Long Island Fishing Report- June 16, 2022

Fluke fishing picked up island-wide this week, and anglers enjoy plenty of beach bass and bluefish.

(Above) Earlier this week, Captain Paul Dixon caught his new personal best striped bass at a whopping 51-inches.

Long Island Fishing Report

  • Thresher madness out of Oceanside.
  • Big fluke and giant stripers chewing on the south shore.
  • Great bay fishing on moving tides. Gator blues remain in back.
  • Great porgy action on the north shore and around Montauk point.
  • Some interesting species are starting to enter the mix as bycatch.

Josh at Gypsea Charters in Howard Beach reports:
 
“Fluking the past few days has been great, with plenty of quality flatties to 8 pounds hitting the deck. The short life has been very good, keeping rods bent throughout the trip. We will be starting up ocean trips in the next week or so, so keep an eye on our page for schedule updates.” Call/text 516-659-3814 for details.

A quality fluke for this young angler aboard the Gypsea!

Rockfish Charters in Brooklyn reports:

Slot sized striped bass have been completely stacked under the boat this week, and everyone’s been taking home a fish this week. Live-lining bunker is the ticket to fast and consistent action. They also hooked into a big thresher yesterday, and the shark straight up jumped out of the water!

Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside reports:

Lloyd Malsin of “Nansea II” fished the inlet last Thursday and picked 15 bass, with one keeper. He then did some fluking in Reynolds Channel and picked a dozen with two near-keepers.

Nick Savene of “No Time” put his charter on a 317 pound thresher shark on Saturday. The shad ate a bunker from Bay Park fishing station. Anthony Savino and Tim O’Connor of “Double Up” also picked a thresher on a fresh bunker. They were fishing near bunker schools in 75 feet of water, and had to battle the 310 pounder for an hour. The “Corazon” ALSO caught a big thresher on bunker while fishing inshore, south of the reef. This one went 350 pounds. All on Saturday. Nick Savene got back out on Tuesday to pick the biggest thresher of the week at 435 pounds. The shark ate, you guessed it, a Bay Park bunker.

Sunday saw some fun cocktail bluefish action for Jim Mooney of “Miss Bev.” The fish were on the beach side under diving birds. The fish were taking topwater offerings for about an hour on the outgoing tide.

The Capt Lou Fleet in Freeport reports:

Will King joined us with his daughter Caitlin of a half day of fluke fishing last week. Caitlin landed eight fluke, and had the crew fillet her final fish which was quite large. Will said the crew was fun to work with and the boat was comfortable and super clean. We’ll be sailing every day (weather permitting) for fluke from 8-12 and 1-5. Whale watching trips have been providing opportunities for some awesome photos lately. Any questions, give Captain Willie a call at 631-830-5251.

Point Lookout’s Super Hawk has been catching fluke consistently this week. They’ve been sailing twice a day and the crowds have been quite light. Those aboard have been fighting fluke regularly! 

Keeper fluke coming over the rail on the Super Hawk!

Captree’s Laura Lee saw a promising start to the week, with some solid stripers coming up at night to 37 inches. There were always bluefish around, and the fluke were hanging out in good numbers. Sea robins were extremely plentiful a well. We also picked a few fun species like an oyster toadfish and a stargazer. Fluking only got better over the weekend, mostly in the morning although afternoon action was solid too. After the weekend, fluking remained pretty consistent, with anglers catching plenty of flatties alongside other species. Striped bass slowed down a good bit though. The bluefish certainly didn’t lose their appetite, and seem to be way more voracious than the stripers at this point.


Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

“Another great week of spring fishing is in the books! Local anglers were able to get stripers, fluke, weakfish, and plenty of bluefish this week. Striper action is starting to dwindle in the bay, most of the larger fish are outside. Open beaches are getting hit by bass pretty consistently. Bottle plugs, darters, bucktails, and poppers are all getting the job done. Guys hitting them on the troll are having great luck with some big, over-slot fish. Bluefish action is consistent now that they are post-spawn; they’re only growing even more ravenous. Throw poppers for non-stop, tackle busting action; tins are getting crushed, and bucktails need to watch the heck out. The flats are loaded. 

Fluke fishing has been getting better and better as the days go by. Big flatties are lurking in the flats and channels, as well as outside on structure. Bucktails tipped with a Fat Cow strip or a Gulp! of your choice will have the fluke chasing it down. Jig ’em up! The classic squid and spearing combo will always bring ’em in. Weakfish are still running the tides during the very early mornings and the evenings. Light tackle is key! They love bright colors like pink, chartreuse, and white. 

Porgy, blowfish, kingfish, and all of the fun summer time bottom dwellers are in! All you need is a few hi-lo rigs and enough clams to last all day. Chum pots will help significantly! 

In the sweet water, spring fishing is on fire! Bass season is officially back open, and they are hungry! Lipless cranks, jigs, soft plastics, and jerkbaits are the go-to spring time slayers. Fly guys will do well with big streamers and poppers during the mornings and evening time. The yellow perch and sunfish are schooled up and feeding ferociously. They love to hit small in-line spinners, Trout Magnet jigs, and of course the old worm and bobber. Crappie action is going well still, they’re all over small jigs and bright colored flies. Pickerel are still out roaming the lakes, looking for a quick meal. They love swimbaits, chatterbaits, cranks and anything that’s shiny. Trout action is still great in the local lakes and rivers. Hit them in the early morning or at dusk for your best results. Sulphur hatches are crazy thick right now.” 

Dave Flanagan of North Island Fly in Northport reports:

“Shallow water passing, deepwater bluefish, technical fishing in the boulders, or chasing bunker pods… all options are on the table! The fishing is spectacular on the north shore right now. There are loads of sandeels in the harbors and out on the shallow Sound waters. There are plenty of spearing and bunker schools out in the Sound as well. Water temps are in the mid-60’s right now, only climbing to 70 on the really hot days. Luckily there haven’t been too many of those, and the fish are holding strong. Those hot days haven’t been unproductive though; we’ve found endless amounts of bluefish and have had catches of 100 fish in a tide. Most of those fish are over ten pounds, and the biggest this week was 16 pounds. There are still plenty of big bass to the west as well, so we should be able to target large well into July. I still have a few prime days for sight fishing, as well as some days around the moons in July.” Check out Dave’s website to book him for a charter at www.northislandfly.com.

Caught this week with Dave Flanagan of North Island Fly.

The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:

“The bite has been picking up immensely the past couple days. Solid fluke are coming up, like Dane Carlson’s 8.5 pounder this morning. We’re sailing twice daily, 7-11 and 12-4.

Prior to the crazy action, the fishing was tough, but diligent anglers were able to score their limit. The 14th saw fish to about 5.5 pounds. It didn’t really matter what you dropped, the big fish were taking an assortment of lures and baits.” Call Capt. John for trip info and reservations: 631-728-4563.

Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:

The week began well near the Point, where we had a solid pick of mostly large porgies and good bluefish in the mix. Orland sTand took the pool with a 2 pound porgy. On Saturday we made moves into the bay and found a good pile of porgies. As is typical, the bite slowed around slack tide, and picked up again when the flow restarted. Sunday went similarly, with smaller fish. A few bluefish came up again as well.

They ran to Nantucket for a fluke beatdown this week, boating 50 fish to over 7 pounds. We’ll run another one of these trips on this coming Tuesday.

This past Tuesday, we went for some striped bass on the full moon. We began jigging as the sun set, with a good pick of stripers and bluefish. Once dark settled in, we switched to eels and had insane action. Stripers and blues of all sizes were flying over the rail until we caught our limit and headed home. We’ll be doing these trips on Friday and Saturday. Call the office to book at 631-668-5700, or book online at vikingfleet.com.

Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:

It’s been nonstop action with the striped bass. I haven’t been so excited to get out bass fishing in a long time! Fish of all sizes are being caught right now. The fifty pounders have moved in and are eating live bait, bucktails, diamond jigs and plugs. Acres of birds with bluefish and big bass underneath them can be found on the south side to the porgy hump.

Speaking of which, the porgy fishing has been amazing. It seems to be all jumbo sized fish around. I wouldn’t be surprised to see a new state record caught this season. 

Double digit fluke are hitting the scales and Miss Montauk says the grind has gotten a bit easier on that front. Fluke anglers are out in full force. Offshore sharks have moved in and the occasional bluefin sighting is becoming less seldom every week.

Bill Wetzel of the Surf Rats Ball reports:

Spicy Pete joined me for an outing on the sand beaches on Tuesday. Most beaches were closed due to plovers, but we managed to find some fishable water, and picked 3 bass on 3/4 ounce bucktails and mag darters. We ran to the north side just before dark to find some boiling fish. The mag darter took another couple there. A Groves darter did the trick after dark. We continued to do well on those plugs, pus a sebile stick shad. Boats are hammering a lot of big fish out in the rips though.

Rob fished with Jon on the west end south shore on Monday. They attacked the top of the incoming tide with slugs. Jon got a tap on an unweighted 9 inch black slug, and Rob drew attention to his 7 inch white slug on a 1/2 ounce jighead. Slaps, splashes and slurps echoed in the distance, but they could not convert any of the taps into a fish. Subscribe today at www.longislandsurffishing.com.

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Long Island Fishing Forecast

We’re in the midst of the June moons, and striped bass fishing is at its precipice.

The bass bite was on during the strawberry supermoon in Montauk.

Some years back, I had 60 pounders blitzing on the beach. I think there is a very real chance for that in the coming weeks. I’ve been hearing rumors of some absurdly large bass located a little ways from land, and some unbelievable happenings in that atmosphere. One story involves a guy who just wanted to target some bluefish. He hooked one, and was bringing it to the boat when a huge bluefin tuna came up and inhaled the bluefish. The angler got spooled very quickly.

There have been reports of bluefin tuna crashing near the beaches too. One boat got video of such an occurrence, and I happened to see a giant crash myself earlier in the week, while I was looking for whale spouts. The crash occurred probably a half mile out.

So, this season is probably about to be the craziest any of us have ever seen. Just a hunch.

It’s been getting wilder each year since the bunker population exploded. Unfortunately, I am seeing less on the beaches than I have in years past. Three years ago, I got drone footage of two bluefin tuna swimming into a bunker school on the outer bar, just 150-200 yards from the beach. That was June 6th. Although we’re farther into the season than we were then, the bunker just seems to be more elusive. I have seen a good number of ospreys working the coast too, so that is reassuring. Just gotta be patient I think.

Without all the bunker in the ocean, I’m taking my drone to the bays. I’ve been seeing some cool stuff back there, like different critters acting naturally.

A healthy beach bass I caught on a Mag Darter during last nights outing.

If you’re a surfcaster, you can probably benefit from checking out my recent video of a big needlefish swimming around in the bay, darting here and there, diving and rising, changing directions, and attacking food items. The needlefish lure is probably the hardest lure to grow comfortable with, as there is no “action” that you can actually feel. How are you supposed to know if you’re working it correctly, if you can’t feel the lure working? You just gotta trust that it’s doing the right thing. Eventually you’ll start catching and develop confidence. Once you do, you’re effectively fishing what is largely considered one of the best lures for big stripers. If you’ve imagined what a needlefish plug does in the water, then you should watch this video. It is going to reassure you that the real thing acts almost the same exact way as you are envisioning your lure acts.  

 

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