Long Island/NYC Fishing Reports

Long Island/NYC Fishing Report - July 25th, 2014

The saltwater fishing is in the typical summer pattern. The hurricane that fortunately veered out to see before striking our region created high seas that kept many anglers from fishing offshore, but overall the fishing has been excellent.

The inshore fluke fishing along the South Shore is concentrated in the inlets, with the best fishing occurring during the second half of the incoming water as the ocean water is cooler and clear than the waters in the bays.  Squid and spearing combinations continue to produce good catches, as well as Gulp! fished on a bucktail or jighead.

Due to the lack of large schools of squid offshore, the ocean fluke fishing has been fair, but good fishing was found in Ambrose Channel and in New York Bight. The size of the ocean fluke was impressive, with the bulk of the catch made up of 4- to 6-pound fish. The Cholera Banks have yielded excellent fluke fishing as well as some very large sea bass up to 6 pounds. The sea bass season opened July 15. The best ocean fluke baits have been whole squid, strip baits and fluke balls tipped with large squid strips.

On the North Shore, the best fluke fishing has been on the reefs, with the better fishing from Port Jefferson and to the east to Orient Point, where the largest fluke were taken on whole squid and large strip baits. Fly anglers have been doing very well on the North Shore beaches by casting 1/0 Clouser Minnows and working them on the bottom for fluke. 

The fluke fishing off Montauk Point was good off the South Side, with a good number of sea bass mixed in with the fluke. In all areas there was a fair amount of clear-nose rays and sea robins mixed in with the fluke.

With the exception of Montauk Point, the striped bass fishing has slowed, but there were still plenty of stripers to be found. The best fishing along the South Shore was reported by anglers fishing under the pods of bunker in the ocean. But only a few pods have had stripers, but they were often 30-pound class fish, so for those anglers, the fishing was excellent.  More of the pods are holding teen-sized bluefish than stripers.

The striper fishing off Montauk Point was very good for boats fishing live porgies or spots, trolling umbrella rigs and tubes in the rips and over the reefs. An equal number of bluefish was caught with the stripers.  The striper fishing on the North Shore was slow. The surf fishing along the South Shore has been spotty, with the best fishing occurring on clam baits. Anglers working the jetty rocks along the inlets and the north end of the Shinnecock Canal have done very well on triggerfish on small pieces of squid.

Porgies were anglers’ best bet on the North Shore and in the Peconics.  The porgy fishing was very good in the Peconics in the usual spots, including Rogers Rock and out near Jessups Neck, reports Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle. The porgy fishing out of Port Jefferson has been excellent, reports the Celtic Quest fishing fleet. Excellent porgy fishing was reported in the Western Sound off the North Shore Beaches.  Montauk Point anglers also reported excellent porgy fishing, with many fish over 4 pounds landed. 

The mako shark action improved during this report period, with makos moving closer to shore along the 20-fathom line. Most of the makos are in the 75- to 125-pound class, but there were a large number of 250-pound fish reported. Mixed in with the makos were brown sharks around 50 pounds and some very large thresher sharks, many well over 300 pounds.

The blue shark fishing appears to have slowed, as is expected as water temperatures are rising, but a good number of blue sharks were caught from the 30-fathom line and out.  Some of the reduction in reports may be due to the closer-to-shore opportunities that the makos are offering.

The reports of tuna have been slow, with the exception of anglers scoring well diamond jigging and trolling schools of bluefin tuna in the 40- to 60-pound class. The best fishing has been between Moriches and Shinnecock inlets from the 25-fathom line and out.

The freshwater fishing was good for sunfish, perch, carp and bluegills.

Guy Zummo

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