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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - May 15th, 2015

The flounder fishing in the South Shore bays improved in response to the recent rise in water temperature.  Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported good flounder fishing in Dickerson’s and West Channel in the Great South Bay, with the best bait being bloodworms fished with heavy clam and mussel chum. There were also reports of decent flounder fishing throughout Jamaica Bay.

The striped bass have begun to move from the south into New York Bight and Jamaica bay in large numbers, with good to excellent fishing reported from Sandy Hook to Breezy Point Brooklyn. The best fishing was along the ocean beaches. Clams, sandworms and bunker chunks were the top bait, topping lures. Anglers also did well off Midland Beach in Staten Island. Boaters did well with stripers by drifting bunker chunks within all areas of Jamaica Bay, around the Breezy Point jetty and in the ocean off Rockaway Inlet. Most of the stripers were below the 20-pound mark, but fish in the 30- to 40-pound range were weighed in. This recent action bodes well for the historic big fish run of stripers in the South Shore inlets during June. 

Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that large numbers of bluefish in the 8- to 10-pound class, with fish to 13 pounds reported, roaming Jamaica Bay and feeding on bunker chunks meant for stripers. These bluefish have begun to work their way eastward, with a few fish reported on the ocean beaches east toward Moriches Inlet. 

The striper fishing east of Rockaway Inlet has been steadily improving. Scott Jeffery of East End Bait and Tackle reported that schoolie bass were caught in both the Shinnecock and Quogue canals on rubber baits including Gulp! baits.

The Shinnecock Canal has seen quite a variety of fish, including fluke, sea bass, sundials and stripers. Both bluefish and weakfish were caught in the pound traps during this report period, so they should be showing up in angler reports soon.

The fishing on the North Shore remained generally quiet with the exception of improved striper fishing in the western side of Long Island Sound. Expect the porgy action to pick up during the next few weeks.

Codfish continued to be caught on the ocean wrecks in 180 feet of water and deeper, but most boats have switched over to flounder and striper fishing. Pollock and ling were caught on the same wrecks. Ling were also reported closer to shore.

Guy Zummo 


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