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Long Island/NYC FIshing Report – December 27th, 2013

The excellent fall striper season ended with mostly stripers in the 3- to 8-pound class being caught from ocean surf on tins, bucktails and plastic baits. A few keeper-sized stripers were reported, but they have largely moved off the southern New Jersey coast. The fall run stripers were feeding largely on sand eels. Hopefully these sand eels will remain locally this winter, as the outstanding codfishing that we experienced during the past two seasons were a result of a large amount of sand eels.
The blackfish season ended with the majority of the blackfish being caught on crabs on the offshore wrecks and on the Connecticut side of the Sound. Typical catches were about 25 fish per boat, with pool fish around 5 pounds.
Sea bass were caught in Block Island Sound, off Orient Point, on the north side of the Sound and were also mixed in with the blackfish. The fish ranged from 2 to 4 pounds with a few reported in the 5-pound class. Smaller sea bass were caught inshore from the South Shore jetties and North Shore beaches.
Herring continued to be caught in the usual locations, including the State Boat Channel, off Magnolia Pier and at the piers in Jones Beach Parking Lot 10, upper New York Harbor and off the 69th and 58th street piers. Sabiki rigs with a small diamond jig as the weight were the top producers.
Bill McGinley reported that the pheasant hunting at Rocky Point Preserve remained good, with up to 12 birds being flushed per spot.
The deer hunting season has yielded a good number of deer on both private and state lands on the East End of the Island. The brief snowfall put the deer on the move, creating better hunting opportunities as the deer were feeding on acorns.
The waterfowl season is open, but there were no reports available.
Guy Zummo

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