Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – May 30h, 2014

The spring season is in full force with bluefish, striped bass and fluke dominating the catches. Bluefish have invaded the South Shore bays and inlets in full force, providing excellent fishing from Shinnecock Bay to New York Bight. Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that the blues are taking tins, bucktails and top-water plugs. There were good reports from the Jessup’s Neck area and in the Peconics. Most of the blues in the bays and inlets are running 5 to 6 pounds, but there are enough 10-pounders to keep the fishing interesting. 

Anglers working the ocean beaches are reporting 10- to 12-pound blues running up and down the beachfronts. Tins and surface poppers are the top lures, while bunker chunks were the top bait.

The weakfish action in Great South Bay and in the back bays of Nassau County has been excellent, with fish to 12 pounds being caught on sandworms and Gulp! baits. Six or more weakfish per angler were common, with most fish around 3 pounds. Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle reported that the best weakfish spot was Ocean Beach, and noted that the weakfish were also caught off the docks and in the canals in the back of the bays. Bob Rose at Bob’s Bait and Tackle reported weakfish to 11 pounds caught in Copiague Hole, with soft plastic baits the bait of choice. 

Overall, the striped bass fishing has slowed this report period. The best striper fishing was reported from Jamaica Bay. Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported stripers to 20 pounds being caught from Manhattan Beach back to JFK airport, with the Marine Parkway Bridge and area around Kingsborough College the top spots during this report period. Bluefish to 10 pounds were mixed in with the stripers.

Scott also reported that the porgy bite continued to be incredible, with clam chum and clam baits your best bet. A few weakfish are mixing in with the porgies. Also, there were a few keeper-sized stripers taken from both the Ponquogue Bridge and the Shinnecock Canal on the night tides. Anglers targeting the canal have seen quite a few short fluke, bluefish, a few bass and weakfish, and plenty of sea robins. In the Quogue Canal the bunker are holding strong. There are plenty of bunker in the Peconic River. Live-lining bunker in the canal and river produced large stripers when anglers could get the bunker past the bluefish.

The fluke season opened, with the best fishing reported in the back bays, where 5- to 6-pounders were caught.  Decent fluke fishing was reported from the Captree Pier. Out east, the best fluke reports came from the Greenport area, with a few doormats caught. In the inlets and on the North Shore there was a lot of fluke action, with a fair amount of keepers, but the catch was mostly shorts. Squid and spearing combos were the top bait on the South Shore, with bucktails tipped with squid or spearing the best set-up for the North Shore harbors and beaches.

There was still good ling, whiting and cod fishing on the offshore wrecks. The ling and whiting continued to be large fish, with ling over 5 pounds reported. Catches of 20 or more mixed-bag fish per angler were typical.

The freshwater action remained excellent, with largemouth bass, yellow perch, carp and sunfish being caught consistently on worms and PowerBaits. Worms and mealworms were the top baits for yellow perch and sunfish. 

Guy Zummo

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