Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – November 29th, 2012
There was a lot of excellent fishing and hunting access news to report. The access to fishing and hunting grounds continues to improve since nearly the complete closure of saltwater access and hunting areas following Hurricane Sandy. The Fire Island barrier beaches west of Moriches Inlet remain mostly closed, but most of the North Shore beaches have opened up as well as the area around Montauk Point. The beaches to the east of Moriches Inlet are generally open. Most state and local boat launch ramps that weren’t damaged are now open. Captree State Park is open and the open boats were targeting stripers and blackfish, as are the boats running out of Freeport and Sheepshead Bay. The open boats were an excellent way to take advantage of the remainder of striped bass and blackfish season.
The few anglers whose private boats remained in the water are out fishing and the reports have been excellent. The inlet bars at Fire Island and Jones inlets produced plenty of large schoolie stripers on fresh skimmer clams fished in a clam belly slick, reported Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle. Sandy changed the shapes of these bars, so use care when fishing them.
The boats drifting eels have experienced excellent fishing in the South Shore inlets during the ebb tide with a few fish to 30 pounds reported. The best action has been at night, but the daylight fishing has been very good and is improving. A few stripers were caught on umbrella rigs trolled on wire just outside the inlets. There was excellent diamond jigging for striped bass in the ocean just outside of the inlets. The majority of the stripers were around the keeper mark, with a few 20-pound class fish being reported in the final days of the season.
Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that the ocean beaches around Shinnecock Inlet have produced a few schoolie bass on clams and bucktails, but most fish are small. Small stripers were caught at the Ponquogue Bridge. Scott also reported that the herring are still to the north of us, so there is still a good shot a large fall stripers when they work their way into our area. The Viking Fleet out of Montauk has been targeting herring and reported a few and were jigging for stripers, which they reported as excellent, to round out the day until the large schools of herring arrive.
The blackfish action was very good to excellent from both the inshore jetties as well as on the ocean wrecks. The pool blackfish aboard the open boats was around 10 pounds, with most anglers catching their limits. The blackfish action in the Sound was good, but slower than before Sandy hit. Green, fiddler and hermit crabs remained the top bait on the boats, with clams working well from shore.
The DEC hunting areas are now open. The pheasant and bow hunting seasons are open. The Ridge check station had opened for bowhunters.