Thursday, February 2nd, 2023
Thursday, February 2nd, 2023

Breaking News for

Sportsmen Since 1967

Long Island/NYC

The much-anticipated winter flounder season opened April 1 to a
windy, rainy and cold week. Due to the weather only a handful of
anglers targeted flounder. A few flounder were reported by Bob Rose
at Bob’s Bait and Tackle. He noted that the flounder were taken in
the Babylon Cut on bloodworms and sandworms. Heavy clam and mussel
chum is a must. East End Bait and Tackle reported that a few
flatties were caught in the Shinnecock Canal. Also, a few flounder
were caught in the creeks dumping into Shinnecock and Moriches

Joe at Causeway Bait and Tackle noted that we need a few days of
sun to warm up the bottom to get the flounder moving. Joe expects
that the flounder fishing will improve during the next few weeks.
He also noted that the trout that were stocked in March for the
April 1 opening day had yet to turn on. The water needs to warm up
a few more degrees, but the Massapequa Reservoir has yielded decent
catches of trout on gold Kastmasters and gold Phoebes.

The trout action at Rattlesnake Creek and at Bubbles Falls
remains good, with dough balls and worms the best baits. A few
sea-run trout have been caught south of Montauk Highway at Argyle
Lake. On the north side, smaller trout are taking worms.

The white perch fishing at Santapogue Creek has improved since
the net that was strung across the canal opening has been removed,
which prevented any perch from entering the creek. Night crawlers
have been the best bait.

Crappies, yellow perch, pickerel, bluegills and largemouths are
being caught in most of the local lakes and ponds, with Blydenburgh
Lake, Patchogue Lake and the Twin Lakes in Wantagh being
particularly good.

The codfish bite off Montauk Point and Block Island has slowed,
but the fishing is still good. The bite may pick back up for a few
days when the gale force winds that we’ve been experiencing die
down. When the wind blows hard for a few days, the bottom silts up,
shutting down the fishing. There are only a few more days left of
the cod season before the water gets too warm and the cod move
offshore. The blackfish season remains open until April 30, so many
of the cod boats will switch over to blackfish once the cod shut
down. Many of the open boats out of Sheepshead Bay on the North
Shore will be targeting blackfish during the last two weeks of the

The striped bass season opened on April 15 with a size limit of
one fish per day at 28-40 inches, and one fish larger than 40
inches. The much-anticipated fluke regulations have become
official, with the season being open between May 15-June 15 and
July 3-Aug. 17. The minimum size fluke is 21 inches, with a two
fish per day limit.

Guy Zummo

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