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Posted By Fred Golofaro, January 6, 2020
Long Island anglers are hoping for a solid cod run this winter, along with some help from the weatherman.
With sea bass and porgy seasons wrapping up on New Year’s Eve day, cod will be the focus of open boat anglers for the rest of this month, with pollock, ling and haddock possibly mixing in. The weather kept East End and South Shore open boats tied to the dock this past weekend, but both the Super Hawk and Capt. Dave managed decent catches of cod on Friday. Out east, the Viking Fleet and the Montauk charter boat Sea Wife IV are targeting cod this month. Along the South Shore, cod are being targeted by the Laura Lee out of Captree, Super Hawk out of Pt. Lookout and the Sheepshead Bay based Capt. Dave.
Herring fishing remains strong on the west end of the South Shore with the best fishing occurring on the Coney Island and Canarsie piers, and to a lesser degree on Magnolia Pier in Long Beach. On the North Shore, we are hearing scattered reports of herring coming from inside Cold Spring Harbor, Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Harbor. In most places, the best of the action is taking place during dusk.
White perch are another wintertime option in the Island’s tidal waters, among them the Connetquot and Carmans rivers. Ultra-light tackle and 1/8 or 3/16-ounce jigs tipped with a curly tail grub or nightcrawler are the ticket to scoring with this relative to the striper.
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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