Captain Rich Jensen, aboard the Nancy Ann out of Orient by the Sea on Tuesday afternoon, described the recent catches succinctly: “lots and lots of porgies and blues.” Scup are mostly in the 1-1/2 pound class with a few pushing three, while blues generally run four to eight pounds with some larger. There are so many sea bass just under legal size that hopes are high for a terrific season next year. The Nancy Ann will be fishing tautog beginning Saturday when the season opens. Incidentally, no false albacore are in the area just yet. (more…)
Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck described the local beach scene as a “pick here and there”. The Peconic Bays are loaded with scup from Buoys 20 to 30 with Jessups hosting cocktail bluefish on the flood tide (but not the ebb). Look for Sound scup at Hortons and off the Firing Range with big blues also working off Hortons Point. Striped bass are showing for daytime anglers in Plum Gut and Fishers Island Race, especially early and late. The night tide ought to be good by mid-week, too. Blue claws are plentiful now.
Tuesday’s blow saw many anglers gathered at local bait shops, planning a week of late summer fishing ahead. Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold mentioned a couple of bass taken from pre-dawn beaches by persistent plug fishers. You could “walk on ‘em” when it came to bluefish in the Fisher’s Island Race, but the night bassing scene has been relatively quiet. Scup can be found most anywhere in Sound or Bay or in the Sluiceway between Plum Island and the Gulls. For the table, Steven likes the blowfish action in the Peconics in places like Cedar Beach. (more…)
Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold thought the Bays and the Sound were particularly good for porgies now with cocktail blues around Jessups Neck and weakfish off the Greenlawns and Noyac. Rocky Point, East Marion, had a few weakfish as well. During daytime hours there are plenty of blues in Plum Gut, Fishers Island Race, and the Sluiceway. For stripers, outgoing water after dark should be particularly good in coming days. Large fluke are best fished at Montauk. (more…)
Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck figures crabbing off docks and in coves of the Peconics couldn’t be better with snappers in local creeks as well. The Bay also has good scup fishing with weakfish and “kingfish” (northern whiting) thrown in. Only puffers (“blowfish”) are pretty much missing. For scup try Buoys 22, 30 and four, but don’t neglect the docks. Striper action continues off Hortons Point in about 30 feet of water with live eels the ticket to success. Montauk action on fluke and sea bass is “on fire”, and the One Mile Reef off Shinnecock also kicked in last week. (more…)
Captain Rich Jensen, aboard the Nancy Ann out of Orient by the Sea on Monday, told us he was “doing okay, grinding it out” during the typical August doldrums. Striper fishing was a pick, but his boat had limits more often than not. Bluefish were available, and the parties could mix scup action during a day trip, too. With phosphorescence in the water on moonless nights, the striper action was actually better during day trips. Best fishing is on deepwater drifts through the Gut and the Race. (more…)
When we spoke with Captain Bob Ceglowski on Monday morning, his Captain Bob (out of Mattituck Inlet) was anchored for porgies, culling keepers and picking some nice sea bass. At times during the day, there is also a good bite of blues ranging from cocktails to slammers. A nice surprise in recent weeks has been the catch of big stripers (to 47 pounds) on jigs. (more…)