Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – July 12th, 2013
The inshore and offshore water temperatures increased, improving the fluke fishing in all areas. The keeper ratio has improved for both boat anglers and shore anglers. The South Shore inlets, North Shore harbors and the ocean have yielded fluke to 4 pounds on spearing and squid combinations, bucktails tipped with squid strips and plastic baits. The better fishing for quantity was found in the bays, with larger fluke deep in the Sound and offshore. The largest fluke were caught off Montauk Point and Orient Point. Excellent fluke fishing was also found in Ambrose Channel.
Shore anglers did well fishing the Ponquogue Bridge for fluke and bluefish during the day and striped bass at night. Fresh bunker chunks were the top bait on stripers, with plastic baits fished on jigheads producing fluke. Tins and popper produced bluefish, with first light and dawn the best time.
Flyrodders did well catching fluke on the flats in Gardiner’s, Shinnecock and Moriches bays using Clouser minnows tied to imitate spearing. Spearing and bunker pattern flies accounted for stripers and bluefish in Jamaica Bay, in New York Harbor and along the North Shore beaches.
Surfcasters working the ocean beaches, especially around and in the mouths of the inlets, did well on bluefish between 2 and 5 pounds on poppers early and late in the day and tins during the day. A few stripers to 12 pounds were caught with the blues.
Charlie Witek reported excellent shark fishing on the 30-fathom line south of Shinnecock Inlet, with makos to 250 pounds and numerous blue sharks up to 125 pounds. Most blue sharks were in the 50- to 80-pound range.
Scott Jeffrey at East End Bait and Tackle reported plenty of makos being caught within 25 miles of the inlet. Most fish were around the 150- to 200-pound mark. Bluefin were being seen by the sharkers.
The bass fishing has remained steady, with the best action under the bunker pods in the ocean, off Montauk Point on trolled parachutes and live bait, and in Plum Gut on light-colored bucktails fished on a three-way rig during the day and dark bucktails at night. Clams drifted in the South Shore inlets and fished on the inlet bars during the night and outgoing tides produced stripers to 20 pounds. On the North Shore, diamond jigs produced striper jigging outside the harbor mouths. Bunker chunks produced limits of stripers in New York Harbor from the Verrazano Bridge to the United Nations building.
Scott Jeffery also reported that porgies and blues dominate the western Peconics. Anchor up, drop a clam log south of Jessup’s and the porgies will come. Blues can be jigged in the rips of the South Race or at Jessup’s or trolled on umbrella rigs.
Triggerfish have moved into the inlets as well as the Shinnecock Canal along the north end. Small squid strips fished in the inlet rocks and around the bridge pilings at the inlet bridges produced a few triggerfish.
The blowfish action in the South Shore bays has slowed, but the crabbing has improved, with crabs caught both at night and off the docks and piers during the day.
The weakfish action very good off Ocean Beach, in West Channel, and in the Peconics. Bucktails, sandworms and plastic baits all worked well. These are three-year-old fish that are showing an excellent recovery and have brought weakfish fishing to a whole new generation of anglers.
The freshwater fishing for panfish, pickerel and largemouth bass was been excellent, with the best fishing on in Peconic River and in the East End lakes and ponds. Spinnerbaits and plastic worms were excellent choices for bass, with worms and flies good choices for panfish. The best crappie and pickerel fishing was on freshwater minnows.