Long Island/NYC Fishing Report – February 19th, 2016
This report period’s heavy snowfall kept many shore and boat anglers off the water, but those who headed offshore reported good codfish action, with pollock, bergalls, skates and large ling mixed in. Most of the action was on open and charter boats running out of Montauk Harbor and Moriches Inlet. Boats running out of the western South Shore ports reported fewer cod, but more ling and a few mackerel mixed in the catch.
Anglers reported an average of 6 to 8 cod from just keeper size to 26 inches, along with a pollock or two and several ling per trip. Most pool winners were cod, typically between 10 and 15 pounds. The largest fish were reported on the East End and on the wrecks in 180 feet of water and deeper. A few dogfish have been reported, but not enough to ruin any trip as captains were able to find areas without dogfish a short run away.
The most consistent codfishing was reported out of Moriches Inlet. The fishing off Montauk Point was a bit more hit and miss. In all areas the majority of the cod and ling were caught while drifting clams on open bottom or anchored over the deep water wrecks. Anglers using diamond jigs and Jelly Worm teasers in pink, white or red did better with pollock than by those fishing bait.
Just before the big snow, anglers reported a few winter brown and rainbow trout caught in the Carlls River and in Southards Pond on bead-head nymphs, small streamers, small spinners and PowerBaits. Anglers fishing small swimming plugs and spoons reported catching a few pickerel in Southards Pond and a few sunfish on flies and streamers.
There were no herring reports as of late due to the adverse weather. But the herring fishing should rebound quickly once the weather improves.
There were no white perch reported lately, but anglers were fishing the brackish water with worms, spinners and jigs, waiting for the fish to show.