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Long Island Fishing Report - April 28th, 2016

The striped bass season opened to outstanding fishing for trophy-sized stripers for boaters working Raritan Bay and the Key Point area between Staten Island and New Jersey, reported Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle. A few stripers between 30 and 40 pounds were caught on whole bunker and bunker chunks. The bulk of the stripers were around 20 pounds ,with the hot setup being a tandem rig using a bucktail with a shad teaser. The shore fishing was slow for stripers.

Ralph also reported that a few anglers caught stripers around 18 inches in the back of Jamaica Bay. There were no reports of weakfish on the West End. A couple of bluefish were caught, but they were widely scattered and the fishing was inconsistent. 

The stripers made a good showing as far east as Jones Inlet, with boaters reporting catching a few keeper fish per boat. These are the stripers that have worked their way north from the Delaware Bay and will continue working their way toward the East End as the water warms. 

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle reported that Shinnecock and Peconic bays have the best showing of bait since before Super Storm Sandy – a good sign for the spring season. A few schoolie stripers were caught in the creeks and a few weakfish were caught in the canals. A few bluefish were caught around the Ponquogue Bridge, but they were not yet roaming the bays. 

The opening of the striper season in the western Long Island Sound was largely a shallow-water pattern, with kayakers and small-boat anglers doing well in five feet of water or less in the back of the bays on both sides of the Sound. Most of the fish were small and were caught on small swimmers, tins as well as flies, and were feeding on the large schools of peanut bunker in the back bays. A few keeper stripers were caught in the deeper waters of the western Sound. As the water warms the larger stripers from the Hudson River will continue to work their way westward. 

The flounder fishing was generally slow, with a dozen or so being reported on the open boats and a few private boats reporting catching their limits. The best fishing was in Jamaica Bay around the Round House and in Silver Hole and on the East End in the Quogue Canal. Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported that a few flounder were caught in Dickerson’s Channel in the Great South Bay. Sandworms and lots of chum were the best producers. Scott also reported that a few fluke were caught in the back of Shinnecock Bay. This was catch and release fishing as the fluke season does not open until May 17. As the water continues to warm, the flounder fishing as well as the striper and weakfish action will continue to improve.

Cod, ling and a few pollock and haddock continued to be caught on the ocean reefs and wrecks. Clams and jigs both produced a mixed bag of fish. 

The trout fishing continued to be very good for anglers fishing the stocked lakes and streams throughout Nassau and Suffolk counties. The usual mix of spinners, trout magnets, trout worms, PowerBaits, grubs and streamers were all productive. Anglers also reported improved fishing for bluegills, yellow perch, pickerel and largemouth bass.  

Guy Zummo 

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