Long Island Fishing Report – November 21, 2018

Blackfish continue to produce the most solid action for the island this week. North and south shores are both reporting steady catches when the boats are able to get out. We still have some keeper-size bass coming up on boats along the south shore. In the surf, anglers are still picking away at schoolie bass with an occasional keeper in the mix. Here is what your local shops had to say for the week.

Fishing Report For Long Island

Stella Maris Bait and Tackle reports keeper striped bass are being caught around the Breezy Point area on the boats using diamond jigs and on the troll. In the surf anglers are also still catching striped bass, though they are smaller schoolie sized fish. Blackfishing has been good in such around the south Reef and other structure in the area. Herring have started to show up at the Coney Island pier, which is a sure sign winter is around the corner.

Captree Bait and Tackle reported, bass have been scattered locally, but has heard of some more schools of fish further to the east. In the surf, anglers are still picking away at smaller sized bass, but there is the occasional keeper mixed in. Blackfish has been decent over the last week. Starting Friday the shop will have their annual Black Friday sale run from Friday until Sunday. You can call the shop or give them a call to find out more details.

Bay Park Fishing Station reports, on Sunday Frank Brescia and Paul Sievers of “SeaSea” trolled Mojos SW of Debs inlet (depth of 50 ft), they closed their afternoon run with two Striped Bass up to 33 lbs. Also on Sunday, fishing off the Roundhouse in about 55 ft of water, Junior and Alex of “Fish Tracker” concluded their run with a 25.30 lb and 20.90 lb Striped Bass. The guys caught both using a green SpoonFed bunker spoon and an “oldschool” green bunker spoon.

White Water Outfitters reports, things have been pretty slow this past week. The good news is, the seabass fishing has been good on the deeper structure this week. This looks like your best action for the weekend in the area. The boats are still picking away at striped bass using diamond jigs, but many of the fish have moved west.

Westlake Marina reports, the blackfishing continues to fish very well. Anglers are fishing around the SE corner and Block Island reporting some nice fish up to 8lbs. Seabass and cod has been decent further out in deeper water.

Miller Place Bait and Tackle reported the blackfishing is very good when the boats can get out. They had Mike weigh in a 7.2lb blackfish and John weigh in a 7lber this week. They have heard of bass still along the south shore and got some reports from the boats that anglers had bass on every drop. Many small fish, but a ton of action with some keepers mixed in. The shop will be doing a Black Friday and small business Saturday sale this year. Black Friday they will be doing 10% off your entire purchase. You can call the shop for more details.

Anglers on the Capitol Princess
Anglers on the Capitol Princess this past Sunday.

The Capitol Princess on Sunday reported, another great day on the Capitol Princess. They stopped to jig on the way out and wound up with about 50 shorts and one nice keeper bass. Then once we began blackfish fishing they wound up with a bunch of keepers up to about 5lbs!

River Bay Outfitters reports, the freshwater ponds and lakes that were stocked with trout are doing very well. The Long Island Flyrodders had an event this week and said it was some of the best trout fishing they have had all year. In the surf, Paul has not hear much locally, but did hear reports that guys are still picking away at bass out east with the fly rod catching and releasing up to 50 fish in a day.

Celtic Quest blackfish
Three nice blackfish caught on the Celtic Quest this week.

The Celtic Quest reports out of Mattituck, had to work a bit for the keepers on Sunday as the water temperature dropped a few degrees from this weeks weather and the bite was subtle. A couple of limits were taken and plenty of short tog keeping them busy.

Fishing Forecast for Long Island

Thanksgiving is going to be brutally cold this year and it might be your best bet to just stay inside and enjoy the turkey with your family. Friday through Sunday looks a lot better for you anglers looking to hit the water. This might be the warmest weekend we have for awhile so don’t miss out on the chance to get out and fish. Many shops will be having their Black Friday sales this weekend, make sure if you are looking to get some gear to buy local this winter and support your local shops. I hope everyone has a great Thanksgiving and good luck out on the water this weekend!

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