Long Island/NYC

The codfishing off Montauk Point is excellent, reports Dan at
Causeway Bait and Tackle. Carry both jigs and bait during day trips
as the hot rig changes day to day. Bait has been the better choice
during the nighttime trips. Dan also reported that anglers working
the Atlantic Beach Reef, the McAllister Grounds and the local ocean
wrecks have taken a few cod and blackfish.

Captain Steven of the Viking Superstar at Montauk Point reported
that when the weather cooperates the cod fishing has been
excellent. On Feb. 7, Greg Felline had a pool winning cod of 25
pounds caught on the jig. Also, Viking regular Arden nailed himself
20 cod on jigs and jelly worms.

Tom at Haskell’s Bait and Tackle reported that the cod and sea
bass are being caught from 120 feet of water and deeper outside
Shinnecock Inlet. Jigs and bait are both productive, so carry both
to cover all bases.

Justin at Parkwood Outfitters reported that the trout fishing at
the Connetquot River State Park Preserve remains excellent. The
trout have been moving down river from the higher beats and into
the main pond. White and black woolly buggers have been consistent
producers. Justin recommends carrying a few caddis flies and midges
for the sporadic hatches that have developed on the few warm
weather days that we have been experiencing. Justin reported
there’s no restriction on what you can wear in the water at beats 1
thru 4, making these particularly good cold weather spots. Bubbles
Falls is located just south of the Preserve. Anglers have been
catching trout on worms, PowerBaits and flies, with high-slack
water the best tide. Since this area is brackish water, a
freshwater fishing license is not required.

Justin also reported there have been some steelheads and sea-run
browns being caught in the Carlls River, just below Argyle Lake,
with fish to 8 pounds being reported.

Guy Zummo


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