Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – February 5th, 2016
The good news is the outstanding herring fishing that materialized during this report period. Bernie’s Bait and Tackle reported that anglers are catching buckets full of herring at the Coney Island, 69th and Canarsie piers. The herring fishing is reported to be the best it has been in years. The best fishing occurred during high tide or an hour before sunset. Sabiki rigs were the most productive setup.
The cold snap has frozen most of the ponds and lakes, limiting the majority of the freshwater fishing to targeting trout in the stream inlets into the lakes and in the deeper stretches of the feeder streams. Small swimming plugs, spinners, Berkley trout baits and small streamers all accounted for brown and rainbow trout. Many of the trout caught are the 2-year-old fish stocked in the spring that have grown to 14-plus inches.
Most anglers are targeting cod on the rock piles and reefs off Montauk Point and on the wrecks between Montauk Point and Moriches Inlet. The fishing was reported to be very good, with most anglers catching between 6 and 10 keeper cod. The average cod is just keeper size up to 8 pounds. Pool fish were around 10 pounds. A few boats fishing New York Bight reported similar fishing. Fresh skimmer clams were the top bait, with diamond jigging slow this report period. Jumbo bergalls, a few ling and pollock were mixed in with the cod.
There were no white perch reported as of late but anglers were fishing the brackish water in the hope of the fishing materializing.
The Suffolk County deer season over, but small game remains an option. There have been no reports of late.