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Friday January 10

 Montauk Local  Cod
Captain Ant reports an overall okay day on the winter grounds.  You had to work for it today as the cod bite was a lot more tentative than we’ve seen of late which could have been caused by the 4 degree water temp drop over the last 3 days.  We started drifting open bottom in the dark finding a ferocious jumbo Ling bite.  We didn’t see our first Cod until first light and had a few decent drifts early producing 15-20 Cod a drift.  Then someone opened the dog pound, and at a slow .3 knot drift, the doggies found us and followed.   To avoid the assault we short drifted and chipped away pretty much all day.  We never really found any big piles of fish, they seemed to be scattered smaller piles, when we went over them, we’d pick 5-10.  We probably had an equal number of keepers to shorts as well.  Some guys did very good on the Cod, like Capt Kenny Hejducek of the My Joyce Fishing Adventures who tallied 15 cod, 9 for the box.  Kenny worked the jig all day, stayed away from the dogs and produced a pure cod catch.  Other guys had a tougher time managing 1-2 cod but did a nice job on jumbo ling and giant ocean perch and still took home nice bags of fillet.  Ronnie Johnson had an average day with 3 cod to 7lbs, 5 Red Hake to 3lbs and 4 jumbo Cunners.  Capt. Eric and Capt. Bobby had enough work to cut all the way back Shagwong and did a great job as always.
Pool Winners were: Paul Kim with a 10lber Second place Keith Greenberg 9lb
Beginning next week we will begin sailing based on the weather window.  We will be posting and updating daily on sailing days.  Our next trip will be the Full Moon Trip Wednesday January 15th.  We will limit the Starship to 60 for this trip so please make your reservations.  The weather looks spectacular so far with a West breeze of 5-10 knots!!