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Tony Salerno

May 20, 2024 - 07:22:38

The striped bass have pretty much dominated the open waters of Long Island Sound as well as the bays and harbors that line the North Shore4 coastline. The bass continue to flush out of the East and Hudson Rivers feasting on quite a myriad of baitfish seeking refuge in the marshes, sod banks and the brackish feeder creeks spilling into the bays and harbors. Currently sand eels, spearing, bay anchovies, peanut bunker and mantis shrimp have all taken residence in the sheltered waters, while adult bunker and both chub and Boston mackerel enjoy the freedom of swimming in the open waters of the Sound. While chub mackerel have been common in the surrounding waters of Long Island for the past several seasons, Capt. Pat Barrett of Shamrock Charters sent me pictures of Boston mackerel his patrons caught while bottom fishing for porgies. Sue at Miller Place Bait and Tackle also relayed word of their customers catching both chub and Boston’s this past week. Boston mackerel correctly named Atlantic mackerel were super abundant during the 1970s and 80s along both the Long Island Sound and in the ocean waters of the Northeast during mid-April to mid-May. Anglers would line up shoulder to shoulder along the rails of the party and charter boats sailing from the New Jersey shore to as far up north to Maine where anglers would fill two or three burlap sacks full of Macks during the short-lived season. Then in the early 1990s just like a flip of switch the spring run no longer materialize. They were not overfished, they suddenly stopped migrated inshore and stayed offshore. Lets keep our fingers crossed that just as the sea bass and weakfish, the Atlantic mackerel season will once again take hold during the spring. As for the arrival of our other friends, fluke has been slow coming out of the gate with the exception of inside Little Peconic Bay around Shelter Island where anglers are seeing a much better fluke run than the past several years. Porgy fishing has busted wide open inside the Peconic’s with fast and easy limits of large to jumbo scup. Meanwhile along the Sound catches has been spotty with some areas producing excellent fishing, while other areas have not come to life as of yet. Anyone looking for some squid, the docks around Greenport are still producing under the lights at night. Please keep in mind that the squid fishing has been hot and cold. Therefore you may want to put some serious thought of making the long hike if you live west close the city.

May 13, 2024 - 09:23:11

With the exception of striped bass, it has been feast or famine on most present species depending on where you fished. Peconic Bay’s porgy fishing busted wide open late this past week and weekend. Capt. Paul of the Peconic Star Fleet reported porgy fishing is as good as it gets whereas Capt. Mark of the Celtic Grace also fishing inside the Peconic’s reports a good steady bite with many double headers filling out creels to 3 pounds. Many of the Southold, Greenport and Orient Point charter boats has also been cashing in on the action as the scup is only 10 to 20 minutes off any North Fork dock. The scup are spread from the Middle Grounds east of Jessup Neck and extending west to Rogers Rock west of Robins Island. When conditions permit drifting high/low rigs baited with clam or worms is an ideal way to find and stay on the porgies, however anchoring and chumming works equally as well. A few weakfish, bluefish and fluke are also finding their way into the chum slick and into the cooler. Speaking of fluke, the first few days of the fluke opener witnessed some of the best fishing with quality keeper flatties to 8 pounds. Unfortunately, the grand bite was short lived, lasting only 3 days before the fluke left the area by the Old Oyster Factory and the Green Lawns. Suspicion are that the flatties headed west into Flanders Bay where there is a massive population of butterfish and spearing taken hold of the area, which both baitfish are on the fluke shortlist of delectable. A few weakfish and blues are also in the mix with scup, while striped bass can be found just about anywhere at anytime in both the Peconic’s and at Plum Gut and The Race. As for the remainder of the North Shore, striped bass rules the roost from East River to The Race. On the other end of the spectrum porgy and fluke fishing has been spotty and for the most part, slow. Squid fishing at the Greenport Railroad Dock is in full swing, but you must arrive there early as its been shoulder to shoulder fishing the past few nights since the fishing has been quite good as of late.