The codfishing off Montauk Point remains steady, with most fish
in the low teens. Depending on the sea conditions, the fish are
being caught while at anchor or drifting. Fresh skimmer clams have
been the top bait while at anchor. When drifting, Viking-style jigs
in the 10-to 24-ounce range have been the most productive.
The top codfish catches have been by anglers using a teaser tied
two feet above the bait or jig. Nine-inch long Jelly worms, 6-inch
curly tails, or surgical tubes in white, pink, red or blue have
been consistent. Pack a variety of teasers since the hot teaser and
color changes from day to day.
Tom at Haskell’s Bait and Tackle reported that in addition to
the cod at Montauk Point, there have been cod taken from the local
offshore wrecks outside Shinnecock Inlet. Tom expects that a
variety of baitfish should be moving inshore within the next few
weeks, triggering the start of the spring fishing season.
Justin at Parkwood Outfitters reported that a 14.5-pound brown
trout was caught at Site 12 in the Connetquot River. The most
consistent sites have been at 1 through 4. Woolly Buggers, Zonkers
and weighted nymphs have been consistent fly patterns. Justin noted
that there is always a possibility of a caddis hatch, so carry a
few No. 14 to 16 brown or natural caddis patterns.
Trout are also being caught at Bubbles Falls and at Rattlesnake
Creek on night crawlers and trout worms, as well as on salmon eggs
and Power Baits. Flycasters are doing well using weighted nymphs.
The best fishing has been during high slack water, and at
John at Glen Cove Sports Shop reported that the fishing in the
Long Island Sound, with the exception of a few scattered herring
being caught on the Western Sound docks, has been slow.