The best inshore fishing has been for porgies. In New York Bight, the best porgy action was in 60 feet of water. Excellent porgy fishing was reported in The Peconics around Rodger’s Rock and in Gardiners Bay and along the North Shore beaches. The porgies are very large, with fish to 3 pounds common.
The inshore fluke fishing was typical for late August, with the best fishing occurring close to the inlet mouths during the last of the incoming tides. Spearing and squid combinations or live killies have been the best baits. The keeper ratio was less than one in 10. There were a lot of small sea bass competing for the fluke bait, making fishing near structure or over the mussel beds tough. Good fluke fishing was reported in Shinnecock Bay from the Ponquogue Bridge to the inlet.
The best fishing in the Sound was on the North Fork off Orient Point. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay have had a decent run of fluke but the fishing has been spotty.
The fluke fishing in the ocean has been best in about 60 feet of water under the schools of squid. The best fluke fishing was reported off Montauk Point at Frisbees. A lot of large sea bass were mixed in with the fluke.
Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that the offshore fishing for sharks and tuna was generally slow since there were no real temperatures offshore to concentrate the fish. The best tuna fishing has been in Tom’s Canyon and West Atlantic Canyon. A few mahi were caught at the NOAA buoy and at the NA buoy. A few brown sharks, small makos and hammerheads were also reported. Mike also reported that 1- to 3-pound weakfish were caught in West Channel.
Scott Leonard at Star Island Yacht Club reported that the striped bass fishing was excellent on eels at Pollock Rip, Great Eastern and at The Elbow, with numerous stripers in the 35- to 40-pound class. There was also good striper action under the schools of bunker on the south side behind the Town of Montauk. The striper and bluefish fishing has been slow off the ocean and Sound beaches. Scott also reported that the offshore action has been slow but weighed in a 212-pound bigeye tuna.
Frankie at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that some larger bluefish have moved into New York Bight and that fluke fishing in the Bight has been slow.
The blue crab fishing was good, with plenty of crabs being caught from the docks and by boat during moving water, and a night on the surface with spotlights. The snapper fishing remained excellent on all the traditional methods, with the snappers between 6 and 8 inches long. The larger snappers were caught using live peanut bunker.The Shinnecock Canal was very good for snappers, porgies and small sea bass.
A lot of triggerfish were caught on clams at the inlet jetties, bridges spanning the inlets and on buoy chains. Blowfish and small sea bass were mixed in with the triggerfish.
There is a lot of bait in the bays, squid and bunker offshore and bunker in the Sound, which is a very good sign for when the water turns cooler and clearer in September.
The freshwater fishing has slowed on the smaller lakes and ponds as they are covered with weeds due to the high water temperatures. The fishing on the larger, deeper lakes was good for largemouth bass, panfish and catfish.