Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports
Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - March 7th, 2014
Posted on Thu, 06 Mar 2014
Boats running out of Moriches Inlet and Montauk Point, and fishing New York Bight, have reported an increase in both the number and size of the cod caught. The cod bite has been primarily on fresh skimmer clams, often an indication of the lack of large schools of sand eels that dominated the cod bite during the prior three seasons. When the sand eel schools are thick, cod respond better to jigs than bait. Three to six cod per angler is about average, with one-third of the cod keeper size. Pool fish typically ranged into the high teens.
A positive has been the continued catch of large ling, often in the 3- to 5-pound class. The best ling fishing has been for anglers fishing New York Bight, but they have been reported on all boats. Pollock continue to be caught with the cod, especially toward the East End. There were no reports of winter mackerel or herring.
The long-range trips to deep wrecks and ledges have dominated much of the boats running out of Montauk Point and Freeport, as they are trying to maximize their catch on the days that they can sail. These boats are extending their trips and were rewarded with larger cod, wreckfish and pollock. The boats making the long run to the edges of the canyons have reported good fishing for both blueline and golden tilefish and larger wreckfish.
Anglers working the back bays, especially in the brackish water fed by creeks or at the edges of the salt marsh channels, have caught a few small stripers on small plugs and plastic baits.