Anglers took advantage of the end of the sea bass season by fishing the deep-water wrecks aboard open and charter boats for large sea bass, jumbo porgies and a few cod, pollock and blues. The Captain Steve of the Super Hawk out of Freeport reported sea bass to 7 pounds fishing 60 to 80 miles offshore and porgies to 4 pounds. Good sea bass fishing continued in Block Island Sound and on the South Shore artificial reefs. Fresh skimmer clams were the top bait in all locations.
Off Montauk Point, the open and charter boats are reporting mixed bag bottom fishing for sea bass, ling, cod, hake and porgies. A few conger eels were reported as well as a few pollock. At times dogfish hampered the fishing on some drops. Similar mixed bag fishing was reported in New York Bight.
There were no reports of herring, but I would expect that they can be caught at their usual locations using Sabiki rigs with small diamond jigs.
The deer, small-game, pheasant and waterfowl seasons are open, but there were no reports.
I want to thank all the anglers, tackle shop owners, captains and hunters who provided reports throughout the 2013 season. Your reports continue to highlight the great hunting and fishing in our area.