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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – April 30th, 2015

The saltwater temperatures remain below their normal average for this time of year and have resulted in a slow start to the flounder and striped bass season. The best flounder fishing occurred on the flats off Islip in the Great South Bay, but the fishing was slow, reported Mike at Saltwaters Bait and Tackle. Bloodworms and plenty of clam chum provided the best action. Mike noted that once the water temp climbs a few degrees the flounder fishing should improve.

Mike also reported that a few stripers to 32 inches were caught off Robert Moses Field 2 by surfcasters using clams for bait. The majority of the stripers were much smaller and few were keepers, but the fish have begun to show, which is a good sign.  A couple of bluefish were reported with the stripers.

Overall, the cod fishing showed a significant slowdown compared to last report period as the bulk of the cod have moved to water 180 feet and deeper, where the fishing was good. The long runs to reach the cod have resulted in most of the eastern open and charter boats switching over to targeting the inshore wrecks and rough bottom pieces for ling and cod, but the cod are typically just keeper sized and the numbers are few. Most of the boats west of Shinnecock Inlet have switched over to targeting flounder.

Frank at Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that a few small stripers, most below keeper size, were caught off the Cross Bay Blvd. Bridge and deep in Jamaica Bay on clams. Frank noted that the stripers are moving around and have not yet settled into any pattern. Few flounder were reported in Jamaica Bay, but Frank also reported that when the water warms a few degrees the fishing should improve. Bunker were reported in Jamaica Bay.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that bunker are in Quogue and Shinnecock canals as well as in both Shinnecock and Peconic bays. Looks like the alewife run is in on and other small baits are in the mix, too. A few flounder have made it to the banks of the Quogue Canal for anglers using sandworms, clams and mussels. A lot of seals were reported in Shinnecock Canal, keeping the fishing quiet. A few stripers were caught in the Peconic River near the 105 Bridge, which may be holdover fish. 

The fishing on the North Shore remained generally quiet with the exception of a few small stripers caught off the beaches in the extreme western side of Long Island Sound.

The trout fishing remained solid at the lakes and rivers that were stocked by the DEC. 

Guy Zummo 

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