Long Island Fishing Report
- Big threshers and bluefin near shore.
- Bunker schools off the beach are holding all sorts of fun species. They’re haunted by big stripers, bluefish, sharks, stingrays, etc.
- Awesome bottom fishing on the two forks. Awesome striper fishing in those two spots as well.
- Big cobia in local waters.
- Some great fluking this week on the south shore.
- Big, aggressive bass on the north shore. Big fluke moving in.
Jerry Ruff of Fish Your Way in Queens began his week on foot, trudging through the city to find a fishing spot. Some of his video is spent analyzing the local gentrification, and chatting with other nice anglers. He ends up picking an oyster toadfish on a squid gifted to him by another angler. He finds some good water by the Queensboro Bridge and ends up helping another angler pull up a big striper from the river rocks.
Next Jerry takes us to the rocks to target fluke with gulp. He Carolina rigged the 4-inch swimming mullets for a good catch.
Last but not least comes some great freshwater fishing. He was dropping worms for a seemingly endless supply of white perch. He was also able to pull up a big pickerel and a beautiful smallmouth bass.
Josh at Gypsea Charters in Howard Beach reports:
Aside from a trip or two, we saw relatively good fluking this past week, with fast action at times. Keepers and shorts were flying over the rails continuously. This type of fishing should only improve over the next month and a half, so definitely come out with us! The highlight of our week was Jamaal Sr.’s doormat fluke, weighing in at 9 pounds 15 ounces. We’re sailing daily at 6am from Howard Beach, Queens. Reservations are a must. Call/text 516-659-3814 for details.
Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside reports:
Captain Frank Marcia of “Back Bays” caught a 22-inch fluke on a cut squid and Canadian spearing combo he purchased at Bay Park.
The Capt Lou Fleet in Freeport reports:
Fluke fishing was great this week. Some limits were taken and there was a significant amount of keeper size fish. We’re sailing two fluke trips daily. Sea bass fishing this past weekend was good, so we’ll be sailing for them again this coming weekend. We really nailed them on the ocean wrecks. Whale watching trips are pretty much peaking right now, with incredible aerial displays, like the one captured by Hyde Rock. Any questions, give Captain Willie a call at 631-830-5251.
Captree’s Laura Lee reports:
Sea bass and porgies were the main story this week, with sea bass catches numbering near 500 before the weekend. Sometimes scup outshined the sea bass, and ling came very close to providing the most action on some trips. Triggerfish showed up on a few occasions, as did mackerel, codfish, tog and pinfish. It looks as if only 6 bluefish and 5 striped bass were caught this week.
It looks like fluking was somewhat inconsistent to start, probably a result of other species beating them to the hook. Once the other species slowed down, the fluke numbers rose.
Dave Flanagan of “North Island Fly” in Northport reports:
Locally the summer fishing pattern has definitely kicked into gear. Early mornings and late afternoons have been best for a shot at some stripers. Schoolies are still plentiful and if you can find some adult bunker, or don’t mind putting in the work and making a lot of casts, you will be rewarded with some larger fish.
There is an abundance of small bait around, from the back bays to the deep water. Young of the year spearing, bluefish and a surprisingly large amount of peanut bunker are hanging in the Sound as well. Last year we didn’t see this amount of peanut bunker until August, so this could potentially bode well for our fall run. It’s funny to be talking about that this soon.
The bluefishing remains strong, as it should for the rest of the summer. Today we ran into an insane blitz with 10+ pound fish porpoising through the schools of peanuts. As always, there are some XL bass lurking under those big bluefish. If you’re looking to put a bend in the rod, look for hot, humid days with light winds to find plenty of big bluefish; they love that weather!
I’m still doing some sight fishing until the end of the month. We aren’t seeing huge numbers of fish, but the ones we are coming across are in the 25-32 inch range. I’m booked through the end of July, but I have some dates available in August… fall is booking up fast too, so act quickly!
Check out Dave’s website to book him for a charter at www.northislandfly.com.
Mark at Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport reports:
Now’s the time to head to the piers and target some porgies, snappers and cocktail blues. It’s a nice way to spend time with kids in the sun. Head out to the sound to find some bigger bluefish.
People getting out on boats are catching some great porgies and seabass along with those larger bluefish. There are a lot of short sea bass but there are some very nice keepers as well. Fluking waned a little bit, but there are still some big fluke being caught; they’ve been hanging out underneath the big bass and blues. A lot of guys have caught their personal best striper this week. Sometimes a kid will reel in a porgy and all the scales will be missing from its tail because it just got nailed by a big bass. All around, the fishing has been absolute dynamite this week.
The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Port Jefferson reports:
The north shore porgies provided relentless action this week, with all trips bringing home a solid haul of fish. Some cocktail blues and quality sea bass catches came over the rail as well. A few lucky anglers even reeled in some decent fluke and weakfish. The weather’s been perfect, and so has the bite! Book today at www.celticquestfishing.com.
Capt. Phil of Fishy Business in Orient had another productive week on the North Fork, putting a lot of stripers and blues on the deck. Many overs and unders ended up going back to the deep, but a lot of big sea bass and scup came up and helped fill the box. They sail out of Duryea’s in Orient. Give Phil a call to book a trip: 516-316-6967.
Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:
Summer fishing is officially in full swing. Fluke action is not the best, but not the worst. There are lots of shorts hanging around, with a keeper limit very doable provided you put in some effort. Bucktails tipped with a Fat Cow strip have been getting it done for us here at the shop. We are doing well with pink, orange, and sea robin colored bucktails and strips. As for sea bass, the fishing couldn’t be better. Limits of large sea bass have been coming up over the rails. Jigging is getting more popular, big epoxy jigs or bucktails are getting smacked by big fish. Porgies are out, ripping around all of the jetties and canals all over the south and north shore. Hit them with a classic hi-lo rig tipped with clam, or even a small jig head with squid or Gulp on the hook.
Bluefish can be caught around the whole bay and the inlet, chilling on the flats, crashing on bait. Toss a popping plug, or something shiny at them to entice a bite. Some big ones are still cruising around.
Striped Bass are still around the bays, in the deeper spots with cooler water, bait, and a good current. They’re taking small swimbaits, small poppers, and they are absolutely destroying flies. A buddy and I got on a good late night tide this week and had fish popping a rod length away as soon as the tide turned and the water got cooler. The ocean bite is going very strong. Surf guys are getting them on the open beaches and off the jetties, and boat guys are crushing big fish in the inlets, and out a little deeper on jigs and live bait.
Triggerfish, blowfish, and kingfish are all over the local structure. They’re a ton of fun on light tackle, and all you need is a few hi-lo rigs and some clams for a day of non-stop action. Tiny snappers are starting to show up at the local docks, they’ll be bigger and way more plentiful very soon.
The heat is on in the local freshwater. The lakes and rivers we’re used to are super warm, especially during the middle of the day. Bass and pickerel will be the most active in the early mornings, and in the evenings as the sun is going down. This is the ideal time to toss some topwater lures at them. Whopper Ploppers and frogs get absolutely hammered during this time. Mid-day you’re going to want to go low and slow. A jig, or Senko dragged along the bottom will produce fish. Crappie, perch, and sunfish are all schooled up and plentiful. You can get at them all day long with the classic worm and bobber rig or get fancy with an in-line spinner or small jig. Light and ultralight tackle is ideal, and so much fun. Trout should be mostly left alone this time of year. The water heats up quickly, even in spring-fed rivers. Bring your thermometers with you and make sure the water isn’t above 67 degrees, 70 degree water is very warm and can be fatal for a trout that has been caught. Most evenings and early mornings the water dips to 65 and under, so that would be your best time to go.
The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:
There’s been an awesome mixed bag around for the taking. We’ve been catching fish inside in skinny water, then moving out for sea bass, porgies, ling, mackerel and more fluke! Anglers are catching jumbos of all species. Sue Ann picked a particularly good fluke on a plain Jane rig with spearing and fluke ribbon in just six feet of water. Call Capt. John for trip info and reservations: 631-728-4563.
Rick from Harbor Marina of East Hampton reports:
I was out fluking with the Besharas and Martins on Sunday when we happened upon a big thresher shark south of Montauk. The shark was an easy 10+ feet.
Fluking has picked up in Montauk this week. Some larger sea bass are beginning to show. The first decent tuna reports out of Montauk occurred this week, south and southwest of the point. Stripers are beginning to head to deeper waters.
Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:
The striper bite was amazing last night! The full moon really got them chewing, and we were constantly pulling slot and over slot fish over the rail. We were dropping live eel rigs down and catching each drift. Some gorilla blues joined the fight as well.
Fluking went well yesterday afternoon, especially compared to the morning trip. Every spot we hit produced a good pick of sea bass and fluke. There were some good sized keepers in the mix. We found some porgies to add to the bucket on the way home. Rob V. from Manorville took the pool with a 5 pound fluke.
Big porgies have been coming up by the lighthouse, and there are plenty of jumbo sea bass around to keep your rod bent. Rich Wright from Montauk picked a 3.5 pounder on Saturday. Triggerfish joined the mix this week too.
Call the office to book at 631-668-5700, or book online at vikingfleet.com.
Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:
It was another great week of supercharged striped bass fishing. They are still eating the metal, and 90% of them are slot size. In the deep, deep water, jumbo Black Sea bass are being caught with easy limits.
Fluke fishing on the Miss Montauk has been producing limits of jumbo fluke. Now is a really good time to get on some good ones. Call them to reserve your spot: 631-668-1545.
Jumbo porgies and triggerfish are plentiful right now. Offshore, there have been a massive amount of life. Larger sharks are becoming the norm out there. If you find the whales, you’re porobably going to find some tuna nearby. Chris is available for charters during the week from 4:30-10. This Sunday is fully available. Give him a call at 631-830-3881 to book a trip.
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Long Island Fishing Forecast
Fishing was actually pretty darn tough this week! Some big ground swells came in and made the surf hard to fish; when that turned to big surf, the water went murky. Next, a hard west wind blew and added sand to all the structure. I don’t know what it looks like by you, but my local sweet spots were pretty much wiped away.
That didn’t entirely stop the fish from biting though. After the west blow, I had eyes on stripers chasing my crab fly in the surf. Thing is, the big waves were very difficult to deal with, so I couldn’t buy a bite. I switched to a sunrise/sunset effort and picked a fluke. A friend picked a bluefish. The stripers just didn’t seem to be biting by me anymore. I actually left the surf and headed to the creeks to target perch on the fly. They were biting quite well! There was this cool moment too, that probably only lasted one second. It was like a wave of fish came from the deep and attacked the shoreline. Chaotic ripples sprinted once at the bank and then disappeared. I casted my fly hoping there was a lingerer, but nothing happened. That’ll be a question I never answer. I’m fine with that. Very cool, to be out there for 2 hours, catch one or two fish, and then have a split second of insanity. If I blinked I would’ve missed it.
Anyway, it seems as if the stripers, bluefish, shad and fluke are actively biting in the morning and evening.
I didn’t pull any late night missions, but I did hear whispers of some nice fish on the night shift. If you’re boat fishing, you’re probably getting into awesome fishing all day long. If not, hopefully this report helps point you in the right direction.
I didn’t catch many fish this week… but I constantly had an awesome view of the wildlife that has decided to take up residence along the south shore this summer. While flying my drone, I saw all sorts of awesome creatures like humpback whales, bottlenose dolphins, blue fin tuna, giant striped bass, big blue fish, stingrays and more, all within 300 yards of the beach. Much of it is occurring just a cast away.
I think the next few days is going to produce a bunch of amazing wildlife viewing opportunities. That probably translates to amazing fishing for the tuna guys. Expect all the species I mentioned above, and more. I keep hearing about the prevalence of sharks this year, and I’m not seeing that so much by me. I expect I will in the next week. Maybe it’ll take a little bit longer, but the water is getting warmer, and the weather’s acting funny. I reckon the fish will act funny too, and we’ll see some funny fish.
I just saw a big cobia caught out of Bay Park on instagram before. It was a big fish, caught just yesterday. I hope one finds my line this summer. I’ll definitely give that a try soon. For now I’ll focus on the drone, and see what’s going on under these bunker schools. Here’s a trio of bluefin tuna and a thresher shark I filmed this week. The thresher was 75 yards from the beach, and the tuna were about 300 yards out: https://youtu.be/SXIyLnCFutk
Watch them on Google chrome to view the footage in 4K! Enjoy the videos, and the awesome fishing to be had!