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I live on Long Island which is considered a suburb of New York City, in fact Queens , one of the city’s 5 boroughs , is on Long Island. My town is less than 50 miles from the city limits. Despite being so close to a city of 8-9 million people, there are TC use opportunities galore. My favorite local rv camping , one perfectly suited to a TC, is surf fishing on the beach. It is a long island, at least 120 miles from end to end. Heres some pictures from a few recent fishing outings , starting in mid-june.
I belong to a surf fishing club , which I found out about from a fellow RV.Net member, Sandlizerd, who belongs to the same club. The club had a fishing trip in mid june to Montauk. Montauk, known to some as “The End” is on the eastern most point of the Island. It’s a mecca for striped bass fishing. I joined some members already there Friday afternoon.
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As you can see the beach is really rocky. One of the things that makes Montauk a popular fishing spot is its variety. It’s a point sticking out into the ocean with varied fishing conditions in close proximity to each other. Theres rocky beaches on the north side, cliffs and sand beaches on the south side, wide sand beaches, narrow sand beaches, shallow, deep, currents, surf and calm. Stripe bass congregate here, the fall run is a big fishing destination. And many beaches are acessable to 4x4 TCs. Best part, you can boondock for days on the beach, if your fishing.
Back to the trip. We fished well into the night, between us six over 100 stripers were caught, all but ½ dozen released unharmed. Heres one….
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Next morning I was first up, the fish were practically at the shore feeding on bait at the surface. I took this picture, the swirls are stripers, not clear but take my word for it…
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Later in the morning more club members arrived including the cook who prepared a great breakfast
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We fished through the day and Saturday night, with some success but not the same action as Friday night. Sunday morning we broke up and headed our separate ways back to the real world. I still find it amazing to have the opportunity to camp in relative seclusion for days so close to such a big metropolitan area. This beach is only one of many accessable with a TC on the Island. You can pull the TC on one of the larger sand beaches and be basically alone for days. It’s a beautiful thing close to home.
Back to Sunday morning, on the way off the beach, which lost a lot of sand due to erosion over the winter , I got stuck on the final turn off the sand. The picture doesn’t really show but it slopes hard to the waterside. The truck slide sideways and I was buried to the running boards. To get free I aired further down , did some surgical digging by hand (forgot the shovel) and pulled out in low. Of course the grey skies turned to rain the moment I got out to dig, and stopped the moment I was free.
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Took a ride around before heading home to snap a few pictures.
There is some history here
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Spotted another RV.Net alumni Surfrat in the lower parking lot. Stopped for a chat, and saw his new mods
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The lower lot fills with RVs during the fall striped bass run, with TCs being the dominant representative of the RV world.
On the way into town I saw a proud home owner who had named his house
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I would have thought of something besides Passing Wind.
Once in town I stopped at the famous Paulies Tackle
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Montauk is at heart a beach town, with a focus on water related activity, watching it, swimming in it, fishing it, surfing it, you get the idea. They have, along with many other East End towns resisted commercial development, trying to keep out McDonalds, Taco Bell and Target stores. Many of the towns continue to have an individual personality, rather than a cookie cutter Main Street, making them that much more enjoyable.A hotel on the beach across from Paulie’s Tackle
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My original reason for a TC was to be able to travel. I wont fly commercial since 9-11 and the TC offered an alternative. Even though I had 4 wheeled on local beaches before the TC , I hadn’t realized the opportunity to use the beaches in a different way via the TC. TCs are unique in this ability . Beach choices for the TC abound, 30 minutes east of me is Smithes Point, which has 8 miles of undeveloped beach, 30 minutes west, Democrate Point with 4-6 miles of undeveloped beach. And one cant fish continuously, theres always time for swimming and BBQs.
If you can stand it there will be a part 2 to this.





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Thanx Steve, good report...and looks like good fishing!
Maybe we'll came out and see you on LI some day...

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Thanks for a great report on some spots I wouldn't think of so close to New York. Folks keep posting up these secret gems and I just may decide to drive up that way one day.


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Nice post and pics...Thanks, look forward to part 2

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Few realize how beautiful New York really is. Long Island in particular is one of the most amazing places, up north we have the Adirondacks, and some great places in between. Personally i keep my 45ft MH off Long Island, it is a challenge moving a Big Rig over some of our Roads, Gene

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Great pic's Steve! I to like taking my TC to MTK for bass'mania, getting out there makes you look and appreciate Mother Nature in a differant way---Luv it!---LOUIE

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Nice report and pictures, Steve. Although I have done a fair bit of lake fishing, I have never surf-fished but hope to do some in September in SC.

What is the basic line set-up, and bait for surf-fishing - and do you need a long rod or would a 7' medium weight rod work?


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TowHaul wrote:

Nice report and pictures, Steve. Although I have done a fair bit of lake fishing, I have never surf-fished but hope to do some in September in SC.

What is the basic line set-up, and bait for surf-fishing - and do you need a long rod or would a 7' medium weight rod work?


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In Sept NY is just starting up. I think SC is behind us . I know the real diehards follow the bass south and when its over up here its still hot on the OBX in NC. With a 7' rod you might try some plugs or tins. 2 oz or less. We have loads of sand eels the bigger fish are feeding on, so needle fish lures and the soft plastic surf eels seem to work. Kastmasters, diamond jigs.
As far as bait, bunker chunks or clams are a good bet , but since you need a weight , 4oz is a good size in surf, and the bait itself which has weight, you need a beefy rod to handle it. Im still learning myself, the fishing club is a fast track to learning to fish, lots of experianced fishermen to learn from.
Try the forums on Noreast.com and surfrats.com . Lots of info to be picked up. I think Noreast has posted reports for alot of areas , even SC. I'll check and post a link.
You could always see what guys are using in SC when you go and visit a tackle shop too.

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noreast link

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Great report Steve, some of us are going again at the end of the month...I'll talk to you later this week.

Steve

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