Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – June 14th, 2013
The striped bass fishing in New York Harbor continued to be excellent, with fish in the high teens to low 20-pound class being caught on bunker chunks fished on the flats south of Governor’s Island, with the bottom of the nighttime outgoing tide best producing the best action. Live eels drifted in the East River from the UN south to the Brooklyn Bridge produced numerous stripers during the outgoing tide. A few bluefish in the low teens were mixed in with the stripers.
Stripers in the low- to mid-teens were caught on the bars and rips in South Shore inlets on clam bellies and fresh skimmer clams. Larger stripers were caught drifting live eels in the inlets at night and on live bunker during the day. The outgoing tides continued to provide the hottest action. The striper fishing off Montauk Point was excellent with boaters scoring stripers into the 30-pound class on live baits and by trolling tubes and parachute jigs in the rips.
In the Sound, the best striped bass fishing occurred on the reefs in the western Sound using bunker chunks and diamond jigs. Small stripers were caught on the beaches on the north side of the North Fork.
Surf and shore anglers caught stripers from back of the harbors in the Sound and at the South Shore inlets on bucktails, plastic baits, poppers and swimming plugs. A fair number of bluefish between 5 and 8 pounds were mixed in the with stripers. The best striper action occurred during the night tides, with dawn and late afternoons the best time for bluefish. Fly-rodders caught stripers and blues on crease flies, poppers, sliders as well as bunker patterns. The flats in Shinnecock Bay and Gardiner’s Bay has produced stripers for fly-rodders tossing crab patterns when the wind was not blowing.
Schools of 2- to 5-pound bluefish were roaming the South Shore bays, with anglers catching blues under the birds using tins and poppers, or while drifting for fluke.
The fluke fishing was improving, with the keeper ratio being about 1 in 10. Squid and spearing combinations as well as bucktails tipped with squid were good choices. The largest fluke were being caught outside the South Shore inlets, off Montauk Point and off Orient Point.
There has been resurgence of weakfish, with numerous weakfish in the 2- to 4-pound range being taken in Peconic and Gardiner’s bays. A fair number of weakfish were caught in Moriches Bay near the new cut to the ocean.
There were quite a few blowfish caught off the South Shore docks. Most of the fish are small, but this year has yielded more blowfish than in years past.
The porgy fishing on the North Shore has been excellent for both boat and shore anglers. The porgies are big, with fish over 3 pounds reported. Hot spots have been the Peconic and Gardiner’s bays, and off Port Jefferson.
The offshore scene has been quiet due to the high winds experienced during this report period.
Overall, the freshwater fishing was excellent. The largemouth bass fishing has been very good, with bass in the 2- to 4-pound range falling to spinnerbait and top-water plugs during the early morning and late afternoon hours.