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Long Island/NYC FIshing Report – December 13th, 2013

The keeper-sized stripers have largely moved out of the area, with larger fish reported along the South Jersey shore. There were numerous smaller stripers being taken from both the boat and beach, but few keepers.    

Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that the keeper ratio for stripers was about 1 in 25, and that the keepers were just legal size. Good catches of smaller stripers were reported from Breezy Point, but the best bet for a keeper striper from the beach was east of Shinnecock Inlet. The majority of the surf-caught stripers were caught on diamond jigs with green or red tubes.Boat anglers did better using jigs without tubes.

The bluefish action diminished, but they were reported being caught by striper and blackfish anglers. Last season, bluefish were reported throughout the winter by cod anglers. Time will tell for this season.

The blackfish action actually improved due to recent chain of coastal storms. The rough conditions generated by these storms kept many anglers off the water, allowing time for the hard-fished wrecks and reefs time to restock with blackfish, so when anglers did get out the fishing was good. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported blackfish to 10 pounds on the offshore wrecks and artificial reefs. 

Inshore, the largest blackfish were in the 5- to 6-pound class, but the catch was mostly smaller fish. On the North Shore the blackfish bite slowed, with the best action occurring on the Connecticut side of the Sound. Some of the best blackfish action was reported off Orient Point. The best fishing was in 60 to 80 feet of water. Crabs of all kinds worked well at all locations. 

Mike also reported that there was a decent run of herring at in the State Boat Channel, off Magnolia Pier and at the piers in Jones Beach Parking Lot 10. Bernie’s reported that the herring action was best in upper New York Harbor, with some herring being caught further south at the 69th and 58th street piers.

The sea bass fishing reports have been sparse since many anglers have hauled their boats for the season, but some large sea bass were reported mixed in with the blackfish, as well as some porgies on the deeper wrecks and reefs, off Montauk Point and in Block Island Sound. The reports from shore anglers indicated numerous, but short, sea bass being caught at the inshore bridges, off the North Shore beaches and off the inlet jetties. 

Bill McGinley reported that the pheasant hunting at Rocky Point has been good, with 4-5 birds being flushed by his dogs daily. The hunting was a bit difficult as the high winds have kept the pheasants in the woods, where they are hard to shoot once flushed.

Guy Zummo

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