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the fall run…how sweet it is

photo courtesy of conway bowman

the last cast of the trip! photo courtesy of conway bowman

bass blitz, photo by Al Q

montauk bass blitz, photo by Al Q

Kuddos to my buddy Conway Bowman (host of Fly Fishing the World, Bowman Bluewater) who just got back back from his first fly fishing trip to Montauk. He fished with my buddy Capt. Paul Dixon. Conway walked into the fall run with perfect timing and had a great week of landing large bass and blues. I look forward to watching the episode it when it airs. Dixon is one of the best in the business when it comes to consistently staying on big fish. I know Paul a long time, he was the first guy to introduce the fly fishing industry to daytime flats, sight fishing for stripers and blues back in the early nineties in Montauk. I was very fortunate to be there during that period and it was very special time.

If you have never experienced the early Montauk or east coast fall run, it is pretty sick. It is like the great wilder beast migration across Africa only imagine acres of striped bass slurping tiny rainbait on the surface. If you are fly fishing off the surf, it is all about timing and luck for the fish to get into casting range. If you are on a boat, they have no where to hide and it can be like fishing in a barrel providing you position yourself properly.  A good boat guide will know how to anticipate the movement of the fish especially after a few yahoos drive through them and in Montauk it can get nutty this time of the year.  Most of the time the good guides try to stay clear of the mosquito fleet and find smaller less obvious blitzes so they can get their clients hooked up without drama. As a kid I usually preferred fishing the beaches and staying away from the crowds. This was my favorite time of the year growing up, the beaches were empty, the air crisper, the shadows longer and the bass got bigger!

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the great fall migration…

this photo unfortunately lacks sound. © 2012 Al Quattrocchi

Last week I was fortunate enough to spend a few days in Montauk Point, Long Island with my longtime fishing buddy, John Whitaker. This is the magical time of the year when the great fall migration of bait and predators intercept each other and  begin their journey along the Atlantic coast towards the Hudson and Chesapeake river systems. It is really neat if you time it right and we luckily did. Living in California, my inner saltwater time clock usually starts to twitch around September only because I have experienced many of these blitzes fishing as a young teenager off the beaches around Breezy Point and Coney Island and I know they are beginning. John had never witnessed this spectacle before and he walked into it with eyes wide open. We had fantastic fishing with numerous slams, (striper, false albacore and bluefish on the fly in the same day) on the boat. The most memorable moment for me, being such an avid surf fisherman, was seeing my buddy John hook up in Turtle Cove under the famous lighthouse on our last day. This was to be John’s first striped bass off the beach on fly and he did a great job amongst the picket fence of montauk spin fisherman. Timing his cast perfectly he threw into the passing blitz. His small rain bait fly was immediately pounded by a nice ten pound bass. It was awesome and will remain a great memory for me! High fives were in order. I personally would take one bass off the beach to ten off a boat any day. It doesn’t get better than that.

©2012 photo by Al Quattrocchi


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