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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – September 19th, 2014

The fluke fishing in the South Shore bays has slowed, with the water temperatures remaining in the high 70s.  The best inshore action was found in the inlets during the last half of the incoming tide when the water temperature dropped with the influx of cooler and clearer ocean water.  Inshore anglers did well on triggerfish on the jetties and buoy chains.  There are a ton of small blowfish being caught in the South Shore bays on sandworms, clams and mussels.  Most of the blowfish are in the 8- to 12-inch range.

The ocean fluke fishing was very good in 60 to 80 feet of water outside the South Shore inlets, reported Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle.  Mike reported that the fluke are following the schools of bait, and once anglers found the bait they limited out on fish in the 6- to 8-pound range.

Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported a lot of short fluke being caught in Jamaica Bay. Larger fluke were caught offshore Coney Island, around Breezy Point, in the Tin Can Grounds and in Ambrose Channel.

On the North Shore the best fluke fishing was found at the harbor mouths and in 30 feet of water off the beaches.

Mike also reported there are tons of large schools of bunker just off the South Shore beaches. There were a few bluefish under some of the schools of bunker and a few small stripers, but many of the schools were attracting brown and sand tiger sharks. As the schools of bunker approach the beach, some anglers were able to catch sharks from the beach.

Makos between 50 and 125 pounds, 40-pound class brown sharks and large thresher sharks were caught along the 20-fathom curve wrecks and fingers, with the best fishing found south of Shinnecock Inlet and to the east. 

The tuna action in the offshore canyons was excellent for yellowfin and bigeye tuna. The best fishing occurred at night for anglers using chunk baits. Butterfish and sardines were the top chunk baits.

The porgy fishing in The Peconics, along the North Shore and off Montauk Point was excellent. Many of the fish were between 2 and 3 pounds. The best bait was small clam strips. This has been some of the best porgy fishing all season. Anglers fishing the North Shore beaches, including Crescent Beach, Matinecock Point and Prybil Beach had excellent porgy action. The key was to keep moving until the porgies were found.

Porgies and sea bass were caught on the South Shore artificial wrecks, the Cholera Banks, the wrecks in 60 to 90 feet of water and off Shagwong Point at Montauk Point. Many of the sea bass were shorts, but there were a fair number of sea bass to 5 pounds reported.

The snapper fishing remained excellent. The snappers are everywhere that 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. 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 continued to be caught on both sides of the Sound by anglers casting top-water plugs into the rocks, rips and beach points. 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 remained excellent. Depending on the area being fished the fish were caught on live bait, trolled tubes, parachute jigs and diamond jigs. A few large bluefish were mixed in with the stripers. Some of the best fishing continued to occur on the night tides. 

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

Guy Zummo

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