Returning from Monday’s trip out of Mattituck Creek on the Captain Bob V, Capt. Bob Ceglowski explained how good the action was on striped bass and bluefish. The boat has seen bass to 30 pounds on recent trips. Scup fishing had been very good until moon tides made setting up difficult. Then, with an influx of porpoise schools in Long Island Sound, it got hard to find the porgies. Ceglowski made a very popular cruise (“Oldie Night”) on Aug. 13 and plans to do the same with a cruise on Sept. 3 (“Recession Buster”) from 6 to 8 p.m. Call (631) 298-5522 for reservations and information.
At Captain Marty’s Fishing Station and Marina in New Suffolk, Phil Loria described a great Saturday of porgy fishing with scup maintaining “decent sizes” and abundant summer weakfish east of the radio tower. These weaks are typically in the 16- to-20-inch class. Blowfish and northern whiting (“kingfish”) are also part of many catches. Sunday thunderstorms and rain put the fish down. Snappers are currently four or five inches in size, and, after a later start than last year, blue claw crabs are present in good numbers. Crabbing was termed “excellent.”
Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck looked out at a “quiet” scene on Long Island Sound with some scup on beaches and a few bluefish around. After a slow period, the Race has gotten somewhat better for bass and blues. Plum Gut has been quite good with some stripers on top. Returning from a trip to Connecticut, Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop mentioned a tough Sunday with washout conditions, but explained that the fishing was pretty much the same as last week with small blues in close and larger slammers in deep water. Scup and sea bass are best found on offshore wrecks, but there are some snappers and small porgies to be found locally.
“Slow, slow, slow” was how Vinnie at Camp Site Sports in Huntington Station described the South Shore action off the beaches. The best bet is to chase all species with boats now, except for a few cocktail blues here and there along the shores. Offshore reports indicate success for anglers trolling for yellowfin tuna at least 50 miles off Long Island, but there are some sharks to be found as close as 20.