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Old 10-16-2016, 02:00 PM   #161 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND REPORT 10/16/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

The night bite for bass on live eels has been solid and consistent with fish to 20-pounds coming to the net. The outgoing tide was the most productive. The bays between the Wantaghs, the Meadowbrook and the entire State Channel from Frank and Dicks to Zacks Bay has seen a very good bite on eels. Live eels were also the tickets at the East/West Channel, Massapequa Cove and Florence Beach. Poppers and swimmers such as the SP Minnows nailed bass in the State Channel, local bridges and marshes. There are plenty of shorts and some keepers. Try to fish the evening hours regardless of the tide.

If you fish the State Channel with clams during the day you may get one or two keepers but very few shorts. Action with clams at the Cedar Bar in Fire Island and the West Bar at Jones has varied with one day being good and the next day being terrible. Big bass to 30-pounds have been taken on the troll at the Roundhouse on bunker spoons at 50-ft. Dan Foy on the “Katie Joe” marked fish just outside Jones Inlet and dropped a 2-ounce white bucktail attached to 17# line to the bottom. He was rewarded with a 39.80-pound, 45-inch bass. On Saturday night at Jones Inlet the trio of Lou Matulich, John King and Bill Kunzer aboard the "Bad Boys" worked the outgoing tide from the beginning to mid tide with live eels and scored big time. They tallied 10 keeper bass and kept their limit of three to 23-pounds. The guys noted they had no shorts.

On the blackfish scene, its tons and tons of shorts but keepers in the 6 to 7-pound range have been taken. Harrison Gorman nailed a 6-pounder on a green crab at the Hempstead Reef. Along local bridges you can still connect with some sea bass, blowfish and some triggerfish. A shop regular went to Hortons Point in Mattituck on Friday and bagged a bunch of large sea bass and large scup. He also hauled in and then released five keeper fluke to 5-pounds that hit his clam bait. The customer keeps log books and noted that the water temps there are 6 degrees warmer than this time last year.

The shop has a complete line of baits including green crabs, fresh skimmer clams and clam bellies, fresh and frozen bunker and live eels.

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Old 10-23-2016, 12:35 PM   #162 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND REPORT 10/23/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Drifting clam bellies for bass has been decent in the State Boat Channel and local bridges on the outgoing tide. The average catch has been three to seven per boat. The channel has the larger bass while at the bridges it’s quantity over quality.

Both inlets, as well as the back bays, saw very good action on live eels. Try the State Channel between Tobay and Gilgo or Florence Beach into Massapequa Cove. The eels produced results with fish to 28-pounds regardless of the tide. White bunker spoons are scoring bass to 30-pounds on the outside east of Fire Island Lighthouse. West of Jones Inlet troll the waters from the Roundhouse to Rockaway Inlet. Bunker schools have been spotted and occasionally some bass are underneath. Take diamond jigs to the Oregon Wreck if you want an encounter with jumbo, tackle busting blues. However, don’t expect to find many bass.

‘Togging remains steady at local bridges but the keeper ratio is still very low. It is not uncommon to connect with 30 to 40 shorts and only bring in one or two keepers. Green crabs are the bait of choice. Don’t forget the reefs are now open for sea bass. Start your trip by targeting the Cholera and the McAllister Grounds for sea biscuits and scup. You may be able to snag a few bunker there as well.

Along the interior bays at the East/West Channel near buoy 23 you can still bag some blowfish, kingfish and small sea bass. In the good news department for all who love blue claw crabs, there is an abundance of them at the docks and piers. Many are in the large class so grab your traps and killie rings and go crabbing.

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Old 10-28-2016, 08:39 PM   #163 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND FORECAST 10/28/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Action on bass is first class and the run is on. It’s your weapon of choice as bass responded to diamond jigs, bunker spoons and live eels. From Fire Island Inlet to the Robert Moses limit catches are occurring for anglers using jigs. On Wednesday from Ocean Beach to Fire Island jigs nailed nice size bass. Based on the reports that came in gold jigs gave anglers a slight edge over silver.

Night anglers working live eels saw very, very good bass activity at FI Inlet. Steve Shorum worked a bunker spoon in front of the Pink Hotel at 30-ft. and slammed a 38-pounder. Another customer employed braid with a drail with a green bunker spoon. Jones Inlet action has been okay but FI is the hot spot right now. Kevin Kohlhepp drifted an eel on the early morning tide at Jones on Wednesday and was rewarded with a 42-1/2 pounder.

At the West Bar and Cedar Bar bass are cooperating when offered clams or clam bellies on the outgoing tide. On Friday Donnie nailed a 34-inch bass at the Cedar. Reports came in that action is very good in Moriches so the bass schools should be coming down the beach. If you don’t have wire line, try Power Pro braid with a Manns Stretch 25 or Plus 30.

Along the interior bay you should have success with eels since the water temps are still in the upper fifties. It’s also good to note that the bass are feeding on baby weakfish and butterfish.

On the bottom grounds blackfishing has been very slow.

The shop has a complete line of baits including green crabs, whole squid, fresh skimmer clams and clam bellies, bunker and live eels.

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Old 11-04-2016, 03:16 PM   #164 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND FORECAST 11/04/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

It was a very interesting week on the bass front. Jigging for bass turned inconsistent. It was good, and then it faded and then turned hot. From Thursday evening into Friday the jig bite was reported as very, very good in the Moriches area.

There is plenty of bunker in the water and chopper blues have reappeared. Live eel anglers will be delighted to know that the night bite remains steady and the eels will now work during the day. A customer targeted the East/West Channel with eels at 12:30 in the afternoon and scored on a fine 30-inch bass. The bay waters are still a very comfortable 54 degrees so back bay bass are available. The early morning and evening are the best times and you should target them with poppers, swim shads or Bass Assassins.

We want to let everyone know that the Town of Oyster Bay has removed all of its buoys for winter maintenance so make sure your GPS is in working order.

The shop has a complete line of baits including green crabs, whole squid, fresh skimmer clams and clam bellies, bunker and live eels.

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Old 12-04-2016, 01:30 PM   #165 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - IT'S THAT TIME OF THE YEAR! 12/04/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Yes, it's that time of year as anglers put away their gear and start thinking about what items to purchase to add to their fishing arsenal for 2017.

If you can't decide on a particular gift for your favorite angler gift certificates are available. Anyone who purchases a gift certificate of $25 or more will receive a Combs Custom Tied Tangle Free Fluke Rig.

We will have special hours to accommodate our customers, From December 19th to the 24th the shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Bill we accept appointments to meet you at the shop if these hours aren't convenient for you. (631) 264-3525.

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Old 12-19-2016, 02:47 PM   #166 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - THE FINAL COUNTDOWN 12/19/16

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Only a few days left before you run out of shopping days for Christmas.

If you can't decide on a particular gift for your favorite angler gift certificates are available. Anyone who purchases a gift certificate of $25 or more will receive a Combs Custom Tied Tangle Free Fluke Rig as a bonus.

SPECIAL ALERT!!! - JUST ARRIVED - We have the new, highly anticipated Maxel 25 Hybrid Reel in stock. It can hold over 200 yards of 30# Braid and offers 28-pounds of drag pressure. It can be purchased in Silver or Black.

Over the past few months Bill has used his Maxel in the offshore depths down to 270-ft.for cod and sea bass and it has exceeded his expectations in terms of both function and reliability.

We will have special hours to accommodate our customers. From December 19th to the 24th the shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.

(631) 264-3525.

It's been our pleasure to serve you in 2016.


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Old 12-30-2016, 01:51 PM   #167 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - FINAL REPORT FOR 2016

Hello, Fellow Anglers

The cod bite out east has been explosive. Danny V from the shop along with his pals Jeremy and Chris sailed aboard the Viking Five Star out of Montauk with Capt. Steve Forsberg, Jr. at the helm. Steve found the winter kings past Block Island and it was Game On! The happy trio did a smack down on the cod and everyone on board connected with a limit of fish to 20-pounds. The guys released over 20 keepers. Jeremy noted that fresh clam bait was far more effective than jigs.

Once again we want to thank you for your patronage in 2016. Please note the shop will be closed during January but may reopen on a limited schedule in late February or early March. (631) 264-3525.

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Old 03-23-2017, 02:23 PM   #168 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - THE 2017 SEASON IS HERE!!

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Yes, indeed. In a few weeks it will be time to hit the water; first for bass on April 15th and then for fluke in May.

We have been working all winter on tying our now famous Tangle Free Fluke Rigs that are currently available in 10 juicy colors. These rigs accounted for our customers hauling in 22 pool winning fish in 2016.

This year our fluke "Candy Store" section will include a new assortment of custom spinner rigs along with our usual wide assortment of teasers, grubs and bucktails.

Of course we have the latest in rods and reels. Come in and check out the Tsunami Shield Spinning Reels that are also available in combos. We have also acquired the Tsunami Trophy Slow Jig Boat Rods in both conventional and spinning versions. These rods were specifically designed with Northeast fluke anglers in mind. You will also find we have the ever popular Tsunami 5 Star series of rods.

For those of you who have been inquiring about the Maxell Reels we have the 20 and the 25 model in the shop.

If you have rods and reels that need maintenance or repair drop them off now so we can get them back to you ASAP.

Our Spring Hours will be 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. 7 days a week. The hours will be extended when the fishing starts.

We look forward to greeting customers old and new.

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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND UPDATE 04/02/17

Hello, Fellow Anglers

The shop will be open full time 7 days a week beginning on Monday, April 10th. Call ahead on bad weather days to verify closing times. (631) 264-3525. Please note the shop will be closed this weekend on Saturday and Sunday the 8th and 9th.

Meanwhile we are busy stocking the walls with rods, reels and rigs. The new lightweight Tsunami Slim Waves Slow Pitch Jigging rods made with quality Fuji guides are in stock along with the Tsunami Slow Pitch Casting rod. Both rods are excellent for bay and backwater fluking.

In the summer flattie section you can find the custom tied Combs Tangle Free rig that helped many customers go home with a limit last year. Mention that you read about the Tangle Free rig in Noreast and if you buy 2 you get the 3rd at half-price.

If you have rods and reels that need maintenance or repair drop them off now so we can get them back to you ASAP.

Flounder bait is in stock. In other news, bass have made an appearance at the mouth of the canals and the East/West Channel down to Lindenhurst. Most are 15 to 20-inch schoolies and the really good news is they are “new” fish; not resident fish holdovers from last season. The bass can be taken on small SP Minnows, white 4-inch grub tails and small white bucktails.

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Old 04-09-2017, 04:45 PM   #170 (permalink)
 
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Smile COMBS - WEEKEND UPDATE 04/09/17

Hello, Fellow Anglers

Anglers who wanted some catch and release action found a few bass in the back bays in the Long Dock over at Buoy 24 in Massapequa Cove. Small 4-inch white grub tails and 4-inch bucktails with grubs attached continue to work their magic. The fish are averaging 20-inches and a customer captured and released three.

In the Lindenhurst State Channel a couple of customers employed trolled shad rigs and encountered a handful of shorts. Bluefish have made their move into Raritan and Jamaica Bay.

The only flounder report came from a customer who refused to name the location. He managed to nail 5 keepers from 1-1/2 to 2-pounds on mussels and kept two.

Bunker and squid have appeared in the inner bays and squid have been seen under the lights along the private docks from Massapequa to Lindenhurst. Quite a few small bass were spotted as well.

If your thoughts are jumping ahead to fluke check out the custom tied Combs Tangle Free rig that helped many customers go home with a limit last year. Mention that you read about the Tangle Free rig in The Fisherman and if you buy 2 you get the 3rd at half-price.

The new Tsunami Slim Wave Slow Pitch Jigging Rods and Casting Rods have made quite an impression on our customers. Several were sold the first week we had them available.

If you have rods and reels that need maintenance or repair drop them off now since the turnaround time is currently just one week.

The shop is fully stocked with fluke candy and bass treats. We have the necessary baits for flounder and bass such as clams, clam chum and clam bellies. Nightcrawlers are available for trout anglers. The shop is open full time 7 days a week. Call ahead on bad weather days to verify closing times. (631) 264-3525.

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