Whenever we fish Long Island beaches in the fall and look at anglers fishing the suds, we always see one or more individuals slinging surface lures. In most cases, especially when there’s no “blitz” of diving birds and splashing bait, these folks would be better served casting tipped bucktails or tins. Yet they persist. Why? (more…)
A surf fisherman at Iron Pier Beach on the Sound. (Credit: Barbarallen Koch file photo)
Summer fishing in the area keeps living up to high expectations, according to recent reports. Capt. Dave Brennan of the Peconic Star out of Greenport was enthusiastic about the large numbers of sea bass, often running five or six pounds. Scup numbers are also good. Dave feels you have to find fish in new areas because many of the old mussel beds that concentrated fish in the traditional places have disappeared.
At WeGo Fishing in Southold, Alex mentioned plenty of keeper scup in the Peconics, especially in the Noyac area, where sea bass, “kingfish” (northern whiting) and weakfish can be found as well. Anglers fishing diamond jigs catch cocktail blues around Jessups Neck, and there are plenty of snappers in the bay.
Charlie Caraftis at Mattituck Fishing Station and Marina on Mattituck Creek explained that bass have been hard to find off Hortons Point but gorilla bluefish remain and are especially active as the sun rises. Chunking is often the method of choice. Sea bass outnumber scup inshore, with many nice fish in the four- to five-pound class. Not many anglers are bothering with fluke right now, but there was one six-pound weakfish noted, taken by an angler jigging for blues in deep water.
Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck reported only spotty beach action, with blues and small bass off Cupsogue Beach and a few bass taken off Hortons on eels. Long Island Sound beaches have cocktail blues in some places early and late. Scup specialists often head east to Fishers Island or Block Island, but there was a shot of large porgies up to 17 inches around Buoy 17 last week.
Roses Grove and Nassau Point waters produce some weakfish in the 14- to 16-inch range and small pan-size kingfish abound along bay beaches as well. With bunker schools so tight to South Shore beaches, humpback whales and sharks have been seen close inshore. One fluke angler wound up with a thresher estimated at 150 pounds on the end of a rig, and makos have been taken regularly only 10 to 14 miles out.
As a university instructor and professor, I’ve spent a lifetime teaching students the fine points of math, science and history. While teaching in schools can be challenging at times, it doesn’t compare with the teaching that guides and skippers do on a daily basis when sports step out of their cars or cabins to “go fishin.”
Those interested in learning more about saltwater fishing will get a chance this summer. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
A free saltwater fishing clinic is coming to Riverhead this summer.
The clinic will be held at Ammermann Riverfront Park Aug. 18, a collaborative effort from the Department of Environmental Conservation’s I FISH NY program and the Riverhead Town Recreation Department. (more…)
What a difference a week makes! Before May 1, if you looked at the 2014 summer flounder (“fluke”) regulations, you saw a minimum size limit of 19 inches, a four-fish bag limit, and a season that ran from May 1 through Sept. 29. If you looked at the situation after May 1, you were surprised to see the bag limit had been extended to five fish, the minimum size limit dropped an inch to 18 inches, and the season chopped at both ends, running from May 17 to Sept. 21. What happened? (more…)
A tackle box. (Credit: Flickr/Viewoftheworld)
A few weeks ago we got a call from an editor to write a piece on scup, our favorite saltwater panfish, maybe our favorite fish, period. But the angle our friend wanted was not the typical one, e.g. porgies in the spring, porgies in the Peconics, etc. No, this was to be all about porgies on ultralight tackle.
What is really meant by “ultralight” tackle? What, in fact, distinguishes “ultralight” tackle from “light” tackle or “heavy” tackle, for that matter? (more…)
MELANIE DROZD PHOTO | A striped bass pulled from Peconic Bay last summer.
Get your rods out: the Flanders Men’s Club is hosting its second annual fishing tournament this weekend.
The Weakfish, Bluefish and Fluke Tournament and Striped Bass Calcutta kicks off on Friday at 5 p.m., running through Sunday at 1 p.m. Up for grabs are prizes such as fishing poles and cash prizes for adults, and trophies for kids.
Mark Hodun, one of the event organizers, said that entries are accepted right until the 5 p.m. start at the end of the week, and last year’s tournament brought out about 35 fishermen.
Entry fees are $25 per adult and $10 for kids, and includes a barbecue awards dinner on Sunday afternoon, when the winners will be announced. The official weigh in station is at the Flanders Men’s Club.
Entry Forms are available at Warren’s Bait & Tackle in Aquebogue, Edwards Sports in Riverhead, White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays, Haskell’s Bait & Tackle in East Quogue, and East End Bait & Tackle in Hampton Bays.
For additional information contact the Flanders Men’s Club at 631 727 9746 or Mark Hodun, 631 813 0279 or Bob Glinski, 631 728 5761.
A ‘fisherman’ at Kenny’s Beach in Southold last week.(Stanley Siejka courtesy photo)
New York anglers can now enjoy the same fluke size and bag limits as neighboring New Jersey and Connecticut, leveling the playing field when it comes to catching one of region’s most popular fish — summer flounder, commonly known as fluke. (more…)