Long Island Fishing Report- July 7, 2022

Fluke fishing shows an improvement from the past few weeks, and bottom fishing the Long Island Sound yields limits of sea bass and more.

Pictured above is Stephen Lobosco with a bruiser bass from Montauk.

Long Island Fishing Report

  • Giant bass in Montauk. Good variety size-wise on the North Fork.
  • Great scup fishing around the entire island. Notable bite near the city.
  • Big fluke along the south shore.
  • Bunker schools attract life along the south shore, but intermittently. No consistency.

Jerry Ruff of Fish Your Way in Queens began his week targeting white perch with worms during the day. Around sunset, the catfish turned on big time and he ended up picking a nice one after dark on a chunk. A couple days later, he headed to the Rockaway break wall to soak some sandworms and clams. First he picked a puffer, and then a very tiny porgy. Then came some sea bass and berg all, and it’s possible he even picked a pinfish off the bottom!

He returned to the jetty 2 days ago to target stripers and fluke on the fly. He explains his approach to the different sections of water around the rocks as he casts his chartreuse clouser with a sinking line. He wasn’t seeing any bait, but the fish were there and chewing just fine. A big fluke spit the hook at the rocks at the end of the day. Jerry also wanted me to mention that there are some large porgies available in the area. Guys have been catching from Breezy all the way to the bridge, and shore spots have been productive. There’s some big scup out there! Jerry recommends higher stages of the tide.

Josh at Gypsea Charters in Howard Beach reports:

“We saw solid fluking this past week with good action and quality flatties hitting the deck. Some days we have to work harder than others, but those who stay at the rail are often rewarded with limit catches. The highlight of the week was boat regular Anthony Torres nailing an 8.5 pound doormat! We expect a new wave of fish to settle in on the hard bottom in the next few days, and we will be right there waiting for them. 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:

Frank S. of “Krabby Pattie 2.0” took out Eileen B to catch the boat’s first keeper fluke of the year. They’ve been picking through a ton of short life lately. A 4-inch, white Gulp on a Spro bucktail got the job done while fishing in Reynolds Channel and Debs Inlet during some tough winds.

Lindenhurst Bait & Tackle reports:

“We’ve got fresh, live killies in stock- perfect for catching a doormat this week! Mike Pitre got out on the 2nd to target fluke inside the Great South Bay. He ended up nailing a doormat on a 6 inch white glow Gulp tipped with an XL local spearing. The fish went 8.3 pounds!”

Mike Pitre shared this photo of his 8.3 pound keeper fluke with Lindenhurst Bait and Tackle.

The Capt Lou Fleet in Freeport reports:

Yesterday saw some pretty decent fishing in the bay. We couldn’t get out into the ocean, but the fluke were smoking white gulp on the tide they hit. Sunday’s trip was for sea bass specifically, but the buckets ended up being filled with a mix of big porgies, ling and sea bass. Any questions, give Captain Willie a call at 631-830-5251.

Anglers aboard Captain Lou Fleet found some quality black sea bass earlier this week.

Point Lookout’s Superhawk has been sailing regularly for fluke, ling, porgies and especially sea bass. Tons of keeper sea bass have been coming over the rail, and the fluke in their photos all look like quality fish. Call for info: (516) 607-3004

Point Lookout’s Super Hawk continues to find the keeper fluke.

Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

We had a bit of a hectic week weather-wise, but the anglers that did go out had a great time. Big bass are all over the ocean right now, ripping apart bait schools. Surfcasters and boat guys alike are catching some solid stripers. On the boats, most guys are trolling and jigging, some snag and drop guys are doing well too. Bait bridles and big circle hooks are key for that technique. Surfcasters are going with big plugs like bottle plugs, darters, and big swimbaits, as well as sand eel imitations. 

Bluefish have invaded the inlets and are still cruising the flats. Toss anything shiny, or a popper at them for some drag burning action. Weakfish are running the early morning tides in some impressive numbers. Get out there before the boat traffic and bring your finesse gear for the best success. 

Sea Bass action on the local wrecks and reefs is excellent! Solid fish are coming over the rails, with a few knuckleheads in the mix. Same goes for the Porgy; just excellent fishing all around. The porgyies are all big, and plentiful. So much fun on light gear! Fluke action was slow this week, but a few guys found some local hammers in the 20-inch-plus range. Boat traffic and dirty water aren’t the best for the flatties, but some bright colored jigs and Gulp! baits as trailers will put ’em in the boat if you get into the more low key spots.

In the local freshwater, largemouth are on the feed.  Lipless crankbaits, jigs, soft plastics, and jerkbaits are the go-to summer time bass snacks. Topwater blowups during sunrise and sunset are always amazing to experience. Frogs, Whopper Ploppers, and weightless swimbaits are the shop favorites!  The yellow perch, crappie, and sunfish are all over the lake in schools. Lure-wise they like small in-line spinners, Trout Magnet jigs, small crankbaits. For bait, the classic worm and bobber will always work. Pickerel are out roaming and crushing on swimbaits, chatterbaits, crankbaits and anything that’s shiny. Big lures will bring in the big ones. Trout action is great in the local rivers, but the water is getting warm. It’s best to stop when the water hits around 68 degrees, 70 can be fatal for a fish that’s caught. Hit them in the early morning or at dusk for your best results. Sulphur hatches are still thick during the night and early mornings are seeing BWOs. Caddis are all over, and they are smashing terrestrials. Carp are doing their carpy thing and we love to see it. Sucking down bread slices or munching on some corn, carp are a blast. Fly guys get a little more intricate with their flies but we are all after the same goal, a drag screamer. 

Captain Stu Paterson of Northport Charters reports: 

“There is a lot of life in the bay, and the Long Island Sound remains very productive. We’ve had the kids fish camp and our charters working hard this week, fighting striped bass to 27 pounds, as well as big, aggressive blues to ten pounds. Even the dogfish were putting up a heck of a fight against the kids at fish camp, measuring up to 4.5 feet. Those big ones have some serious fight in them. We’ve been picking away at fluke, weeding through the shorts to get to the keepers. The big porgies have stuck around and are keeping rods bent consistently. There are lots of big bait balls showing in the bay and L.I. Sound.” Call/text Stu at 631-707-3266 or check out Stu’s website to book a trip: northportcharters.com.

The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Port Jefferson reports:

“This week started on a high note, with a mixed bag of nice sized fish. Big sea bass and big porgies highlighted the catch, with a couple schoolie bass, fluke and bluefish mixing up the bag. The bite slowed after the 4th, but the porgies remained for a reliable harvest.” Book today at www.celticquestfishing.com.

Capt. Phil of Fishy Business in Orient had the Spirakis group out yesterday for their annual trip for bass. A limit was quickly culled, and plenty of shorts and overs were released to fight another day. Some blues came up on the trip, and we finished it all off with some bottom fishing, reeling up a bunch of porgies and sea bass; the sea bass though, were mostly shorts.

Captree’s Laura Lee reports: “Most fisheries were productive this week, with hundreds of sea bass and porgies being caught on multiple trips. The sea bass fishing outperformed the scup fishing regularly.  Many fluke came over the rail, along with a variety of other species. Of note were mackerel, a bonito, some cod, and a bunch of bluefish. There were surprisingly few stripers caught this week, despite the attempts at targeting them.”

Jeff Lomonaco at White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays says fluke fishing has finally gotten good this week. There are lots of fish in the bay. It takes some work to get keepers, but the short life is abundant. Ethan from the shop had about 50 fish a few days ago with 1 keeper. The following day he picked a half dozen fish to 4 pounds. It seems to be getting better every day. Bass fishing was also good this week. There are lots of stripers in the bay and inlet. In the ocean, you can find a bunch of them hanging inside, around and under the bunker schools. It’s really hit or miss though. Some days they’re there, and some days they’re not. Montauk, on the other hand, is just absurd. Bryce had a fish that bottomed out a 60 pound boga the other day. Sooo, there’s some potential there. The offshore sea bass have been tough, but guys have been scratching away at them. Some tuna have been caught out there as well. You can find yellowfin and bluefin around 20-40 miles. Bluefin are a good bit closer, and you might even come across some inshore. Canyon action has not been crazy, but there have been some big eyes and yellows caught out there recently. Jeff’s selling his 21’ Sportsman Tournament 214; give him a call to inquire.

The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:

“The fluking has been awesome, with some big ones heading home for a few days’ fillets. Some good sized sea bass are biting as well. Porgies and ling are rounding out the catch. There is some great fishing right now.” Call Capt. John for trip info and reservations: 631-728-4563.

Pictured are Tim and Lexi, with Lexi’s first keeper fluke aboard the Shinnecock Star. Congratulations!

Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:

“Mostly large porgies can be found right around the lighthouse as of Monday. The rock piles yesterday were filled with small sea bass, and only a few keepers to take home. Mike Bolton from Brentwood took home the pool porgy at 2.7 pounds. Fluke were biting that morning on the moving tide. Tony Fierro from Denver took the pool with a 6.2 pounder. There were larger fish biting throughout the day. Wednesday was equally productive, but with smaller fluke. The two pool winners of the day were a 3.6 pounder on the morning trip, and a 3.2 pounder on the afternoon trip. This was right on par with Sunday’s trip.” Call the office to book at 631-668-5700, or book online at vikingfleet.com.

Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:

“The striper fishing has slowed down a little bit, but the fishing is still impressive, with a high chance at catching your personal best. Fluke fishing has picked up. Chris got out on the 4th with the Miss Montauk to pick a limit of fluke and some jumbo sea bass. Jumbo porgy fishing was very productive this week. Offshore, threshers, makos and blue sharks are being caught. The tuna bite picked up this week, with some massive yellowfin and bluefin available.” Chris has one spot available for open boat tuna on Sunday. Give him a call at 631-830-3881.

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Long Island Fishing Forecast

It feels weird that we are getting so many thunderstorms this early on in the summer. I expect these kinds of storms during the transition between summer and fall. We will see a few more this week though, apparently. Fish accordingly.

Make sure you’re wetting a line the second the weather changes. Be there when the wind switches directions, or before the rain starts, or when the swell picks up. Get there ahead of time, and play safely. These abrupt storms have damaging, even life-taking, potential. There was that awful incident last August when a lifeguard in New Jersey got struck and killed by a lightning bolt. I believe others were injured just being in the vicinity of that.

At some point, we should fall into the typical summer pattern of calm, consistent weather. With all this turbulence occurring beforehand, I think the calmness that comes will set the fishing ablaze. Everything’s all off. Perhaps the fishing will be too, but in a good way.

There is an eerie lack of life in the water currently. It comes and it goes. Giant bunker schools showed up for a few days, and different creatures were drawn to those bait masses. Predation has occurred intermittently, and the predator species differed from one day to the next. Big bass were the first that my drone saw, and they lasted the longest. I’ll release some of that footage in the very near future. It’s awesome seeing all these massive bass peruse the bait schools from an aerial perspective. The water is clear, and the picture is sharp. Keep your eyes peeled.

You might want to check out those youtube videos I mentioned last week. I fished every day, filming with my GoPro and drone, to make videos portraying the techniques I use in the surf with a fly rod. The techniques transfer well to spinning gear, so make sure you have a look.

I caught this 19-inch fluke in the surf earlier in the week.

You’re going to catch more stripers if you try to emulate my approach. There are five recent videos showcasing it. Here’s a fan favorite so far:

Surf Fly Fish – Big Bass, Keeper Fluke on the Holy Moley

This funky bass, despite its condition, did not hesitate to strike the holy moley sand flea fly.

I’ll put up another one later today that exemplifies how horrible a dull hook can make a fishing session go. It’s painful to watch, but I bring some bass to hand at least.

We’ve got a few good days, weather-wise, coming up. Try to make the most of them. The fishing should be solid while the weather’s nice.

2 on “Long Island Fishing Report- July 7, 2022

  1. peter okeefe

    thanx for the report. The Sound Bound out of mamaronak is catching massive porgies and its a fine boat..not as far for fisherman coming in from upstate

  2. T.Doolan

    Neglecting Western-most L.I. again in reports?
    Only one charter boat report.

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