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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - November 14th, 2014

The surf fishing for stripers and bluefish improved during this report period along the South Shore ocean beaches, with larger fish being caught as the water temperature continues to drop.

Fresh bunker chunks and clams caught stripers on both the day and night tides, but the better fishing occurred during the night tides. The stripers ranged from 8 to 15 pounds with the occasional 20-pounder. A few bluefish were mixed in with the stripers, with the best bluefish action occurring at dusk and dawn. The blues were between 5 and 12 pounds.

The largest concentrations of bunker are west of Fire Island Inlet.  West of the inlet to Montauk Point the predominant bait was bay anchovies.  

Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that live eels fished from the Breezy Point jetty and jetties to the east during the night tides caught stripers in the 20-pound class, with the occasional striper to 35 or 40 pounds. During the day, bunker chunks were the top bait. Staten Island anglers did well drifting live bunker and anchoring the drop-offs and rips off Great Kill while using fresh bunker chunks.  

Jose at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that bluefish to 15 pounds and teen-sized stripers were caught off Gilgo Beach. The surf fishing off Robert Moses was spotty. 

There was a lot of wind during this report period, but anglers who found a good weather window and were able to run outside the inlets were rewarded with stripers to 40 pounds and bluefish to 15 pounds. The majority of the fish were caught fishing live bunker around schools of bunker. Anglers also did well wireline trolling bunker spoons in 30 to 50 feet of water.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that some nice stripers were caught just east of the Ponquogue Bridge on live baits.    Inside the South Shore inlets, live eels were the top bait at night and clam bellies fished at the bridges and outer bars caught stripers and bluefish.

The fishing off Montauk Point remained outstanding, with boat anglers limiting out on stripers to 25 pounds on parachute jigs and bucktails tipped with pork rinds fished on wireline. Bluefish dominated the catch during slack tide periods. The surf fishing at The Point remained spotty. The majority of the stripers and blues were caught when schools of bay anchovies were pushed into the wash. The good news is that several 50-pound plus stripers were caught by surf anglers.

Excellent striper and bluefish was reported off Orient Point by anglers jigging diamond jigs and drifting bucktails in The Race and The Gut.  Excellent blackfish and sea bass fishing was reported in the rocks and hard spots off Orient Point.

The blackfish action remained good in all areas, both inshore and offshore, in the Sound and for shore anglers fishing off the jetties. Inshore and in the Sound most of the blackfish were below keeper size, with fish to 5 pounds reported. Offshore, the blackfish catch was less than inshore but the average fish were keepers, with fish to 8 pounds reported.  Crabs remained the top bait. 

The sea bass fishing was predominantly small fish as they have been fished hard on most artificial reefs and wrecks, but anglers fishing less fished pieces and experienced anglers did very well with sea bass to 5 pounds. The key to successful late-season sea bass fishing offshore and in the Sound is to keep moving from spot to spot and picking a few large fish off each spot. Inshore, nearly all the sea bass were shorts. The best sea bass fishing was off Orient Point, Fisher’s Island and in Block Island Sound.  

The porgy fishing remained excellent off Montauk Point at the flats, and in the Sound from Port Jefferson to Orient Point, in The Peconics at Jessup’s Neck and Rodgers Rocks and in Gardiners Bay. Anglers fishing New York Bight ran south to Sea Bright for jumbo porgies

Fly-fishermen continued to catch numerous false albacore on crease flies and 1/0-white Deceivers and other bay anchovy patterns by fishing under the flocks of birds off Montauk Point.

Light-tackle anglers scored in the same area using Deadly Dicks and other thin-profile tins. The false albacore were around 10 pounds.

The freshwater reports were few as most anglers are taking advantage of the excellent saltwater fishing.

Guy Zummo 

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