Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – September 20th, 2013

The water has remained warm, and the fishing is more typical of mid-August, where most fish are looking for cleaner and cooler water. Once the water begins to cools, the baitfish will begin to move and the fishing will improve overall.

Dredging has started in Fire Island and Debs Inlet. The dredging has caused a tremendous amount of silt and sand to be suspended in the water column. This has caused the fluke and striper fishing to slow down significantly, as the majority of the fish have headed offshore or deep into the bays in search of cleaner water. 

The striped bass bite has showed signs of improving, but the water was still well above 70 degrees. Expect the action to heat up over the next few weeks as the water temperature cools and the baitfish move out of the back of the bays and harbors.  Short stripers with a few keepers were caught on the West Bar of Jones Inlet and in Moriches and Shinnecock inlets on clams and live bunker during the day and live eels at night. The largest stripers were caught on the night tides using eels during the last of the flood tide.

The striper fishing was excellent off Montauk Point for anglers trolling Pigeon Rip and Great Eastern, as well as drifting live porgies and spot in front of the lighthouse.  The fishing off Orient Point was also good on bucktails fished in The Gut. Bluefish were mixed in with the stripers at both locations. In general, the bluefishing has improved outside the inlets, where they can be found feeding on sand eels.

The snapper fishing remained excellent with snappers over 8 inches common. The standard tins, snapper poppers, and spearing fished under a bobber all worked well.

The inshore fluke fishing was best at the top of the flood tide in all inlets as well as in the North Shore harbors. On the South Shore, spearing and squid combinations were the top bait. On the North Shore, bucktails tipped with pork rinds, squid strips or PowerBaits were the top choice.  The fluke fishing from the South Shore ocean beaches was good on bucktails and tins bounced off the bottom as well as on cast strip baits reeled slowly back to the beach. The amount of seaweed in the water has increased, so the beaches at the inlet mouths were most productive during the incoming tide. Triggerfish were caught off the inlet rocks, along with small sea bass.

The porgy fishing in the Peconics, off Jessup’s Neck and around Shelter Island continued to be good on clams, worms and small squid strips.  The North Shore beaches yielded a good amount of porgies as well as small sea bass on clams and worms.

There were a good number of small makos caught along the 20-fathom line, with the best action south and east of Moriches Inlet.

The bluefin tuna bite near the Coimbra remained good for anglers trolling small plastic baits and feathers. Many anglers had better action on large diamond and butterfly jigs dropped into the schools of bluefin spotted on fish finders.

Yellowfin tuna to 60 pounds, longfin tuna and bigeyes over 200 pounds were trolled at first light at Hudson Canyon. Depending on the night, chunking at the canyon was hot.

The blueclaw crab fishing continued to be excellent. 

The freshwater fishing was good for panfish and largemouth bass, with the best largemouth fishing occurring at first light and late in the afternoons on poppers, spinnerbaits, stick baits and worms.

Guy Zummo

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