Capt. Dave Brennan aboard the Peconic Star II out of Greenport called the August porgy action “very, very good” with plenty of scup for all fares. The size of the porgies has been impressive, too. Vacationers looking for an easy way to beat the crowds and take advantage of summer days on the water should enjoy these trips.
Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold explained that striped bass action picked up just after the new moon, by day as well as by night. Live eels fished during daytime tides worked well in East Marion and off Horton’s Point. Anglers looking for keeper fluke will find some of the best action off Shinnecock Inlet as well as around Gardiner’s Island. Scup fishing is especially good on slack water on the north side of Plum Island and around Little Gull Island or in the Sluiceway. Bluefish dominate the daytime fishing in Plum Gut with lots of larger slammers mixed in.
Phil Loria at Captain Marty’s Fishing Station in New Suffolk said that the porgies were “doing much better now … both size and quantity.” It’s not a problem to pick your 11- to 13-inch fish from schools of smaller scup. Blowfish continue to mix in. Until late last week, there were summer weakfish from Roses Grove east, particularly off the Middle Grounds. Crabbing is popular on the bridges, but anglers also bring up some large blue claws on their hooks. Essentially fishing has picked up in the cooler weather.
Warren’s Tackle Center in Aquebogue described the Long Island Sound beaches as “typical for August” with porgies in close and short fluke distributed in the inshore areas and the bays. If you want to try fishing the small weaks in the Peconics, get out early. Back further west at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop, Stan Hentschel said larger blues are offshore in Long Island Sound with small cocktails in close. The best porgy action in that zone is around Crane’s Neck and off Old Field.
Carmine at Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station figured the beaches to be quiet in the heat of the summer with a few bluefish around. Better fishing can be found off Montauk, Moriches, and Shinnecock. There are some promising reports of offshore fishing for tuna, too, though locations are kept a secret.