The open and charter boats out of Shinnecock and Sheepshead Bay
are targeting a mixed bag of cod, pollack, ling and sea bass on the
offshore wrecks in 70 to 120 feet of water. Longer range boats
running out of Sheepshead Bay, Freeport, Montauk and Shinnecock are
targeting larger cod 60 to 70 miles offshore, where the cod fishing
tops the blackfishing. Two- to 3-pound blackfish are taking green
and white crabs, with the latter being the recent preference, at
the Fire Island and Hempstead reef.
Some mackerel have been reported to the south and should be
coming into the range of the Staten Island and New York City
charter boats as the water temperature continues to cool.
Brown trout to 12 inches are taking dough balls and corn at the
Southard’s Pond bridge. The fishing can be slow at times but it’s a
great spot for kids to fish. Brown trout to 23 inches have been
reported to be taking small Rapala plugs at Blydenburgh Park.
The herring fishing at the Jones Beach and Captree piers has
been spotty. The lack of seals at the Jones Beach Pier is an
indication that the herring are spread out. Anglers using a dodger
attached to the top of a Sabiki rig have been out-fishing those
without one. Attach the dodger via a snap-swivel to the top of the
Sabiki rig. There is plenty of spearing around to hold the herring
once they settle in.
The small-game season is still open, but there have not been any
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