Captain Dave Brennan on the Peconic Star II out of Greenport told us Tuesday why he’s staying with the scup action as long as the porgies are here. Says Dave, “Why switch when the fishing is SO good…It’s super, red hot.” Not only are there plenty of porgies around, but the sea bass numbers are as good as they’ve ever been. When we spoke that day the boat already had a couple of four-pounders aboard.
Aboard the Captain Bob V out of Mattituck Inlet Captain Bob Ceglowski was very pleased with the results of his mixed bag fishing (the “Mattituck Monster Mix”). Fall bluefish are anywhere from six to 18 pounds with bass sometimes pushing 30. Last Friday, the boat had four stripers between 20 and 29 pounds. And, of course, there are lots of scup around as well. Although the boat was “blown in” on a couple of days during the past week, other days have been just fine.
Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold told us there were plenty of porgies at Jessups and Cedar Point. Snapper sizes in the Peconics are now very good. Sound side anglers should get ready to see blues and schoolie bass coming down the beaches soon. The ebb tide in Plum Gut and Fishers Island Race is producing nice stripers, but boaters were put off by northerlies during the daytime hours. Scup and sea bass action has been very good in the Sluiceway on slack water.
Linda Czech at Jamesport Bait & Tackle in Mattituck figured that bass fishing was picking up off Hortons Point on live eels while beach anglers are still waiting on the blues. Back farther west Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishng Stop was still excited over the local action on scup and snappers; Stan was pleased to see seven to 10-pound blues taken from the beaches. Montauk surf has been quiet and may remain so until whitebait starts moving in. Boaters have been doing well on bass to 40 pounds, however. Recently the beaches along the South Shore have broken out, especially in the Moriches.