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PORGIES OFF TO A GOOD START

Posted By Bob Danielson, May 14, 2017
PORGIES OFF TO A GOOD START
Porgy fishing has gotten off to a good start in Long Island Sound.

There was an ASMFC meeting held this past week in Virginia. One thing everyone should pay attention to is the current status of blackfish. The latest stock assessment discussed last week has the fish being overfished and the region consisting of Long Island Sound on both sides will need to take another reduction in harvest. The latest reduction numbers I have seen were between 45 and 55%. One of the possible regulations that were discussed was 1 fish at 16 inches with a season of early October through mid-December. There will be several hearings scheduled up and down the affected coast this coming June so try and get to one of the hearings or send in written comments regarding the new addendum to the management plan to blackfish.

Now onto better news, the fluke season opens this coming Wednesday and that is where we can expect a lot of effort being directed over the next several weeks. We have gotten more than a couple of reports of some decent fluke already being caught from one end of the Sound to the other. The fish should be in shallow water down to 20 feet or so until the water starts to warm up. Look to bounce bucktails tipped with squid or a spearing or my favorite, a Gulp Alive swimming mullet. A squid and spearing combination bait will also work. Just look at all the fish this classic bait has caught over the past 50 years. The porgy fishing is getting off to a very good start as well with plenty of fish up to three pounds being caught locally. Flounder fishing is still holding its own with fish up to 21 inches being landed. The striper fishing is getting better with several fish over 30 pounds getting weighed in. It seems the bigger fish are falling for fresh bunker chunks which shouldn’t really surprise anyone. There are plenty of fish falling for artificial lures though so I wouldn’t stop fishing plugs just quite yet. There have been several reports of bluefish making their way into the North Shore reports this week. Several fish were taken on the east end and there have been some taken towards the city too. Scattered reports of weakfish have been coming in all over as well.

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