Long Island/NYC

Despite the near continuous rain and fog, with the occasional
thunderstorm, anglers who braved the weather found the fish
cooperative, with stripers to 40 pounds being taken in the western
sound on live bunker fished in and around the bunker schools
roaming off Morgan’s Pond, Crescent and Pryibils beaches, and off
Peacock Point. Off the beaches, the stripers are taking clams. A
few weakfish are mixed in with the bass as evidenced by Tom
Parker’s 8-pound, 1-ounce tiderunner caught on a hammer lure,
reports John at Glen Cove Sports Shop. John also reported that the
western sound is loaded with blues in the 1- to 2-pound class and
that schools of blues to 10 pounds plus are roaming the sound.

The sand eels showed up on the North Shore with schoolie
stripers and blues behind them. John at Atlantic Outfitters
reported that chartreuse and white Clouser Minnows and Seducers are
taking the bass and blues during the day. Purple and black flies
are working better in low-light conditions. Weakfish are responding
to yellow and red Deceivers at Matinecock Point and points to the
east. Weakfish continued to be caught off Heckscher State Park,
West Channels and off Ocean Beach. Plastic baits, including Bass
Assassins, are the top lure. Whole sandworms have been the top
bait.

Also on the North Shore, porgies of all sizes, with fish 2-plus
pounds common, along with sea bass are at all their usual spots.
Porgies and sea bass are also being caught on the Moriches, Fire
Island and Hempstead artificial reefs on clams and squid.

The fluke season closed on June 16, with some of the best fluke
fishing occurring. On the South Shore fluke have been moving from
the back bays and shallows into the inlets where squid and spearing
combinations have shore well in Shinnecock, Moriches, Fire Island,
Jones, Debs and Rockaway inlets. The first half of the outgoing
tide has been the most productive time.

Keeper size (when the season reopens July 3) and bigger fluke
were caught in the areas around the Basket and Rampasture on squid
and spearing, reports Scott at East End Bait and Tackle. Also, the
area by the Tiana Pavilion in 70 to 80 feet of water and in front
of the Castle and the Cheese House in 50-60 feet of water has
yielded a good number of keeper fluke. Large baits including smelts
and whole bait size squids, and Spro bucktails have caught the
largest fluke. In the Peconic Bay, the area around Robins Island
and off the Greenlawns and Jessup’s has had good fluke fishing,
along with some excellent bluefishing. The Montauk open boats are
reporting that most anglers are limiting out and that most
pool-winning fluke were in the 7- to 8-pound class. Captain Dan of
the Celtic Quest also reported excellent fluke fishing off Port
Jefferson.

The first offshore report comes from Tom at Bergen Point Bait
and Tackle with a decent number of blue sharks being taken 40 miles
from shore around 180 feet of water.

Off the beaches, stripers and blues are taking bunker chunks and
clams during the day and eels at night. Cedar, West End 2, Gilgo,
Great Gun, Democrat Point and Montauk Point and along the North
Shore east end beaches from Rocky Point to the east, have had
excellent striper fishing, with the best action occurring during
the night tides. White bucktails with pork rind or squid strip
trailers have been consistently catching stripers and blues. Off
Montauk Point the surf action remains excellent, reports Jack Yee
and Paulie’s Bait and tackle, as they reported that Mike Coppola
worked the rocks under the light and caught a 55.14-pound bass on a
yellow needlefish. Numerous 40-pound plus stripers have also been
caught.

On the freshwater scene, Tom at Haskell’s Bait and Tackle
reported that the local ponds in the Hamptons have had excellent
largemouth bass fishing on salamander imitations. Mike at the
Fisherman’s Deli reported that the largemouth bass fishing in the
Peconic River has been excellent on minnows, with many largemouths
in the 6- to 7-pound class reported. The largemouths have begun
showing a preference to gold spinners and poppers over minnows.
Overall, the Peconic River is experiencing an excellent year with
plenty of crappie, pickerel and catfish being caught.

Guy Zummo

flyfishguy@optonline.net

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