North Shore Long Island Fishing Report
On the north shore, striped bass are still keeping anglers happy. Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle in Northport Harbor reported that there are plenty of bass around to 15 pounds, but the larger cows are getting harder to come by. Chances are better in deeper water for bunker chunkers and trollers near buoy 15 and in the Triangle. John over at Terminal Tackle in Kings Park reported that in addition to the bass, cocktail blues have raided the area. Large amounts of sand eels have entered the area and the bluefish are hot on their fins. Small diamond jigs like the Ava 007 work great on these fish when they are feeding on sand eels.
Robert at Hi Hook Bait and Tackle in Huntington said fluke action has been up this week. Still a lot of shorts, but there is a lots of action. With the sand eels moving into the area, shallow areas close to the beach would be a good place to target. Also all the area harbors and the mouth of the river would also be choice places to set up a couple drifts.
Porgy action is very good right now as well. All the normal rock piles and mussel beds are holding quality fish. Setting up and chumming helps keep the fish around the boat.
Metro NY Fishing Report
John at Jack’s Bait and Tackle in the Bronx reported that anglers have been catching a lot of bluefish with some large bass in the 30- to 40-pound range mixing in. Bunker is still key to the bigger bass, but finding them has gotten tough. They are still here in good numbers but with all the wind and rain, they are staying deep, in 20 to 40 feet of water. Louie at Island Bait and Tackle in the Bronx mentioned that the bass are down deep as well, and anglers fishing chunks in 50 feet of water have been catching fish to 40 pounds. Further up the river in New Rochelle, John at Hudson Park Bait and Tackle in New Rochelle reported that there is still a lot of action with the bass, but the overall size of the fish is much smaller. Bernie’s Fishing Tackle in Brooklyn said anglers have been catching quality fish inside the bay on both live and chunked bunker.
Porgies have finally made it to the local waters of the Western Sound. Anglers renting skiffs have not had to go far to catch some quality fish and their fill limits. On the south side, Stella Maris Bait and Tackle in Brooklyn reported that there have been some jumbo porgies being caught on the Tin Can Grounds.
Fluke fishing on both sides has been good, but the amount of shorts far out weighs the amount of quality fish being caught. On the south side, the bays have been more productive than the ocean bite.
South Shore Long Island Fishing Report
Bass fishing along the South Shore seems to get better as you head east, with clams and chum being the ticket to catching the fish. Robert at Long Island Outdoorsman said anglers tossing clams at Demo have scored with fish to 40 inches. While anglers out of Causeway Bait and Tackle in Wantagh have been having a lot of luck around area bridges, and the West Bar at Jones Inlet especially on the outgoing tide.
Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle reported that the mixed bag action along the town docks of the Great South Bay is still very good. Anglers are connecting with blues, bass, weaks, kingfish and blowfish.
Anglers from the Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside have been hitting the offshore grounds in search of sharks. With the water still on the cooler side, blue sharks have made up a bulk of the action, with a couple of makos and threshers mixing things up.
The story for fluking is the same along the entire south shore, with the bays out producing the ocean. White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays reported some really good action in Shinnecock Bay, but the bite on the ocean has been very slow. The Shinnecock Canal has some great mixed bag action during daylight hours and at night there has been a really good bass bite.
Montauk Fishing Report
Star Island Marina reported that the bass bite is phenomenal. Many of their boats have been catching bass to 40 pounds on a regular basis. Live baits such as eels or spot have been irresistible to these fish. Anglers looking to troll parachute jigs or umbrella rigs are also doing well in connecting with these quality fish. Porgies are great and being caught just about everywhere. With the scup are many large sea bass. Unfortunately with the season still closed, they have to be released, but it is looking to be a promising season when it does open.
Paulies Tackle of Montauk reported that the surf action is very good right now. Many shop regulars have been pulling big fish from areas around the light on bucktails. He also mentioned that fluke action on both sides is very good right now with lots of fish being caught, and limits easily being filled.
North Fork Fishing Report
Bill at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck reported some really good bass action for surfcasters in the Sound at Horton’s Point. Roanoke Shoals has been producing some quality fluke for anglers drifting squid/spearing combos. Over in the bay, anglers are enjoying a good mixed bag. Water temperatures have risen a bit, but the area is still holding fluke. For the sinker bouncer, porgies, blowfish and kingfish are in the bay in good numbers, and chum will keep them around the boat.
Best Bets for the Weekend
As of now, the weather forecast for the weekend looks great. With the good conditions, I would venture into the ocean looking for a new body of fluke. Hopefully some larger fish will be entering the area and you might connect with them before they enter the bay. Historically waters in the 40- to 60-foot depths hold fluke this time of year. I would try using larger baits such as Peruvian spearing or fillets of various fish (bunker, sea robin, bluefish) to land a doormat.
Along the south shore, clams and chum would be your best bet when looking for bass. Setting up near bridges, bars or other structures is key to this type of fishing. On the north shore, bunker chunks are still landing their fair share of fish.
Montauk is hot right now! It is the place to be if you are looking to tangle with a big bass, with the surf and boat being equally productive.
And the summer mixed bad action is in full swing. Chumming over your favorite rock pile and using clam, squid or worms for bait will keep the rods bent.
The only thing I can promise is, if you are not out there, you can’t catch ‘em!