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Thanksgiving weekend typically sees many anglers target stripers in boats and on the beaches, and this season will likely be no different given the number of stripers parading down Long Island’s southern shoreline as recently as Tuesday. Tuesday saw a mass movement of stripers and bunker within easy casting range of many beaches along the South Shore, and with plenty of fish still well to the east and north, the fishing will likely last well after Turkey Day. While the bulk of the fish will continue to be short of the 28-inch slot minimum, a surprising number of better quality fish were scattered among the little guys in some areas on Tuesday. And if you are still looking to get your fill of blackfish, The excellent action that has marked much of the fall season on the East End and North Shore shows no sign of letting up anytime soon. The weather might be the only drawback keeping you from getting your fill of tog. In Montauk, some cod and big sea bass are mixing with the blackfish, making for some fine mixed bag catches.


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East Moriches

Report by Back Bay Outfitters

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

Back Bay Outfitters in Moriches knows of bass running the open beach around the Moriches area. The shop will be closed for the winter and will reopen in May.... More

Report by Silly Lily Fishing Station

October 05, 2020 - 09:49:39

Jay at Silly Lily Fishing Station in East Moriches said the fluke season closed with a flurry of fish in the cuts. Many keepers were caught, along with plenty of action on shorts too. On Saturday ther... More

Center Moriches

Report by Center Yacht Club

November 09, 2020 - 09:41:36

James at Center Yacht Club in Center Moriches I heard there is a lot of bait sin the bay and stripers are on the prowl. Soft plastics and surface plugs will get the nod in the early a.m. along the edg... More


Report by Hampton Watercraft

November 23, 2020 - 09:33:10

At Hampton Watercraft in Eastport, Mike reported there are still some stripers around and wreck fishing for blackfish and sea bass is good when you can get outside. The marina and ship store will be o... More

Mastic Beach

Report by Dick's B&T

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

Dick's B&T knew of bass being trolled up in the ocean on umbrella rigs up to 26 inches. Diamond jigging has been effective too. Blackfish have been cooperating on the West jetty and reef. Plenty of s... More

Report by Arrest Spot Charters

November 23, 2020 - 09:33:10

From Capt. David Vlacich of Arrest Spot Charters out of Mastic Beach I learned the boat is now finished for the 2020 season and will return in the spring of 20121. Have a safe and happy holiday season... More


Report by Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle

November 09, 2020 - 09:41:36

In from Dick at Dick's B&T in Mastic Beach we learned that the striper action continues to please anglers with action in the inlet and ocean. The inlet is producing on clams, eels and other live baits... More


Report by J&J Sports

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

I spoke to Pablo at J&J Sports in Patchogue and he told me the local beaches were loaded with small stripers. He mentioned that one customer was able to pull a 35-inch fish out of the mess of schoolie... More


Report by Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

From Billy at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard the cold is officially here and striper season is dwindling off, but that doesn't mean that fishing is bad or the bite is off. Bigger f... More

Bay Shore

Report by Burnett’s Marina

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

Greg from Burnett's Marina in Bay Shore we heard the marina is now closed for the 2020 season and Greg would like to wish all his customers and suppliers a safe and happy holiday season. See you all i... More

Report by Willie K Bait & Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

From Kurt at Willie K Bait and Tackle in Bay Shore I heard there are still a few bass around, with fish taking jigs in the ocean. There are still some blackfish around, but as the waters cool, the fis... More

West Islip

Report by Saltwaters Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

Down at Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip Mike mentioned plenty of fish on the beach along the Moses and Demo stretch hitting tins and bucktails. The occasional slot fish has been coming up. One angler ... More


Report by Capt. Gillen

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

Capt. Gillen reports Sunday was the last trip for the 2020 season and they look forward to seeing you in Spring 2021. Stay healthy and be safe. They have gift certificates available all year long. Go ... More

Report by Laura Lee Fleet

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

The Laura Lee Fleet fished their last week of striped bass. Each trip saw anywhere from 50-100 stripers. Most fish were undersized. Thursday 12/3/2020 they start offshore GIANT sea bass every day, wea... More

Report by Fishfinder II

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

Captain Walter of the Fishfinder II reports Friday the 12 noon bass trip saw a steady pick of keeper and short stripers. Over 150 fish were caught and released. Fishing was done in the Inlet area.... More

Report by Captree Bait and Tackle

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

Brenden at Captree Bait and Tackle Shop on Captree Island reported that there are tons of dogfish around hitting Diamond Jigs and live eels! Heh, they make a nice bend in the rod as well, so the actio... More

Report by Ocean Vue Charters

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

Stephan of Ocean Vue Charters reported the boat will continue offering charters for bass and bottomfish until around the first week of December, where it will go down south to NC to fish for giant blu... More

Report by Capt. Rod

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Capt. George from the Capt. Rod reported the fluke action was good all week with a lot of action and pool fish to 5 pounds. The fluke season closes the 30th, so come on down for one last shot at catch... More


Report by Babylon Fishing Station

November 23, 2020 - 09:34:34

At Babylon Fishing Station I heard a few anglers fished Saturday and had a mess of short bass. The shop is now closed for the winter and will return in April. Have a great holiday season and be safe. ... More

Report by Top Gun Sportfishing Charters

November 16, 2020 - 09:32:36

From Capt. Scott Leonard of Top Gun Sportfishing Charters out of Babylon I heard the blackfish action in Montauk has been rock solid with many keepers. On the bass front, Capt. Scott said the place is... More

West Babylon

Report by Bergen Bay Docks

November 09, 2020 - 09:41:36

At Bergen Bay Docks in Babylon, I heard from Scott who reported the striped bass action continues to please anglers fishing the ocean and just inside the inlet of Fire Island. For the most part, the b... More

Amity Harbor

Report by Bob's Bait and Tackle

November 30, 2020 - 15:08:43

I spoke to Bob at Bob's Bait and Tackle and he told me small bass in the ocean from the boat and beach are being caught on diamond jigs and small tins during the early mornings. The reef still has bla... More