice looking structure that didn't require a boat and promised myself I would fish it on Sunday. Sunday I put on the bathing suit and a pair of wading shoes,roled up a bag of 6" pastic worms in my T-Shirt sleeve, and walked out to a sand bar with plenty of nooks and crannies in the way off hydrilla and docks. I manged 7 large mouth .All were over 3lbs and one was 7lbs--yep 7lbs!! Talk about a big-mouth. Seems like I always have to fish from the beach to catch fish. South Shore tonight--BILL

Report Date: 7/5---Friday

Fishing Report:
Got out at dusk to fish Ashroken. One bass about 5lbs and one cocktail. Both on blue polaris pops. West winds,clear ski. Nice night. Those back bays sure are like warm bath water. Tons and tons of juvenile spearing. It's going to be interesting in a few weeks!!

Report Date: TARGETING TROPHIES

Fishing Report:
Interested in targeting some LARGE?? Are you comfortable wading out on rocks in the middle of the night? Can you make a fair cast with a 10' surf rod? If you answered yes to these questions consider booking Montauk in August. It's night fishing only and requires some walking. I still have a few open dates for Montauk in August, so give me a call now and can give you the best dates. If your interested in the fall I recommend booking now. I start really getting booked up for the fall in the next few weeks. For a the best dates book the fal now. I'm going to head to the North Shore tonight so check out the report late tonight or tomorrow morning.---BILL

Report Date: 4th of JULY

Fishing Report:
Happy 4th of July!!!! I took my charter to FI inlet last night in hopes for some weakies. WE fished from 9:30pm-3:30am. I only managed one short bass on a bucktail. Slow roll near the bottom. No bait in sight. It looks like things are really starting to slow. Water temps are on the rise and my fishing activity is going to slow a little this month. AUGUST is coming!! My chater last night was with Charlie Senecle and his friend Phil. About a month ago I gave a trip to be raffeled off for Charlies son (Charlie) who has Lou Gerigs (spell??)disease. Charlie was a high school friend who went on to gain a successful job in the computer industry,got married and has two beautiful kids. Unfortunately he was hit by the disease and his insurance has run out. His famiy is now taking care of his many day to day needs that you and I take for granted. His family also runs benefits to help pay for Charlies medical expenses. Any donation would be appreciated by Charlie and his family. You can send checks or money orders to the address below or give him a call. Thanks--BILL-- CHARLIE SENECLE (CHECKS PAYABLE) 31 SATINWOOD RD. BAVILLE, NY 11709 516-628-1433

Report Date: 7/3 wed

Fishing Report:
I'm heading south tonight as I hear the weakies and some decent bass are still holding in GSB. Look for a report in the morning.--BILL

Report Date: 6/29---6/30 SUNDAY

Fishing Report:
Took my chater to FI inlet from 10pm-3:30am. Little to no wind. We bounced 1 1/2oz lime green bucks with red rind on or near the bottom and managed 3 weakies to 10 lbs. We dropped a couple of others. On the way out I searched for some sand eels, and found some but not in great numbers like years past. Nice clear night-a little too much moon.--Bill

Report Date: 6/29--SATURDAY

Fishing Report:
It was a tough morning as the storms of last night washed loads of weed into the back bays. The drains I normally fish had tons of weed coming out, making the conditions almost unfishable at certain points of the tide. Took my charter to the back bays of Ashroken from 2am--8am for 3 bass. 1 oz Super strike needles and mambos did the job. Loads of what I believe to be juvenile spearing seem to be all over the place.Makes me think it's going to be a great August. There were many fish on the bait, as you could see them breaking in the daylight, but there was too much weed to get to them. We shot over to Sunken Meadow to fish the mouth of the river and there was more of the same bait but a lack of fish. Hitting the South Shore tonight. --BILL

Report Date: FRIDAY--6/28

Fishing Report:
I fished with my charter from 2am-7am on the North Side of Oyster Bay. Light SW winds after some nice thunder storms. Plety of Juvenile spearing in the marshes. Makes me think it will be a wonderful August as they become adult and the snappers move in. LOve that month!Anyway we had 5 bass between us and a couple of blues. The bass were on chicken scratch mambos,needle fish, and one on a 1oz polaris pop on the Sound side in the light. The blues were also on the polaris pop. Heading to Ashroken at 2am tonight. If your interested in booking There is a good tide next Thursday for the North Shore 7pm-1am. Also if your interested in going for some large,don't mind crawling on rocks in the middle of the night,and already have a decent cast-- Montauk in August may be the month for you. YES AUGUST-my favorite month. --BILL

Report Date: 6/26 WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
Thunder storms brought on some strong SW winds. Fished FI inlet with Don Musso from Super Strike fame and my anonymous fishing buddy from 9:30pm-12am. Was weedy when I first arrived but we fished through it and managed some nice fish.8 weakieas and 1 bass between us-possibly more as I left early to get home with my wife. I had 1 bass about 13lbs-and 3 weakies 7-10lbs. 1 1/2oz lime green bucks with red rind was the ticket.Kept it close to the bottom-sloooow retrive. Forget about a teaser too much weed.It was a good night. It's 1:40am --good night --bill

Report Date: 6/24--Monday

Fishing Report:
Just got back from Demo. Little to no wind,and flood current. Fished from 7-dusk. 7 bass - 30" on 1 1/2oz lime green bucks with red rind. There were also some weakies around. If I had my 10' stick and 2oz bucks with me I probably would have done a lot better as the fish were deep and at the end of my cast.Things will probably continue to progress this week as stable weather patterns are here and the water isn't too warm yet. Fish Hard!!--BILL

Report Date: 6/23 SUNDAY-- FULL MOON BLUES

Fishing Report:
Full Moon blues and I'm not talken blue fish. Headed out to Montauk. Fished Sunday with a charter from 1:30am- 7:30am.THE FORT CLOSED--for the weekend. I swear they try to make all us fishermen miserable by closing a fishing access area on a weekend. WHy a weekend and who are- THEY- anyway. We started out at Shag . Had one small fish on but never got a look at him-1 0z needle fish. Over to the back bays behind Hither hills. Had one fish on a Mambo minnow but again never got em in. We took the walk on the South side due to parking restrictions. Great looking, clean white water. All that walk for no fish.Over to the North Side had a couple come up but wouldnt take on the BOB HAHN metal lip-imitated by the one and only Tony Spina from LEX. Went back out at 10:00pm to fish the high out at shag. Through eels for no fish. Just too bright out. On the down swing of the moon I expect to do well.--- I have an opening for the NOrth Shore on Sunday Morning at 3am.--BILL

Report Date: FRIDAY 6-21

Fishing Report:
A decent night at Demo. SW winds and ebb current. Took my charter from 6:30pm-12:30am. We managed 1 -25" bass on a Gibbs pencil pop.1- 9lb weakie on a 1 1/2oz lime green bucktail,and a blue on a bucktail.It sure was nice to see some weakies around. Some other fellows also had some weakies in the day light.-- Things have picked up the last couple of weeks. I think Montauk will be good this weekend. The full moon is coming and things really may bust loose on its down swing--we will see. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!! BILL

Report Date: 6/18--Tuesday--IM BACK

Fishing Report:
Back from Ohio. Did a little fishing for catfish while I was there.A couple of nice channel cats on dew worms-Good Times!! Tonight I took my charter to fish some of the back bays of Ashroken. 6:30pm-12am. We had 11 fish between us-28". Most of the fish were caught on the fly rod with white deceavers by day and black clousers by night. The 1oz polaris pop and mambo chicken scratch also took a few fish.We then went to Northport bay to find warm water and no more fish. --I HAVE A CANCELATION AND AN OPENING FOR A LIGHT TACKLE NORTH SHORE TRIP FOR THIS THURSDAY. IF YOUR INTERESTED GIVE ME A CALL OR E-MAIL.----BILL

Report Date: FRIDAY--6/14

Fishing Report:
Will the water be weeeeedy this weekend in Montauk.I will not know because I will not be fishing this weekend--well maybe a little sweet water for some catfish. Im going to Ohio this weeknd to visit my family and ride some rollar coasters. Anybody who loves rollar coasters should give Cedar Point a try. It's located in Sandusky Ohio,and is much much bigger then six flags. I think they have a web site. Cedarpoint.com--I think. They also have some fantastic fishing in the area. Next week Ill be fishing hard. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!!!

Report Date: Thursday-6/13

Fishing Report:
More dues to pay-in the way of lack of sleep. My charter canceled this morning, but I had to go anyway. I fished the backbays of Ashroken from 2:30AM--6AM.I managed 5 bass in the dark on Super Strike 1oz needles. Unlike Tues morning these fish were more aggressive-probably due to the stronger rip created by the NE winds.At dawn I managed 1 more bass and a couple of cocktails on white 1oz polaris pops. There was something else I wanted to add but Im so tired I forgot what it was-crazy man!--nite-bill

Report Date: 6/11-Tuesday

Fishing Report:
Time to get up in the middle of the night and pay your dues! Got up at 12:30am-3:30am. WELL WORTh IT. What a beautiful night-gnats were cause for spray.Little to no wind.I took the mile in mile out walk to a back bay area in Ashroken-for high ebb. AS soon as I got to the drain I was into fish . I had 13 fish-16lbs. All were 28"and over except for the last few. They were all over the 1oz Super Strike Needle- tHe largest fish was on a 9" slug-o. I dropped as many fish as I caught. I also got an opportunity to play around with some other plugs. The needle fish -was it-so where are the sand eels. This time of year that beach usually holds many sand eels-Didn't see one. My charter should have a good time Friday Morn!!

Report Date: MONTAUK FRIDAY-SATURDAY 6/9

Fishing Report:
I had to visit the doctor in Montauk on Friday,and call in sick. I felt sooooo sick. He said I had a bad case of North East wind. Well it was not worth it. I began fishing the North Side at about 4:30pm. Weeeeeeeed fest. Not fishable.Over to the South side. Big heave and I got smattered by some waves. Lots of weeeeeed there too. By then it was about 6:30pm-over to Shag. I was high hook with one cocktail on a 1 1/2oz lime green buck. I called and canceled my 3am chater due to the weed. After night fall-- over to Pizza village to stuff my face. At about 10:30pm I bagan fishing again. I prayed for less weed. My prayers were answered -a little. Over to False Bar weed but fishable--no fish. It was about 11:30pm time to wake my buddy Charlie and head over to some back bay action behind Hither Hills.Charlie is an old salt, and was not too positive about us catching fish, as the NE winds continued and would be in our face upon our arrival. We Began fishing again about 12:30am-3:30am Saturday morning.We managed 6 bass between us 25"-32". wE DROPPED A LOT MORE THAN WE CAUGHT . THE FISH WERE HITTING LIKE THEY HIT WHEN THEY ARE ON SPEARING-just sucking it in..Wooops caps! WE had fish on chicken scrath Mambos,SS 1oz needle fish,and 4"bombers. Couldnt get the fish to hit any teasers. Do you know 1st light is at 3:20am? Man thats early. Back to my buggy to sleep by 4am. Up Saturday at 5pm for my 5-11pm charter.Clean water on the south side ya hooo!! We managed to short bass on the South side on bucktails. Over to the North side -weeeeeed!. Over to Shag until dusk no fish. Couple shorts taken by others on bucks and tins. My charter did not feel like going back over to the south side for more punisment from the white water. So we headed to the back bays behind Hither Hills. We managed one 30" bass on a Super Strike 1oz needle fish. It was time to go home by 11:30pm to my wife.--- Today I took a walk to Sunken Meadow to look around and wet a line. AHHH -sand eels hugging the rivers edge. This year there has definately been a lack of sand eels, Which makes fishing tough. I expect that it's due to the warm winter. According to my logs warm winters mean less bait-and a limited sand eel hatch. That is just what I'm seeing this year. The talk in Montauk is -Where are the sand eels?? June isn't over so we will see. I'm heading out tonight to fish some more back bays. Soon as I eat some Striper -egg bread crumbs fried in butter-with a cold one of course!!mmmmmmmm My first bass I kept this year-so you activists don't get excited. SEE Ya on the Beach!!!Bill

Report Date: 6-6-Thursday

Fishing Report:
DON'T HAVE ANY SICK DAYS LEFT? CALL IN DEAD! HArd Northeast tomorrow!!!! Should be interesting..HAd to cancel a charter tonight due to thunder storms. Got in a little fishing myself. I had some cocktails at DEMO on 1 1/2oz lime green bucks between 4-5pm. Then I went over to Ashroken-- flood NE winds ohhh yea.--Lightening chased me out.-oh no! RE: DEMO--The back of DEmo will be closed as of this Saturday due to our featherd foes. Not only that there is a nest close enough to the entrance to close the entire area to buggies!! -so Im told. Im sick of this. Acres upon acres of land at Demo are closed off due to these birds. Endangered? I seem to see them all over the place.Maybe I need to be more educated on the plight of the plover, but from my judgement there must be many of them. I wonder how many thousands of acres they have taken up on Long Island? I also wonder if natural predators are aloud near their domain-or will they kick them out too?

Report Date: OPENING FOR MONTAK SATURDAY MORNING

Fishing Report:
Fishing the South Shore tomorrow. NE winds expected. Could develop into something!! I have an opening for Montauk this weekend for Saturday Morning 4am-10am. If you are considering this date give me a call @ 631-987-6919.--Thanks-Bill

Report Date: Monday-6/3

Fishing Report:
What a nice evening. Makes YA feel good to be alive! Fished AShroken to do a little light tackle back bay action.High out at dusk=fish. 7 bass-25" on 1oz white polaris pops. Dropped as many as I caught. I hate to speculate, but I estamate one of the fish I had on at 20lbs. She was just peeling line. The fish tonight were not to agressive on the pops. Switched to a pencil -no difference. Probably should have went to a bucktail-but I was having soo much fun.--Bill

Report Date: 6/1-6/2 MONTAUK CONTINUED

Fishing Report:
Saturday Continued--3:30-Dusk Started out on the North side to give my charter a few casting lessons. Eventually got over to the South side to get beat up by some waves. We managed 6 schoolies between us on white and lime green 1 1/2 oz bucks.3-5'sets coming in made for some nice white water. GOOOD looking water but it got a little weedy. 3:30am-9:30 am SUNDAY--MAn was I tired getting up for this one. I took my charter deeeep on the South Side for only one bass on a lime green buck. On the walk back I managed another small schoolie on the same buck. Over to the north side.A lot of birds working working,but I couldn't tell what the bait was as it was pretty far out.Eventually we found some bait in casting range and I took 3 cocktails on pencil pops. By the way- why call small blues cocktails and small bass rats?? I mean small blues have teeth and would bite you like a rat. Small bass are pleasing and relaxing like a cocktail.Just some food for thought. Sometimes I think about the strangest things when Ive been up for GOD knows how long. I cant really keep my eyes open anymore and my fingers are killing me from line cuts! Good Night--Bill

Report Date: 6/1 FrI & SAT MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
AHHHHHHHHHHHHHH! STRIPERS in June. Fished the South Side of Montauk Friday 6pm - Dusk-Until the lightening kicked me out! Lots of weed but fished through it . I managed 8 bass-15lbs. All were 28" and above except for one. All caught on 1 1/2oz white bucks with red rind.Slept like a baby in my buggy while mother nature put on a light show. Up at 3am to go back on the South Side. No fish in the dark. First light I took 3 bass -32" on bucks and one bass on a needle fish used as a pencil pop. Fishing tonight at 3:30pm and again in the Morning at 3:30am. Stay tuned. If you e mailed me to book a trip I will return your e-mail or calls on Sunday. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!-BILL

Report Date: MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
ITS FRIDAY--OFF TO MONTAUK--ILL TRY TO GIVE SOME REPORTS WHILE IM OUT THERE IF IM NOT TOO EXHAUSTED. IF NOT LOOK FOR THEM ON SUNDAY. SEE ON THE BEACH!!

Report Date: 5/30-Thursday

Fishing Report:
My Plan was to get up at 3am and fish the top half of the ebb on the North Shore. I can pretty much guarentee myself fish at that tide in a few areas-and probably a lot of fish, But I couldn't get my rear out uf bed. Maybe tonight-but then again I have to save myself for Montauk this weekend.Decisions-Decisions!!-Bill

Report Date: 5/28-Tuesday-South Shore

Fishing Report:
No wind and the gnats and mosquitos are bitting. Fished Green Island area-Sore Thumb.5pm-11pm-NO FISH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!Did see a little bait but nothing to brag about.--BILL

Report Date: Friday--Sunday5/24 - 5/26

Fishing Report:
THANK YOU TO ALL THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO DIED FOR OUR RIGHT TO DO CRAZY THINGS- LIKE FISH IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT WITH WITH 6 FOOTERS COMING IN-LIKE FISH THE POUNDING SURF NIGHT AFTER NIGHT, DAY AFTER DAY, UNTIL YOUR HANDS ARE BLISTERD,AND RAW-LIKE SLEEP IN A BEACH BUGGY ON A DESERTED BEACH WITH THE SOUND OF THE OCEAN MAKING LOVE TO THOUNSANDS OF ANCIENT ROCKS FORMED IN THE SIZE OF SMOOTHED SOFT BALLS AS THEY TUMBLE BACK INTO THE SURF MAKING THE SOOTHING RUMLE OF A THOUSAND DISTANT HORSES. --THANKS FOR ALL THAT AND A WHOLE LOT MORE--MONTAUK---Another tough weekend in the MECCA. It wasn't for lack of fishing hard or dirty water. Just lack of fish. I didn't see any bait around the whole weekend. I believe the Noreaster we had last week messed up things out there for the entire week.The bait that was around was pushed out,and the fish are not quite ready to take up residence there yet.FRIDAY--I fished 6pm-9pm South East winds made for a lot of weed on the North side, though I fished trough it I couldn't manage a single bump. SATURDAY-12AM-5:30AM. I fished all night deeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeep on the South Side,slinging eels into 4-6 sets. North west winds made for decent eel conditions on the south side and the heave was not to bad. I managed one bass 25lbs. Finally broke the 20 mark this year! It wasn't without paying my dues -especially after a wave hit me and knocked the wind out of me. Couple other waves hit me where- if your a man you don't want to be hit. OUCH!SAT Continued-Got a little sleep in my buggy and took a charter out from 3:30pm until 9:30.Good clean white water on the south side but no fish. Over to the North side and we could only manage one 25" bass on an eel. Sunday 5am-11am took my charter to the South side to get smacked around by the surf a little. Managed 2 small bass on MR BOB HAHN METAL LIP MADE BY TONY SPINA OF LEX-love that plug-. South East winds. Over to the North side to find no fish. Back to the buggy for some shut eye. Next- 3:30-Dusk. Little -no wind. I decided to beat up my charter and take him deeeeeeeeeep on the south side. He got beat up and so did I-all for no fish. There were some birds working for about an half hour about 400 yds off shore. Back to the North side until dusk-No fish. We ended the night after we both wiped out from a monster wave. My worst wipe out this year Life is good! See ya on the beach!! Bill

Report Date: MONTAUK

Fishing Report:
I'm off to the Mecca-MONTAUK. Im going to try to fish hard as I possibly can. I bet Sunken Meadow is going to be a good bet this weekend. FULL MOON = Cinder Worm Hatch= BAss. Maybe the hatch will happen next month. Can't wait to hear if it happened.Ill try to give a report directly from Montauk-but may be too wiped out. If thats the case look for it on Monday Morn. SEE On The Beach!!!

Report Date: OPEN DATE

Fishing Report:
If your interested in Montauk this weekend I have one opening on Saturday morning. 5am-11am. I hope I can get out a little today-but either way I'm going to fish Montauk hard this weekend-sooo stay tuned.--Bill

Report Date: 5/22--WEDNESDAY

Fishing Report:
I only could get out during the middle of the day today so I wasn't expecting much-with the bright sun. Went to SOUTH Oyster Bay and found terns working the bridges.I walked on top of the bridges to find bass and herring feeding on some bait I could not identify--more herring then bass. Most likely sand eels. The fish were not reachable from the beach,and the boats were not picking them up. I felt let yelling to the boats to live line one of those herring. Anyway did A little walking and a little Island hopping and managed one weakie on a 1/2oz buck with a chartreuse paddle tail. About 5lbs. Flood tide. Going to attempt to get up in the morning and fish the flood at Ashroken. NITE--Bill

Report Date: 5/20-Monday

Fishing Report:
Light NW winds tonight. Fished the high out at Ashroken. Managed 5 bass to 25" on white polaris pops. Slow retrives. I experimented with several retrives. Temps are still cold. Go slow. BAck BAys! Dropped 4 other bass.Beautiful evening!!

Report Date: 5/19--Sunday

Fishing Report:
Had a good night fishing the back Bays of Ashroken. NW winds about 10 knots. Fished the high ebb at dusk and managed 10 fish to 25" on white 1 oz polaris pops. Dropped one real nice fish on the pop also. It should even be better tomorrow in the back bays as there is a perfect tide. By the way all the fish had stripes.-see ya tomorrow-BILL

Report Date: 5/17-5/18Montauk-Wind,Rain, Stubbornness&Laziness

Fishing Report:
Man O Man. Went out to Montauk Friday and fished 5pm-9pm. I decided to fish the 4-7'sets on the South side-because of love to fish that big white water. Most of the water was dirty, but there was some clean patches and terns working a few of the them. Like a stubburn fool I decided that I would pass up the clean water and working birds to walk deeeeeeeeeeeeep on the south side to get to one of my favorite areas.Of course when I finally got there I had to fish dirty water or walk back. Of course I chose to stay and fish dirty water. Why you ask. I love to be punished-I guess. I managed one bass about 12lbs on a yeloow SS needle fish. Meanwhile at the point across from me a couple casters walked up and blasted fish until dark. Judging from how there poles were bent and the length of the fight it looked to be many quality fish. ----I decided I would get some sleep in my buggy and fish the high out at 1:30am-dawn.Laziness= I woke up and the gentle pitter patter of rain drops and the sound of the ocean just put me back to sleep,until 4am.It probably would have been good-no wind at that time. Must be gettin old! 4am- Lightening!Oh no not that.Back to sleep until 8am. Wind and rain were driving. North East-flood water-hmmmmm bluffs? Fished the bluffs for a couple of hours with only 1 bump. Huge water,and howling NE winds!. Time to head home and fish the Sound. When I got there the water wasnt water-it was mud. Went to Northport BAy to find some clean-but No Fish. If you plan on sleeping in your buggy in Montauk bring your window screens as the flies are heavy this year. I have an opening for a North Shore Light tackle trip on Monday. The tide is perfect for Monday!If your interested give me a call. ----Bill

Report Date: 5/15/02--Wednesday

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Took off a couple of days this week. Got out a little today.WIIIIIIIIIIIIIIND! Still strong out of the west-North west. Went to the north side of Oyster Bay. Had 2 small bass on 1/2 bucks. Slow roll on or near the bottom. First of the ebb. Then took a ride over to the south shore to fish SOUTH Oyster BAy. Nothing there but dirty water.--- I have Friday-and Sunday open for Montauk this weekend due to cancelations. I also have some time on Saturday. Give me a call if your interested. Thank You to the guys at High Hills for asking me to speak at your club meeting tonight. I had fun!

Report Date: Want to Book Montauk this weekend?

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I have 2 cancelations this weekend and have Friday night4pm-10pm open. I Also now have Sunday open. If your interested give me a call. Both trips will be for Montauk only.--Bill

Report Date: Weekend in MONTAUK-5/11-5/12

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MONTAUK----It continued to be a rather tough week. Strong SE winds made the fishing a little difficult,if you were a beginner as my chater found out on Saturday. We fished from 3pm -9pm. I found some birds on the open beaces but by the time we got there they were gone along with any bait that was there. Over to the North Side for no fish. Went over to the South side and was able to find 2 bass 12&8lbs on yellow BOB HAHNS metal lips (Copies of em anyway made special for me by Lex)Please Mr. Hahn start making plugs again. I'll by em!These fish were taken right at dusk. --Sunday MONTAUK---Fished 5am--11am. We started off doing a little back bay fishing for the flood,behind Hither Hills. No fish ,but I like the ebb back there anyway.We then went on the South side. NO WHITE WATER. That made conditions a little difficult and we couldnt manage a fish in the South. Over to the North Side. Brought out THE HAHNS metal lip red head white body. My charter managed 2 bass 6-8lbs.Like I said the fact that there was no white water made conditions difficult. Hopefully we will get some consistent weather this week. I think the fish are there,but the water temps have been so unstable its been putting them off the feed. Those concentrating on the North Shore back bays probably are doing well,as the water temps may be less consistent be overall warmer water??-BILL

Report Date: 5/10-Fri

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What a tough week. Went to the back side of Jones Beach with a charter from 5:30pm-12:30am. No fish.We did manage to find some fish busting on sand eels and I straghtened out a hook on a nice fish using a mambo minnow. It's just waiting to bust loose back there,as Im starting to see more and more bait. Off to Montauk.----Bill

Report Date: 5/8 Wed

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OPENING DAY. Lots of fishermen around. I took my charter to the back bays of Great South and South Oyster Bay. South East winds and cloudy skies. We walked for miles on end looking for bait and breaking fish. There were terns on bait near the bridges and plenty of herring around. We caught some of the mini Tarpons on 3"slug-os with3/8oz lead heads. At dusk my charter had one bass about 6 lbs on a white polaris pop,while working the grass lines. He droped another nice fish after it pealed out some drag.Warmer weather on the way should spark some good fishing.--Bill

Report Date: 5/7-TUES

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Tomorrows opening day!!!!!! Time to put all that scouting to some use. Not that I keep the fish much anyway (2 or 3 a year)-but one for the table now and then--mmmm.Today I fished the back of Jones for a couple of small bass on 1/2oz bucks. Flood water. Water was merky. SW winds continue to blow. Lots of Tiger Mums in the area. Didn't see any other bait.What are Tiger Mums you may ask? Just learned that the Killies with vetical stripes on em,that I have been looking at for years, are commonly called Tiger Mums. Thanks to the folks at Causeway B&T. LEARN SOMETHING EVERY DAY! Couple years back I learned what a Hog Choker is. Look that up on the web.

Report Date: 5/6--Monday

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I did a heck of a lot of walking today. Fished the back side of Jones and walked about 3 miles looking for breaks and bait. Managed to find some bunker and stayed along the edge of the school with 1/2 bucks. Only managed 2 schoolies. Heavy SW winds--Last of flood and top of ebb. Stay tuned for Montauk! If your interested in booking Montauk this weekend I have an opening Friday evening.--BILL

Report Date: SUNDAY

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I took out a gentleman who payed heed to my report the other day when I said I thought it would be good this weekend. I took him to Northport Bay to fish the last of the flood and the top of the ebb. I was a little sceptical at first as the South-Sw winds were blowing at a good clip. For the area we were fishing that wasn't the best of winds,but the water was clean. We had 31 Bass between us to 10lbs. The bigger fish 6-10lbs were all caught on white 1oz polaris pops. Had many of the smaller fish on 1/2 bucks with chatruese paddles. After dark the mambo chicken scratch did the job. I wish I could have got out last night as it was even a better tide.

Report Date: 5/4--SAT

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I got out a little bit last night in Northport bay. NW gale winds were not helping the fishing--at least not this time of year. No fish last night. Got up this morning to fish Northport again. I feared that the water would be dirty,but I was surprised to find clean water. I only managed a couple of schoolies this morning on 3/8 oz bucks. Slow roll near the bottom. No bait present. I feel lucky to even have caught anything, as last night cold temps really were not conducive to fishing sunrise. Dusk will most likely be a good bet tonight as we have a warm sunny day and top off ebb---but unfortunately I have obligations and can not fish dusk tonight. Gotta go when ya can!-- Bill

Report Date: 5/2-Thurs

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Doesn't look like I'm going to get out today--maybe I can sneak a little time in hee-hee. If your interested in booking a LIGHT TACKLE trip on the North Shore I would recommend that you consider this weekend as the tides are very good,and the temps are supposed to be warm. I expect to do very well this weekend. We will see if I'm right!--Bill

Report Date: 5/1--WED

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Instead of doing some serious fishing I decided to do some serious scouting--and a little fishing. Scouted out an area in SOUTH Oyster Bay I have been looking at for years, and finally got around to figuring out some access to it. Fished the middle of the ebb for no fish, but had several large come up and take a look at my bucktail. Tried several lead head combos and tins to try to get these fish to hit-but they probably were not feeding and were just chasing the bucktail away. Usually when the fish are not on the feed I can tick em off by throwing a pencil,but due to the structure these fish were holding to, the pencil was not an option. Tried a few plugs also but the fish were coming from deep water. North Shore tomorrow!--Bill

Report Date: 4/30--Tues

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Went back to SOUTH Oyster Bay today. I only managed to get out during the ebb tide. 1oz buck with white rind accounted for 1 small bass. West winds were not helping the rips on this area. If I could have fished the flood it may have been a different story. Im going to fish the North Shore back bays towards the end of the week, I expect the fishing to be good there with ebb tides at the right time--DUSK--BILL

Report Date: 4/29--Monday

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Fished the back side of Jones Beach today.West-NW wind ebb tide. I prefer the flood in the area I was fishing., but once again you gotta go when you can. NO FISH. I also didnt see any bait in the area.

Report Date: 4/27-sat

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No fishing today--Im up in Vermont at Killington doing some skiing,and I cant help thinking of how much sking and fishing --at least certian types of fishing parallel. What a rush it is to stand on a rock at Montauk in the middle of the night with a 20 knot NW blowing in your face,waves pounding against you chest, and over your head, while you are blasting 20lb class fish on a piece of plastic or wood. What a rush it is to find a line on a sunny day in the bumps-- and nail it,or find your own little private stash in the woods and ski without a sound of human intervention--in knee deep powder.Life is good!--Bill

Report Date: 4/26--FRIDAY

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NW winds that died out in the evening,ans sunny skies made it a nice day to fish. What a change from yesterday. Went to the Green Island area for about 45min to fish the first of the flood. I managed one 8lb bass on 3/4 oz buck.---Bill

Report Date: 4/25/02-Thurs

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Man my feet are still cold. Today was not a day for the meek. Gale SE winds-driving rain and a few nice fish.I fished the Green Island area today on the last of the ebb and 1st of the flood. Three bass-7,10 & 11 lbs on 3/4 oz bucks with chartreuse paddle tails.I really had to work for these fish with slow retrives and several hours of time. The fish were aggressive,fat,and healthy. I'm gonna go warm my feet!--BILL

Report Date: 4/24

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SW winds, partly sunny and cool temps. Sounds like a good North shore day----but I fished the South Shore--Back side of Jones beach.It was not the tide I wanted to fish but it was the only opportunity I had for today. Last of ebb-slack-and a little of flood. Lots of bait back there but I caught no fish. I spoke with a boat fisherman who said he had weaks and blues in 60'of water. I heard other talk of weaks around throughout the week,but that was the first I heard of blues. Everything is early this year.---Bill

Report Date: 04/23

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North winds made it a cool day. Partly sunny skies helped the chill a bit, but the dry core was still needed. I fished Green Island today on the first of the flood for 3 bass. 9,8 & 5 lbs. 1 oz bucks with chartreuse paddle tails were the ticket.Slow roll on or near the bottom. The hits were not aggressive and you really had to maintain the slow retrive speeds.--Bill

Report Date: 4/22/02

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NE winds and coud temps put those bigger fish to sleep. I fished Northport Bay this evening on the last of the flood. My buddy and I had 15 bass between us. The fish were very small as expected( due to the change in temp) and were caught on 3/8 oz bucks with chartreuse paddle tails and 3/8 lead heads with fin-s. I could not get them to take a pencil. Slow roll on or near the bottm with the jigs was the ticket.

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NOTE: BELOWS DATE SHOULD BE 4/21-----aLSO IF YOUR CONSIDERING BOOKING WITH ME i RECOMMEND THAT YOU DO IT NOW AS THE BEST SPRING DATES ARE GOING FAST.--BILL

Report Date: 4/20

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I finally managed to find some nice fish. I fished Northport bay 10 minutes last night before I had to go. In those 10 minutes I was treated to 3 bass 15&17lbs and a small schoolie. The fish were on silver cotten cordell pencil pops. I had fish come after the plug on every cast.This morning I fished again in the same locaton at high ebb water. A cold front made the fish slugish. I had one 12lb fish on the pencil and the other 4 schoolies on 3/8oz bucktails with chartreuse paddle tails. This cold front is going to force me to change tatics a bit--Slow roll on or near the bottom with bucktails,and or tins. I dont think the fish will be on the pencils like last night until the we have some more warmer days. The fish were coming up to the pencil today but were not taking it. Evening ebb water will be the water to fish with this front.--Bill

Report Date: 4/20 MONTAUK

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AHH yes Montauk. Well its a little early for Montauk but-------Fished from 5:30am-12pm. Started on the south side. We found no fish there but LOADS OF SHRIMP.Over to Napeague Bay to try a little light tackle--no fish no bait. Over to the North side and back to the South side--no fish. I spoke to Kathy from Johnnys B&T and she said the locals were picking away at fish on small bucktails at dusk for the past week.I may fish Northport tonight -so stay tuned--Bill

Report Date: 4/19/02

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I managed to get out of bed this morning. Fished Oyster BAy North Side for a couple of schoolies on 1 0z polaris pops. Fish from 5am-7am. I walked down about 1/4 mile on the beach and found a couple other guys taking fish on pencil pops.They had longer rods and were getting out furthur than my 7', and were picking away at schoolies. Pencil pops in April,bluefish in late December, people swimming in the water before MAy?? What a weird year.

Report Date: 04/18/02

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I know I said I was going to concentrate on the South Shore this week, but with all that bait I found in Oyster Bay I had to go there. I fished from 4pm - dark - top of the ebb. I started on the North side of Oyster to fish one of my favorite drains--no fish. SW winds were pushing the water in and the drain wasn't flowing the way I like it to. At about 5:45 I shot over to the south side of the bay for no fish. LOADS of bait there. Had I stayed--who knows.At about 6:45 back over to the north side. I managed 5 schoolies on 3/8oz modified kastmaster with a green tube. Im going to attempt to get out there in the morning before work--but thats a tough one. ----Bill

Report Date: 04/17

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I managed to get out a little today. I went to an area I have not fished before that I scouted out over the winter. The area is in Massapequa and has some great structure-its just going to take me a little while to learn it. LOts of spearing there. I didnt take any fish, but Im going back as soon as possible to fish a night tide there. Usually I stay away from night tides this time of year but the water has been so warm I suspect that the night bight is very good. Hopefully tomorrow I can get out more than 1/2 hour as was the case today. Its a great time of year to fish new areas. Sometimes people assume that many potential areas are not accessable-especially on the North Shore. I gain some of my access by knoking on doors and asking people if I can use their parking facilties. You would be surprised at how friendly most people are, and the access you will gain. Many home owners will be doing there lawn this time of year. Thats the best time to ask--you dont even have to knock on the door.--good luck--bill

Report Date: ANNOUNCEMENT

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IF YOUR INTERESTED IN PLACING AN ADD ON MY SITE GIVE ME A CALL OR E-MAIL. THE RATES ARE GOING TO BE EXTREMELY REASONABLE. THANKS--BILL

Report Date: 04/15/02 TAX DAY!

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Bright sunny day with temps about 80?? Is this May? It was so warm I was waiting to get chased away by gnats this evening. SW winds about 10 knots. I fished the last 2 hours of the ebb on the north side of Oyster Bay. One fish about 8" on 3/8oz kastmaster. I really expected it to be fantastic tonight as the tide was decent and the water temps are warming up.Oh well.The SW winds may have had something to do with it as it slowed the current down a bit. ---BILL

Report Date: 04/13/02

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In getting to know a new area you have to pay your dues. I made about 50 casts at Crab Meadow for no fish today on the last of the ebb. I decided to go learn a little something and fished Northport Bay. Strong south west winds made conditions tough and the water dirty. Not to mention I was out matched with my 7'rod. But the 2 mile long wallk was worth it, as I found some new areas with nice back bay drains. I could have fish west today or even east and had fish, but taking a walk and learning something was worth the added effort.By no means am I saying that now I know this new area. Thats where the fun part comes--fishing it. --If your interested in booking a spring date I recommend you do it as soon as possible, as the best dates are going fast.--Bill

Report Date: 4/11/02

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I love to watch the migration pattern of stripers. In the spring I'm always looking for when they are going to arrive in a certain area from western and northern waters. I keep my ears open for when fish start getting caught in Little Neck and NJ. How long will it take them to move east and north? Then in the fall it's just the opposite North - South and East- West. A number of factors spark their movement, but the main factor is water temps. Consistanly warm days in the early spring is going to spark that movement. I finally got into some fish on the North side of Oyster Bay,fishing the mud flats. Note on my other reports how slow it was-although granted I was doing a lot of scouting.Today it exploded and I caught 13 before leaving the fish. I probabaly could have had as many as I wanted,but saved em for another day. Two of the fish were 10 & 15lbs as per my boga grip. They were all caught at the begining of the flood on a 3/8oz modified Kastmaster with a green tube. If the weather stays warm and sunny the fishing should really pick up.--

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Report Date: 4/10/02

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Hey what a nice day! Bright sun,Light North winds, temps around 60 . Good day to fish some back bay mud flats. I did just that in Oyster Bays North side.There was a lot of bait around that I was unable to identify. I fished the first of the ebb 11:30 am-1:30pm. I didnt get a bump until about 1pm when the herring started breaking. I managed one schoolie and a couple of herring on 3/8oz leadheads with 4"chartreuse fin-s. Water temps are still cool so I kept most of my retrives slow and near the bottom. Fishing in this area should really pick up as the water temps are on the rise. Tides will be better by the end of the week,and there is plenty of bait around.-------------------If you have a club and need a speaker give me a call!--see ya on the beach!! Bill

Report Date: 04/08/02

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Inconsistant weather combined with my inability to fish the hours I want to fish produced no fish today. I fished the south side of Oyster Bay today--well it was really more scouting than fishing. I walked about 3miles along the beach. To MY surprise I found loads of SAND EELS along the shoreline. This is the first time I can remember seeing sand eels this early in that area. I also saw a live horseshoe crab buried in the mud-also a rarity this time of year.I only goT about 30 casts in on low flood water. I'm going to try to fish some better tides this week in the same area. I hear there has been a lot of fish at Little Neck. Just cant bring myself to go there. I'll keep you posted.--BILL

Report Date: 4/4/02

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It was a bright sunny day with N-NW winds. I went to Green Island for about an hour. I fished 1/2oz bucks for no fish. I really was there at the wrong tide as the water was slack-so dont think there are no fish there yet.Sometimes you have to fish when you can. NOTE: The access road was closed but I was not hasseled. I spoke to one of the workers and he informed me that the plans to develop the parking area have not even been submitted. He said he didnt expect plans to be submitted for at least for the next couple of years. So look for access to this area to remain open for awhile. Also always remember to pack out what you brought in. DONT LITTER!! This area was a disgrace last year due to slobs who thought it was a garbage dump.---BILL

Report Date: 4/4/02

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It was a bright sunny day with N-NW winds. I went to Green Island for about an hour. I fished 1/2oz bucks for no fish. I really was there at the wrong tide as the water was slack-so dont think there are no fish there yet.Sometimes you have to fish when you can. NOTE: The access road was closed but I was not hasseled. I spoke to one of the workers and he informed me that the plans to develop the parking area have not even been submitted. He said he didnt expect plans to be submitted for at least for the next couple of years. So look for access to this area to remain open for awhile. Also always remember to pack out what you brought in. DONT LITTER!! This area was a disgrace last year due to slobs who thought it was a garbage dump.---BILL

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Report Date: 4/3/02

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BACK FROM MY HONEYMOON,AND GOT A CHANCE TO GET OUT TODAY. IF YOU LIKE TO SKI AND FISH GIVE TAOS NEW MEXICO A LOOK. WHAT BEAUTIFUL COUNTRY.---IT WAS WARM ALL DAY WITH SOUTH WEST WINDS UNTIL ABOUT 4:OOPM, AT WHICH TIME A COLD FRONT WENT THROUGH.IT BEGAN TO RAN AND THE WINDS SWUNG AROUND FROM THE NORTH. I FISHED OYSTER BAY ON BOTH BAYVILLE AND OYSTER BAY SIDES. I CONCENTRATED MY EFFORTS ON SOME BACK BAY DRAINS. FISHED FROM 4-DARK FOR NO FISH. I ALSO SAW NO BAIT.I USED 3/8 OZ WHITE BUCKS WITH CHARTREUSE PATTLE TAILS,3/8 OZ KASTMASTER WITH WHITE TUBES,AND 3/8OZ LEAD HEADS WITH CHARTREUSE FIN-S. I KNOW I CAN FIND FISH IN LITTLE NECK BAY AND A COUPLE OF OTHER PLACES RIGHT NOW, BUT THERE IS SOMETHING ABOUT BEING ONE OF THE FIRST IF NOT THE FIRST OF THE YEAR TO CATCH STRIPERS IN A CERTAIN AREA. MORE REPORTS COMING SOON! SEE ON THE BEACH!

Report Date: ANNOUNCEMENT

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IF YOU HAVE A FISHING CLUB AND NEED A GUEST SPEAKER GIVE ME A CALL. IN MOST CASES I'LL LECTURE FOR FREE! THANKS--BILL

Report Date: 3/14/02

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It was such a nice day I couldnt resist getting out. Temps in the 60s,sunny sky,high tide 11:30 am. I decided to check ou Crab Meadow to fish the last of the ebb and a tad of the flood. Typically I do very well on the T bar this time of year with such a day and tide,although I would have prefered the tide to be a little later. Fished until dark and had no fish and no bumps. After I get back from my honeymoon on April3rd Ill be fishing on a more consistant basis-- so check for reports being close to daily. I'll probably be doing most of my fishing west--Oyster Bay area in the early spring. Ive heard that they are taking fish on the south shore at or near the bridges. Those fish probably wintered over there this year due to the hight water temps. See ya on the beach!

Report Date: 03-14-02

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Well I finally got out taday.Southwest winds.Tide was 11:30 am and temps were in the 60s,and it was bright and sunny. Pretty good evening -I thought- to check out the T bar at Crab Meadow. Fished the last of the out and a tad of the flood for NO FISH.Typically in years past I have done very well on such days in March at the T bar. This year it's unclear if Keyspan held a large population of fish due to the high water temps. When I get back from my honeymoon April 3 I will focus on the western sound and back bay areas on the south shore. I have heard form reliable sources that some decent action is coming from the south shore bridges. Good Luck--and Ill have more reports soon.

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WELCOM TO MY REPORT SECTION. HOPEFULLY THIS YEAR WILL BE AS GOOD OR BETTER THEN LAST YEAR. I'LL BE GIVING DAILY REPORTS BEGINING SOMETIME IN APRIL. SEE YA ON THE BEACH!!-BILL

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Welcome to my report section. I'll be giving daily reports here begining in April. Hopefully we will have a season as good or better then last season. SEE YA ON THE BEACH---BILL

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