02/25/15 4:17pm
wo ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

wo ice fishermen hard at work, drilling holes in the ice atop Great Pond in Southold. (Credit: Garret Meade)

In the year of the big freeze, Long Island’s East End presents myriad opportunities for a so-called third season, fishing what is known as “hard water.”

For those who venture out onto area ponds and small lakes, some basic tackle and a little common sense can produce excellent winter table fare and a way to get out of the doldrums. (more…)

11/20/13 10:46am
Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

It was hard to get “real voices” for the last report of the season, but a number of hardy souls were still out chasing bass and tautog around the East End. Captain Dave Brennan on the Peconic Star II out of Greenport said the blackfish action was still “pretty good” and that the boat was still catching. It’s only tautog, no cod, no porgies since October 20. So far a 10-1/4 pound bulldog has been the biggest of the season. Brennan will be sailing through December 1 on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. The Prime Time III out of Orient by the Sea Marina is scheduled through December 4 with no spots available on November 24, 25 and 26 and no sailing on Thanksgiving. (more…)

11/14/13 8:00am
Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

Boats working out of Orient by the Sea early this week were doing very, very well on fall tautog. Rich Jensen with the Nancy Ann said, “It’s way, way better than last year!” Jensen has had limits for the last two weeks, lots of fish to five pounds and pools generally eight or nine. Best fish of the season have been bulldogs of 11 and 13 pounds. Drops from east of Fishers Island to Rocky Point (East Marion) have all been producing. There are still bluefish around in a few places, chopping up blackfish coming to the top.   (more…)

11/06/13 12:22pm
montauk monster striped bass

Photo by Daniel Desantis | Keith Levinson of Selden with a 45-inch, 35-lb striper caught off Montauk Point on a Viking Fleet boat, and Angelo Tarantino of Blue Point with a “slightly smaller” catch.

Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck told us the South Shore between East Hampton and Smith Point is alive with bass while the Sound in our area hosts only small schoolies to 18 inches. Blues can be found off Horton’s Point. If you find structure on the Sound in 30-40 feet of water and fish green crabs, you find tautog. The reef off the Motel will produce some sea bass along with the ‘tog. A report last Tuesday detailed a nice catch of scup off the Firing Range. The Peconics have a few tautog, too, if you know where to look, i.e., off boat basins, off the Greenlawns or in the Brickyard. (more…)

10/30/13 2:13pm
Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com)

Winds during the past week have accelerated the movement of bass along South Shore beaches from Wainscott all the way west to Shinnecock. According to Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle, there are some stripers in the 30s coming from the suds in rough water. Anglers have been using diamonds with green or white tails to cut through the waves. Blues are generally absent except around the Moriches area. This was confirmed by East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays. The Sound still has scup when you can get to them, and blackfishing was excellent until the blow last weekend.   (more…)

10/23/13 10:48am
fishing report north fork long island blackfish

Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com) | Sal from Cutchogue caught these blackfish on his birthday earlier this week off the North Fork.

Captain Sloan Gurney of Black Rock Fishing chartering out of Orient by the Sea Marina told us Tuesday that he was fishing all depths for catches of sea bass, scup and tautog. Although there are no bulldogs yet, pool fish run around seven pounds. Action on bass in the 20s has been up and down as schools pass through, but there are blues to slammer sizes (about 15 pounds) in the Gut, too. (more…)

10/17/13 1:30pm
Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (<a href="http://www.OrientPointFishing.com"

Photo by Capt. Sloan Gurney, Black Rock Fishing (OrientPointFishing.com) | Bob caught his limit of blackfish up to 8 lbs this week off the North Fork.

Aboard the Peconic Star III out of Greenport on Tuesday afternoon, Captain Dave Brennan called the porgy fishing “terrific” with fish sized “large to huge.” Some of the biggest scup are over 2-3/4 pounds! The porgies are scattered through different depths at various locations-from 30 feet out to 100. Captain Dave promises to stay on the porgies as long as the hot fishing lasts, but he’s wary of any upcoming, long lasting westerly blows, which could hasten the departure of the big schools. (more…)