Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – June 29th, 2012
The strong east wind kept many anglers inshore, but the sea bass fishing was excellent, with limits of 3- to 4-pound sea bass caught on the South Shore artificial reefs, the wrecks from New York Bight to Montauk Point out to 100 feet of water and in Block Island Sound. Inside the South Shore inlets the action was hot, with smaller sea bass making up the catch. The sea bass fishing was also excellent on the reefs and rock piles in the Sound, Gardiners Bay and the Peconics.
Some of the best fishing for large sea bass is now before the reefs and wrecks get fished hard. A few charter and open boats are running sea bass specials where they target the lesser known and harder to find wrecks for trophy sea bass.
The school bluefin tuna action remained excellent in the area around the Glory Hole, reported Joe at Bergen Point Bait and Tackle, with the best fishing occurring behind the draggers. The areas around the Bacardi Wreck and Chicken Canyon held numerous bluefin. The recreational limit is one bluefin per boat per day so anglers are combining these trips with sharking. The shark fishing is very good, with a fair number of makos from 50 to 175 pounds being caught at the 25-mile line along with blue sharks. The blue shark fishing improved toward and beyond the 30-mile line.
The fluke fishing remained strong, with the best fishing along the South Shore occurring in the inlets during the incoming tide, with the bays west of Moriches Bay experiencing an early brown tide, and out to 60 feet of water. The fluke fishing in Moriches Bay is excellent, with a keeper ratio of nearly 1 to 2. The traditional squid and spearing combos produced well, as did bucktails tipped with squid strips or spearing. Whole rigged squid was the top bait for large fluke.
Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle Reported that the fluke bite in Shinnecock Bay continued to improve, with fish holding strong in western Shinnecock Bay and beginning to show up strong inside of the inlet. Bucktails, Berkley Gulp! baits and live killies were the top baits. Fluke were caught around Robins Island and Greenport. Some weakfish were caught around Roses Grove and fell to hi-low drifted squid.
The fluke fishing off the south side of Montauk Point, was excellent with nearly all anglers limiting out on large fluke. The same was true off Orient Point, where doormat fluke were common. In the Sound the fluke remained strong.
Striped bass were at all the local bridges and inside the inlets. Clam chumming has been producing fish on both tides. The outgoing tide produced excellent schoolie bass action on the bars outside Moriches, Fire Island and Jones inlets. Larger stripers were caught on live bunker and eels and on drifted clams,
The striped bass fishing off Montauk Point was excellent for anglers trolling parachute jigs and umbrella rigs in Pollock Rip, Great Eastern and up-front, as well as drifting live baits in the same rips.
Bluefish were everywhere, with fish up to 5 pounds roaming the South Shore bays and North Shore harbors caught on swimming plugs, tins and poppers. Larger bluefish were caught in the mid-Sound and offshore on umbrella rigs, diamond jigs and bunker chunks.
From the surf, bass and blues were caught on the ocean beaches on tins, bucktails and plugs, and also clams and bunker. Fluke were being caught from shore on plastic baits and bucktails. The Shinnecock and Moriches inlets had a good striped bass bite on bucktails and plastic baits. Triggerfish have started to make an appearance in the Shinnecock Canal, inlets and jetties. The canal also had porgies and fluke biting. The Ponquogue Bridge is holding striped bass and fluke.
The porgy fishing was good, with Jessups, Robin's Island and Gardiners areas yielding fish to 18 inches. Blue and stripers were caught on umbrella rigs in the same area. The porgy fishing continued to be excellent along the entire North Shore, including the Western Sound beaches.
The freshwater fishing has been excellent in the Peconic River for pickerel and crappie. In the eastern lakes, especially Laurel Lake, largemouths up to 5 pounds were reported. The panfishing is strong everywhere, and trout were still being caught in the rivers and streams.