Long Island Fishing Report- June 9, 2022

Fishing improves on the North Shore as the Long Island Sound warms up, meanwhile, fluke fishing is on the uptick island-wide.

Pictured above is a big east end striper caught by Jacky Long (@albacore_pir) this week. Pic sent in by Dan del Rosario (@eastendsurfcaster).

Long Island Fishing Report

  • Big scup, trophy weakfish. Bunker schools.
  • North shore is holding a good variety of species, with some trophy specimens for the picking. 
  • Big threshers showed up.
  • Big stripers in the bays, working the running tides.
  • Solid freshwater bite.

Jerry Ruff of Fish Your Way did some awesome fishing on his Jon boat this week, tallying up a 20 pounds of largemouth bass on his stringer. A 4-inch Berkeley powerworm was the ticket to catching these big bass. It wasn’t fast fishing, but it was excellent.

He spent some time chucking wood from the jetty for big bruiser bluefish. Once he switched to a metal lip, Jerry ending up tying into a real nice fish. Earlier in the week he was chucking a mag darter from the same rocks and ended up picking a big fluke. The sea robins weren’t bashful towards that lure either, and he ended up picking through a few before tying into some more big bluefish.

Josh at Gypsea Charters in Howard Beach reports:

“Fluke fishing remains up and down, with some days better than others. Anglers working bucktails religiously have been rewarded with limit catches this past week, while those dragging bait have been less fortunate. The short life has improved tremendously, which is a good sign of things to come. We will start our ocean trips towards the end of the month; we’re expecting action-packed outings with plenty of quality fish coming over the rails.” Call/text 516-659-3814 for details.

A trio of keeper fluke caught aboard Gypsea Charters earlier this week.

Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside reports:

“Tim, Vince, Dan and Kieran of ‘Margarita’ caught a 250-pound thresher on their first sharking trip of the season. It was caught in 80-feet of water southwest of Debs, on a Bay Park mono shark rig. Debbie Chechile of ‘The Dusty’ fished Reynolds Channel on Saturday and caught a nearly 5.5-pound fluke. A 1-ounce, pink Spro bucktail did the trick.

Joe Tancredi of Cristy’s Chaos fished Friday night for fluke by the trestle and spots to the west. A few shorts came up there. After anchoring up at the AB bridge, their luck improved. They landed one cocktail blue, one short bass and one keeper bass at 33 inches.”

The Capt Lou Fleet in Freeport reports:

“Whale watching season is here and we’re offering a discount on trips. See more info on our Facebook (Long Island Whale & Seal Watching). Fluking has been hit or miss in the bay, with some keepers coming over the rail for anglers using light tackle. The fluke have been sitting shallow, so that’s where we’ll be targeting this week. Two days ago was a dismal showing, but the following day the fishing improved tremendously.”

Point Lookout’s Super Hawk reported some great fluking the past week. “Ken Lynk caught a true jumbo doormat on June 7th. Many anglers took home their limits this week, and quite a few of those fish were large. We have plenty of room on all our trips. Book now while the fishing is hot!”

Ken Lynk with his nice keeper fluke on the Super Hawk.

The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Port Jefferson reports:

“We’ll run an extended fluke trip this coming Monday, from 5am-3pm. Porgy fishing has been insane this whole week. There were jumbos aplenty, with a bunch of short stripers coming up, and then going back down. Some anglers this week experienced the best fishing of their life!” Book Today!

Captain Stu Paterson of Northport Charters reports: 

“The Sound is full of life in the month of June! Fluke, porgies and stripers with the occasional weakfish are what’s coming over the rail. If you want to catch an ‘L.I. grand slam’, this is the month to do it!” Call or text today to make reservations: 631-707-3266.

Quality fluke are coming over the rail for Northport Charters as the Long Island Sound warms up.

Mark at Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport reports:

Striper fishing has been on fire on the north shore. Ava Dall picked a behemoth bass that might just be even larger than her; awesome job! She fought the fish in after it ate her bunker spoon. Brett Speri also had some good luck on some chunky bass. The shop is stocked with Ben Parker Magnum flutter jigging spoons, which are killer when the bass are keyed in on large baits in the mid-lower water column.

Captree’s Laura Lee reeled in their first pufferfish of the year on Friday. Fluking was great all week, and the bluefish were completely unavoidable. Striped bass action was relatively slow, but rods stayed bent with those bluefish. The bluefish action was pretty insane at times. Worthy of mention were the 1 weakfish and 1 kingfish that were caught a few days ago. Sea robins were a regular bycatch. The usual suspects, dogfish and skates, came up on just about every trip, although not in annoying numbers.

Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

“The start of this week was another banger. We had great fishing for bass, bluefish, fluke, and weakfish. The big bass run in the bay seems to be tapering off, but only slightly. They are still all over the flats in the early morning, crashing popping plugs. Mid-day you’ll have luck with shallow divers and bucktails. The open beaches are seeing some high quality fish being caught, especially at night. Darters, bottle swimmers, shallow swimmers, and bucktails have been putting in work for the surfcasters. Bluefish are still all over the place, causing a ruckus wherever they go. They’re smashing poppers and pretty much anything else you can throw at them right now. Some solid fish in the low to mid double digits are lurking. 

Fluke action seems to be getting better by the day! Most anglers are having luck with bucktails and hi-lo rigs. Tip your jig with a Fat Cow strip or a Gulp! for some all day action. They’re loving the bright colors this season. Salmon orange, chartreuse and pink are catching the big ones. Weakfish reports are still steady, with most catches happening on the early morning tides and just before sunset. Bright colors and the same kind of rigs as fluke, just smaller and lighter! Finesse is key to landing a good one! Porgy reports have extended to the south shore. they’re holding their usual spots and absolutely crushing clams on hi-lo rigs and jigs.

In the sweet water, spring fishing is on fire! The yellow perch and sunfish are schooled up and feeding like crazy. They love to hit small in-line spinners, trout magnets, and of course the old worm and bobber. Crappie action is going well still, with some solid double digit fish being pulled. Pickerel are still out roaming the lakes looking for a quick meal. They love swimbaits, chatterbaits, cranks and anything that’s shiny. Bass action is still closed, but you can get on them this time next week when the season opens on the 15th. 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.”

The Hampton Lady of Hampton Bays reports:

The weakfish are currently chewing like crazy in the bay. They’re pulling them up two or three at a time, while I write this. They more than doubled their 25-man weakfish limit yesterday, and picked a few good fluke to boot. Everything else was released unharmed. Drifting allowed us to catch this many fish from a big pile under the boat. Jake and Howie Watsky took the pool with a whopper fish, taking home a truckload of money. The weakfish was just under 8 pounds. Fluke were in the 4-6 pound range.

The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:

Skinny water fluking has been pretty awesome this past week. Some anglers like Max were able to catch their limit of keeper fluke, and just about every body kept the rod well bent. Jimmy Santiago picked two on his first two casts, soaking a spearing. We’re doing one trip daily for the rest of the week, 12pm-4pm. Call Capt. John for trip info and reservations: 631-728-4563.

Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:

“Striper fishing continues to impress. Sandeels have moved in and the diamond jig bite has absolutely exploded. Now is the time to get on your personal best striped bass with light tackle! The fluke have reappeared since the sandeels moved in; a handful of double digit fluke were caught this week. The porgies have invaded as well, and they are of the jumbo variety.

Codfish and sea bass are biting out in the deeper water, and thresher sharks have returned. Chris has availability all weekend and next weekend. Book your trip today on our super-fast, very comfortable, light tackle fishing machine: The Reel Addiction.”

Bill Wetzel of the Surf Rats Ball reports:

“Amigo hit the east end ocean beaches early one morning to find hordes of bluefish to 12 pounds, along with some healthy stripers in the mix. The bite cut off abruptly at about 8:30, but the fish were far out, requiring long casts. He returned that evening to find a similar bite, just less intense. The bluefish were spewing up sandeels. 

Chris fished the central north shore for the midnight outgoing tide. He picked three chunky slot bass and dropped a couple others. The fish grew in size as the tide progressed, resulting in his PB for this year. The fish were eating mag darters. The bite died when the tide slackened.

Tim made it out to Montauk from central Jersey this weekend, and found a pick of small bass near camp hero after midnight. They were chucking all sorts of plugs, and the short stripers didn’t seem to mind the different profiles. There were also plenty of 2-5 pound blues.”

Dave Flanagan of North Island Fly in Northport reports:

Fishing this week remained red hot. There have been bluefish as far as the eye can see, with most fish over ten pounds. There are bass roaming around with them, and we’ve picked at fish up to 20 pounds during the slower parts of the tide. Inshore striper fishing is as good as it gets, with all the schoolies you could want gorging themselves on sandeels. Some bigger bass have been perusing the boulder fields, and plenty of large are glued to the bunker schools. Tides this week lined up perfectly for sight fishing, and Dave just got in from a quick trip after the AM thunderstorms. Even in 20-30mph gusts, we got the deed done, picking stripers on the fly in two feet of water. Check out Dave’s website to book him for a charter at www.northislandfly.com

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Long Island Fishing Forecast

Personally, I had an unforgettable week, fish-wise, and I got skunked more consistently this week than I have in recent memory. Once I got my mojo back, it was on. Day 1 was by far the best day.

I was guided on a flats skiff by a living legend on Monday: Captain Paul Dixon. This trip radically changed my views on a certain facet of fishing.

The idea of guiding has been perplexing to me since before I began doing it myself. Good rationale eludes me still, and that’s probably just because I think too much. I spend a lot of time in my head, and my thoughts are loud and ceaseless. Who’s got all the answers anyway?

Specifically, I couldn’t understand why somebody would short themselves the satisfaction of a DIY kind of education in regards to fishing. I’m big on that; plus, I’ve never had enough money to pay for a guide, and I’ve always had tons of time to put in my own work. Granted, I didn’t learn everything I know on my own; I wouldn’t be the angler I am today without my mentor’s assistance. It’s just the idea of “paying someone to tell you how to fish” bothered me on some level. I think I saw it as taking a shortcut. Shortcuts don’t produce perfect work, and I was trying to do perfect fishing, whatever the heck that is. 

I’m guessing a lot of surfcasters are like that though. “Gotta go to know,” is our MO. We’ve got enough expenses to worry about, and catching fish is something we can accomplish on our own. If we get good at it, we can conceivably reduce our food expense too, by taking home fish (although for psychos like myself, the fishing expense far outweighs any savings we might incur via harvest). What’s most valuable, perhaps, is the fishing knowledge we gain, and the knowledge that we did it on our own.

This trip with Paul felt like a gift. I had done some work for him and happily accepted fishing as payment. It was definitely a guided trip, but it felt informal because of the barter. I definitely feel like I got the better half of this deal. Whatever this trip would’ve typically cost, or whatever I could have made for the work I did, I can tell you that a guided experience from Paul was absolutely priceless. Steve Bechard, who supplies me and Paul with his Rise Fishing Co. rods, joined us for the trip.

Paul Dixon poling the flats for Steve Bechard of Rise Fishing Co. (@southforksalt)

We took Paul’s skiff out to sight fish stripers on the flats. We hit a bunch of spots. There is a raised platform on the front of the skiff, where the angler stands. The high platform offers a good vantage for sighting fish in the shallow water. Paul stands on the back of the skiff on another, even higher platform, which stands above the engine. When we get to the shallows, Paul kills the engine and climbs up on his platform. He has a very long pole, about 20 feet or so, that he uses to push (or “pole” )the boat along through water anywhere from 1-5 feet deep. Sometimes the fish are cruising in water even shallower than that. Paul’s very-high vantage makes sighting those fish a lot easier than it would be from ground level.

Steve Bechard gets an eat from a striper he sight-casted on the flats. (@southforksalt)

Paul did the brunt of the poling, but he also allowed Steve and I to hop on his poling platform to do some sighting and navigating. We all did a decent job feeding fish from the bow. We probably picked about a dozen fish before we returned to port at 3pm. We probably saw about one hundred stripers that day. The three of us combined probably threw less than a hundred casts.

I compare this to my own flats fishing, which is primarily blind casting. Usually I’ll have a few occasions per trip where I see a fin, a ripple, a flash, an eat, a shadow or just something that intrigues me, indicating the presence of a fish. I cast near it, work my fly properly, and hope for the eat. I probably fly cast a couple hundred times.

Fishing with Paul, we see every fish to which we cast. If it’s a bluefish or a sea robin, we don’t bother casting. If we cast well, the fish will notice our fly and follow it. Our stripping motions, or lack thereof, will determine whether we get the eat or not. More often than not, we did not get the eat. A multitude of reasons could’ve caused that, but it doesn’t matter. Each time we saw a fish, our adrenaline would spike. Just seeing the fish was a victory in itself, but to convince it that our fly was actual food was the ultimate goal. We’d get eats and botch the hookset, or not set the hook at all. Agonal shrieks erupted from us after every miss. There was pure electricity coursing through our nerves in those moments.

I fell asleep at 7pm that night, and woke up at 8am groggy and tired. I don’t know whether it was the sun, the diligent observation, or all that adrenaline that beat me up, but I’ve only ever been THAT tired on a few occasions.

The best part is how much I learned on this trip. Steve and Paul both have a wealth of knowledge and experience, and I tried to soak in every word of advice they offered. Paul taught me stuff about stripers that I certainly did not know prior to the trip. They both taught me about feeding fish a fly, and how I needed to cast and present one. Again, this was entirely different from the flats fishing I’ve done so often. There are new tricks and principles I picked up that I am going to consider next time I wade into a flat. I’m certain they’ve made me a better angler.

So, going back to my confusion about guiding… it’s gone.

It is not a cheat code to accelerate one’s education or fish-catching capabilities. This trip was a learning opportunity wherein I’d uproot some bad habits through good coaching, and experience a new saltwater arena from the vantage of a genuinely salty dude. Again, to me it was priceless.

I just gotta mention this too… I’ve lived on an ocean beach for ten years now, and I have never once in that time, or even in the rest of my life, seen a baby seagull. 

I saw friggin’ baby seagulls when I fished with Paul. If we hadn’t seen a single fish, the baby gulls alone would have made the trip worth it. That was awesome. What a trip.

Despite my skunks the few days prior to that trip, I was rejuvenated by the sheer numbers of fish we saw. It seemed the bay was loaded. So I got myself to a couple spots the past two nights and put my new mojo to use. The first night yielded an upper teen bass, and one keeper sized bass. Two hits, two fish. The next night seemed like it should’ve been insane. Not even considering the fact that fish were blowing up bunker schools right in on the beach, the amount of pops I heard after nightfall suggested that worms were prevalent here. Despite the bunker’s willingness to commit suicide on the sand rather than face their chasers, I couldn’t translate that into one of those aggressors running down my lure. I tried a few lures, and casted a few different flies many times, but I couldn’t buy a bite. Eventually I re-rigged with a soft plastic on a worm hook. That caught me my only short bass of the night. Those kinds of nights though, it’s just a pleasure to be in the midst of such action.

A chunky bass I caught the other night. They’ve been chasing bunker into the shallows and viciously attacking them.

I’ll be looking for some more of that. Wild weather in the week ahead seems like an excellent omen for big June bass. The water’s pretty darn warm in back, so consider that when choosing your tide. Or don’t. Just go all the time if possible. I swear I can already feel a big fish’s tail high-five my hand as it swims off. 

Get out there, do good! Pick up trash, treat your fish and each other well. Tight lines.

1 thought on “Long Island Fishing Report- June 9, 2022

  1. Joe

    That was an awesome article that was so enjoyable to read. Thanks for sharing.

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