12/1-Mount Sinai Harbor finally is loading up with Herring.
Reports of small Stripers being caught on jigs and droppers a scatered between Moriches and Shinnecock.
11/29-South Shore surf casters are reporting almost all fish short when you can find them. Boater are still getting some fish less than 20lbs. in 60' of water. Herring reported at Montauk and in the bays. Reports of excellent fishing for Cod, Sea Bass, Blacks and Scup out of Shinnecock.
North Shore has widely scattered schools of small Stripers with the occasional keeper from Eastern Smithtown Bay east to Miller Place Beach. Joe Hoffman reported 3 fish on teasers to 26" at Mount Sinai Sunday. Herring reported at Orient and hit or miss at Wading River Creek. Tough season for the Black fishermen due to the weather, however, when you can get out, 40' to 60' of water seems to be the ticket. Jigging at buoys 9 and 11 is producing a lot of small Stripers with the occasional Blue.
11/22-Small Stripers mixed with very few keepers from Montauk to Davis Park. Move around to find the sand eels, the fish will be there. You may have to go through 50 shorts, but the occasional 20lb.+ fish is being caught.
A large body of mostly short Stripers is located in Southold moving west. Locally it has been slow with a few keepers being caught on Swimmer/Dropper combos after dark on the lower tides.
The boaters can't seem to get a decent break, however, when they can get out Black Fish to 8lbs. are being caught in 40 to 60' of water mixed with keeper Sea Bass.
11/14-South Shore surf casters are still getting some quality Stripers mixed in with a lot of small fish. The main body of large fish are back and forth between Davis Park and Long Beach.
North Shore Stripers are making another showing on the night tides using swimmers and dropper combos. There are a lot of shorts but a good number of fish to the mid teens have been caught in eastern Smithtown Bay along with the occasional Blue Fish.
Black fisherman have been having a hard time with the winds, but when they can get out the fish are plentiful mixed with Sea Bass and Porgies any where from the beach to 50' of water.
Herring are spreading out in both the Sound and South Shore along with reports of Squid and Butter Fish.
10/29-Go South if you want big Stripers. A lot of fish, some 30-40lbs on sand eels, are between Moriches and Fire Island taking diamond jigs and tube lures in 30' to 60' of water. Surf casters are racking up fish in the twenties on any sand eel imitations, best being at night on the higher tides.
North shore black fishing is starting to heat up now with fish to 10lbs. being reported in 15' to 30' of water. Big Porgies are still around and Sea Bass are in the middle. Stripers both inshore and at the buoys are being diamond jigged and trolled.
10/22-North Shore reports have been ??? depending on who you talk to. Two Stripers 27 and 28lbs were reported on surface plugs at a local beach on Saturday and Sunday. However, it is mostly a night bite for small fish from 24" to 32" on clams, bunker and mackerel. Blues from 7 to 12lbs have been surf caught on plugs, tins and bait, showing up where the bait is. Herring and squid have been reported through out our area. Black fish are still being caught from the beaches with green crabs and fiddlers along with a 18" porgy on clams. When the boater can get out we have had good reports of black fish to 8lbs both inshore and off. Better fishing for sea bass is at the middle grounds mixed with blacks and big porgies. Stripers and blues are being trolled, jigged and baited at the buoys, along the beaches and at the middle grounds.
South shore surf fishing is consistent with Bill's report below. Boaters are slamming big stripers and blues on diamond jigs in 30 to 60' of water from Shinnecock to Fire Island where you find the big sand eels.
I had a good evening last night at Smith Point. I fished from 8 to 10 and caught 3 keeper stripers, 2 at 20 lbs. each and 1 around 12-15 lbs. All fish were caught on heavy needles and all fish were released. I also had another 2 or 3 hookups but lost those fish. I was very surprised that I was fishing all by my lonesome. There was not another surfcaster in sight, despite what I thought were prime conditions.
Bill10/11-This Nor' Easter finally started the fall run even though water temperatures remain high for this time of year. Locally Stripers to just shy of 20lbs have been caught on plugs and bait with average size about 30". Day break has produced both blues and bass on surface plugs and tins. Reports of a lot of Sand Tigers from the bunker dunkers. Big Porgies seem to be everywhere and the inshore Black fishing is good, but you have to deal with a lot of shorts. The boaters are doing well with with Porgies and Sea bass when they can get out. Mixed sizes of Blues and Stripers are both being taken inshore and off shore on diamond jigs, bait and trolling.
The South Shore beaches have finally come alive all the way from Montauk west to Davis Park with a mixture of all sizes of Blues, Bass up to 15lbs and Albies showing now and then at the inlets.
9/27-Localy plenty of Blues to 12lbs and Stripers to 20lbs both on and off shore. Porgies and Sea Bass are in the middle, off Old Field and Cranes taking worms and clams. Snappers are thinning out but still worthwhile trying for in the harbors and along the beaches. Still getting reports of the occasional big Fluke between Mount Sinai and Sound Beach in 50" of water.
Montauk and Moriches is producing Stripers to 40lbs mixed with big Bluefish. Still some big Fluke being caught in 60-70' of water.
9/19-Thing are just starting to heat up on the North Shore. In the past few nights Stripers to 44" and Blue 8 to 12lbs. have been reported along the local beaches taking both bait and plugs. Big Porgies and Snappers are in the mix on clams and sandworms.
Montauk and the rest of the South Shore are still waiting for the blitzes to start, which should happen any day. Hoards of Blues seem to be everywhere from the south side of the point to fire island.
9/6-Porgies and Snappers seem to be all over. We are still seeing porgies to almost 3lbs on the3 local beaches as well as off shore. Fluking in about 50' of water is still producing some fish to 5lbs. mixed with a lot of shorts.
This past week Stripers to 33" have been showing on a morning bite taking Gibbs pencil poppers mixed with small Blues.
Some stripers to 22lbs. and blues to about 11lbs. have been taken in the middle on bunker, mackerel and live eels.
8/30-Fishing has remained the mostly slow for the past few weeks since the July heat wave.
Snappers are to 12" and plentiful now all over. Porgies remain consistent with fish to 2.5lbs both inshore and off shore and there is good sea bass fishing in the middle. Blues can be anywhere, but I haven't seen any over about 8lbs from the NS. East end blues are to 15lbs. Stripers are night time proposition for the surf casters, mostly on bait. The boaters are getting some to 40" on live eels and bunker and Block Is. has been producing the most consistent fishing for stripers over 30lbs. Fluking on the NS has been producing a lot of short, but there are keepers in 50 or more feet of water. The best fluking is on the SS from Montauk to Amagansett.
Have received reports of both squid and butter fish filtering into our area with big blues working their way from east to west.
My brother Jeff sent me this photo. The story to the photo is that a guy
caught this striper the other day at Smith Point. While he was reeling it
in the fish was being chomped on by predator or predators unknown.
7/28-Hey Stan ,I purchased this Roberts Lure from your store and nailed this school bass on it. What a great lure ! I bought another yesterday and reversed the hooks on it as the package states so as to have a swimmer also. Thanks ,Tom.
7/27-Porgy fishing remains strong with many fish approaching 3lbs both from the beach and boats on worms and clams.
Bluefish are mixed in sizes and scattered all over. Surf caster are reporting fish in the 5lb range on plugs, tins and chunks. Boaters are drifting with bunker, or using umbrella rigs and diamond jigs. Snappers are everywhere taking spearing and snapper poppers.
Stripers are mainly a night time proposition for surf casters. Boaters are getting some fish in the mid twenties in 70' to 90' of water with live eels bunker and diamond jigs.
Sea Bass are tacking worms and clams in the middle.
7/20-Pleasant surprise with a good number of King fish and Blowfish being caught from the local beaches mixed in with the Porgies on worms and clams.
Striper fishing has become a nighttime proposition now with the warmer waters pushing the fish out to deeper water and east taking live eels and bunker. Clams and worms have been producing a good amount of fish in the 30" to 37" range for the surf casters.
On the South Shore the huge schools of bunker in about 90' of water have been holding quality Stripers mixed with big Blues and thresher Sharks.
Fluking has slowed some the past week with the larger fish moving out to deeper water both on the north and south shores. However, there
still seems to be enough shorts and keepers to make it worthwhile.
Sea Bass fishing has been on and off depending on who you talk to, but the rock piles in the middle seem to holding keepers in good numbers.
Snappers are about 31/2" now and seem to be almost everywhere.
7/16-Hey Stan , was out this morning getting some fluke just out past the Big rock north of the Tides in my kayak and I had steady blitz action going on with several large pods of peanut bunker. nailed a half dozen real aggressive 15-20 inch blues using the badonkadonk surface rattler . They actually bit 2 of the 3 prong rear treble hooks right off the lure. I left them biting as they headed west towards miller place. Also saw a dolphin near the tides beach also in 20 feet of water. Couple of 18 inch fluke on bucktail /gulp combo 1.5 mph troll in 25 feet of water near the rock pile that the charters fish of RP. I'll be in for some replacement hooks this afternoon,Tom :)
7/12-Porgy fishing from the beach and off shore has remained strong with jumbos still plentiful. Fluking has slowed, but there are still many door mats if you work for them. Reports of the first snappers about 21/2" at Shoreham and Wading River.
Stripers from 33" to 37" being caught in the wee hours on clams and bunker at local beaches. Blues to 5lbs. in the early am.
7/12-Striper fishing from the beach has slowed with the rising water temperatures, but night fishermen have reported some fish in the mid twenties on Clams and Bunker chunks. Boaters in 80' of water using live eels, bunker and diamond jigs have been scoring with fish to 30lbs.. Two fish in the forties were reported last week. Mixed schools of blues, two to five pounds and eight to twelve pounds have been reported from both the boats and surf.
This past week Steve from the shop got into small Weak Fish from the boat and Mark had a 36lber from the beach.
Although Sea Bass fishing just opened I have had no reports yet.
6/29-A number of big Stripers have been caught from the surf on plugs and clams from Mount Sinai to Riverhead. The bite in the middle grounds is still on using live eels, bunker and diamond jigs.
Fluking slowed a little this past week with the moon but quality fish are still being brought in. The out standing porgy fishing from both the beach and off shore is still in high gear with 2 to 3 lbers. common. The invasion of sea robins continues but keeps the kids occupied.
6/11-Fluke fishing has been on and off with the weather but if you move around there is a good amount of fish to 7lbs on squid and spearing combos. Porgy fishing remains excellent with many fish to 3+lbs.
5/31-Fishing around LI is continuing to be the best start to season I have seen in decades. LI sound, the South Shore and Peconic have plenty Fluke, Stripers, Porgies, and Blue fish to keep anyone happy. During the week we had a 19" porgy (almost 4lbs) and a 22lb Striper caught from a local beach. The boater have reported Stripers to 25lbs, some blues in the teens and Porgies to 3lbs.
Last night I fished a local Beach and caught another 27 inch striper (only one) on clams. For the first time I noticed how Sandy has really changed the underwater terrain. I was able to wade out much further than I ever could before. The bottom is also smooth and sandy where it was rough and rocky before. There is also a much more gradual and gentler incline to the bottom.
I fished the turn of the tide tonight (bottom to incoming) between 8:00 & 10:00 at Shoreham beach. I tried a variety of plugs, but they only wanted clams. I caught two stripers, one at 27 inches and one at 25 inches, both on clams. Both fish were released.
Bill5/17-I would suggest if you like Fluke fishing get out there now. A lot of keepers between 23" and 29" caught in about 30' of water off of Rocky Point on Squid, Spearing combo. It seems the fishing all around LI is super hot. Big Porgies, Fluke, a great showing of Weaks for the first time in years, a lot of small Blues mixing with some teen fish, and the first reports of Stripers approaching 40lbs both on the in and outside of the South Shore inlets. The Peconic is mirroring the SS Bays plenty of Big Porgies, Fluke and Weak Fish.
Good morning Stan,
I fished Shoreham Beach this morning. My targeted species was striped bass. It was my favorite tide, but the stripers just weren't there or if they were they weren't taking. I tried swimmers, poppers, spooks, rubber shads and lastly the old faithful bucktail tipped with gulp. On a good note while the stipers weren't taking the fluke were. I caught a nice keeper for Mother's
I hope that you're feeling better.
5/7-Local beaches have been producing a lot of small Stripers with the occasional 36" fish on Clams, Sandworms and chunks. Fluke fishing has had a good start with a lot of shorts and some keepers to about 7lbs. I just got a report of big Porgies on the beaches just east of Wading River. They should infiltrate the area by this weekend along with small bluefish.
The south shore has been alive with plenty of stripers and small blues to 5lb. both on the inside and outer beaches. Fluking has been good with a lot of shorts. Big Porgies are in the bays and around the bridges. A nice showing of Weaks were reported in Shinnecock Bay around the canal heading for the Peconics.
Greenport reported a nice showing of Fluke with a lot of shorts. Porgies, small Weaks and bluefish seem to be everywhere.
4/29- Sorry for the lack of reports, but after I returned from Florida I had surgery and ended up being laid up for a couple of weeks. We're up and running full time again. I'll try to keep up to date with the reports as received.
Up until this past weekend it has been pretty dead in our local area. A couple of small flounder were being caught in the back bays of Port Jefferson, Mount Sinai, and Stony Brook. Most of the Flounder fishermen were catching more small Stripers as a by catch.
This weekend everything changed. We had reports of Stripers up to the mid teens reported on the outside as far east as Southold. Of course, the South Shore has had decent fish for the last couple of weeks with a few Blues and Weaks mixed in. Fluke also showed up in the Shinnecock, Moriches and Great South bays. Peconic bay also had reports of Fluke, Weaks , Stripers and some Blues showing up. Some Flounder have been caught, but, you have to understand, when they talk about limiting out, that's two fish. There is also bunker around the Route 58 bridge in Flanders.
Back to the NS I just received a report that a Port Jefferson boat fished founder on the outside Saturday with a meager catch of flounder to 2.5lbs.4/1-A new season is upon us and it will be interesting to see how Sandy's impact will effect the fishing. Here on the north shore most access points are either in disrepair or gone all together as on the south shore.
Although the flounder season opened today I have received no reports and based on past years I really don't expect much.
Updated Sunday, December 01, 2013
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