Long Island & New York City Fishing Report – June 1st, 2012

Two- to 5-pound bluefish are roaming South Shore bays and North Shore harbors and are being caught on small diamond jigs cast under the flocks of birds. The best action occurred in the rips and along the edges of the flats where the bluefish were ambushing spearing. In the Sound, bluefish were caught on and off along all the beaches on tins, small swimming plugs and poppers.

Larger blues were caught on the ocean beaches on tins and poppers, with good reports coming from the Robert Moses beaches. Bluefish, and stripers into the 30-pound class, were caught in the rips off Montauk Point on diamond jigs, trolled tubes and parachute jigs, and off the Montauk beaches on bucktails, poppers and tins.

Stripers were caught on the West Bars of Fire Island and Jones inlets, in the East and West Cut of Moriches Inlet and in Shinnecock Inlet on clams and clam chum.  Clams and chum produced stripers under the inlet bridges as well as under the Wantagh and Loop Parkway bridges.

Stripers were caught off the ocean beaches and under the Verrazano Bridge on sandworms and bunker chunks, with the best action occurring during the night tides. The striped bass fishing remained excellent in the Race and Gut for anglers fishing light-colored bucktails during the day and dark bucktails at night on three-way rigs.

Flyrodders working Jamaica Bay around Kennedy Airport reported excellent striped bass fishing during the daytime tides, with numerous 20-pound class fish caught. Bluefish were mixed in with the stripers.

Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported that weakfish are being caught off Ocean Beach on plastic baits. The fluke fishing continued to be good throughout the Great South Bay, with some of the best action occurring the East-West Channel in front of Tanner Park, where numerous keepers as large as 8 pounds were caught on spearing and squid combos and on bucktails. The State Boat Channel is holding both stripers and fluke.

Plenty of squid have been reported in the South Shore bays and canals. The ocean fluke fishing has been excellent on large strip baits and on fluke balls tipped with squid.  In the Sound, the fluke fishing has been best on the North Fork, with a lot of shorts being caught to the west. Quogue Canal and the Peconics have also produced weakfish. 

Excellent fluke fishing continued on the East End, with the beginning of the incoming tide the best. Top spots included the Greenlawns off Shelter Island and the Middle Grounds. The fluke fishing was excellent in both Moriches and Shinnecock bays. 

The porgy fishing has been excellent throughout the Peconics, off Jessup’s Neck, at the Greenlawns and off Greenport. Porgy fishing off the western Sound beaches improved, with clams and worms the top baits. Porgy fishing has been outstanding from the Western Sound all the way to Orient Point. Fish to three pounds were common.

Anglers fishing the Ponquogue Bridge and the Shinnecock Canal did well on fluke, bass, blues, weakfish and blowfish.

On the freshwater scene, the trout fishing has been good in the stocked creeks and rivers as well as the stocked lakes, with the Carlls River between Southards Pond and Belmont Lake excellent. 

Guy Zummo

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