Long Island/NYC

The cod fishing off Montauk Point remains excellent, with
several open boats reporting pool fish in the 20- to 30-pound class
among catches of 200 to 300 fish. There are plenty of ling along
with a few pollack and hake mixed in with the cod. Clams are the
top bait. Red, white or pink teasers and grubs fished above the
hook are accounting for many of the cod.

White perch continue to be caught in nearly all the brackish
water creeks. Grass shrimp and night crawlers are the top bait
choice. There are still a few herring being caught on Sabaki rigs,
with the Walkway Bridge in Sheepshead Bay having the best

On the freshwater scene, trout to 5 pounds have been caught at
Rattlesnake Creek and at Bubbles Falls on worms and dough balls.
Pickerel, small trout and a few largemouth bass are being taken in
most local lakes, with the best action coming from Patchogue Lake,
Laurel Lake and the Peconic River. Freshwater minnows are taking
the largest fish. Fly rodders are doing best with black woolly
buggers. Check out the regulations for largemouth bass before
heading out. Until June 1, there are only a few areas where they
can be taken.

The striped bass season north of the George Washington Bridge
opened up with reports of some good catches.

Guy Zummo


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