Fishing Montauk with Captain Skip

Left: Black Sea Bass opens June 23rd; Right: Fluke opens May 4th.

May 2021

Just when you think the weather is warming up, bang, Mother nature throws another cold front at us! The water temperature at the weather bouy 17 miles south of Montauk point was reading 47.7 degrees at time of print.

Big eye & Yellowfin Tuna

Cold fronts that come through late, can knock the water temperatures back down a couple of degrees.That unfortunately doesn’t always help us here on the east end. Schoolie Striped Bass are already showing up back on the Jersey Shore and around New York city area. The young Striped Bass are always the first to make the yearly migration, just as they are the last to leave the Montauk Point area. Once these cold fronts simmer down and the water temperature steadily rises, we’ll be back in business. Pretty much the same every year, this is the transition period of the season. Once the water temperature gets right, the “flood gates” will open and it will be game on!!

As of right now the regulations are still the same as last year, but if any last minute changes should occur, we’ll be sure to let everyone know as soon as possible. Keep in mind the new regulation requiring the use of circle hooks while live baiting Striped Bass will be strictly enforced. It’s up to each individual angler to know what the Saltwater regulations are for each season. Every year I hear people on the radio asking what is the size limit & bag limit for any of the many species we pursue. If the Department of Marine Conservation boards you while you’re out fishing, ignorance of the regulations will not be an acceptable excuse!! Please take the time to log into: go to the Saltwater Fishing Regulations and avoid anything that might ruin your day of fishing.

Great Family Fun!

Things are looking good already for this season, loads of bait have been all along the south side. Sea Gulls, Gannets, Whales, even some Tuna were seen “busting” the water. One private boat actually went out and caught a Tuna. Very early indeed for that action, but things can always change in an instant out on the ocean these days. Last season saw some better Tuna fishing in quite a few years. Sure would be nice to be able to catch them close to home without having to run out 60+ miles!!!!

Still got plenty of time to get your gear and tackle together before we are in full swing, don’t wait till the last minute. Reason being, is that some tackle has been very hard to come by since the pandemic. Things are starting to get better, but a lot of things are back ordered or even worse, unavailable!

We had to say goodbye to yet another Montauk legend John Behan. Vietnam Marine vet, Great family man, very active in the community and despite the loss of his two legs, he would go out on his boat a lot of times alone and crush the fish. Inspiration for us all!! RIP soldier, Semper fi.

~ Tight Lines, Captain Skip  •