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Out east, blackfishing remained incredible before and after last week’s blow. Fishers Island continues to be the hot spot with quite a few big sea bass mixing in. The tog are chewing down green and white crabs and have been coming back to marinas and bait shops to 11 pounds, and there was one monster of 18.1 pounds caught and released by DJ Spadaro. Sea bass and porgy fishing remains good near Block Island while there is good cod fishing south of Block Island with fish in the 15 to 17-pound class. Loads of small bass remain around the point, while there are some keeper bass mixed with lots of shorts in the Shinnecock area.
Along the South Shore, bass continue to fall to boaters with the bigger fish being found more to the west and taking trolled spoons or mojos, and live bunker. Loads of small bass providing great light tackle inside Great South Bay and in the ocean from Moriches to Jones Inlet. Blackfish are on the bay bridges and the ocean reefs taking jigs or standard sinker rigs baited with green crabs. A 10.4 pound blackfish and 4.5 pound sea bass were weighed Babylon Fishing Station from the Fire Island Reef.
To the west, the waters south and west of Debs Inlet have been alive with stripers. White or green Mojos and bunker spoons were the tickets. The magic depths were 50 to 55 feet. Some bass were taken on diamond jigs in gold or silver at the AB Bridge and in the ocean. Sand eel jigs were quite effective as well. Jumbo bass to 50-pounds were slam dunked on bunker spoons east of the Jones needle. In the bay, anglers found success with Bass Assassins. Local bridges such as the Wantagh and Meadowbrook held good numbers of schoolie bass. Blackfishing was pretty good in the waters near Sheepshead Bay and on local reefs outside Jones Inlet. The Atlantic Beach and Hempstead Reefs, and the Rockaway Reef were the best spots this week. So far, it seems that ‘tog jigs are outfishing bait rigs.
Up on the North Shore, very good to excellent numbers of ‘tog are coming up and the keeper ratio is improving weekly with fish to 9 pounds weighed in. Huckleberry Island, Pea Island, Rye, 32a, 11b, mid-Sound, Old Field, Cranes Neck and the CT shoreline have all been producing tog. Target waters of 40 to 60 feet with green or Asian crabs. Cocktail blues from 2 to 5-pounds were found in Manhasset Bay, Port Jeff Harbor area beaches and buoy 11. Bass in these same areas were mostly shorts with a rare keeper coming up. The bass responded well to diamond jigs, shads and small tins. Many anglers targeting blackfish reported a nice by-catch of short and keeper sea bass that were willing to inhale their green crab offerings. If you enjoy calamari or just catching your own bait, plenty of squid have appeared in Oyster Bay, Little Neck Bay and Manhasset Bay.
In the surf, the Island’s southern shoreline continues to draw crowds of casters where good numbers of school bass continue to provide steady action. Many areas from Southampton to Breezy Point saw very good fishing the first half of the week and fishing was picking up again in many places as the ocean settled down on the weekend. Sand eels remain the dominant bait in most areas, with bunker occasionally in the mix in some locations. The only bluefish reports have come from the central North Shore where there has been a mix of small bass and blues, and the North Fork, where bass, blues and albies are providing mixed bag action. Blues have been totally absent from the south side of the Island.