Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports
Long Island/NYC FIshing Report - November 28th, 2013
Posted on Thu, 28 Nov 2013
The striped bass and bluefish action outside the South Shore inlets, especially between Fire Island Inlet and Moriches Inlet, and off Montauk Point and Orient Point remained excellent, but anglers were working harder for the fish they caught. The fish were feeding primarily on sand eels in 40 to 60 feet of water, making diamond jigging and trolling umbrella rigs on wire line the two most productive methods.
The majority of the stripers ranged from 24 to 30 inches and the blues between 6 and 12 pounds with the occasional 15-pounder. A few anglers lucked out and ran into schools of 30- to 36-inch fish. Reports of up to 30 striped bass and bluefish per boat were common. Similar reports came from the South Shore open boats fishing out of all the inlets and in New York Bight. A few of the stripers hitting the 40-pound mark were reported, but the reports of large fish are beginning to slow down as the water temperatures continue to cool.
The surf fishing on the ocean beaches was one of the best reported this season. The stripers and blues were less concentrated compared to a few weeks ago, but action was reported along the entire South Shore, with the central South Shore beaches the top producers. Most of the stripers were smaller schoolies around 18 to 24 inches and were being caught on plastic baits, A-27 diamond jigs and bucktails. A few keepers were reported, especially by anglers using larger plugs during the early morning and evenings. Reports of half-dozen or more stripers were common. Teasers fished in front of the bucktails and jigs added fish to the catch. The key to success was to keep moving until the fish were found.
The blackfish action and sea bass fishing was good on the South Shore artificial reefs. Scott Jeffery reported that the fish were taking greens, Asian crabs and hermits and recommended that anglers keep moving until you find the right piece to anchor up on. The deep-water wrecks, those in the 70- to 120-foot depths, have been yielding some real nice sea bass, with 4 and 5 pounders very common.
On the North Shore, anglers did well on blackfish and sea bass at Old Field, Cranes and the Middle Grounds. The most productive depths ranged from 45 to 60 feet of water as the blackfish and sea bass are moving into the deeper water wrecks. One of the top areas for blackfish was the western Sound on off New Rochelle and Rye, as well as along the Connecticut coast. Most of the fish are shorts, but there were plenty of large keepers, with anglers catching their limit on most days.
The trout fishing in Carlls River between Southards Pond and Belmont Lake was productive for anglers who targeted the deeper water in the creeks feeding into the river.