Weekly fishing reports for Long Island and Metro New York at http://www.thefisherman.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=directory.category&PDIR=12
Out east, black sea bass are this week’s best bet as the indigo beauties are all over the North and South Forks with many true knuckleheads to 6 pounds swimming over rocky lairs. Fishers Island has started to produce many jumbos, while Block Island and Southwest Ledge remain the mainstay. Plenty of good size porgies are mixing in with the biscuits. Striper fishing off Block Island remains solid with fish this week to 55 pounds taken trolling parachutes and tubes, and also on live eels and porgies. Some nice bass are also in the rips off Montauk Point slamming eels and jigs. Schools of bluefish, false albacore and small stripers are swarming the waters along the north and south side of the point as well and providing great light tackle fishing. Big bluefish are thick in Plum Gut wreaking havoc on anglers using live bait intended for stripers. Blowfish are all over the place in Southold and Noyack Bays.
Along the South Shore, stripers have made a better showing this week, and with a lot cooler weather coming by weeks end, they should continue to build in the coming days/weeks. Anglers had fish in Moriches to 17 pounds on live spot. In Fire Island reports of fish to 40 inches came in. Bottom fish continue to please anglers in Great South and Moriches bays as kingfish, triggerfish, porgies and blowfish are all being caught with clams and clam chum fished in any of the holes or channels. Blackfish season is only a week and a half away, but the water is still very warm, so the action could get off to a slow start. Stay with the mixed bag action and have fun in the meantime.
Further west, anglers who made their last attempts at fluke before the season closed were largely disappointed by the lack of keepers. Pelagics have been very active as many boats, both private and party, that are targeting bottom fish have connected with albies, bonito and Spanish mackerel. Blowfish action remained outstanding in the areas around Lindenhurst, Amityville and the State Channel. Anchor up, chum, drop your clams and start reeling. Depending on the area porgy and sea bass action has been only fair to good. The waters outside of Freeport and Point Lookout had some decent catches, although many of the sea bass are shorts. The by-catch on many porgy runs consisted of weakfish, kingfish, triggerfish and some cocktail blues.
In Long Island Sound, porgies and cocktail blues are the top dogs in the pound right now. Scup are still providing a very consistent bite in the same areas they have inhabited for the past several weeks. Around City Island drop your worms at the Throgs Neck Bridge, Orchard Beach 1 and 13, Glen Island, Rye and the Lagoon. Heading east towards Huntington and Port Jeff check out Cranes Neck, Old Field Point and the Triangle. The cocktails are slamming small tins and jigs up and down the Sound at the Lagoon, Turtle Cove, Throgs Neck Bridge, Pelham Bay, the Middle Grounds, the Triangle and Port Jeff Harbor. The back areas of the harbors were home to a decent amount of weakfish during the week. The Triangle also saw a nice run of false albies, and albies were also found at the Platform and out to the river. Your best shot at bass would probably be the Middle Grounds where anglers found schoolies and some keepers to 32 pounds.