06/30/19 6:00am

The Silly Eats food truck was added in 2018 and is a welcome addition for patrons looking for a bite to eat on the water. (Credit: Grant Parpan)

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Hidden away in East Moriches is a tiny fishing station that has stood the test of time. Since taking the helm nearly four years ago, Silly Lily Fishing Station owner Jay Scott has breathed new life into the business while keeping its character — and history — in tact.

It’s one of the last of its kind; a place where visitors can rent paddle boards, kayaks, sailboats, motorized skiffs — and, of course, bait and tackle to take out fishing on Moriches Bay or perhaps to the sandy Cupsogue Beach for the day. (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…)

11/06/13 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…)

10/23/13 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…)

10/09/13 1:30pm
long island fishing report north fork

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

Aboard the Captain Bob V on Tuesday, Bob Ceglowski figured the recent fishing on the Sound had been “incredible” with tremendous numbers of fish each day. The big party boat sails a fall schedule out of Mattituck Inlet, Friday through Tuesday, working blues, bass, scup and sea bass. Typically, the boat sees hundreds of bluefish, six to 10 keeper stripers, and more than 200 scup and sea bass on a good trip. From websites we see that the Prime Time 3, sailing out of Orient by the Sea has some spots available on scup/tautog trips (seven a.m.) on Saturday, October 12 and from Monday, October 14 through Friday, October 18. There are places available on night bass trips (four p.m.) on Saturday and Sunday nights, October 12 and 13. Anglers should call on 631-323-2618 for reservations. Also, the fishing for scup and sea bass on the Peconic Star II out of Greenport has been very, very good of late. (more…)

09/19/13 2:49pm
fishing report north fork long island

Photo by Andrew Derr (Long Island on the Fly)

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.


09/04/13 12:30pm
north fork fishing report

Photo by Andrew Derr (Long Island on the Fly)

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.   (more…)