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Posted By Fred Golofaro, December 3, 2018
Haddock like these caught aboard the Montauk based Fin Chaser II showed up off the East End in numbers not seen before.

There are two interesting developments on the fishing scene this week that should get the attention of anglers who don’t mind dealing with a little cold weather. The first solid reports of herring came our way, with all of them emanating from North Shore harbors like Huntington, Northport, Cold Spring and Mt. Sinai. The South Shore should not be far behind and it might be worth checking out some traditional herring spots like the Magnolia, Jones Beach and Canarsie piers by the weekend.

The really exciting news is the influx of haddock in the waters south of Block Island. Two veteran Montauk open boat skippers said they have never seen the numbers of haddock decked on their boats on Friday and Saturday, prior to rough seas which have kept boats at the dock through the first part of this week. Many anglers consider haddock even better eating than cod, making them a prime target for Montauk boats as the winds subside over the next couple of days.

Very good mixed bag action continues on the East End in the waters around Block Island, and for South Shore boats making the run to offshore wrecks. Sea bass have been a prime target, but cod, porgies, ling, white hake, pollock and a few other species have been adding to the action.

Striped bass are still an option along the South Shore where big scores on small fish were the rule on Saturday, the last fishable day prior to this report. Keepers were extremely rare but the action was fast paced. Depending on who you spoke to, the largest concentrations of fish ranged from 50 to 90 feet of water. Worth noting is that targeting stripers beyond three miles from shore in the EEZ is illegal for those planning a final shot at bass this weekend. The Sound also has its share of short stripers but reports of some better quality fish continue to come from the waters around the Throgs Neck Bridge.

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Ken Hejducek - 70 days ago

My Joyce III Montauk, NY What a nice way to end the charter season with the Dave Salese group and friends! We had nice conditions today and they caught a load of quality blackfish up to 9lbs. We also had a bunch of nice sea bass to 3lbs, only 4 keeper cod, a few pollack and some scup in the mix. The rods were bent all day and overall it was a great day. Thanks guys! The My Joyce family would like to thank everyone for a great season! And we wish everyone a happy and healthy holiday season! We look forward to see you all in 2019!

- 75 days ago

Herring came in on Saturday Far Rockaway Debs Inlet Reynolds chanel

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