Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – February 21st, 2014
Cold weather and winter storms dominated this report period. Boats that found a weather window were rewarded with cod, ling and pollock. The fishing was good, which may partially be due to the reduced pressure on the wrecks and cod grounds.
Mixed bag catches improved to about 6 to 12 fish per angler. The cod were typically in the 5- to 8-pound class, with pool fish of 10 and 15 pounds. The average ling was quite large, typically between 3 and 5 pounds. The codfishing remains slower than last year but the pollock and ling fishing was better. The best ling fishing was New York Bight, but they have been reported by all cod boats. The best pollock fishing was reported out of Moriches Inlet.
With the exception of the first weekend in February, the boats out of Debs, Freeport and Montauk running long-range cod, tile and wreckfish trips stayed tied to the dock due to the inclement weather. The boats that sailed out in early February were rewarded with cod in the 20-pound class, pollock and large ling. Overall, these trips remain a great option when the weather cooperates for large fish as the captains target the less-fished grounds. Most of the boats are limiting the amount of anglers aboard so the fishing is more comfortable and the average catch per angler goes up.
There were no herring or white perch reports during this period.