Catch date:10/31/2015 11:14:00 AM

Story date:11/4/2015 11:19:00 AM

Location:Long Island NY

Species:Bass, Striped

It’s been a while since I've had the chance to report. Coming off my two weeks’ vacation I was given an additional four paid days off...so you know that mint I had more time to bottom fish, and hunt for bass.
For the last two weeks or so I've had the gut feeling that this season is done! I know how that sounds, and hate to say it. But looking at what other folks have been catching other than one or two not too many fish over 20lbs are around. The "migratory bass" have moved on it seems. Most of us in the network are still catching but none are over 20lbs. I'm looking for the migrants so this might mean I'll have to go south west if I want to catch fish bigger than the personal best I tied a couple weeks ago. Now days it seem like the 4 to 8lbs fish I've been catching on bucktail/6 " curly tail is all that’s left, and all they want to hit now.
To make matters worse the Snowy owl has made its presence known on 11/1 in the Gateway area. Now I'm not sure about where you fish but most of the people I know knows when that bird lands it's the fat lady song for the season.
My game plan here on out is to hunt for bass during the week just in case a second, third wave of fish actually exist, and bottom fish on the weekends. Yes I still enjoy the days of my youth bottom fishing with my Dad, and brothers. This is the perfect time of year for it as fish start retreating to deeper warmer waters. Soon it will be the off season which for me never feels like an "off season" This season has been brutal on my gear. Penn has given me a onetime replacement for my 11' Battalion that I cracked somehow, and I just took a spill on some rocks and loss two guide inserts on my 9' Prevail...that make two rods (my 10' Tidewater) that need new guides. It’s almost time to write up my Striped bass, and Bluefish yearend review. I might also get serious about a new adventure that is rapidly growing over this off season...catch'em up!

Shaka Antoine

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