Eastern Long Island Fishing Report- August 11, 2022

Cobia, sharks and tuna stalk bunker pods while fluke fishing improves around the Forks and into Long Island Sound.

Eastern Long Island Fishing Report (Suffolk County)

  • Big bass bite in Montauk. Big sharks take big bites of big bass in Montauk.
  • High quality fluking along the south shore. Double digits in Montauk.
  • Bottom fishing on the north shore holds steady quality.
  • East Hampton closed beaches after a surfcaster caught a 6 foot spinner shark.

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Captree’s Laura Lee reports:

Today’s trip is cancelled, but the success we saw on yesterday’s trips bodes well for another great week of fishing ahead. Yesterday’s 7am trip caught 300 sea bass, 14 ling, 4 scup, 4 fluke and 15 cunner. 74 ocean fluke came over the rail during the 8am trip, to 6.2 pounds. We also brought 56 sea bass, 29 porgies, 1 cod and 30 sea robins over the rail. The afternoon trips were solid, with similar catches and differing quantities of each fish. A 75 pound ray gave one angler a heck of a battle, and the nighttime trip caught 168 sea bass, 18 ling, 12 squid,  sea robins, 1 porgy and 2 silver eels.

The rest of the week saw some fun catches. Tuesday we brought a pinfish and a cow nose ray aboard, plus one striper in the evening. Sunday saw a bunch of mackerel, a triggerfish, and three bluefish; fluke ranged to over 6.5 pounds. Fluke were even larger the day prior, making it to 7.22 pounds. Really good numbers of fish came up on Friday. Most species were very productive. Plus, we found a bonito and a handful of triggerfish and mackerel.

It was another solid week for the fleet.

Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

Cobia fever has hit the local anglers hard this year! Now that we get an actual run of these awesome fish, lots of people are out targeting them. Bucktails are the go-to lures, but they’re also hitting poppers and epoxy jigs. Fly guys are crushing them with big patterns. Sea Bass action on the local reefs and wrecks is going very strong. Coolers are filled with keepers, and some giant knuckleheads lurking down in the deep. Fish for them with a classic hi-lo rig tipped with clam or squid, or you can jig them up with bucktails and epoxy jigs. Fluke are around outside too, just size up to bigger and heavier rigs/jigs for them. Inside, fluking is going well. Lots of shorts in the 16-18 inch range, with some solid keepers in the mix. Bucktail jigs are getting hit hard, especially in orange or sea robin colors. The classic squid-spearing combo on a shop rig will always put them in the boat as well. Bluefish are all over the bay, in that perfectly crazy cocktail size! Action every cast if you want them. Bass action in the bay is rare, but one or two occasionally slip into the inlet. The ocean is holding some solid bass, out deep away from all of the sharks, whales, and dolphins that are roaming around. They’ll take jigs, swimbaits, shallow divers, and popping plugs depending on where they are in the water column. The docks are all loaded up with snapper action, as well as kingfish and blowfish. Snappers are voracious and eager to destroy your ultralight gear. They’re taking small shiny lures, snapper poppers, and spearing on bobber rigs. Kingfish and blowfish are hanging out on the bottom, and they love eating clam! Bring a chum pot along with you for guaranteed action.  

Sweetwater action is consistent; early mornings and evenings are the best times to go fish this time of year. Bass and pickerel love to crash topwater lures during this season. Poppers, ploppers, frogs, mice, and even weightless swimbaits get crushed by big bass and pickerel. If you’re going to fish mid-day, slow it down and fish senkos and jigs. The sunfish and yellow perch are all schooled up and easy enough to catch with a classic worm and bobber rig. They provide tons of fun and consistent action. Speaking of tons of fun, carp are a fantastic catch. They can be caught in most public ponds easily with either corn or bread. In the more out of the way spots, they’re a bit more difficult. They’ll eat the same stuff, or soft plastics for bass fishing, and of course flies! They are a handful on any setup, and love to zip drag out.

Captain Stu Paterson of Northport Charters reports: 

“Massive schools of bait are all over our area in the bay and the Long Island Sound. They’re piled up on most pieces of structures we peruse, and the sounder is just completely lit up. Bay anchovies, spearing, peanut and adult bunker, and even butterfish are stacked thick. It’s an excellent setup for the fall run, which is just around the corner now. We’re keeping the rods bent with a lot of short fluke, and some keepers coming over the rail daily. There are pockets of fish hanging around the bait balls. Porgies are still going strong too, with fish to two pounds on the reg mixed in with sea bass. We’re seeing more and more bluefish arrive, and snappers are keeping the surface boiling with the plethora of bait on top.”

Call/text Stu at (631)707-3266 or check out Stu’s website to book a trip: northportcharters.com.

Captain Stu of Northport Charters sent in this picture of the bottom fishin’ boys enjoying their time on the water this week. (Instagram: @northportcharters)

Mark at Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport reports:

August is the month of memories in the L.I. fishing world. Beautiful boating weather and plenty of fish are there to help you make those memories. 

There’s been some big bluefish getting caught along the north shore. The James Joseph has been putting anglers on some solid fluke and stripers, and everyone seems to be picking some quality porgies. Clams and worms are getting the porgies attention with regularity these days. The bay is packed with bait. Peanut bunker from 3-4 inches are inundating the local waters, and they are the perfect forage for sea bass, fluke, snappers, big blues, striped bass and weakfish; you name it, it most likely eats peanut bunker. Striped bass are going to be found in deeper water, with the higher water temps these days sending them there. Find the sea bass in that deeper water too. Contrarily, look for the fluke in shallower water. Big fluke are honed in on larger baits. Use nice, big strip baits to tip your jig. That might be the only meal a big fluke is planning on eating for a couple days. If you’re looking for bluefish or stripers from the beach, try the low light hours.

Even if you’re not fishing, get out and enjoy the weather!

The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Port Jefferson reports:

We picked some real good eats this week, with keeper fluke and weakfish coming over the rail to mix up the bag. We had our usual pick of scup, and there’s plenty of pan-sized porgies bending the rods all day long. Even when the thunderstorms were threatening our trips’ productivity, we managed to find a good pick of fish. The Miller Place wrestling team got in on one of those trips two days ago. Sea bass were another mainstay this week. They’d often come up two at a time. Striped bass also made an appearance, rounding out a real fun week of rod bending action.

Sea bass were plentiful aboard the Celtic Quest this week.

Capt. Phil of Fishy Business in Orient found his anglers some seriously loaded waters on the North Fork this week. The guys from Cutting Edge Landscape Co. came out for some excellent bottom fishing. They put 30 keeper fluke on ice, and mixed up the catches in the box with sea bass, scup and trigger fish. There was a lot of short action between the keepers. Tom and the boys from Bossler and Sweezey joined us on the 7th for some striper fishing.

They sail out of Duryea’s in Orient. Give Phil a call to book a trip: (516)316-6967.

The Hampton Lady of Hampton Bays reports:

Most of our time this week was spent in the bay, as the ocean was causing small craft advisories. John and the crew from South Fork Septic Services had a good day with us. Bill Flemming picked a 9.1 pound, 29 inch doormat fluke from the shallow bay water. Sea robins have been an absolute nuisance at times, but there have been some real nice fluke in the bay, so no complaints. Some of the 1/2 day trips have been excellent, while others have been quieter.

The Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays reports:

We’ve remained on the fluke by targeting the bay bite. These calm, clear mornings we’ve had lately have been perfect for fishing, and the fishes’ cooperation has made it all the better. The fluke were biting nonstop this week. We picked a decent porgy or two throughout the week as well.

Call Capt. John for trip info and reservations: (631)728-4563.

Here’s Captain John himself with a nice fluke aboard the Star.

Captain Paul Dixon in Montauk gave me a rundown on the awesome bluefish bite that’s cooking in Montauk right now. He had Joseph Berney and his pops David out to target gators the other night, and got some awesome slow motion footage of the yellow eyed devils performing aerial eats. Paul also got into some serious stripers on the fly this past week. Those fish are running the gauntlet, considering the tremendous amount of sharks looking to rip them to shreds before the anglers get them to the boat. Paul picked one fish that had huge gashes along its side, and tumbled upon another that was missing the back half of its body. Yikes!

Check his page out for booking info: www.flyfishingmontauk.com.

Chris Albronda from Montauk reports:

The fluke fishing continues to impress, with double digit fishing coming up pretty regularly. The doormats have made a serious showing recently. Acquiring a limit of keepers is an easy task these days. Striper fishing is producing more trophy sized over-slot fish than keepers. Black Sea bass has been lights out on the jumbos as well; the bite is outstanding. Offshore, the shark fishing has been extremely productive. Hammerheads have been getting caught pretty regularly. There’s a lot of them around, it seems. The tuna bite is hit or miss lately, but the best of it is happening on the jig.

Give Chris a call at (631)830-3881 to book a trip. 

Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:

The August full moon delivered a crazy bite of big striped bass for us last night. We had no bites by the light, so we made a move and found fish to 40 pounds. There were stripers as small as 18 inches, but it looks like the majority of anglers picked some serious trophies! They happened to nab a bunch of slot fish too, so anglers were able to bring some home for the table. Tom O’Neil took the pool with a 34.5 inch striper that weighed 19 pounds. We’re going to do it again tonight, and are expecting equally productive fishing.

Last night was for the stripers, and yesterday morning was for the bottom fish. We hung out down the beach because of the ripping currents from the moon tide. We picked a bunch of good scup before heading south for sea bass. We didn’t find a ton of keepers, but we found some keeper fluke as consolation. Dizz Costa from Hempstead took the pool with a 2.5 pound porgy. 10 year old Regan Bossert of Wading River took the pool on the morning trip with a 6 pound fluke.

Good fishing was par for the course the rest of the week as well. Notable was the whale watching trip on Sunday though. We found a loggerhead sea turtle, several small pods of bottlenose dolphins feeding on the surface, a beautiful smooth hammerhead shark just a few feet from the boat, and quite a few humpback whales! 

Eastern Long Island Fishing Forecast

Ahoy! Big thanks to Matt Haeffner for taking over the Nassau and NYC section of this report; you can read the new Western L.I. report here. It would’ve been too much for me to handle, as I have a few jobs that keep me perpetually busy. Grindin’. In my experience, Matt only does awesome work, so you’re in good hands. This will allow me to more thoroughly cover Suffolk County as well, so hopefully we can get you on some fish this coming week! Given how good the fishing’s been, I’m certain you’ll be doing a fair amount of catching. The conditions this weekend are supposed to be awesome, after all.

Let me start with what I feel is most important.

I heard that Sea Isle City, NJ outlawed shark fishing from the beach. Not only did they say it’s not allowed, but they are issuing fines of $1,250 per violation. I’m not very big on shark surfcasting, but that bothers me.

Reason I mention it is because of some local beach closures yesterday. In Amagansett, somebody caught a six foot spinner shark from the beach. Now, I know there’s probably dozens of sharks that get caught from the beaches every single day… but this single shark, that’s not even that big, ended up closing miles’ worth of beaches in East Hampton Town and EH Village. Technically, the town and village closed the beaches, because of the shark getting caught near a bathing beach. I’m pretty sure the town beaches opened back up like 45 minutes later, but the local papers published the riveting story almost immediately after it occurred.

So, my most important note of the day: don’t shark fish near popular public beaches. I wish that was common sense, but I guess it’s not.

I don’t want Long Island to go down the Sea Isle City route, where surfcasters become the enemy. People are saying it. So, just be smart. There’s sharks allllllll over the beaches. Not every bather knows that, but we certainly do. Just go down the beach, so you don’t screw over the rest of the island’s surf anglers.

Sharks are not the only ones in shallow water. I spotted this tuna checking out some bunker on a sandbar this week.

So yeah, there’s a ton of sharks out there. Multiple times this week, I filmed wolf packs of 10-16 sharks on the hunt. I filmed cobia, a bunch of tuna, and even some hammerhead sharks. I may have already mentioned this, but I watched one hammerhead chase down and eat a bunker. The same hammerhead turned its attention to three other sharks after that. It followed behind them for a short while, investigating, trying to decide whether it could easily kill the spinner shark, about ⅔ its size. Two times, the hammer decided not to; those spinners were quite formidable. Then it discovered a dusky, maybe 4 feet long at most. It checked it out, and the dusky bolted. The hammer got spooked quickly, and then remembered that it’s the alpha in this situation. It began to hunt the bottom for that dusky shark for a solid minute and a half. I could see the frustration in its movements, lamenting the fact that such a big meal just escaped its toothy grasp… almost had dinner!

So, I won’t be doing any distance swims in the ocean for the near future.

Still, I’ll probably work these bunker schools hoping for a cobia. They’re in there. That’s been wild all across the island. I’m expecting their (cobia) numbers to increase on the east end this week. Despite a couple coming days of “cooler weather” (which probably just means we won’t feel like the heat is suffocating us), the water temps should increase right through August. I think we’ll be seeing a lot more cool stuff before the summer ends. The congregating of spinner sharks into large groups is something I saw towards the end of their stint on my beaches last summer. They definitely performed a great finale before it was time to leave though. Keep an eye out for some cool drone footage coming up. And get down to the beaches to see the action firsthand. I’d suggest you work the bunker schools too. It’s not that hard to catch when the predators are active, and I’m pretty sure we’re gonna see that activity on more days than not now. Get it while the getting’s good! 

Here’s a lone cobia on the prowl that I saw while using the drone this week.

Snappers are being caught in the harbors, off bridges, from piers and docks on the bays. If you wanna take some kids fishing, this is a great way to get them hooked. Stripers and fluke should continue to bite in close in the surf. It’ll make good sense to start targeting the night tides if you want some bigger bass. 

I saw a picture of Pete Utschig taken from the rocks at night this week; he had what was probably a thirty pound bass hanging from his boga. Problem is, that fish would have been about ten pounds bigger if its whole tail hadn’t been ripped off by a shark. That’s an ever-increasing occurrence, and it will probably become a very regular one in the years to come. I wonder if that will make people want to fish this season/method even more, or not as much. I think the former’s more likely, so hopefully striper stocks will improve immensely in the near future as well. We’ll be training those sharks to wait around for a meal, like the tarpon at Robbie’s.

Sharks, sharks, sharks. I could talk your ears off. I’ll spare you. Go catch some fish, and have fun! Tight lines.

2 on “Eastern Long Island Fishing Report- August 11, 2022

  1. peter okeefe

    Now if you catch a 60 onch striper and a shark eats half is it a slot fish? latest regs against fishermen are BS if you ask me

  2. peter okeefe

    also the Karen Ann out of howard beach is catching cobia every day

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