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The Season- A Rundown 2023

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On 5/24/2023 at 2:22 AM, LowEnd said:

This May and the past several years have not lived up to the norm.

While I can’t complain I take what It will give. This is the new norm.
Long gone are the days of May when I would hook a 36” bass and think it was small.

What I can say is that so far there is a lack of schoolies and an abundance of slot  bass.

Oddly for me the blue fish also have not been abundant for me which I’m okay with.
Still miss several days of cranking on big choppers until my arms fall off and I lost a crap load of plugs.
Hoping that off this moon that will change but doubtful from the last few years experience in my back yard.

Felt like the bluefish population was pretty thick this year, obviously not like it used to be. Way back I used to spend my summer vacations as a student trying to catch triple digit blues in a weekend. But I have been seeing way larger ones make their way into our waters. But the bass fishing has been underwhelming to say the least. Part of me blames it on unfavorable conditions in my usual spots that my log isn’t matching up with for this part of May yet the past few seasons especially last year, May was just lights out fishing so I guess I’ve set a mental standard at this point trying to repeat scenarios that just aren’t presenting themselves. That’s where I gotta personally adapt to some new game plans. Gonna have to play out some night sessions in the first few weeks of June or travel east before I give my final say on this spring but it ain’t looking like one to remember. 

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Been out only 5 times this year, all at my favorite LI north shore harbors/back bays.  Twice was based on fishing conditions - tides, weather, moon phases, etc.  One 22" weakfish to show for it.  By this time last year at the same locations, two stripers, one bluefish and one fluke. 

Been out three other times because I wanted to get out to the shore even if indications were not favorable for much activity.  Skunked on all three. But I will keep going, especially weekdays and weeknights until about mid-June when the traffic, crowds, and inconsiderate throngs begin to show up that make fishing less enjoyable and ruin any peace and solitude that can still be worthwhile on a skunked outing.

"The fishing was good; it was the catching that was bad."   -- A.K. Best --

 

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Really tough pickings lately. Went out last night, fought the needle point rain and winds on the south shore for a single tap. That said, if anyone finds a very old flat golden yellow/white ss darter on the south shore beaches, I will reward you for it back. 

Where do you go when the lights go out?

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On 5/24/2023 at 10:03 PM, HYB_Living said:

Felt like the bluefish population was pretty thick this year, obviously not like it used to be. Way back I used to spend my summer vacations as a student trying to catch triple digit blues in a weekend. But I have been seeing way larger ones make their way into our waters. But the bass fishing has been underwhelming to say the least. Part of me blames it on unfavorable conditions in my usual spots that my log isn’t matching up with for this part of May yet the past few seasons especially last year, May was just lights out fishing so I guess I’ve set a mental standard at this point trying to repeat scenarios that just aren’t presenting themselves. That’s where I gotta personally adapt to some new game plans. Gonna have to play out some night sessions in the first few weeks of June or travel east before I give my final say on this spring but it ain’t looking like one to remember. 

It’s important to note that we all will have different experiences since we fish different locations. This is also why a thread like this is helpful to all for this season.

I don’t doubt the blues have been thick by you and they might be bye me. I haven’t really tried to find them and they usually find me. Not so to this point.

In years past bass fishing would start off good then there would be a low. Then the blues would show up and it be lights out.
This would always be a focus point for me in May. Blues and more Blues. Some days I would catch 60 to 70 up to 40” in a tide. Haven’t done that in many years. Again, that might be because of location and or lack of focus on my part.

Fortunately been getting bass bye changing it up and not being stuck on how it used to be.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Perfect kayak weather yesterday on Western LIS. Jigged and trolled in 40-50’, nada. Inshore-Released one bass, saw very few bunker, and had a few medium sized bass splash near the yak. Blues and huge bunker pods are a month away this far west.

Tis better to remain silent and thought the fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

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Went out and hit the drop the last couple of days, changing it up from my usual spot which has been a depressing skunk train this Spring. It’s still All Quiet on the Western (Sound) Front. Put in a good number of hours both days moving around and casting, every section of the water column. Good current and even bunker flipping, but not a tap. Bait guys were out in full force, each dude with three massive poles soaking bait. None of them caught anything at all but one guy who pulled up a couple of tiny butterfish on sandworms.

 

Yesterday saw DEC police out for literally the first time ever in the Bronx. But they weren’t checking the fishermen. Apparently someone dumped a container of leaking epoxy that they were looking into:

 


 

 

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The Western Sound has great bottom fishing all season. But the bass and blue day bite slows when the huge bunker pods show in Summer. The October fishing makes up for the slow summer bite.

Tis better to remain silent and thought the fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.

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Finally broke the skunk the other day but nothing to write home about. Went to a spot known to hold fluke, threw BT with 5” Gulp jerk shad. Got a hit, but it was a schoolie bass (probably first striper I’ve ever caught on anything Gulp). Lost the BT on a snag after (risk of fishing unfamiliar spot). Couldn’t get a hit on anything else over the next couple of hours. Saw the meat fishers land a striper for the first time in weeks, on a bunker chunk. They were totally clueless as to slot size, regulations (baffled response when I summarized the rationale behind conservation and a slot); I measured it for them at exactly 31”. They were losing their sh*t like it was a trophy, 10-member extended family with them were all filming and yelling, sending videos back home etc. Fishing in the Bx can often be more of an anthropological enterprise than anything else. 

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