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May New Moon = Sand Eel Hatch?

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#1 TheAmagansettCaster

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Posted May 23 2009 - 3:12 PM

Don't worry, i plan to get out there a bunch over next few days..
I've heard a lot of good things about a late May new moon and the coinciding sand eel hatch? Sorry if this is common knowledge but if you have theories, stories, strategies... would love to hear them.. Thanks in advance, have a great weekend and go get 'em!

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Posted May 24 2009 - 6:24 PM

I don't think the water temp here on LI is warm enough for a cinder worm hatch. Same old story in the spring in May.

Hey, here on the North Shore, we aren't even seeing sand eels yet from shore, that is.

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Posted May 24 2009 - 7:33 PM

sand eels are everywhere on the NS all the fish taken the past week have been fat! also a worm hatch has already occured...

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Posted May 27 2009 - 5:27 PM

This thread might have something to do with you post. Happening on the North Shore right now. I'll be in J-Bay this Thurs evening to get the sunset only cause it's closest.

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Posted May 29 2009 - 10:15 AM

Small sand eels everywhere where I was fishing on the North Shore yesterday being inhaled by bass. Unfortuneatly I did not have the best small profile lures in my bag - really frustrating. I did manage a few schoolies and a bluefish on a half ounce bucktail and a one ounce diamond jig. If I was better equipped, I would have slayed them. Make sure you carry some small stuff right now on the North Shore.

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Posted May 29 2009 - 7:41 PM

I'm seeing 6-8" sand eels (plenty of smaller ones too) being spit by fish all over the NS. My sounder is showing huge clouds of them in 10-15' of water for miles on end. Most of the bass and blues are gorging on them about a mile off the beach where the water drops from 25 feet to 50 feet.

At least that was the case last week. I'll give you an update tomorrow, I'm heading out at 3:00 AM Saturday morning.

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