Phil Loria at Captain Marty’s Fishing Station in New Suffolk told us that fishing picked up noticeably on Sunday, especially around Buoy 4 on moving water. Anglers who chummed had some fine scup to 14 inches. There are plenty of small bluefish about one and a half pounds in both the North and South Race early and late in the day. Green tails seem to work pretty well for these cocktails. One mid-sized weakfish about six pounds was noted from Jessups last week.
Ed Kopack at Warren’s Tackle Center in Aquebogue said beach fishing in that area was pretty slow. There were small fluke off the beaches to the east in Southold. Porgy fishing is fairly good, but there are certainly no “porgies galore.” Out east, anglers find some dawn and dusk action as well, presumably on school bass and small blues.
Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop advises anglers who are looking for the best action that “the time is now!” The area around Wading River, Shoreham and Rocky Point has a new body of fluke with some fish to eight pounds. In addition, there are schools of bass suspended in 30 feet of water over 60-foot depths. To add to the mix, large porgies are available, too.
Capt. Mike Boccio aboard the Prime Time III out of Orient by the Sea described a real “smorgasbord” of angling opportunity for East End party boats. By day there were keeper-sized striped bass and bluefish in the area, with larger bass caught on night tides. Angler Rob Lindquist tallied the largest on the boat, a 43-pounder. Scup action was excellent, with fluke fishing continuing to hold up as well.
Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station provided a summary of South Shore activities. Vinnie said Montauk anglers had fish back to Ditch Plains last week with nothing big, but you had a shot at bass anywhere on sand beaches if you waited for fish to push in. Bass came in waves along the open beaches in the Moriches area, but you have to hunt them down until they settle in. Try bucktailing around Moriches and Shinnecock Inlet or look to the west. Fish are moving, and the next wave should be here on the new moon this weekend.