Long Island/NYC FIshing Report – January 24th, 2014
Overall, the codfishing has slowed, which may have been due to the sudden drop in water temperature resulting from the recent stretch of record cold weather. In general, the codfishing was slower than during the prior two seasons at this time. On the upside, offshore anglers were reported that the ling (red hake) fishing has been very good, with many fish in the 3-to 5-pound range being caught off Montauk Point, Shinnecock Inlet, Jones Inlet and west to New York Bight.
The best cod action occurred after first light. Drifting rock piles and reefs out produced anchoring as the dogfish have been thick on some of the cod grounds, especially on the East End. Both jigs – to fish through the dogfish – or fresh skimmer clams when the dogs were absent worked well. Some of the boats reported up to 25 cod per trip, with about half of them being keeper fish. Most of the cod are in the 5- to 7-pound class, with pool fish typically around 10 pounds. A few small pollock have been reported mixed in with the cod from Shinnecock Inlet west to Montauk Point.
The pheasant season closed at the beginning of this report period. The end of the season was slower than the prior few weeks, but some hunters reported successful days, with several birds either flushed of shot per hunt. The special firearms deer season and small game seasons are open, but there were no reports.