The offshore water temperature remains cool for this time of
year keeping the fluke in the bays and harbors. The best fluking
has been in Moriches and Shinnecock bays. Gary at Silly Lilly
Fishing Station reported a 7-pound plus fluke for Tony Ambrosia at
Buoy 14 in Moriches Bay and similar sized one caught by Dave Roys
in the East Cut at Moriches Inlet. Pete at Haskell’s Bait and
Tackle reports that the keeper ratio is about 1 in 4, with the
edges of channels and the mussel beds your best bet in Shinnecock
Bay. The best baits have been sand eels and live killies. A
9.5-pound fluke was caught off of the Castle on a live killie.
The offshore reefs have been loaded with sea bass, with the best
bait being clams.
A few small yellowfin and bluefin tunas were reported by East
End Bait and Tackle caught by boats finding some warm water beyond
the edge of the shelf off Shinnecock Inlet. A few small makos and
thresher sharks were taken at the Linda Wreck, but the inshore
sharking would be better if it wasn’t for the incredible amount of
dogfish on the inshore grounds. Dogfish are harassing fluke
fisherman off Rockaway Inlet, confirming that the inshore ocean
temperatures are cool.
The striped bass fishing remains excellent with John Farley and
friends limiting out on stripers aboard Captain Rich Jensen’s Nancy
Ann at The Race on bucktails fished on a 3 x 3 rig a few turns off
the bottom. A few 10- to 12-pound bluefish were mixed in. There are
several schools of adult bunker between Jones and Fire Island
inlets in 20 to 40 feet of water which are working their way to the
east. Under these schools are a good number of 30- and 40-pound
class stripers being caught on freshly snagged bunker, reports Mike
at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle. Surf-casters using fresh bunker
chunks and heads are cashing in on these large bass when they drive
the bunker into casting range.
Clam bellies worked at any of the bridges and rips are producing
a large number of schoolie stripers. The notable bridges have been
the big Meadowbrook and Wantagh bridges. Greg at Causeway Bait and
Tackle recommends drifting live bunker at these bridges for bass up
to 50 pounds. The best fishing has been during the early morning on
the outgoing tide. Large stripers are taking eels in the East and
West cuts at Moriches inlet and are being trolled on wire line and
parachute jigs at The Elbow off Montauk Point. There have been
schools of shad in Fire Island Inlet, which have been live lined
for stripers to 40 pounds along the South Beach and around the Sore
Surf-casters working Creek Chub style poppers, tins and Bombers
along the backsides of Jones, Fire Island and Rockaway inlets are
catching a good number of schoolie bass, 1- to 3-pound bluefish and
the occasional teen-sized weakfish. Clams and bunker chunks are
catching stripers between West End 2 and the Sore Thumb. These fish
are moving around so you have to search for them.
Fly-fisherman using olive over white and blue over white
Deceivers, half and halfs, and Clouser Minnows on the flats in
Gardiner’s and Shinnecock bays have been doing exceptionally. Baby
bunker patterns are also producing. At night, a full-black Deceiver
has been the top fly.
The best blue fishing has been on the North Shore with tons
being caught off Port Jefferson on diamond jigs. Wego Fishing
recommends casting Kastmasters and small shad-paddle tails on the
beaches between Goldsmith’s and Orient Point for blues.
Captain Dan of the Celtic Quest reported that there are huge
schools of big porgies piled up on all the local rocks in the
eastern Sound. Porgies are also being caught off the Rocky Point
Road and Truman’s beaches on clams.
On the freshwater scene, John at Parkwood Outfitters reported
that 4- to 5-pound rainbow and brown trout are being caught at the
upper beats at the Connetquot River State Park, particularly sites
27 and 28. The upper areas are not currently stocked, so the
average trout is large. Wooly buggers, hare’s ear nymphs and scuds
are a good choice. There was just a hatch of big brown drakes.
Small caddis and blue-winged olive hatches are occurring, with a
few sulfur hatches in the 16 to 18 hook size.