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Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – August 7th, 2015

The sea bass season opened with excellent fishing reported throughout the area. Sea bass to 4 pounds, along with triggerfish and porgies, were caught on the South Shore artificial reefs and off the inlet jetties.  Excellent sea bass fishing was reported on the Cholera Banks, along with bluefish to 12 pounds.

Large triggerfish, the occasional codfish and a few conger eels were caught with the sea bass to 6 pounds on the ocean wrecks. West of Debs Inlet ling were mixed in with the sea bass on the wrecks in 60 feet of water and deeper. Excellent sea bass fishing was reported in Block Island Sound, along with jumbo porgies. Small sea bass were caught in the South Shore inlets by anglers targeting fluke and on the North Shore by anglers targeting porgies. Some Montauk boats continue to run for codfish with very good results, including a few 20-pounders reported.

The striped bass have settled into their summer pattern of a few schoolie bass being caught at the South Shore inlet bridges and outer bars while clam chumming during the outgoing tide. A few keeper stripers continue to be caught outside the inlets on live and chunked bunker fished in the schools of bunker. Blues in the 5- to 8-pound class were mixed in with the stripers.  

The best striper fishing is off Montauk Point, where limits of stripers remained common for anglers diamond jigging and trolling parachute jigs or tubes on wire line in the rips. Most of the stripers were just legal size, but there was the occasional 50-pounder for the boats running to Block Island. Bluefish to 10 pounds were mixed in with the stripers, with some days a 50-50 split. Blues to 15 pounds were reported by the boats night fishing diamond jigs and bunker chunks at night in New York Bight.

On the North Shore, the best striper fishing occurred off the beaches and in the Nissequogue River, with small schoolie stripers taking small swimming plugs and flies fished during the night tides. Poppers accounted for a few stripers at dusk and dawn. The striper fishing in the Peconics and Gardiners Bay was slow.

The fluke fishing was consistent on both the North and South shores, with the shorts to keeper ratio about 10 to 1. There hasn’t been a consistent run of big fluke reported offshore as there are not a lot of squid around.  When the fluke were found they were caught in 60 to 80 feet of water. Quite a few sea robins are mixed in with the fluke. The top of the incoming tide was the best time to fish.  

The fluke fishing in Moriches Bay was very good, with a better keeper ratio reported than other areas.  In New York Bight the fluke fishing was good in the Ambrose Channel.  Off Montauk and Orient points the fluke fishing was very good, with the short to keeper ratio about 5-to1. Pool fish off Montauk and Orient were typically between 7 to 9 pounds.  Squid and spearing, bucktails tipped with squid or spearing and Gulp! remained the top producers in all areas. Large strip baits and whole squid accounted for the largest ocean fluke.

Scott Jeffery at East End Bait and Tackle reported that there were tons of bait outside Shinnecock Inlet, including adult bunker and mackerel. Sharks to 200 pounds were feeding on these baits. Peanut bunker were on the move out of most creeks. Small snappers are around most creeks as well. Both make excellent fluke baits. Scott also reported that the Shinnecock Canal is holding snappers, fluke, small sea bass, and a few porgies on the north end. Areas around the Ponquogue Bridge are seeing a good amount of fluke, some bass and blues. One customer had two redfish from the jetty. The ocean-facing beaches have produced a few bass on the night tides and some blues as well. 

The porgy fishing west of the Peconics has slowed, but the fishing was still good. Excellent porgy fishing was off Montauk and Orient points and in the Sound east of Port Jefferson. Clams were the best bait.

There was a good number of bluefin tuna reported 12 to 20 miles off the South Shore beaches being caught on trolled feathers and plastics. A few are being caught on diamond jigs, poppers and flies. The offshore canyons heated up, with 150- to 250-pound bigeyes and yellowfin to 60 pounds being caught early morning trolling and during the night while chunking. A few small blue marlin were reported, as were bluefin to 100 pounds. The shark fishing remained good for makos and threshers from the 20- to 30-fathom lines, with the better blue shark fishing occurring deeper than 30 fathoms.

The freshwater fishing has slowed a bit, but largemouth bass to 3 pounds and the occasional 5-pound fish was being caught in Stump Pond, the Peconic River, Patchogue Lake and many other lakes and ponds. Spinnerbaits and top-water plugs remained the top producers. Yellow perch and sunnies were caught in nearly every pond on trout worms and grubs. A few pickerel fell to live minnows and spoons.

Guy Zummo

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