Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – April 5th, 2013

The continued colder than normal weather has kept the ocean water temperature cold, around 40 degrees. This has extended the stretch of excellent cod and ling fishing but has made fishing tough on some days due to high seas and strong winds.

The bulk of the fish are being caught in 120 feet of water and deeper. Fresh skimmer clams and jigs were both productive, with the edge going to skimmer clams. The majority of the codfish were under 10 pounds, but many are keeper size. Pool cod ranged from 12 to 15 pounds, with a few 20-pound fish coming over the rails, especially on boats targeting the wrecks along the 30 fathom line or deeper or working Block Island Sound or New York Bight. Pollock to 10 pounds are mixed with the cod.

The Viking Fleet reported excellent long-range trips out of Montauk Point when the weather window permitted. The primary target of these trips is tilefish. The tilefish are averaging 15 to 30 pounds. Barrel fish and cod are part of the mix of fish caught. These trips are typically 25 hours long and target seldom-fished areas in water as deep as 1,000 feet.

Anglers working the tidal creeks in the East End bays continue to catch a few white perch and trout, along with some pre-season stripers.  Worms, spinners and flies are all working well.

A few anglers have been out scouting for pre-season stripers along the beaches, but the reports have been quiet.

The freshwater action has been slow but should be heating up soon.

Guy Zummo

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