North Shore Long Island Fishing Report
The bass bite on the North Shore is still fairly quiet, but The Triangle seems to be your best bet for some decent fish. Phil from Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport said that there are stripers in the 15 pound range in deep water on bunker chunks and eels. Anglers are also catching schoolies from shore at night on plugs, according to John from Terminal Tackle in Kings Park.
There are blues in the 5- to 6-pound class hitting on bunker chunks in The Triangle, but if you can find a pod of fish, you can also throw popping plugs and diamond jigs at them. Kids are having a blast with the snappers at all the harbors as they are getting bigger and are, on average, about 12 inches long now.
It’s the same old story with fluke this week. Phil from Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport said there are a lot of shorts in the area, and your best bet for a keeper is still deep structure using live snappers.
The porgy are “plentiful” up to 2 pounds, according to Robert from Hi Hook Bait & Tackle in Huntington. You can still find them on any rocky structure and off rocky beaches, such as Sunken Meadow, Long Beach, and Short Beach. Clams and sandworms have been the bait of choice for scup. Sea bass have been mixing in, with a few keepers being taken. Robert mentioned that the sea bass are doing well at all the outer buoys.
South Shore Long Island Fishing Report
The South Shore is showing some more signs of life than it has in recent weeks. The stripers are still scarce, but anglers are having some luck in the inlets using live bait when you are able to get through the blues. Bryce from White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays also reported that there are schoolie stripers around 25 inches cruising the beaches feeding on sand eels.
Where ever you are finding stripers, you can bet there will be blues as well. According to the reports, they are in the 3- to 4-pound range. Chris from Causeway Bait and Tackle in Wantagh said that the snappers are getting bigger, and are all around the harbors.
Mark from Trophy Tackle in West Babylon said that there still is a good ocean bite for fluke in around 60 feet of water on structure southeast of Fire Island Inlet using bucktails and smelt. He also said that there are fish up to 5 pounds being caught on the FI Reef, but the shorts to keepers ratio is about 10:1. The AB Reef is still holding fish to 7 pounds and anglers are catching their limit using spearing and bucktails, according to Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside. Bryce at White Water also said that the eastern South Shore is holding fluke in calm waters of about 12 to 20 feet. They are pushing sand eels tight to the beach so surf fisherman are getting a shot at them using Ava 007’s, Gulp sand eels, and bucktails.
The porgy bite is mainly in the western South Shore on the AB Reef and through Reynolds Channel where they are catching fishing up to 2 pounds, according to Bay Park. You can also find the sea bass in those areas as well. Clams are best bait for both of these fish. Mark from Trophy Tackle also said you can find some sea bass inside the harbor by the Coast Guard Station and around the Robert Moses Bridge.
Metro Long Island Fishing Report
The striper fishing is so so in the Metro area, but anglers trolling bunker spoons and using sandworms have accounted for some fish.
Bluefish were the highlight of the weekend with the WICC Bluefish Tournament going on. Hudson Park Bait and Tackle in New Rochelle was weighing in fish between 13-14 pounds. Louie from Island Bait and Tackle in the Bronx said that anglers have been doing well around City Island and the Stepping Stone Lighthouse on bunker. The snappers are also all over the area.
The fluke fishing has been pretty good in the Metro Area with fish up to 10 pounds coming from the Ambrose Channel, according to Mike from Stella Maris Bait and Tackle in Brooklyn. Louie from Island Bait also said that fish up to 7 pounds have been caught from areas such as City Island, Harts Island, and around Big Tom.
John from Hudson Park said that the porgy fishing is “insane”, namely outside of New Rochelle Harbor and around the red bell buoy 2. Louie from Island Bait also said that Huckleberry Island is doing well with a lot of fish in the 13-15 inch range on sandworms, but there have been fish up to 19.5 inches. No reports of Metro area sea bass, but there are some weakfish in Jamaica Bay and fast moving schools of false albies around Breezy Point, according to Frank at Bernie’s Fishing Tackle in Brooklyn.
East End Long Island Fishing Report
The East End is still the place to be for stripers right now. Mike from Star Island Marina in Montauk said that not much has changed since last week and you can still find quality fish by chunking or trolling around The Elbow, Midway, and Block Island. Bill at Jamesport Bait & Tackle in Mattituck said that bass are still holding on the North Fork off Horton’s Point in about 30 to 70 feet of water using live bait, eels, and bucktails.
While at the striper grounds, you will probably be hard pressed to get away from the blues as there are enormous choppers mixed in. Ken from Tight Lines Tackle Inc. in Sag Harbor reported that you can also find some fish in the 15 pound class in the Peconic on the incoming tide around Buoy 17 and Jesups. Snappers are also all over the shorelines, and snapper poppers and spoons seem to be doing better than bait.
Frisbees has been a nice spot for fluke this week in about 50 to 70 feet of water using spearing and squid, according to Paul from Paulie’s Bait & Tackle in Montauk. The deep waters of 30 to 60 feet off Amagansett are still producing as well.
The bottom fishing is doing excellent out east as well. Ken at Tight Line said that the scup are paving the bottom of the Peconic and Sag Harbor, and Bill at Jamesport said you can also get a good pick of them off the Motel. You can also find some weakfish from 5-6 pounds around Buoy 20, kingfish and blowfish off Robin’s Island, and triggerfish on the south side of Montauk right off the beach. Anglers that have been drifting through Frisbees for fluke have been getting a nice catch of sea bass mixed in. Anyone choosing to anchor instead have been using clams and sandworms to take their fill of fish.
Best Bets for the Weekend
Your best chance at nice stripers and blues is still on the East End, and it’s only going to get better from here. Smaller cocktails have been making a nice appearance all over now, and schools of fish around 5 pounds have been popping up everywhere and are a lot of fun on light tackle.
Head east or west for the biggest fluke. Spearing and squid in deep water have been doing very well, but nothing beats live bait like a tasty snapper to get the big ones biting.
The porgy are still abundant everywhere, although as the water temperatures begin to cool as we head in to the fall, they will start moving out so fill your buckets while you still can. The Peconic has nice mixed bag action going on right now, and of course, get the kids out for some spectacular snapper fishing.