The snapper fishing remained excellent, with fish in the 8- to 10- inch range widespread, with a few topping 12 inches. The snappers are everywhere you can fish. Small tins, spearing fished under poppers and snapper poppers all worked well, as did small crease flies fished on a fly rod. A thin stream of bunker chum behind an anchored or drifting boat improved the action. Blowfish were caught on sandworms and clams fished near the bottom at the same locations as the snappers.
The blue crab fishing remained excellent in the South Shore bays, with the best action occurring during any moving water.
Bluefish between 5 and 8 pounds were caught on both sides of the Sound by anglers casting topwater plugs into the rocks, rips and beach points. Larger blues in the low teens, as well as a few small stripers were mixed in with the blues. Anglers working the mid-Sound reefs caught blues in the 8- to 12-pound range on bunker chunks and diamond jigs.
The striper fishing off Montauk Point and around Block Island remained excellent, with limits of stripers to 40 pounds being reported on live bait, trolled tubes, parachute jigs and diamond jigs. Large bluefish were mixed in with the stripers. Some of the best fishing was reported on the night tides. The fluke and porgy fishing off Montauk Point was excellent on both the north and south sides of the point.
The ocean sea bass fishing off the South Shore was good for anglers working the lesser fished pieces of wrecks in the 15- to 20 fathoms, the artificial reefs, Cholera Banks and the McAlister Grounds. A good number of the fish were in the 4- to 5-pound class, with the rest of the catch consisting of fish about 2 pounds. These are typical fishing conditions as the season progresses and the well-known areas get fished hard. A few large triggerfish were mixed in with the sea bass.
Good ling fishing was reported on wrecks in 80 to 100 feet of water west of Jones Inlet and in New York Bight throughout Ambrose Channel. A few cod were caught in the same area.
The heavy rains during the first half of this report period slowed the inshore fluke fishing, with the heavy runoff silting-up the waters. The ocean fluke fishing was better further offshore in 60-plus feet of water. Anglers working the fringes of the artificial reefs and wrecks scored with fluke in the 4- to 8-pound class, as well as some porgies to 3 pounds.
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 was the bait of choice.
The porgy fishing remained strong along the North Shore beaches on the west end of the Sound off Port Jefferson, and in The Peconics and Gardiners Bay. A good number of porgies were reported in Jamaica Bay. Clams and sandworms were the top baits. Triggerfish were caught off the South Shore jetties and bridge pilings in increasing numbers on small squid strips and clams.
Green bonito and mahi were trolled on small feathers, spoons and cedar jigs, as well as chummed using spearing around the reefs and wrecks in 75 feet of water and deeper. The fish were widely scattered.
Small threshers and makos around 50 pounds were caught along the 20 fathom line, with a few sharks hooked and lost closer to the beach by fluke anglers.
Bigeye tuna to 200 pounds, yellowfin tuna and large mahi were caught by anglers trolling at The Canyons. A few blue marlin were sighted. The best fishing occurred in the warmwater eddies that break off the Gulf Stream. Canyon anglers fishing the bottom in 400 feet of water caught blue and golden tilefish.
The freshwater fishing remained good for sunfish, yellow perch, carp, bluegill and pickerel.