July 26, 2006
Hats off to an island treasure that is celebrating 40 years this month, The Fisherman Magazine, a tradition since 1966 when our local anglers pursued a voice for their catches and the result was . . . well, history. In 1966, the magazine's founder, Ralph Reina coagulated a collection of timely reports on the best places to drop your hook. Yes, it's become a piece of local history and a good one at that.
Reina knew what his public was looking for, so he served them a platter of how-to and where-it-took-place; eventually, The Long Island Fisherman was born. We tip our hats to them and wish them at least another 40 years covering the local scene. Due to their originality, we now have a plethora of web sites that feed daily, often detailed reports with the most current fishing info that anyone could hope to peruse through.
Steve at WeGo Fishing Bait and Tackle in Southold reported that there were bluefish almost everywhere you could imagine. Plum Gut, Pigeon's Rip and the Race were the most notable spots, especially if you diamond jigged on light bucktails by day. Those blues continued their feeding frenzies.
The striped bass action picked up on the night bite and the use of live eels kept them jumping out of the water. Dark bucktails at night have also been successful. Steve said we should all, "go east for fluke, where the bite is best on squid and spearing for sand eels and live killies." Visit the shop in Southold for the freshest and largest variety of live baits in our area.
Steve also reported that the biggest porgies of the 2005 season can now be found in the Long Island Sound, particularly off Horton's Point and the Sluiceway by Little Gull Island. He noted that fluking was excellent by Gardiners.
The most interesting weigh-ins of the week came out of WeGo in Southold as a group of young anglers from Ireland visited our local shores and experienced for the first time the thrill of reeling up some big fish. When it was all over and done, young Daniel McShane of Belfast, and his buddies had scored big time. Daniel took home a 27.75-pound striper while Manny Caddell and Jordan McIlldeen reeled in 17 and 16.25-pounders. As Steve said, "You could not believe the smiles on the faces of these youthful fishermen."
WeGo had other impressive weigh-ins this past week with Tom Caruso, both Jr. and Sr., grabbing fluke of 6.45 and 8.15-pounds by Gardiners. Chris Pappas had a 30-pound striped bass on live eels off a boat north of Horton's Point on a day bite this week. Mike Nistazos took a very impressive 35-pound striper on live eels while Kevin Steindl had two fluke beauties; a 7.70 and an 8.55-pounder off Shelter Island between there and Greenport Harbor.
Bill and Linda at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck reported that blues were a big event this past week, especially if you fished near buoy #17 on diamond jigs. Bill said that porgies and weakfish could be easily had by buoy # 22 and in the stretch of water just due east of it. Locals refer to this spot as the shark hole; it's in approximately 70 feet of water.
Bill said that snappers are beginning to show up in all the creeks and in the tidal flats along the bays. His biggest news was that fluking had made a serious comeback and the pipelines along the Northville sound area were a recent hotspot. Bailey's Beach had also become a flurry of on and off action, depending upon the moon phases and tides.
Out at Montauk, posted reports from the Noreast.com website noted that porgy fishing was on the upswing while fluke fishing heralded back into the forefront. One boater off Montauk, just east of the point, logged in a report noting that there was an awesome scup bite with some jumbo 3.2-pounders weighed in while schoolie bass got scrambled in with the scup rigs.
Capt. Dave of the Viking Fleet had a red hot day on Saturday with some nice stripers that also came aboard. Out on the North Fork, a private boater logged on to the Noreast.com site, noting that he had fished with his 9 year old nephew near Rogers Rock and had caught and released more than 30 porgies in two hours. Clams were the key to success, but the best part, for them, was waving goodbye to those fat scup that lived to fight another day.
Out at Shinnecock, fluking picked up big time as one angler logged onto the Noreast sight and reported having fished east of the inlet to reel in fish to 6.5-pounds. The action is fast and furious out there these days.
Another angler worked off the bulkhead on Friday, just off the Canal, using chicken legs and the results were some quite large blue claw crabs. Next week, I'll spend some time extolling the merits of these tasty crustaceans and how to get them.
So anglers, the weather seems to be finally cooperating and so are the fish.
Good Fishin' to all of you!