The cold is not slowing many anglers down from getting in on the action this week. We have some good reports of blackfish from Brooklyn and out east to Montauk. The offshore wrecks seem to be fishing well with jumbo seabass and some haddock mixed in. Schoolie bass are also keeping anglers busy from the surf on both the south and north shores. Here is what your local shops and marinas had to say for the week.
Fishing Report For Long Island
Stella Maris Bait and Tackle reports, that today and yesterday the blackfishing has been excellent for the boats sailing out of Brooklyn. A lot of keepers, with some really big fish mixed in. The local piers have seen the herring really show up this week in good numbers. There are still some small striped bass around and people are starting to catch mackerel.
Capitol Tackle in Manhattan reports, the blackfishing has been ok as of late. Some days have been better then others, but that is fishing. The Capitol Princess will be sailing for the next couple of weeks out of Manhattan, before before calling it for the season.
River Bay Outfitters reports, thing on the island have been pretty quite except for the anglers still fishing the Connetquot. The shop however, did a trip this week up to the Salmon River and got into some fish. Everyone caught some fish and went home happy. River Bay Outfitters will be hosting fly tying classes all winter long, check out their website for more details.
Bay Park Fishing Station reports, there was some good blackfishing over last weekend. One boat reported limiting out and having fish up to 9lbs. They have white crabs in stock and everything else you need to catch some blackfish.
White Water Outfitters reports, there has been a pretty good bluefin tuna bite out in the Hudson when the boats have been able to get out. Offshore seabass and cod fishing has been good and once again that is all dependent on your weather window to get out. Inshore, there has been a decent blackfish bite on the local wrecks and structure.
Westlake Marina reports, the blackfishing in deeper water off of Montauk has been very good. On the offshore wrecks anglers are catching jumbo seabass and a fish a lot of us have not seen in a long time haddock. They also said the bluefin tuna bite has been good when the weather allows you to get out. They know this for a fact, since Chris headed out this past weekend and caught some really nice bluefin.
Miller Place Bait and Tackle reports, a lot of their customers have been heading to the harbors along the north shore and targeting the herring. Also along the north shore, anglers are still picking away at schoolie striped bass on light tackle.
Fishing Forecast for Long Island
Sunday looks like your best day to fish this weekend. You have some really solid options for if you want to get out. Blackfishing should continue to do well in the deeper water into the weekend; the offshore wrecks are a good option. Make sure you book these trips in advanced since many fill up before sailing. If you are looking to stay on the dry land, head to a local pier or dock and try to catch some herring. These fish can be in great numbers and you can catch sometimes up to 5 or 6 on one line. It might be very cold, but it is still not time yet to put the gear away for the winter. Have a great weekend and good luck out on the water.