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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – August 24th, 2012

The fishing has remained good to excellent but anglers have had to adapt to the unusually warm water temperatures by searching out cooler water in the deeper parts of the Sound and fishing the incoming tides on the South Shore.

There is a lot of bait in the bays and Sound and there are large schools of squid and bunker in the ocean – a good sign for when the fish turn on as the water cools.

The inshore fluke fishing along the South Shore was best during the last of the incoming tide where the water was the coolest and cleanest as many of the bays are stained with high algae counts. In Shinnecock Bay the best fishing was along the edges of East Channel for anglers working small bucktails. Further to the east the best fluke fishing occurred at the inlet mouths out to about 80 feet of water. The keeper ratio offshore is better than inshore due to the heavy fishing pressure in the inlets, but the action offshore was slower than in the inlets and bays. 

There was good fluke fishing in Ambrose Channel. The fluke fishing off Montauk Point was good off the south side. Live killies or squid and spearing combos were the top bait choices. Bucktails tipped with squid strips or spearing worked well of the South and North Shore beaches.

The sea bass fishing remained very good on the artificial reefs and wrecks out to the 30-fathom line. Clams, squid and live killies were the top baits. The key to success was to locate the smaller less fished pieces on the artificial reefs and lesser known wrecks. In the Sound, the best sea bass fishing was on the deeper water reefs. There has been excellent sea bass fishing in Block Island Sound.

The bluefishing and striper fishing has slowed significantly. A few stripers to 20 pounds were caught in the South Shore inlets on live bunker and for anglers trolling tubes or parachutes in the rips off Montauk. A few small bluefish were caught on tins and poppers off the North Shore beaches, with the best fishing east of Riverhead.

The best striper and bluefish fishing was in Block Island Sound on live bait, jigs and chunk baits. There were limits of sea bass and porgies caught in the same area.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that porgies, bluefish and some weakfish were caught from the areas east of Robins Island, up around Jessup’s and points further east. Some blowfish were mixed in with the porgies. Also, the Shinnecock Canal has had a good showing on snappers; they’re in almost any creek as well. Snapper poppers and spearing accounted for most of the action. The Ponquogue Bridge was holding a decent amount of fluke along with some blues.

Triggerfish were caught at all the inlet bridges and jetties, along with a few sea bass. The porgy fishing in the Sound has been excellent from both the shore and by boat with numerous porgies in the 3-pound class.

The offshore action has slowed considerably. The canyons have been very hit or miss, with tuna hard to find. The mahi fishing was very good. A few marlin and wahoo were trolled up in the canyons. The shark fishing was slow, with a few mako sharks in the 50- to 125-pound class caught outside the 30 fathom line.

The blue crab fishing has remained slow, but there are still plenty of crabs being caught from the docks and by boat during moving water – more than enough to make a target crab trip worthwhile. The snapper fishing was excellent, with the snappers now around 6 inches and growing about an inch a week.

The freshwater fishing for largemouth bass and panfish on the East End has been excellent. Early mornings and late afternoons were the best times. Trout worms, small spinners and swimming plugs were good choices. The Peconic River fishing has been good for crappies, pickerel and largemouths.

Guy Zummo

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