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Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - January 23rd, 2015

The codfishing off Montauk Point remained consistent, with most anglers reporting 3 to 5 cod caught in the 4- to 8-pound class. Most of the action is from open and charter boats.  Pool fish typically weighed in between 15 and 20 pounds, with a few cod approaching the 30-pound mark reported. Both jigs and clams worked well.

Open and charter boats continued to run out of each port along the South Shore for cod and ling, but many have been hauled for the winter or have secured berths at Montauk Point for the winter cod season.

The porgy and sea bass season closed during this report period.  The season ended with excellent sea bass fishing on the wrecks from the 20-fathom line and deeper. Porgies, ling and bluefish were mixed in with the sea bass.  

A few mackerel have been reported in New York Bight. Some boats have reported excellent herring fishing also.

There were no freshwater reports of late as most of the lakes have frozen over.  

The seasons for most migratory game birds are open, but check the latest regulations before heading out. The weekend special firearms season is open for deer in Suffolk County through January.

Guy Zummo 

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