Captain Bob Ceglowski, skipper of the Captain Bob boats out of Mattituck Inlet was enthusiastic about the mixed fishing opportunities available in that area of Long Island Sound. The so-called “Mattituck Mix” has been producing large stripers, sea bass to four pounds, jumbo porgies and occasional fluke as well. Look for videos made last week to air soon locally.
Out East, according to Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold, the night bite of stripers has slowed quite a bit, although daytime bluefish action in the Race, Gut and Pigeon Rip remains strong. Bass fishing is expected to pick up on the upcoming new moon phase. Scup and snappers are best bets along the beaches, and blue claw crabs continue to delight gourmets harvesting them in the bays. Steven was heading out to catch some blowfish (northern puffers) for himself on Tuesday.
Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop described more action than we saw in last week’s report. Anglers casting pencil poppers from local beaches had a flurry of striped bass in recent mornings at first light. Local scup fishing is still quite good, and there are plenty of short fluke around plus snappers averaging a foot in length. Best summer flounder action is off the South Shore in about 60-70 feet of water if you want larger fluke.
Brendan at the New Suffolk Fishing Station (formerly Captain Marty’s) told us porgy fishing was excellent with scup sizes to 16 inches. Weakfish are fairly abundant, too, although there are lots of fish too small to keep. Blowfish can be found off Robins Island with kingfish (northern whiting) in the South Race. Again, action on snappers and blue claw crabs is outstanding.
In an afternoon report Tuesday from Gary at the Silly Lily Fishing Station in East Moriches, fluke fishing was very good in the East and West Cuts of Moriches Bay (Buoys 15-19) with most anglers tipping bucktails with spearing. Weakfish are in the deeper holes east of Buoy 30; some of these weaks run as large as five pounds, and can be found with scup. The area around Buoy 15 provides kingfish and blowfish as well, while snappers and blue claws can be found in local coves.