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Montauk TFTT 2009




Tournament for the Troops

Cujo Crew Trip Log

Montauk, NY - October 11, 2008

We headed out to Montauk last Saturday for this year's NSAC fishing Tournament for the Troops.  After reading TS's trip log about the insane fishing the week before we were psyched to get out there and catch some fish.  We chartered the Cujo, with captain Mike Eling in hopes of landing some tournament winners.  On board were JG, JH, MS, MH, and RC.  The weather was perfect, about 70 degrees and not a cloud in the sky.  We left dock at 12:15pm from Star Island Yacht Club and headed out towards the Montauk Lighthouse.  The original game plan was to drift eels but Captain Mike said they had tried that the day before and got skunked.  When we first got out there the tide was not running very hard so we figured why not give it a shot anyway.  Within the first 5 minutes RC had boated a nice keeper bass.  

MH and RC drifting eels

RC reeling in first bass of the day

We kept at it for another hour or so with no action except MS catching a seabass.  The captain said it was the first time he had ever seen a sea bass caught on a live eel.  

JG and MS drifting eels

MS with sea bass caught on live eel

The tide still wasn't running so we decided to tow around some umbrella jigs and see what we could come up with.  This proved to be very productive for bluefish and we caught a bunch in the 5-10lb range.  MS and I both caught double headers.

Umbrellla rig with two bluefish coming in

Double header bluefish

Once the tide started moving again we changed from trolling ubrella jigs to parachute jigs.  This ended up being the most successful method of the day and we stuck with it for the remainder of the afternoon.  Everyone had a nice bass and at least a couple good size blues.  JG and MH had huge bluefish caught at the same time.  JG's blue ended up measuring 33" and taking 2nd place in the tournament.  MH had the largest bass of the day at 39" and had we been able to get a correct weight it could have tied or beaten the current NSAC record.  

MH's 39" striped bass

MH after reeling in 39" bass and 350 feet of wire

39" bass on broken scale

33" blue on broken scale

Cujo crew

End of fishing day

We got back to dock around 5:15pm and after measuring our fish we found out that we had come up just 2 inches short of the bass winner and half an inch short on the bluefish winner.  No winners but still an amazing day out on the water.  We headed back to our room to get cleaned up for the tournament dinner.  The MYC was a perfect venue for a fishing tournament.  The club is walking distance from the charter boats and right on the water.

In front of our room

MYC - 468

We got to the Tournament Dinner around 7:00pm and met up with everyone.  JN had done an outstanding job setting it up and had put out quite a spread.  Lazy man lobster, clam chowder, bbq chicken, and a ton of other amazing food.  I think everyone had at least two plates.  The raffle and prizes were awesome and we ended up raising close to $8k for a great cause.  For information on the Wounded Warrior Project please visit:

JG 2nd place bluefish - 33"

Cujo Crew

Once the official festivities had ended we played a few games of sugar packet texas hold 'em poker, enjoyed some Early Times whiskey, and called it a night.  

What a great day, I can't wait for next year!


Sugar Packet Poker

"Early times, Early times!"

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