Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – August 9th, 2013

Small snappers were caught at all the local docks, inshore beaches and canals on both the South and North shores. Snapper poppers, small tins and spearing fished under a bobber all caught snappers approximately 4 to 5 inches long, making them not only fun to catch but good size for fluke bait. These snappers are hungry and will grow about an inch a week.  They are the perfect fish to introduce kids to saltwater fishing. Either tide produced good catches.

The fluke fishing in Fire Island Inlet and inlets to the west was excellent during the incoming tide.  During the outgoing tide the warmer, brown water in the South Shore bays flows through the inlets, significantly slowing the fishing for fluke. Plenty of sea robins were mixed in with the fluke. The fluke fishing was very good in both Moriches and Shinnecock bays and into the inlets.  Most fish are large shorts with a keeper ratio of about 1 in 10, with many of the keepers around 24 inches and longer. Spearing or smelt in combination with squid strips was the top bait for numbers, with large strip bait catching a larger percentage of keepers. Gulp! baits and bucktails were also productive. These larger inshore fluke provided excellent fly rod action for those using Clouser Minnows and epoxy flies fished along the bottom. Triggerfish were caught under the inlet bridges and in the inlet jetty rocks on squid strips.

The sea bass action was very good on the artificial reefs and wrecks in 70 feet of water and deeper, with 6-pounders being reported consistently. Clams and squid were good baits.

The ocean fluke fishing was slower than the bay and inlet fishing in general, with most fish being caught in 30 feet of water or less, making them good targets for anglers tossing bucktails and plastic baits off the ocean beaches. Lures tipped with squid strips outperformed those without this extra attraction.

Bluefish were caught by fluke anglers in all areas, with the best action occurring at the inlet mouths and East End bays. Blues in the 10-pound class were caught in the western Sound near Execution Rocks on bunker chunks.

The striped bass fishing was generally slow due to the very warm water temperatures. A few stripers were caught on clams at the inlet bridges on the deeper reefs in the Sound.

The ocean beaches have seen a few schoolie-sized bass falling for bucktails and diamond jigs during the early mornings and evenings. Most fish are coughing up sand eels.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that the bluefin bite continues at the Coimbra but has slowed from what it was. The trolling bite is very early in the morning, with jigs and chunks working during the day. Boat traffic could have a lot to do with the slowdown. Sharking was still good with plenty of browns, blues, makos, hammerheads and even a tiger shark reported. Most sharks are being taken in 150 feet of water or deeper south of Shinnecock Inlet on the fingers. Scott also reported that snappers being caught in the Shinnecock Canal, along with porgies on the north end. The porgies have been making a showing down at the north end of the canal and are taking sandworms.

The Ponquogue Bridge has been having a decent bite on the fluke with a good mix of keepers hanging around the structure. The night tides at the bridge are still producing quite a few bass.

Mahi were caught while trolling on the shark and bluefin tuna grounds.  A few cod were also reported on the Coimbra. Bluefin were also trolled and jigged on the wrecks located south of Jones and Debs inlets. The bluefin at the Coimbra and wrecks surrounding it were in the 60- to 100-pound class, with some larger bluefins in the giant class spooling 80-pound class tackle. This has been one of the best bluefin tuna runs in several years.  Dan Guinta of Double D Charters Blue Fin Tuna reports fishing is going well, with several over 100 pounds. They’re also catching mako sharks on virtually every trip.

The porgy fishing in the Sound and in the Peconics, especially around Jessup’s Neck, was very good on chum and bait.  

Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported weakfish caught in Massapequa Cove.

The blue claw crabbing remained very good, with large crabs being cut on the moving tides in all the local hot spots.

Guy Zummo

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