Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – July 26th, 2013
The offshore artificial reefs, the inshore wrecks, Block Island Sound and the reefs in Long Island Sound yielded sea bass to 5 pounds on squid strips, clams and strip baits. Numerous smaller sea bass were caught at the inlet bridges and among the North Shore wrecks. Many of the season’s largest sea bass were caught early in the season, so the next few weeks are your best bet to catch sea bass in the 4- to 5-pound class.
Ling and the occasional codfish were mixed in with the sea bass on the deeper wrecks, especially those in and around New York Bight. The sea bass were mixed with porgies on the artificial reefs.
A brown tide in the Great South Bay and bays to the east and west significantly affected the inshore fluke and inlet fluke fishing. The better fluke fishing occurred offshore in the ocean, but the fishing remained slow. Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that spots and other larger live baits have caught fluke over 8 pounds inside the Shinnecock Inlet, and there was good fluking off Rampasture. A few good-sized sea bass have come from the open bottom, as well.
Shore anglers continued doing well fishing the Ponquogue Bridge and Shinnecock Canal for a mixed bag of triggerfish, fluke and bluefish during the day and striped bass at night. A few small snappers have been caught throughout the Island.
Flyrodders did well with stripers and blues on the North Fork beaches using poppers, sliders and weighted flies. Many of the stripers and blues have moved out of the bays and harbors as the water temperatures have risen beyond the comfort level in many areas.
The surfcasting for stripers along the ocean beaches was slow, but the stripers were most active after dark, with sandworms the best bait. During the early morning, a few stripers were caught on poppers and tins. Bunker have been reported, with schools of bunker just off the South Shore beaches, but livelining bunker and fresh bunker chunks fished on the fringes and on the bottom resulted in the stripers in the 20-pound class.
The striped bass fishing on the reefs off Montauk Point was outstanding, with nearly all boats reporting limits of keeper stripers, with 40-pound class stripers reported daily. Live bait accounted for the largest stripers. Trolled parachutes and tubes accounted for numerous stripers in the 20-pound class.
The shark fishing remained good but has showed signs of slowing as the water temperatures have warmed. The blue sharks were moving northward while the mako sharks were moving closer to the beaches around the 20-fathom line wrecks, such as the Linda.
The blue claw crabbing remained very good, with large crabs being caught on the moving tides in all the local hot spots.
The freshwater fishing has been good for panfish and largemouth bass, with the best fishing occurring on the East End and in the Peconic River.