Aboard the Capt. Al in Point Lookout Capt. Tom Weiss reported they will continue sailing daily at 6 a.m. for cod, ling and mackerel, weather permitting of course. Call 516-623-2248 to confirm sailing schedule if the weather is questionable.
Best Bet: It's time to put cod on the rod. The bite in the Montauk area has been rock solid with many sharpies filling their coolers with a limit of keepers. Closer to the West End you can sail on the Starstream VIII in Freeport every Saturday in January, the Capt. Al and Super Hawk in Point Lookout, or the Capt. Dave III in Sheepshead Bay. The by catch on these trips sometimes include ling and Pollock. The following charter boats will also be searching the cod grounds; the Reel Challenge in Seaford, Miss Beryl Charters in Long Beach and the No Time in Oceanside. Finally, unlike their springtime cousins, the winter mackerel may very likely grace us with an appearance so have your rigs ready for the "big mack attack." Aboard the Capt. Al in Point Lookout Capt. Tom Weiss told me his runs to the cod grounds found a few fish on the inshore areas along with some ling and some mackerel. Full day trips for cod depart daily at 6 a.m. and return at 4 p.m.
Aboard the Capt. Al in Point Lookout Capt. Tom Weiss told me the catch was 90 per cent blackfish with a handful of cod, some porgies and some sea bass with shorts and a few keepers. The 'tog action saw a decent pick on most days on fish to 8-pounds. They preferred the flood tide and were hitting green and white crabs. The Annual Thanksgiving Day Special will sail from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full day trips for blackfish depart daily at 6:30 a.m.
Aboard the Capt. Al in Point Lookout Capt. Tom Weiss told me fishing was different every day. On Monday he sailed offshore with seven fares and they whaled away on loads of sea bass and scup. The next day in the same area the porgies were gone but the sea bass were biting. Some sharpie limited out. Wednesday saw five fares pick away at 'tog on the inshore reefs. It was offshore again on Thursday for a few sea bass, a 12-pound cod and a few ling. On Friday to Sunday it was a pick at blackfish in the 40 to 60-ft. depths. On Sunday Larry Gilmore limited out and grabbed pool honors with an 8-pounder. The Annual Thanksgiving Day Special will sail from 6 a.m. to 2 p.m. Full day bottom fishing trips for blackfish depart at 6:30 a.m.