Weather slows fishing activity; Hudson stripers hitting -Long Island/NYC Fishing Report

The fishing continued to improve with the excellent weather. The above-average water temperature has advanced the saltwater season about three weeks ahead of where it traditionally is at this time of year. The freshwater fishing is in full swing with the lakes and ponds producing plenty of largemouth bass, panfish, pickerel and trout.

Scott Jeffery from East End Bait and Tackler reported that flounder have moved into Shinnecock Bay.  Plenty of chum with worms and mussels as bait are doing the trick on the flounder in all areas. Striped bass were caught in both Shinnecock and Peconic bays, in the Shinnecock Canal and in Shinnecock Inlet. Most of the bass have been falling for rubber baits. Cocktail bluefish were beginning to be caught in the Shinnecock Canal, with some larger fish moving in.

Good reports of weakfish were coming from the Quogue Canal and a few from the Shinnecock Canal. Scott recommends checking out the regular haunts like Rogers Rock and the South Race if you’re looking for a tiderunner. Steve at Wego Fishing also reported a few weakfish around Shelter Island caught on sandworms and on clams.

There were numerous reports of preseason fluke in all the South Shore bays and inlets, with many keepers reported. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that the open boats fishing under RSA permits have been limiting out on fluke in the Great South Bay and in Fire Island Inlet. Mike also reported that striped bass to 15 pounds were caught on bait and plugs, and bluefish to 6 pounds were caught on tins, off Cedar and Robert Moses beaches. Flounder to 4 pounds were caught on the Fire Island artificial reef, with a mix of preseason porgies and large sea bass, and a few codfish and mackerel. There was excellent striped bass fishing just outside the South Shore inlets on bunker and mackerel chunks.

Jimmy at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that the striped bass fishing in the back of Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport and out to the Verrazano Bridge has been very good on bunker and sandworms. Blues were caught on tins and on bunker chunks in the same area, with the areas around Floyd Bennett Field, the Cross Bay Blvd. Bridge and off Manhattan Beach particularly good. Flounder were caught on the Coney Island Flats and at the Cedars. Anglers fishing the Conference

House off south Staten Island and off Great Kills Beach reported good striped bass fishing on bunker chunks.

John at Glen Cove Sports Shop reported that there were tons of bunker in the western Sound, along with some smaller bait. The striped bass fishing has been good, with one angler reporting five stripers from 30 to 38 inches. There were also plenty of schoolie stripers attacking splittail and shad tail soft baits as well as swimming plugs. A 34-inch striper was reported from Oak Neck Beach on a popper. A few bluefish have been reported from the same areas as the stripers. The fish are in the Sound; you just have to keep on moving to find them until they settle into their spring and summer locations.  John reported that porgies between 14 and 16 inches were caught on baits meant for flounder and stripers.  Large porgies were also reported in the Peconics. These big porgies should make the May 1 opening day an excellent one. The flounder pick in the Sound has been generally slow.  Anglers using chum fared better than those who didn’t. 

Guy Zummo

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