Fishing alone in the surf at night is the perfect thing to clear your head. Even in clam surf, you still need to focus all of your senses on what's happening then and there. It's that intense focus that allows you to clear your head of all other things, if only for a moment.
I finally managed to get out for some proper surf fishing in Montauk on Saturday night. Conditions were calm with little to no wave action and while the tides were not what I would have liked, I knew I'd find fish. I arrived at the lot at about 12:45AM which was close to high tide. A few years ago the lot I was parking in would have been empty until September but when I got there on Sat night there were 6 other trucks. Even still, I was pretty sure my rock would be empty as it's just far enough away that most will not make the walk. As I was walking in, I passed 3 casters out on their rocks not to far from the lot and then a group of 4 guys leaving the beach. It's always bad when you are just getting there and people are leaving....who would ever leave fish, right? Sure enough, I made it to my spot and no one was there. I started out throwing an all black Super Strike Needlefish and that's all I threw the whole night. I started to pick away at legalish fish right away with a few nicer ones in the mix. I think the best was 14 pounds. Nothing huge but great to be out at one of my favorite spots without any other casters in sight.
BTW, did anyone else see the orange light darting around in the sky West of Montauk? It came fast then slow then slow then disappeared.