Monday, January 30th, 2023
Monday, January 30th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Long Island/NYC

Overall, the striped bass and blackfishing have been excellent,
with the bluefishing becoming spottier except around Montauk and
the east end. The largest stripers have been west of Fire Island
Inlet. Also, expect a wave of large bass to be on herring as the
gannets have arrived, a sign that the herring are arriving.

The stripers are responding in full force taking bunker, shad
and eels during the day and night, with the night outgoing tide
tops in all the south shore inlets. The South Beach of Fire island
Inlet has been particularly hot. Large, metal-lip swimmers cast
into the rips and along the inlet jetties are often out fishing
bait. Further back in the bays, teen-sized bass are taking eels at
night off Tanner Park and the North Channel from Amityville to
Babylon, with the last hour of either tide best. Stripers are
taking live kingfish in the State Boat Channel between Captree and
the second Wantagh Bridge, and clam chum at the west bars at Jones
and Fire Island inlets. Striped bass and blues are being diamond
jigged off the Pink Hotel in 30 to 50 feet of water.

Rocky Point Fishing Stop reports excellent striper and
bluefishing in the Gut, Sluice, and Race on live eels and
light-colored bucktails, and that there are plenty small stripers
and bluefish from Mount Sinai to Riverhead. Not much showing, but
the fish are there hitting bucktails, tins and poppers during the
day and swimming plugs and teasers at night. The area west of the
Ponquogue Bridge has also seen a few nice-sized fish.

Surf casters are taking bass and blues off Montauk when the
conditions cooperate, with reports of small to teen-sized fish at
Southampton. On the North Shore, schoolie stripers are taking
bucktails, tins and small plugs in Smithtown Bay as the fish are
feeding on sand eels. The beaches east of Shinnecock and out to
Sagaponack have seen plenty of action with both blues and bass with
the best time being early mornings. The beaches around Moriches
Inlet as well as the inlet have been holding more quality fish.
Steve from Wego Fishing reported that there are tons of bass and
blues taking poppers and tins tight to beach at Truman’s and west
of Goldsmiths. Fly-rodders are taking schoolie bass on olive or
blue over white half and halfs and Clouser minnows.

The word is that the Mecox cut is due to be opened in the very
near future and should prove to be very productive.

The Orient Point open boats working both sides of the Sound have
been limiting out on blackfish. The rocks around Fisher’s Island
have been producing regular catches of blacks to 8 pounds on green
crabs and hermits. City Island all the way to Port Jefferson has
been hot with blackfish to 10-plus pounds on green crabs, with the
best fishing occurring between the new and full moons when the
current slacks off a bit. The jetties at Shinnecock Inlet have been
holding blackfish very well, with green crabs and hermits the hot
bait. Dan at Causeway B&T reported good black fishing at the
Atlantic Beach Reef and on the Iberia Wreck.

Bunker spoons on wire line are taking 5- to 10-pound bluefish
along the entire South Shore, with the stretch between Mt. Sinai
and Miller Place producing the biggest blues. Look for the birds
and pods of bunker. At Montauk, the blues are taking diamond jigs
and trolled tubes.

Largemouth bass, crappies, pickerel and yellow perch are taking
freshwater minnows in Forge Pond.

Guy Zummo

flyfishguy@optonline.net

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