Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – June 28th, 2013
Anglers have been hampered by high winds, torrential rains and a tropical storm. Those who did make it out of the inlets found stripers under the schools of bunker, but the fishing was slower than earlier in the month. The surfcasters in general have had a better run at stripers than boat anglers. Most of the stripers were in the 16- to 20-pound range throughout New York Bight and out to Montauk, with the Elbow and Great Eastern producing stripers in the 20-pound class on live bait and while trolling parachutes and tubes. A few larger stripers fell to live bunker outside the South Shore inlets.
Along the South Shore the best striper fishing for boaters was on skimmer clams fished in a clam chum slick under the inlet bridges. The top of flood tide and the first two hours or so of the outgoing tide were best as the water remained clear. By half-tide, the water silts up and the fishing slows.
The best surf fishing for stripers was on the North Shore beaches when the water was clear. An outgoing tide produced good catches for anglers working poppers and tins. A few large bluefish were mixed in with the stripers. The best fishing occurred when the wind was blowing hard enough to create good chop, but the water remained clear. The beaches along the central North Shore to Orient were good producers. Anglers fishing bunker chunks from the Ponquogue Bridge did well with stripers around 30 inches.
Surfcasters fishing around Moriches and Shinnecock inlets did well casting tins, poppers and soaking fresh bunker. A few blues were also mixed in with the stripers. When the winds were calm, the flats inside the bays produced stripers for fly rodders using crab and Clouser patterns.
Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported that the excellent blowfish fishing continued and that the blowfish have rapidly increased to edible size. The blowfish fishing is better now than in many years, with anglers catching buckets full of blowfish from all the docks along the Great South Bay. This year is first year tackle shops have been recommending targetting blowfish in many years.
Bob also reported excellent weakfish fishing all the traditional spots, such as Ocean Beach, West Channel and Copiague Hole at first light, and throughout Peconic and Gardiner’s bays. The best fishing is at the top of the tide. Last year the weakfish made an excellent showing, with this year being even better. There were many years where anglers did not specifically target weakfish; this year that has changed with the excellent fishing. Bucktails, plastic baits and sandworms all produced weakfish to 5 pounds.
The bluefish action in the South Shore bays and North Shore harbors remained excellent at first light and in the early evenings. Tins, bucktails, poppers and top-water flies were all excellent choices. The blues are in the 2- to 4-pound class, with an occasional larger fish. The State Boat Channel that runs along Ocean Parkway has been an excellent spot when the boat traffic is quiet.
The fluke fishing has slowed. This may be due to the rough weather churning up the bottom, so expect the fluke fishing to improve when the wind dies down. The better fluke fishing was with white bucktails tipped with Gulp or squid strips. The best fluke fishing was off Montauk and Orient points, with pool fish around 8 pounds.
The porgy fishing remained excellent on the North Shore beaches and around Orient Point into Gardiner’s Bay and over to Montauk Point.
Offshore, the blue shark fishing was excellent, with as many as 20 blue sharks reported per boat running 35 or more miles offshore. The best fishing occurred south of Moriches Inlet and to the east. A few makos to 200 pounds were caught with the blue sharks. This action should continue into mid-July. Once the water warms, the blue sharks will head north.