Summer is officially here as we reach the summer solstice and look forward to the clear skies and tight lines ahead. Across Long Island, striped bass, blues, fluke and porgy have been finding the massive amounts of sand eels and bunker that have flooded the local waters. This has been leading to excellent fishing for all species and should only continue to grow as we move towards the second half of summer.
At Causeway Bait and Tackle, there have been plenty of bass and blues on the bay side chasing the plentiful schools of bait. The fluke bite has been getting better as well. Just outside the Inlet on the ocean side there have been a number of keepers taken. Sometimes you don’t have to go far to fill the cooler.
Paul from River Bay Outfitters reports that fluke and a few weakfish can be found in the back bays of Long Beach as a friend of the shop went down and had a successful day recently using jigs. Bass and blues have been tearing up the waters right in front of the channel and fell victim to a few flies dropped by another friend of the shop. In Jamaica Bay, there have been a lot of big fish looking to crush some top water poppers. The action has been great and should hold for a while with some decent weather. On the freshwater side, Jimmy the Hat was at it again landing four carp and a few other fish on the fly rod. It seems this is the perfect time to go down and take a different approach on the freshwater game by wading in with a couple fly patterns and seeing whose looking for an easy meal.
In Kings Park, at Terminal Tackle, cocktail blues have been all over, just tearing up the schools of sand eels. Small diamond jigs and top water lures have been the key to success. If you’re looking for some bigger fish, bunker chunks and trolling have stirred up the lunkers more often. Scup has also been hot off most beaches up to about 40 feet of water.
At Miller Place Bait and Tackle, Jim reports that Old Field is the place to be for scup this week. It’s been hot for the last few weeks and continues to carry the good vibes as we move forward. The fluke bite has been best around buoys 11 and 7 but hasn’t been that knockout action we are all looking for. Cocktail blues and schoolie bass are all over. You never know when a bigger fish will be mixed in, however, so keep the faith high and hooks sharp.
Ryan Schlichter blogs for On The Water magazine. Visit www.onthewater.com for the full version of this report, including the fishing forecast for our waters and other regional fishing news.