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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – August 22nd, 2014

Snappers have invaded the docks and canals on both the North and South shores, providing plenty of action. Small tins, spearing fished under poppers and snapper poppers all worked well and offered a great opportunity to take the kids fishing.

The blue crab fishing was excellent in the South Shore bays, with the best action occurring during any moving water. Crabbers found good action using traps from the docks.  Boaters did well using killie rigs during the day or spotlights at night.

A good number of sand tiger and small thresher sharks were caught from the Fire Island beaches on bunker chunks by surf casters, reported Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle. Small makos were caught around the NA buoy. The blue shark fishing slowed down. Mike also reported that yellowfin tuna and bigeyes were caught at the Hudson Canyon, as well as some big mahi, as evidenced by the 15-pounder weighed in at the shop.

The striper and bluefishing has slowed down with the increased water temperature. But good fishing was found off Montauk Point, where stripers were trolled on tubes and parachute jigs and live baited with porgies. A few small stripers and 1- to 3-pound bluefish were caught off all the ocean beaches on tins, poppers and bunker chunks.

Ralph at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that party and private boats caught bonito, false albacore and mahi on small tins and spearing.  Ralph noted that anglers using spearing fished in a bunker chum slick among a handful of tossed spearing outfished those using tins. Ralph also reported that the shop weighed in a 12-pound fluke caught at the Marine Parkway Bridge. The fluke fishing in New York Bight was strong around Ambrose Channel. 

The offshore fluke fishing was very good along the South Shore, especially along the fringes of the artificial reefs. A good number of large sea bass were caught on the reefs as well as on the offshore wrecks. The sea bass fishing off Montauk Point was excellent, especially in Block Island Sound. On the North Shore there were a good number of sea bass caught on the reefs and rock piles in 15- feet and deeper water. Clams, live killies and squid strips were the top baits.

The inshore fluke fishing along the South Shore was good on the incoming tides, but the majority of the catch consisted of fish just below keeper size. Still, there were enough keepers caught to make the trip worthwhile.

On the North Shore, the fluke fishing was good just outside the harbor mouths and off the beaches.  Bucktails tipped with squid or Gulp! baits were the top choices.

The porgy fishing remained strong along the North Shore beaches on the west end of the Sound. Excellent porgy fishing continued off Port Jefferson and in The Peconics and Gardiners Bay. Decent porgy fishing was also reported on the reefs off the South Shore. Clams and sandworms were the top baits.

Triggerfish were caught off the South Shore jetties and bridge pilings on small squid strips and clams.

The freshwater fishing remained good for sunnies, yellow perch, carp, bluegills and pickerel.

Guy Zummo

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