Where to Find ‘Em BY TOM ROCK May 13, 2005
1. Western Long Island Sound: Chris from Westchester nailed a 49-pound striper while chunking in Little Neck on Saturday, according to Jack’s B&T on City Island, where they’ve also had a couple of other 40-pounders in the last week. Most of the big fish are on chunks near the bridges. R&G in Port Washington reported decent flounder action with fish to 2.5 pounds in the back of Manhasset Bay.
2. Huntington/Northport bays: Fluke action has been improving by the day, but the water is still a few degrees shy of optimal. There are plenty of squid to lure the big fish, and the James Joseph out of Huntington reports that fresh bait makes a huge difference. Some bigger bass are moving in, according to Four Winds, but the majority of the action is on schoolies and some bluefish are mixing in.
3. Smithtown Bay: The flounder action is perking up as Swaine’s reported that Charles Busch had fish to 3 pounds on worms and heavy chum in Stony Brook Harbor. Steve Lackos had a 32-inch striper on clam bait in Stony Brook last weekend, but most of the action has been on short fish using worms.
4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: Rocky Point Fishing Stop reports a lot of small stripers on local beaches using plugs, tins and rubber lures, and some weakfish are popping up. The keeper fluke are showing up, but the action is still a stride slow on the big fish. Keeper blackfish are around, but stay out of Connecticut waters where the season is closed.
5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: After looking at the bait for the last few weeks, the fluke started biting Wednesday, according to Capt. Dave on the Peconic Star. Barry Howell from Brooklyn had an 8.35-pounder and Charlie Veltri of New Jersey had a 7.55. A few bass have shown up in the Race. And anglers are shoulder-to-shoulder on the docks fishing for squid to use as both bait and food.
6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: John Pagliaro had a 29.95-pound bass Wednesday using a silver popper off Shelter Island, according to Wego Fishing. Maybe he’ll get a 30-pounder next time out. Squid and spearing have been taking fluke off the Greenlawns – Lucian Nita had a 6.78-pounder there – and Roger Walz hit a 10.5-pound weakfish off the Greenport Dock using squid earlier this week.
7. Montauk Point: The fluking is steadily improving, and with all of the bait in the water, it would be hard not to. Freddie’s reports some good action on stripers and bluefish, both of which should take off in the upcoming days. And the squid in the water is making folks fill up on calamari.
8. Shinnecock Bay: When the conditions are good, the fishing is great. The Shinnecock Star had non-stop action Wednesday with fluke to 7 pounds and some bluefish mixed in. The day before, they had a decent pick of fluke in bad conditions, along with some sea bass. Anglers have been hitting the inlet for keeper bass and blues.
9. Moriches Bay: Flounder action typically picks up this time of the year and Rob Crawford and John Wachter had 15 flatties to 3.5 pounds north of buoy 30, according to Silly Lily’s. Gary at the store said the outgoing tide is working the best now, but a few warm days should switch that around. Bluefish and weakfish are in the Narrows and some small weakfish have been taken in Forge River.
10. Great South Bay/Fire Island Inlet: It’s definitely fluke season now. Capt. Neil from the Laura Lee in Captree said the boat has been picking up 200 or more fluke each half-day trip this week, with better numbers on the flood tide and generally bigger fish on the ebb. Two anglers, Tom Lee and Joe Santore, limited out Tuesday, with most of the action near the bridge. The stripers and bluefish are still biting hard and some weakfish have been around.
11. Jones Inlet/Western Bays: The fluke action has been good with a few more bluefish than many bottom anglers would want to see. The cocktail blues have been taking a lot of fluke baits on the way down.
Scotty’s in Point Lookout reported that Billy Magale had a 3.5-pound fluke from a rental skiff using squid and spearing. Most of the fluke are short by about an inch, but there are some keepers and very good action.
12. East Rockaway Inlet: Bill Perlman and crew on the Valiant reported eight striped bass on the Rockaway Reef using whole fresh clams, according to Bay Park Fishing Station. Macy’s Channel has had anglers picking small bluefish on bucktails with some small bass mixed in. Bunker chunks in the creeks have yielded larger fish.
13. New York Bight: The fluke bite that was ferocious about a week ago has been dialed down to very good, which is still saying something. The tides this coming week should be primed for some good bass fishing in the evenings; most of the good action this past week was around dawn. And bluefish are flooding into the area, providing strong-wristed anglers a nice workout.
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