I was very fortunate to be able to cash in on some EXTREMELY good striped bass fishing during the week of October 13 through October 19. During this span I fished 5 trips with excellent results on BIG striped bass with some very LARGE bluefish beginning to mix in during the latter part of the week. The fish are gorging themselves on vast shoals of sand eels that have moved into the area and are best taken by using diamond jigs during this type of bite. Jigs without tube tails, with white, green and yellow tubes all accounted themselves very well. At times despite the seemingly endless amount of fish rolling on the surface they would be very picky as can be the case when such a large amount of natural forage is available. Different presentations were needed to find the one the fish would respond to on a particular outing.

Striped Bass Diamond Jigging Fire Island

Large Sand Eels driving Striped Bass action

One dialed into the presentation of the day the fishing was just plain crazy as I wore myself out on fish ranging from the high teens into the mid 30lb class on every each trip. My week started off fishing Columbus day afternoon with me heading the boat east of Fire Island Inlet and encountering large schools of fish breaking on the surface under canopies of diving birds feeding on the leftover scraps. After countless number of stripers on the diamond jigs I headed inside the Great South Bay at dusk for the start of the ebb current and fed live eels to two striped bass in the high 20lb class.

Large striped bass on Live EELS

Large striped bass on Live EELS

Tuesday brought with it a large swell on the ocean and after gently navigating a dicey inlet I found the fish right at the Fire Island head buoy where a repeat of the previous day ensued. This day was the start of my noticing the fish beginning to be somewhat finicky and it took some time to get the proper jig configuration and presentation locked in but once I did the fish came to the boat non-stop. Another banner day with the best of the bunch going 31lbs.

Diamond Jigging Striped Bass

Diamond Jigging Striped Bass

Wednesday was a carbon copy of Tuesday with a good swell on but excellent fishing again with heavy stripers to 30 pounds. Thursday was one for the books as I fished with two long time fishing pals and we beat up on well over 50 fish, but it was not the number that impressed me so much as it was the quality of the fish on this day. We have very few fish that were UNDER 20 pounds with the majority running 25+ pounds and 7 of those over 30!!! Best fish of this day was a 36 taken by my buddy Bob Highland. This day is the reason that all the striper fishermen in my area LOVE the Fall for!! Just an EPIC striped bass bite !!!

Large Fire Island Striped Bass on Diamond Jigs

Large Fire Island Striped Bass on Diamond Jigs

Large Fire Island Striped Bass on Diamond Jigs

Large Fire Island Striped Bass on Diamond Jigs

As we moved later in the week, Friday was a blow out with west winds to 30kts blowing down the ocean in the morning. It laid off a bit in the afternoon for the Captree boats to get outside and they reported those trips found LARGE bluefish taking over the show. There are still stripers in the mix as well but where it was ALL striped bass for the week, the bluefish moved in for the weekend and busted up folks tackle pretty good as they are prone to doing 🙂 We fished a striped bass contest on Saturday and I’ll have another report on our results of that.

This fishing should continue through the rest of the fall, and we will also start seeing the action on the sheltered bay waters increase as the water temperature starts dropping with the cooler weather to come.