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Posted By Fred Golofaro, January 20, 2020
Gianni Giorgini decked this big cod aboard the Viking Star on Saturday, 1/18/20.

Finally, the long awaited winter cod bite took hold this past week, as a couple of good weather days on Wednesday and Saturday produced a surge in cod action, especially on the East End. There was also some decent action reported from a couple of South Shore boats. The Viking Fleet saw two very good days and the Laura Lee Fleet saw some good action on offshore wrecks. Most herring reports continue to come from the western end of the Island, particularly Magnolia, Canarsie and Coney Island piers. The better white perch action appears concentrated in the tidal creeks between the Connetquot and Carmans rivers along the South Shore.

On the freshwater side, some of the Island’s lakes and ponds have been yielding catch and release action for pickerel and largemouth bass, while others are producing some holdover trout from last fall’s stocking. Belmont Lake State Park received an unexpected dose of stocked trout from the Connetquot hatchery last week which produced a nice flurry of action. Connetquot River State Park Preserve continues to produce some nice quality rainbows and a good number of brook trout.


If you are looking for some indoor sport this week, the New York Boat Show is in town beginning Wednesday and running through Sunday. It will be docked at the Javits Convention Center. Be sure to stop by The Fisherman booth and say hello. The New York Coalition for Recreational Fishing Flea Market takes place on Saturday at the Hibernian Hall in Babylon from 8:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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