East End – The Fisherman

East End Fishing


On the fishing front, striped bass action on the East End remains red hot for boat anglers with some captains describing the fall action as the best in nearly two decades. Montauks rips are providing blitz-like action on a daily basis, with most of the fish falling to diamond jigs. Further west, the action has been more hit and miss with good and bad days, but some of the good days have been very, very good. In the surf, most areas are seeing a pick of fish with more consistent action as you go east. Blackfish season has been off to a fast start with numerous glowing reports of bag or near bag limit catches from boats, and even from shore. That’s good news for this Saturday’s Long Island Sound Blackfish Tournament with boundaries from the Whitestone Bridge to Orient Point. The entry fee is $60 per angler and the event benefits Cerebral Palsey of Long Island. There are cash prizes for the 16 largest tog. Register online at www.lisoundblackfishtournament.com. Surf fishermen can occupy themselves this weekend with the always popular South Shore Classic Surf Tournament. It kicks off at noon Friday and runs through noon Sunday. Prizes will presented for the three largest bass and blues, with $750 for first place in each category and tackle prizes for second and third place. Only fish within the 28 to 35-inch slot are eligible and must be weighed in by noon Sunday. The entry fee is $15 and the first 100 anglers at the close of the contest will receive a goody bag of Tsunami lures valued at double the entry fee. Enter and weigh-in at Captree Bait & Tackle. Deadline for entering is 9 a.m. Saturday. Proceeds from the contest go towards improving fishing access within Long Island State Parks. Boundaries are the West End 2 Jetty to the east jetty at Moriches Inlet.


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Report by Viking Fleet

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Aboard the Viking Starship, Capt. Dave reports excellent fishing on the Viking Starship in beautiful calm weather conditions this week as the fish bit great. A combo of scup, sea bass, and cod have be... More

Report by Fin Chaser

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Keith Williams of the Fin Chaser reports quite a productive Monday with limit a boat limit of jumbo sea bass, plenty of silver platter scup and some nice size cod. Tuesday saw anglers enjoy a fu... More

Report by Lazy Bones

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Aboard the Lazy Bones, bass fishing just can’t get any better as you can practically walk on the fish as the schools are so thick, wide and all over the place. Although I gave anglers heading onto th... More

Report by West Lake Marina

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Chris over at West Lake Marina reports striper fishing remains remarkable around the point and under the Lighthouse. Diamond jigs are the method of choice. During the week, a group of 4 caught 47 stri... More

Report by Sea Wife IV

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Tom of the Sea Wife IV reports on Sunday, Ralph DiMartino, Joe, Brian, John, Eric, and Ron bagged a slot sized striper limit before making the trip a 1/2 day due to increasing SE wind. Monday, A... More

Report by Moondance Charters

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Sal of Moondance Charters reports another busy week in amazingly nice weather and great fishing to match. The stripers are on the small side but they are everywhere with blues and albies mixed i... More

Report by November Rain Charters

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Captain Jill and Capt. Steve of November Rain Charters reports the week started off great with the Peter Wagenhauser group returning for yet another trip this season, this time for blackfish. The boys... More

Report by My Joyce III

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Kenny of the My Joyce III reports fall fishing at its finest. During the week Ken, Kane and his gang from New Jersey had a real blast with lock and load action on jumbo sea bass to 5-pounds, gia... More

Report by Top Hook Fishing Charters

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Steve of Top Hook Fishing Charters reports super blackfishing all week with easy boat limits each day to 7-pounds. Some sea bass are also mixed in with the blackfish. There are plenty of schooli... More

Report by Star Island Yacht Club

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

At Star Island Yacht Club, Mike reports bass fishing remains insane at the point as well as along the north and south sides. Diamond jigs remain the best and easiest method. Albacore and blues are eve... More

Report by My Mate

October 19, 2020 - 09:45:21

Capt. Pete Casale of the My Mate reports he is done for the season and on his way to Stuart Florida to chase sailfish, cobia, snappers and mahi. If you plan on going down by Stuart this winter and wou... More

Report by Ebb Tide

September 08, 2020 - 09:31:27

The Ebb Tide reports a good start Sunday morning with seven nice keepers and a 6.5-pound pool fluke for bashful Joanne with Bill lending moral support. The afternoon trip saw much better results with ... More

Sag Harbor

Report by Tight Lines Tackle

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Over at Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor, Ken Morse reports exceptionally good fishing in calm weather this week as customers checking back at the shop reporting great blackfish action off the north s... More

Hampton Bays

Report by Shinnecock Star

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

On the party boat Shinnecock Star, Capt. John reports that last Sunday’s offshore trip did produce plenty of big sea bass and big fat red hake. Pool winner was Jimmy Hall with a jumbo sea bass. Monda... More

Report by Molnar's Landing

October 19, 2020 - 09:45:21

Lanny at Molnar’s Landing was out fishing when I called him Sunday afternoon, fighting rough seas but picking away at a mix of bottom dwellers. The entire week was lost to strong winds and rough seas... More

Report by East End Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:37:39

Scott over at East End Bait and Tackle reports the fluke bite has really turned on in the bay. The bite was great west of the bridge but has now seemed to spread further to the eastern areas and near ... More


Report by Fishy Business

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Phil Kess of the Fishy Business reports the super fishing conditions on each trip this week. The Mayer group put a limit of tasty togs on ice to 7 ½-pounds. Tremendous short life along with a n... More

Report by Prime Time 3

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Mike Boccio of the Prime Time 3 reports the calm conditions and slow current this week equated to great all-day blackfish action with the best of it right around the change of tide. By days end,... More

Report by Nancy Ann

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Capt. Rich of the Nancy Ann reports the spectacular blackfishing continues with easy boat limits and catch and release every day this week in ideal conditions with fish to 8-pounds. The boat is booked... More


Report by Peconic Star Fleet

October 12, 2020 - 10:09:37

Capt. Dave Brennan of the Peconic Star Fleet reports he is now finished for the season and would like to thank everyone that sailed with them this year. Fortunately, the porgies chewed their heads off... More


Report by Mattituck Fishing Station

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Liz at Mattituck Fishing Station tells us fantastic tog fishing this week in shallow water. On Monday, my buddy Ron Suda along with his two buddies nailed over 100 blackfish, culling out 5 keepers. Th... More


Report by WeGo Bait and Tackle

October 26, 2020 - 09:45:47

Steve from WeGo Bait and Tackle reports the incredible fall run of blackfish, porgies, and sea bass continues along with good striper, blues, and little tunny in the Sound and in the Race. Moderate ti... More