Monday, February 6th, 2023
Monday, February 6th, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Long Island/NYC

The big news this spring are the incredibility large weakfish
being caught in the South Shore inlets, in Jamaica Bay, south of
Shelter Island, and off Staten Island as evidenced by Dave Alv’s
19-pound, 12-ounce tide runner, a potential IGFA world record,
caught from a Staten Island beach on a bunker head.

There hasn’t been large numbers of these weakfish reported
anywhere, but most South Shore tackle shops have reported weighing
in a couple of 14- to 16-pound weakfish caught from Jones, Fire
Island, Moriches and Shinneock inlets on live bunker. Weakfish to
17 pounds are being caught on the south side of Shelter Island and
in Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport, which has given up the largest
amount of these tide runners caught on live bunkers and tins. Shore
anglers are doing well with these large weakfish fishing the North
Channel and Marine Parkway bridges in Jamaica Bay on sandworms,
live bunker, bunker chunks and tins. Weakfishing on the North Shore
have been more difficult to find, but try the areas around Roses
Grove, Rogers Rock and Jessup’s Neck for your best shot, reports
East End Bait and Tackle.

The striped bass action is on the upswing with stripers taking
clam bellies on the west bars of both Fire Island and Jones inlets,
at the Robert Moses Bridge, Smith Point Bridge and the Meadowbrook
and Wantagh bridges. The best action has been on fresh skimmer
clams or bunker chunks worked into a clam-belly slick during the
first few hours of the outgoing tide. Live bunker fished at the
east end of the Quogue Canal and area between Taylor’s Hole and
Heady Creek is producing keeper bass. At the Ponquogue Bridge the
bass have arrived but not in large numbers, with a few keeper fish
in the 20s on bucktails. Blues are mixed in with the bass.

On the North Shore, schoolie stripers are taking sandworms and
fresh bunker chunks fished on the flats in Manhasset Harbor, off
Fort Totten, inside Little Neck Bay and at the Pelham Bay
Bridge.

The bluefish have invaded all the South Shore inlets and bays
and are beginning to spread into the North Shore bays and harbors.
The best spots includes Peconic Bay where the blues are chasing
bunker all the way back to Riverhead, off the Blue Point and West
Saville docks on mackerel chunks, in Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport,
the Canarsie Pier and off the North Channel Bridge. Most of the
action has been on bunker chunks and tins, with the blues averaging
3 to 10 pounds. On the North Shore, diamond jigs and plugs are
accounting for blues off Jessup’s Neck in the 3- to 6-pound range
with the occasional 10 pounder. The key is to look for the
birds.

The best flounder action has been around Buoy 20 in Moriches Bay
on the incoming tide. John from Glen Cove Sports Shop reports that
the flounder have moved out of the western Sound, North Shore coves
to the area off Crescent, Pryibils and Oak Neck.

Guy Zummo

flyfishguy@optonline.net

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