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.
Captain Dave Brennan on the Peconic Star II out of Greenport told us Tuesday that the big boat had a nice mix after a switch to tautog. Waters out east are still 59o F, so there are a lot of scup and sea bass in the catch. As Dave says, “We advertise blackfish but we take whatever bites the hook!”
Liz Caraftis was at the Mattituck Fishing Station on Mattituck Creek Tuesday afternoon. She told us anglers were doing fine when the weather permitted them to get out on the Sound; also the station had plenty of bait. The Caraftis Fishing Station in Port Jeff still had a constant bite of scup, too.
Stan Hentschel at the Rocky Point Fishing Stop told us there were plenty of fish back west on the Sound when the wind dies. Tautog anglers had issues getting around the big scup chewing crab baits in 15 to 30 feet of water, but a few bulldogs to 10 pounds showed up. Boats trolling the Buoys (11 and nine) had some bass while beach anglers had the occasional keeper. Blues are around, but not in the usual numbers.