Big blues have been present across the Island making it, at times, difficult to get a shot at the stripers you might target. Same thing goes for the ever-present sea robins which seem to be overrunning the bottom and beating fluke and even porgies to the hook in bay and near-shore Long Island Sound waters. When the blues back off, anglers have been able to tempt some large bass on the West End and action seems to be slowly coming to life on the North Shore and East End forks as well.
There are still some monster scup biting well and some pretty solid doormats being caught across the Island. The offshore season is now rounding into form with a couple of big tuna and sharks coughed up on the East End over the past week.
At Hudson Park B&T, John said the fishing scene hasn’t changed much over the past week. That’s a good thing as skippers out of New Rochelle have been pounding big bluefish, stripers and porgies. The bass are falling for trolled spoons and bunker chunks, the porgies are taking clam or squid, and the bluefish will bite everything from bait to tins. Expect the trolling action with bass to swing more and more over to bunker chunks and heads over the next week or two.
Out of Stella Maris Bait And Tackle, Mike reports that there have been some big stripers picked up on live-lined bunker. Fluke fishing in the area has been up and down with keepers weighing in at up to 8 pounds. A good day has been about 15 keepers per crew but some days produced much less. There have been a lot of blues, both ‘gators and cocktails, in the surrounding Brooklyn waters as well.
The striper fishing from the Oceanside area has been tricky, according to Rob from Bay Park Fishing Station. The most action had been produced using spoons in the early season but the bass have now switched over to following schools of big bunker so you’ll want to go with cut or live bait. On the bay side, anglers are catching some fluke, though the bite has been on or off there as well. Bluefish have been everywhere, tearing up the water by the bridges and on the bay side. They have hit on all tides. Any poppers, tins or bait will bring results.
Carmine from Campsite Sports Shop has seen steady fluke action off of Eaton’s Neck on both squid and spearing as well as hi-low rigs baited with Gulp! There have been a lot of shorts taken out of the Port Jeff waters. The best bite has been at first or last light with decent stripers chasing live bunker on the tale ends of either tide. Anglers looking for more active fishing can find big porgies in the surrounding Huntington waters. Target these with clam baits on hi-low rigs.
At Cow Harbor Bait And Tackle, Evan reported steady fluke action by Crab Meadows and Coast Guard Station. Bass remain strong on spoons for now but the better action should switch over to chunking soon. Cold Spring Harbor has been the hot spot with schoolie bass biting well in the back bay. Dinner-plate sized porgies have also found their way into these waters and are hitting better every day.
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.