Flounder fishing continued to improve this week with limit catches a common occurrence.
This past week’s warmer weather has gotten the fishing going. The winter flounder fishing has been slow to start but it has been picking up with the western Sound having an edge on producing fish. Sandworms with clam chum have been the better choice for bait. Flounder should continue to pick up steam over the next couple of weeks. The eastern harbors like Mt. Sinai, Port Jefferson and Northport should start to produce more fish as the bait moves into the area and water continues to warm. The striper fishery opened on Saturday the 15th with a strong showing of fish from the Hudson River down towards Hempstead Harbor. Both bait and artificial lures have been producing equally well. The eastern harbors are just starting to produce some bass and it won’t be long before the whole North Shore is seeing decent numbers of fish. The bigger bass have been moving their way towards the Hudson River spawning grounds now. I have heard that the charter boats up in the river are already seeing some better fish. We should expect that the next couple of weeks will produce a good amount of schoolie size fish before the bigger fish, say 20 pounds and over, start moving into our area.