Eastern Long Island Fishing Report- November 10, 2022

Offshore wreck fishing is tough but bountiful, and stripers crush peanuts on the beaches while blues and albies run the north shore.

Suffolk County/Eastern L.I. Fishing Report

  • Good, but tough, bottom fishing. Some good sized porgies, tog, cod, sea bass and pollock were pulled off the bottom this week. 
  • Great striper fishing for boaters in Nassau. Some decent bass/peanut bunker blitzes broke out on the east end beaches. Bigger fish were outside.
  • Good squid run along north and south shores.
  • Albies and blues continue to ravage bait on the north shore.

Captree’s Laura Lee reports:

Quality fishing lasted all throughout the week, for those targeting different species at different times. Yesterday’s tog fishing, for instance, was very productive. The 7 a.m. trip had 220 tog, and the 1 p.m. had 194. Just a few sea bass were caught on both of those trips. The 6 p.m. trip only caught 4 dogfish. The 11pmm trip had 7 anglers who caught 7 slot stripers and 3 over-slots. Yesterday was a tough one; it began at 7 with 223 tog and 4 sea bass. The 1 p.m. trip’s numbers dropped to 42 tog and 2 sea bass. The 6 p.m. trip then caught nothing. Monday was more on par with yesterday’s fishing, with a few more sea bass to show for it. Striped bass fishing was quite slow.

Anglers added an octopus to the week’s tally on Sunday, alongside a couple triggerfish and a boat load of blackfish. Dogfish plagued the striper trips, until the night time. The night bite wasn’t anything to write home about this weekend though. They did picked a couple oversize fish, but numbers were low. Some squid were caught midday Saturday. Friday saw the best striper fishing of the week, with ten bass boated. 3 were released as oversize.

Bill at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale reports:

“The weather has transitioned pretty harshly this week, and the stripers in the bay are feeling the effects. Bass fishing in the bay is not nearly as hot as it was last week, but they are still around and chasing bait schools all over the place. I got extremely lucky and walked up on a back bay blitz earlier this week and had fish for hours, with groups of slot fish gulping mouthfuls of peanut bunker right at my feet. I managed one of my biggest of the year on a peanut bunker fly that my buddy Vinny tied for me. I’ll remember that day for a while! If you’re heading out on the boat, bring your binoculars and a few different lures with you to get keyed in on some striper action. We are catching them pretty good with popping plugs, walking pencils, SP Minnows, swim shads, and bucktails. This time of year, it’s a lot of running and gunning for these bass. Outside is a totally different story. Bait and trolling guys are doing well in the inlet and the ocean, pulling some good sizes and numbers up over the rails. Jigging outside has been working better and better. You can find a big school of bait and stay on them for hours. Our neighbors to the north still have some good fish around, I think we are due for another good run this month once the temps settle out. Tog action is as good as ever, with most anglers coming home with limits of solid fish. They’re starting to head out into the ocean to settle on wrecks, reefs, and rock piles. Big ol’ knucklehead sea bass are alive and well at the local reefs and wrecks too. They’re loving clams on our shop rigs, big bucktails, and epoxy jigs.

The weather transition gave the bigger fish some lockjaw for the first few days, but they’re back at it. Bass and pickerel are out roaming for easy meals to fatten them up for the winter months. Hit ’em with jerkbaits, spinnerbaits, jigs, and lipless cranks. Panfish like bluegill and yellow perch can be had pretty easily, as they’re all schooled up looking for a bit to eat. The classic worm and bobber rig will have them biting all day. If you want to go with some lures, try inline spinners and small jigs. Trout are absolutely loving this weather change, and actively eating nymphs and chasing baitfish around. “

Surfcasting guide Bernie Bass had an up-and-down week in the suds. Finding the fish was definitely a grind, and he had to move around a ton to stay on the bite. Bucktails did a good job of procuring bites in the surf.

Capt. Dave Flanagan of North Island Fly in Northport reports:

“It was a good week on the north shore, with a steady pick of blackfish, bluefish, stripers and albies. Jeanine caught her first tog, and had some keepers to bring home. Avery came out for his birthday, and had a blast throwing topwater plugs for stripers and big bluefish. His dad Tom picked his first striper on the fly that day. James and Steph came out the next day and only threw flies. They had some awesome topwater action, and broke their personal best striped bass records.” Check out Dave’s website to book him for a charter at www.northislandfly.com.

Dave Flanagan with his client, Avery, smiling over his birthday bluefish! (@northislandfly)

The Celtic Quest Fishing Fleet of Mattituck reports: 

“Big tog and sea bass have been on the chew, but we’ve had to work a good bit to catch those fish. The week began with limits acquired, but slowed down heavily throughout the week. The sea bass fishing was producing double headers of big fish, but togging was just plain slow. Despite the slow pick, clients managed to pull some hefty white chins over the rail.” Call them at 631-928-3926 for booking info.

The Hampton Lady of Hampton Bays reports:

“Fall wreck fishing has been fantastic lately! Anglers are bringing home mixed bags of meat that will last them some time. Big cod and blackfish, knucklehead sea bass, giant porgies and pollock are just some of the species that we’ve been able to harvest this week. We saw a big winter flounder come up, and we even picked an octopus on a jig intended for a tautog!” Check out thehamptonlady.com for booking info.

Wreck fishing has been very rewarding for anglers aboard the Hampton Lady this fall.

Montauk’s Viking Fleet reports:

“Overall, it was a good week out east. It started off with some above average porgy fishing off Block Island. There were big piles of them moving around, so much so that it was tough to get to the sea bass. We found more sea bass once we got into deeper water. A half dozen cod came up as well. A 3.6 pound porgy from Xi Pei He took the pool; the edible pool went to a 5.5 pound sea bass.

The weekend began with some solid togging, wherein several anglers picked a limit. The big one for the day was around 9 pounds, but the pool went to a 6.5 pounder from Al Martin of Queens. Januse Kuprel won the sea bass pool with a 4 pounder. The afternoon showed some great porgy fishing, along with some awesome bycatch. We picked sea bass, mackerel, and cod. Our last drop of the day was in the deepest spot, and we picked 15 keeper cod out of there. Richard Bonilla of Bay Shore took the edible pool with an 8.5 pound cod. A 3.5 pound porgy took the first place pool. Sunday saw some voracious porgy action as well, making it tough to target other species. A 3.4 pound scup took the pool, and an 8 pound cod took the edible pool. Blackfishing on Sunday went well, with several limits and some solid keepers at that. Some guys picked fish to 7 pounds. Tom Kelly from Bay Shore won the pool with a 6.8 pounder.

Porgies to 4.5 pounds were taken on Monday, and a ten pound cod won the edible pool. Yesterday’s trip saw sea bass in the shallows and jumbo porgies in the deep. There were some big sea bass in the deep as well. Noel Henson from Jones Beach took the pool with a 3 pound scup.” Call the office to book at 631-668-5700, or book online at vikingfleet.com.

Bill Wetzel of the Surf Rats Ball reports:

Bernie and Kevin L. joined Bill in Montauk on Friday. After skunking on both the north and south sides, they ran west to the center island sand beaches. We picked a few bass on SP minnows, and then ran farther west to find the slot bass. They picked about a dozen fish before calling it a night. The next night, Justin joined Bill in Montauk. Same deal as the night before, no fish out there, so they ran west. Late in the night, they began catching on the incoming. They ate bucktails, needlefish and sp minnows. Tuesday night was quick session with Mike on the sand beaches of the south shore. They picked about 6 schoolies to legal size. SP minnow and darters did the trick.

Rob hit the western back bays earlier this week for the night tide. He missed one hit on the slowly swam popper, and then hooked up on it a couple casts later. The fish was solid, and exploited his overly-tightened drag, breaking his lure off the disappearing into the night.

Eastern Long Island Fishing Forecast

It seems different areas of the island are experiencing different striper runs. I’ve only heard good things from the far west (Nassau County); the central part of the island has mixed reviews; the south fork is spotty, and the north fork has been glorious. The constant across all these areas are the comments from surfcasters saying “it’s only great if you have a boat.”

By me, there have been limited spurts of action during the day. It’s not the explosive action that typically defines the fall striper run; those blitzes should last for days. It does feel good to see some action though. Saturday saw some of that action.

I heard you could see fish on specific stretches of beach, over many miles. The beach to which I was called was far east of me, and well worth the drive. As soon as I pulled on, I saw a dozen trucks a half mile down. The birds were going nuts about 50 feet away though, so I ignored the crowd. Now, word was, this had been occurring for about an hour and a half. Stripers were blitzing underneath the frantic seagulls, and peanut bunker was beaching itself sprinting away from the ravenous bass. I watched the momentum grow only 20 feet away as I put on my waders. I dressed slowly, cherishing the [unfortunately] uncommon sight in front of me. My smile grew and I laughed aloud as the frenzy became more radical. Peanuts jumped from the face of the transparent wave, and stripers came cascading down with the whitewater. This fish porn was now playing out right at my feet.

This striper was attacked by a seal as I reeled it in; notice the gash near the anal fin.

 

I picked two fish on the spin rod quickly to gauge the size of the stripers. They were averaging about ten pounds, with fish to about twenty tightening a few lines. I wasted no more time and whipped out the fly rod. I’ve been waiting for this exact opportunity for weeks. A few fish fulfilled my wish, and I was content. The fleet of trucks spent the next hour or so chasing birds along the beach, stopping to talk, and enjoying the amazing (albeit brief) taste of the fall run we’d been gifted.

I found some decent blitz action on the beach this weekend. (@southforksalt)

I’ve seen nothing remotely close to that action since… and to be honest, that is some of the weakest blitz action I have ever gotten excited about during any fall run. Oooh, but it felt so good to see. I rode that high the rest of the week while keeping up my work grind.

Some friends got out a bunch at night; they encountered stripers to 20+ pounds mixed in with schoolies and rats. The bulk of the bite occurred late at night, which has been the norm these past few weeks. My homie Stephen described them as vampire fish; Nico then suggested that perhaps the anglers are vampires. Spooky scary.

The gill nets have been cleaning up. Their nets are full with the same fish surfcasters are catching, between 10-20 pounds, with some large in the mix. The early morning harvests have more fish, suggesting that the fish moved in overnight to get themselves caught. One harvest I saw this morning had zero fish, and the other was a light load of about 40 or 50 fish. That was their second set of the day, so their 3rd and 4th harvest. They seem to be having a very productive season.

We’ll see a serious drop in temperatures this week, so expect the bay bites to slow down. I’ve heard some talk of bay bites recently, and am kind of kicking myself for not focusing more effort in the back instead of getting skunked so consistently out front. It’s possible I missed it entirely, but it’s also very possible that some large fish will remain in the bays, capitalizing on the structure to pick some easy meals as baitfish depart the cooling shallows. Like Phil from Cow Harbor said, too, the squid are in the back spawning, and stripers can be pretty easy to catch when there’s squid available.

I’m looking to catch some squid this week before they bounce. I’m hoping for some more blitzes to occur, although I’m trying to reign in my hope a bit so that I’m not as let down as I have been for almost this entire fall. If you’re looking to jig some blackfish from shore, which you should because it is awesome, I’d get to it sooner rather than later. Those fish are going to be harder to catch by the day.

Bill Falco said it, and I felt it this week: right now is a good time to see some spectacular sights. If you come upon a good blitz, that’s the kind of memory that will keep you warm in the winter, and make you even hungrier next spring when the big girls start showing in our waters. You’ll daydream about the blitz at work, or school, perhaps months or years from now.

Here’s a snap I got of the blood moon rising. (@southforksalt)

The linesiders are excitable right now, so hunt around for them. If you’re remotely close to water, go out of your way to check it out. You never know where or when the action is going to occur.

If you can’t find anything on the saltwater, you might find your fun on the freshwater! It sounds like the fish are biting pretty good right now. I see myself stopping at some ponds this week for some quick casts.

Whatever you’re after, I hope you find it! Tight lines.

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