Long Island Fishing Report—May 18, 2017

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Fluke season is finally here and another piece of the Long Island summer fishing scene has been put in place. With yesterday’s season opener, there were plenty of keepers decked as well as shorts released, but the overall numbers of fish it seems were great. Bass, blues, weakfish and porgies are also hitting well, so just like the weather, the fishing is getting hot.

At Hudson Park Bait and Tackle, John reports that the bass fishing had been hot under the Throgs Neck Bridge recently, until yesterday when a big pod of dolphins showed up and chased them right out. However, the fishing in Hempstead has been going well, especially for anglers trolling spoons or parachute rigs. The fluke bite in Hudson Park wasn’t great but there was a reported double-header of 20-inch fish caught off the local breakwall. Scup can be found all over, and in large sizes.

In Brooklyn, at Stella Maris, Stretch has seen great bluefish action from Kingsborough Community College down to Norton’s Point and the back of Jamaica Bay. The best bite has been on jigs and bunker. Fluke fishing yielded a couple of decent keepers but the next couple days should paint a clearer picture of how the season will really be this year. Over by Long Beach, anglers have been snagging live bunker and letting them drift, much to the delight of any passing stripers. The fish are starting to get bigger and the action should only improve from here on out.

At River Bay Outfitters, Paul calls in that the water was packed for yesterday’s opening on summer flatties. It was tough to tell how the overall action was, but the effort was clearly there and there are sure to be some good fish decked. Bass and blues have been patrolling the Jamaica Bay waters as well as in most back bays. Weakfish have also come alive as of late and have been hitting well. On the freshwater side, the latest trip for the Long Island Fly Rodders didn’t turn out a lot of fish but the ones that were landed were all big. The Carmans River has been fishing very well with flies, even with the high water level. Paul will be relocating the shop in about one month to Baldwin, where he will have more room and begin running more trips and classes.

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.

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