Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports
Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - November 13th, 2015
Posted on Thu, 12 Nov 2015
The striped bass fishing continued to improve in both quantity and quality. Stripers from the high teens to 40 pounds continued to be caught trolling parachute jigs or tubes on wire line off Block Island and on live bait in the rips off Montauk Point. Bluefish in the 8- to 12-pound class were mixed in the stripers. Montauk surfcasters did fishing eels during the night tides and casting diamond jigs, large swimming plugs, bucktails and poppers during the day from the Town Beach, east to the lighthouse and on the north side to False Bar. Most of the surf caught stripers are in the low teens, but fish to 30 pounds are being caught each week.
The offshore bunker schools roaming between Shinnecock Inlet and west to New York Bight have become spotty, with few sightings reported for a few days, followed by large schools reported outside all inlets in 30 to 50 feet of water the next few days. The good news is that most schools had stripers and blues feeding on them, with the average fish around 20 pounds with many 40-pound fish reported.
Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that stripers in the 30-pound class were caught off Staten Island around the Outerbridge on bunker spoons. Schools of bunker with teen-sized stripers and bluefish in the 5- to 8-pound range feeding on them were reported in the back of Jamaica Bay and off Norton’s Point. Boat anglers did well fishing live bunker during the day and eels both night and day, but the best fishing with eels was reported during the night tides. Shore anglers did well with casting swimmers, tins and poppers in the back of Jamaica Bay.
Mike at Saltwater’s Bait and Tackle reported that monster bluefish in the 15-pound class were chasing the schools of bunker in and around Jones and Fire Island inlets. Stripers to 30 pounds were also caught feeding under the bluefish. The clam chumming for stripers at the inlet bars and around the bridges has steadily improved, with a fair number of stripers to 20 pounds being caught. With the saltwater temperatures a few degrees above average expect the striper fishing to remain strong until the season closes on Dec. 15. Mike also reported that the striper fishing from the ocean beaches improved. During the day fresh bunker chunks, tins and poppers were the top producers; at night the best fishing was on eels. Boaters reported excellent striper fishing in lower New York Harbor at night on eels and bunker chunks.
The striper fishing on the North Shore has improved, with the best fishing in the western Sound. Boaters using live and chunked fresh bunker did well on stripers to 20 pounds. Diamond jigging during the day and at night also accounted for a fair amount of stripers as well as bluefish from 5 to 8 pounds. Surfcasters did best fishing from Sunken Meadow and to the east, using tins, poppers and swimming plugs. When the winds were calm, flyrodders did well using spearing and sand eel patterns; there is still a lot of small bait tight to the beaches.
The nighttime diamond jigging for bluefish in the western Sound remained strong, with most fish in the 5- to 10- pound class. A few schoolie stripers were reported to be mixed in with the bluefish. The porgy fishing in the western Sound was also good for anglers using clams.
Sea bass and blackfish continued to be caught on the South Shore artificial reefs and on the North Shore reefs, but they have been fished hard so keepers are high to find. The best action in all areas for sea bass and blackfish was reported by anglers fishing the wrecks, rock piles and reefs in 60 or more feet of water. Sea bass to 6 pounds and blackfish to 8 pounds were reported, along with jumbo porgies to 4 pounds. Anglers targeting the wrecks in 90 feet of water and deeper were also reporting codfish and ling mixed in with the sea bass.
Some of the best blackfish action has been off the south side of Montauk Point and off Fisher’s Island. Some boats are running to the north side of the Sound and reported good blackfish action the rocks off the Connecticut and Rhode Island coast. The best sea bass fishing was reported around Block Island. In all areas, fresh clams were the best bait for sea bass and green crabs for blackfish.
The weather has not cooperated for running to The Canyons, but anglers who took advantage of a few breaks in the weather reported yellowfin to 60 pounds and longfin tuna to 40 pounds caught while trolling plastics during the day and on butterfish chunks at night.
Good fishing for largemouth bass, panfish and trout was reported from many of the lakes and ponds as well as in the Peconic River. The best action was on worms, spinners and on flies.