It was another tough week for cod on the East End as the weather kept the Viking Fleet tied to the dock for more than a week. It looks like Saturday will be the first day that conditions will allow a trip to the cod grounds. In addition to their cod trips, they are planning a special Gulf Of Maine trip aboard the Viking Star targeting haddock, pollock and redfish. Fishing has been red hot up north, where there is a 15 haddock per person per day limit and unlimited pollock and redfish. The trip departs Friday, February 21 at 5 p.m. and returns Sunday, February 23 at 6 a.m. The trip is limited to 30 passengers and the $450 fare includes bait and ice for your catch. Call to book your fishing position and bunk at 631-668-5700 or book online at http://www.vikingfleet.com.

Things weren’t much better along the South Shore although the Laura Lee Express did manage to squeeze in a trip on Sunday, when the catch included 23 cod, 70 big ling (red hake), 19 sea bass, 26 bergalls, and 1 fluke, with the out of season sea bass and fluke released. Visit Captree.com for updates on their sailing schedule. The Point Lookout based Super Hawk is back from some pre-season maintenance and will be sailing special offshore wreck trips for cod, pollock, hake, haddock and jumbo porgies this Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Trips depart at 3 a.m., are limited to 25 passengers and the cost is $130. For updates to their schedule, go to http://www.superhawkfishing.com/ or call 516-607-3004.

Overall, things remain relatively quiet on the fishing front. There are still herring showing up in places like the Coney Island, Canarsie and 69th Street piers, and shops are reporting some customers targeting white perch in the tidal creeks but not reporting back with their results. Once again, if you would like to try targeting white perch, tidal creeks and rivers like Santapogue Creek behind Taco Bell in West Babyon, Carlls River, the Argyle Lake outflow, Connetquot River, Tuthill Creek in Patchogue, Browns River in Sayville, and Carmans River in Brookhaven are all possibilities. Ultra-light spinning tackle with 2 or 4-pound test and 1/8 or 3/16-ounce jig heads tipped with nightcrawler should put you in the game. If the perch don’t oblige, there is always the chance of hooking up with a good size sea run trout. On the freshwater side, Connetquot River State Park remains a good option to connect with a few trout. This is flyrodding only with barbless flies. Call 631-581-1005 to reserve a 4-hour session. The cost is $25 and you will need a current freshwater fishing license.

DEC OFFERS FREE INDOOR ICE FISHING CLINIC ON FEBRUARY 19
Seminar Will Go Over Ice Safety, Equipment, Fish Handling, and Rules and Regulations

The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Region 1 I FISH NY program will hold an Indoor Ice Fishing seminar on Wednesday, February 19, 2020, from 7 to 9 p.m., DEC Regional Director Carrie Meek Gallagher announced today. The seminar will take place at the DEC Region 1 Headquarters located at 50 Circle Road, Stony Brook, NY 11742.

“Despite the recent warm weather on Long Island so far this winter, New York State offers many world class ice fishing locations,” DEC Regional Director Meek Gallagher said. “This clinic will be a great introduction to equipment needed for ice fishing, important safety precautions, and fish handling techniques.”

The seminar is geared for beginners as well as experienced anglers wanting to break into the great sport of ice fishing. DEC’s I Fish New York staff will cover ice safety, equipment, fish handling, and rules and regulations. The course will prepare participants to safely ice fish across New York State.

Pre-registration required. Participation will be capped at 30 people.
Call the DEC’s freshwater fisheries unit at 631-444-0283 or email IfishNY.dec.ny.gov to register.
https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/95106.html – Statewide ice fishing opportunities

https://www.dec.ny.gov/outdoor/7733.html – Ice Fishing

This Week’s Video Fishing Forecast for the Long Island Metro area
http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=12

Events Calendar http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=page.display&page_id=56

Kayak Rigging https://youtu.be/fne61EwsHJg

4×4 Beach Permit https://parks.ny.gov/regions/attachments/2020LongIslandPermits.pdf

Laura Lee Captree.com http://captree.com/

How to tie a cod rig https://youtu.be/kqDIj5Uz91k

New Custom Rods from Cow Harbor https://youtu.be/p15EQxuA3JQ

Steiger Craft http://steigercraft.com/

River Bay Outfitters https://www.riverbayoutfitters.com/

Subscribe to the fisherman http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=category.display&category_id=11

Montauk Tackle Company https://montauktackle.com/

Sea Pro Boats https://www.kehlsfamilyboating.com/

Connetquot Park https://parks.ny.gov/parks/8