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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – May 29th, 2015

The fluke season opened on May 17, but based on a few reports the action was spotty as the water temperatures in the South Shore bays was hovering around 60 degrees. The offshore and Long Island Sound bottom temperatures remained at the below 50 degrees. Fluke prefer water in the mid- to high 60s. The best action occurred in the bays where the water temperatures were warmest. A few anglers who fished through the thick morning fog intercepted a decent amount of fluke offshore.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported good fluke fishing off the Cheese House out to 70 feet of water. The area west of the Ponquogue Bridge has seen some quality fish as well. The old standby of a squid/spearing combo worked well, as did Gulp! baits. Jigging in the skinny water with a small bucktail tipped with a Gulp! Swimming Mullet was a good choice. The fishing in the Shinnecock Canal has been great, reported Scott. Weakfish, fluke, striped bass, bluefish along with plenty of sea robins kept everyone’s rod bending. Both baited rigs and artificial lures did well. Up in Quogue Canal the bunker were still pretty thick and have accounted for a few nice bass, with lots of schoolie striped bass reported.  

The striped bass fishing has improved and larger fish are moving into the inlets. Live bunker was the top bait for large stripers. Schoolie stripers to fish in the upper teens were caught on whole skimmer clams fished in a clam belly slick on the outer bars of Fire Island and Jones Inlet, as well as under the inlet bridges. Bluefish have been mixed in with the stripers. The outgoing tide out-produced the incoming tide.  Quite a few stripers were reported deep in Jamaica and Oyster bays.

There was a very good mix of stripers and bluefish reported in the western Sound chasing schools of bunker. These fish will continue moving eastward during the next few weeks.

The porgy fishing in the Peconics was outstanding, with limits of 2- to 3-pound porgies being reported by anglers fishing around Jessups Neck.  A few bluefish have been mixed in with the porgies. The porgy fishing in Gardiners Bay and off Orient Point was also excellent, with anglers limiting out after a few hours, then switching over to stripers and blues for the remainder of the trip. Now through the end of June is prime porgy time.

The Viking Fleet reported outstanding porgy fishing off Montauk Point, with pool winning fish in the 4-pound range. The best bait was clams in all locations.

There was a very good run of bluefish up to 10 pounds caught at first light off the South Shore beaches, including Breezy Point, Jones Beach, Robert Moses and the beaches east to Moriches Inlet. Poppers and tins were the go-to lures. Smaller bluefish were caught in the Great South Bay on tins cast to schools making their presence known on the surface.

Outstanding bluefish action was reported in New York Bight, into New York Harbor, around Staten Island and into Jamaica Bay. The action has been from both boats and shore. Lures and bunker chunks were top producers. The excellent bluefishing continued east to Jones Inlet.  The best action happened on diamond jigs fished into the large schools of bluefish recorded on fish finders.  A good amount of stripers were caught with the bluefish.

With the ocean bottom temperatures remaining cold, there were still a fair number of cod and ling being caught on the ocean wrecks. The flounder fishing was quiet during this report period. There was good action on largemouth bass and panfish in all waters, but most anglers have switched over to saltwater fishing as the action has significantly improved.

Guy Zummo 

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