The porgy fishing in the Long Island Sound from City Island to
Montauk and out to Block Island has been fantastic. The
recreational season ended Sept. 26 but the party boat season is
open until Oct.15. Nearly every high spot in 20 to 30 feet of water
has been producing porgies. Notable hotspots in Peconic Bay have
been between Flanders Bay and Jessup’s Neck, off Robins Island, and
around Rodger’s Rock.
Bluefish fishing has been fantastic in all the usual haunts.
Diamond jigs are accounting for blues from 6 to 12 pounds in Plum
Gut. Trollers are scoring on umbrella rigs along The Ruins and
around Gardner’s Island. surf casters are scoring on teen-sized
blues on fresh bunker chunks off Cedar, Gilgo, Robert Moses and
Tobay beaches. Bluefishing has also been excellent off Coney
Island, Sea Gate, Norton’s Point, and off Great Gun. Bunker chunks
and tins are accounting for their share of blues. Chris at
Northport Rod and Reel reported a mixed bag of blues and stripers
at Old Field, Cranes Neck, East Neck Point, and in the Middle
Bluefin tuna fishing is improving as the water cools. Bluefins
to 50 pounds have been taken south of Block Island, and along the
30-fathom curve off the South Shore, with the best fishing east of
Moriches Inlet. Yellowfin tuna to 50 pounds have been caught
southeast of Montauk Point. Mahi are being trolled among the
yellowfin and bluefin tunas.
Blue shark fishing has picked up, with the Montauk boats landing
5 or so per trip up to 175 pounds. A 506-pound mako was caught
southeast of Montauk, but most of the makos caught remain under 100
Gary at Silly Lily Fishing Station reports excellent mixed bag
fishing in Moriches Bay around buoy 15. Kingfish, snappers,
porgies, sea bass and the occasional striper are taking worms and
clams. Better striper fishing can be had on drifted fresh clams or
on eel in the east and west cuts of Moriches Inlet. Casters are
doing well with swimming shads.
Diamond jigs fished on the flats off Montauk are catching sea
bass to 5 pounds. The Shinnecock, Moriches, Fire Island, and
Hempstead reefs are producing a lot of smaller porgies with the
occasional 3 to 4 pounder. Fresh clams and squid are the tip
Scott at East End Bait and Tackle reports that striper fishing
has been improving daily with the cooling water temps. Many quality
fish have been reported in the Shinnecock Inlet for those using
live eels, bunker and sandworms. Clam chummers have been catching
their share of bass as well anchoring up at the Ponquogue Bridge.
Pete at Haskell’s Bait and Tackle also reported improved striper
fishing around Moriches Inlet with pencil poppers, bucktails with a
pork rind trailer, and live eels accounting for some keeper bass.
Pete also noted that bigger blues are starting to show around the
inlet. Striped bass to the high teens are being caught on plugs and
bait near Shoreham.
The kingfish fishing has been better then during the last few
years. They can be caught in the Great South Bay in Dickerson’s
Channel, in the State Boat Channel between the Lindenhurst Cut and
the Third Wantagh Bridge, around Rodger’s Rock and Robin’s Island
in the Peconic, off Cedar, Tobay and Gilgo beaches, and off the
Robert Moses beaches. Sandworms are the top bait, with many
kingfish weighing in between 2 and 3 pounds.
Weakfish are being caught on live bunker off the Sore Thumb.
Also, Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reports that the area around the
Marine Park Bridge is also holding weakfish to 10 pounds.
Justin at Parkwood Outfitters reported that fly-rodders are
catching some false albacore, striped bass and blues on bay
anchovies patterns at Montauk Point when the weather cooperates. On
the freshwater scene, Justin reports that the lower beats of the
Connetquot River have plenty of hatchery trout. Woolly Buggers,
Zonkers and most streamer patterns are working. The best freshwater
report of the week comes from Mike at The Fisherman’s Deli with a
7-pound 9-ounce largemouth caught in Forge Pond by Emory Butts.
Mike also reported a decent pick of largemouths at Wildwood Lake on
Senko worms and poppers.
The blackfish season opened Oct. 1, with a 14-inch minimum size
limit, and 4-tautog per person per day possession limit.