Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – January 25th, 2013

It was officially announced that the state has extended the season for recreational black sea bass fishing until Feb. 28. The season was originally scheduled to close on Dec. 31. This was good news for anglers heading offshore to the wrecks located in 120 feet of water and deeper, where they found good fishing big sea bass, cod, pollock and red hake, reported Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle. On the west end of the Island Scott reported hearing of catches including bluefish, huge porgies and a few weakfish from the deep pieces. Five-pound and heavier sea bass were the typical pool fish. 

The size of the codfish has improved as the Montauk Point boats fishing Block Island Sound have reported pool fish in the 20- to 25-pound class. A few dogfish have been reported, but they are not thick enough to kill the fishing.

Both fresh skimmer clams and jigs with teasers produced plenty of cod. A few of the Montauk open boats have been running extended day trips, exploring the wrecks 60 and more miles offshore and have been rewarded with coolers full of large cod and sea bass. 

The codfishing in New York Bight has been excellent, with a mix of cod, white and red hake, and sea bass. A few tilefish and mackerel were also caught. Fresh skimmer clams were the top bait on the west end of the Island.

Anglers at times had to fish through the bluefish to catch the cod.  While incredible for January, it continues the trend of fish typically being associated with the fall season wintering over.

The herring reports have been quiet.

Anglers are targeting winter trout in the usual stocked streams and lakes. Earthworms and spinners have accounted for browns and rainbows.

Guy Zummo

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