Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – May 31st, 2013

Weakfish were caught in Flanders Bay from the beach at Indian Island County Park on white bucktails tipped with sandworms in the cut to the salt pond, and at Roses Grove and at Jessup’s Neck. Plastic baits and sandworms were also excellent producers. Most weakfish were in the 2- to 3-pound class. The channel off Ocean Beach between Range and West channels has produced weakfish between 5 and 8 pounds on sandworms, plastic baits, jelly worms and bucktails.

The striped bass have settled into their late spring patterns, with good numbers of bass being caught at the South Shore inlet bridges and ocean bars on skimmer clams and clam belly chum, with most stripers between 8 and 15 pounds, along with a few stripers in 20-pound class being caught.  Drifting eels during the night tides yielded stripers into the 30-pound class. Inside the inlets and into Moriches, Shinnecock and the Great South Bays, stripers were caught on live bunker snagged from the schools that have entered the bays. Large stripers were caught in the ocean under the bunker schools off the South Shore beaches on both live-lined bunkers and bunker chunks drifted on the bottom.

Bluefish from 3 to over 10 pounds were mixed in with the stripers in all areas, along with an occasional weakfish. Blues from 3 to 5 pounds have been roaming the South Shore bays and North Shore harbors, providing great surface action on poppers and swimmers at first light and at dusk. Flyrodders cashed in using poppers and crease flies. Scott Jeffery from East End Bait and Tackle reported that flyrodders working the flats in Shinnecock Bay have caught plenty of stripers.

Stripers and blues were caught in the entire Sound from the East River out to Orient Point. Bunker chunks, diamond jigs and sandworms fished on the reefs and back in the harbors produced consistent striper action.  The striper action has been very good at night and during the early-morning tides.

Off Montauk Point, stripers were caught from the shore on plugs, tins and bucktails, as well as by flyrodders working the beaches behind the town around to Napeague. Boaters limited out on stripers in the 20-pound class and larger on trolled tubes, parachute jigs, and drifting live baits in the rips off the Point.

Bunker chunks and jigs produced stripers in the 20-pound class and large bluefish in New York Bight, with some of the best fishing occurring at night. Most boats were limiting out quickly and switching over to fluke during the day or calling it an early night.

The ocean fluke bite remained good outside the South Shore inlets in 40 to 60 feet of water on squid, spearing squid combos, bucktails tipped with squid strips or PowerBaits. The fluke continued to work their way into the bays, but the catch was mostly shorts. In the Peconics, the fluke fishing off the Greenlawns and Greenport was good. Off Montauk Point, the fluke fishing was excellent off the north side.

The fluke fishing on the North Fork from Rocky Point to Orient Point has been outstanding, with fluke to 10 pounds being caught on squid, spearing and squid combos and bucktails. The porgy fishing in the same areas has been outstanding.  Bluefish were being caught under the birds and mixed in with the fluke. Further to the west off Port Jefferson, the fluke fishing was excellent, with fish from 5 to 8 pounds taking the pools with plenty of fish in the 3- to 4-pound class being caught.

Porgy fishing in the Sound and in the Peconics was excellent, with porgies to 4 pounds reported. Fishing was good from both shore and boat on clams and squid strips. Most areas have produced a mixed bag of fluke, porgies, the occasional weakfish and a few blues.

The freshwater fishing has been excellent, with largemouth bass and pickerel being caught on topwater lures, spinner baits and worms in the large lakes and in the Peconic River. Panfish action has been excellent in nearly all the lakes and ponds on worms and grubs. Trout were caught in the tidal creeks and in the lakes. 

Guy Zummo

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