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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - June 26th, 2015

New York Harbor anglers report excellent striped bass fishing in the areas south of Governor’s Island, on the flats below the Battery and near the Statue of Liberty on fresh bunker chunks. The best fishing occurred during the night outgoing tides. The stripers averaged 15 to 25 pounds, with several fish per boat common.  There were a few large bluefish  mixed in with the striped bass.

The striper and bluefish fishing was very good for anglers trolling wire line and umbrella rigs or tubes off Montauk Point and around Shelter Island. Live bait anglers also did very well in the rips around the Point. The striper fishing off Orient Point continued to be very good for anglers drifting dark-colored bucktails in The Gut after dark. Light-colored bucktails were a better choice during the daylight hours. 

There were good reports of striped bass taking clams at the South Shore inlet bridges and bars. Most of the bass were in the 5- to 8-pound class, with a few keepers reported.

The bluefish bite continued to be very good both inshore and offshore, but the fishing has slowed a bit.  Anglers reported widespread cocktail blues in all the North Shore and South Shore bays and harbors. Off Montauk Point there was very good bluefishing reported, with blues in the 6- to 10-pound range being diamond jigged and trolled on umbrella rigs. In New York Bight and in the Western Sound the bluefish action was good for anglers diamond jigging the night tides or drifting bunker chunks outside the harbor mouths during the day.

A large number of blue sharks were caught near the offshore wrecks and along the fingers south of Shinnecock Inlet and out to Montauk Point. Blue sharks were also reported around the old NA buoy. A few makos were mixed in with the blue sharks. The best shark fishing occurred in 150 to 180 feet of water.

The South Shore bays are holding a fair amount of fluke, with the percentage of keepers to shorts very high. The action is less than in the past few seasons, but the size of the fish is larger. The best action occurred during the outgoing tides. The Great South Bay is beginning to show the start of the summer algae bloom, which typically moves the fluke into the inlets where the incoming tide brings in the cleaner water, making it the tide of choice.

The fluke fishing in the ocean was very good in 40 to 60 feet of water, with many fluke in the 5- to 8-pound class reported. Pool fluke were consistently over 6 pounds.

The fluke fishing off the North Shore beaches was good between Port Jefferson and Orient Point.  White bucktails tipped with squid or pork rinds was the top producer. The fluke fishing just outside the harbor mouths was also very good on both bucktails and spearing and squid combos.

There were a fair amount of weakfish reported between Amityville Cut and Lindenhurst Cut in the North Channel of the Great South Bay. White bucktails and Bass Assassins were the top lures. The best action occurred during the outgoing tides that coincided with dawn or dusk and when the boat traffic was quiet. Most of the weakfish were between 1 and 5 pounds.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that the fluke bite off Greenport has slowed to a crawl. Porgies are at Jessup’s and Rogers Rock. The first reports of porgies from the north end of the Shinnecock Canal were reported last week. A few fluke were caught in the south end of the canal, along with some cocktail blues and an occasional striper taken on live bunker. Over at the Ponquogue Bridge you can still fish at the base of both north and south sides as well as on the floating dock on the south side. These areas are producing fluke and bluefish on the day tides and bass on the night tides. The jetties of the Shinnecock Inlet are seeing plenty of big bluefish, along with a few stripers caught on bucktails at night. The ocean beaches were showing some signs of life at first light with a few stripers reported. 

Porgies to 2 pounds and a few ling were reported on the South Shore artificial reefs on clam strips. The porgy fishing in The Peconics and Gardiners Bays, as well as off Montauk Point was spectacular, with many porgies in the 3-pound range.

Guy Zummo 

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