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Posted By Fred Golofaro, December 16, 2019
Cod will be drawing increased attention as we approach the new year. Photo courtesy of the Laura Lee Fleet.

Catches of herring numbering over 100 were reported from the Coney Island and Canarsie piers this past weekend according to Frank at Bernie’s Bait & Tackle in Sheepshead Bay. In recent years, the west end of the Island from Magnolia Pier to the Brooklyn piers has been the most consistent producer of herring.

For those who like to do their fishing from the deck of a boat, offshore wreck trips out of
Shinnecock, Captree, Point Lookout, Freeport and Sheepshead Bay are producing good mixed bag catches of jumbo sea bass, porgies, cod, haddock, bluefish, pollock and ling, and any combination of these species when the weather cooperates. Out in Montauk, the Viking Fleet and a couple of charter boats have been kept from getting on the Block Island grounds by poor weather and rough sea conditions. Sea bass, blackfish, porgies and cod are there when they can get to them.

Inshore wrecks and reefs are still yielding some keeper tog but those in deeper water have been producing the best action. The last day of the New York Bight (South Shore) tog season is this Sunday, December 22. It closed on Long Island Sound back on December 9. Striped bass season closed on the 15th but you can still play catch and release if you haven’t already had your fill of the little guys.

On the freshwater side, Connetquot River State Park Preserve continues to surrender good numbers of quality rainbows and brook trout to flyrodders working the river and main pond within the park.

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