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…)
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…)
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. (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…)
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…)
Steven at WeGo Fishingin 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…)