Coming off the July heat wave last weekend, Capt. Rich Jensen, aboard the Nancy Ann out of Orient by the Sea, called the water “scary warm” for this time of year, with 72- and 73-degree temperatures on the ebb and 69 degrees on the flood. Still, fishing is productive if you mix your catch. Jensen has been chunking by day and had a limit of keeper stripers on Monday with plenty of action drifting for bluefish to 12 pounds. He also had a limit of scup in summer sizes.
Fluke fishing picked up in the eastern area this week, too. The charter boat, Fishy Business, managed 22 keepers on one trip. Night bassing is a little off, but you have productive innings on some nights, nevertheless.
Liz Caraftis at Charlie’s Mattituck Marina on Mattituck Creek explained that scup fishing was still pretty good, although not like last year. Sizes are smaller now, but there are spots where you find larger fish. Lots of blues chase the porgy schools, with the big slammers around Horton’s Point. Bass can also be found at the motel and off Horton’s. One angler managed a 34-inch striper while rigged for scup. There are a few fluke around, mostly shorts.
At WeGo Fishing at the Port of Egypt, Ted figured there were porgies along the daytime beaches and that was about all. There were larger scup north of Plum Island plus a ton of short fluke, with a few stripers to be caught at night from Plum Gut. The Peconic bays had small porgies and blowfish as well as small summer flounder to the east. Crabbers were trying their luck locally, but not catching well yet.
Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop noticed a pickup in action to the west with large bluefish to 14 pounds on the Middle Grounds. Stripers in that zone are in the mid-20s and larger. Porgies are distributed everywhere and fluke fishing is still a 20:1 (shorts to keepers) proposition. Snapper action is just starting with some blue claws around the pilings in Mount Sinai. We’re not seeing the volume of crabs like last year, however.
At Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station, Vinnie didn’t have much to report, either. Chunking was producing some bluefish along the North Shore to the west while the Napeague-Shinnecock zone has blues along the sand as well. Fishing the inlet areas of the South Shore was the only striper game in town, and it was strictly a night fishing proposition.