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HERRING ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Posted By Fred Golofaro, December 9, 2019
HERRING ARRIVE IN TIME FOR THE HOLIDAYS
Jumbo scup like this one caught aboard the Super Hawk are making up the mixed bag action being enjoyed by South Shore open boats making offshore wreck trips.
Once again, offshore wreck trips out of ports like Shinnecock, Captree, Point Lookout, Freeport and Sheepshead Bay are a very good bet to produce jumbo sea bass, porgies, cod, haddock, bluefish, pollock and ling, or any combination of these species. Out in Montauk, the Viking Fleet and a couple of charter boats continue to rack up good catches of sea bass, blackfish, porgies and cod near Block Island.
Inshore wrecks and reefs are still yielding some keeper tog but those in deeper water have been producing the best action. Tog season on the South Shore runs through December 22 (It is closed in Long Island Sound) so you still have time to put some tasty fillets away for winter. Small stripers continue to bend rods along South Shore ocean beaches but keepers are non-existent and angler effort is way down with the cold temperatures.
The best news, especially for those looking to pickle some herring for the holidays, is that they arrived in good numbers in many areas around the Island this week, and tackle shops were reporting Sabiki Rigs flying of the shelves. By most reports, the best action has been during low light periods like dawn and sunset.
 
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