Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – January 11th, 2013
Saltwater anglers focused on sea bass, cod, ling and pollock fishing as the action continued to improve with the cooling ocean water temperatures. Most codfish were between 4 and 8 pounds, with pool fish on open boats between 12 and 20 pounds. The best fishing occurred on the 20 fathom and deeper wrecks off the South Shore, with the east end outproducing the areas to the west for cod. But some excellent codfishing was still found in New York Bight, with more ling being caught than on the east end. The top rig varied between fresh skimmer clams and jigs with teasers, depending if there were sand eels on the grounds, where the jigs work best.
The sea bass fishing remained excellent on all the ocean artificial reefs and wrecks as well as the rock piles and reefs in the Sound. A fair number of jumbo porgies were mixed in the sea bass.
There have been a few herring reported on both the North Shore and South Shore, but the action has been sporadic, with the North Shore a bit more consistent than along the South Shore.
The DEC lands at Rocky Point had good and consistent pheasant hunting.