Fishing report: Fish have arrived!
Happy summer, everyone!
The good news along with the arrival of the summer is that the fish are here, as well. All of the common species of fish and bait have found their seasonal home and the boaters, as well as shore fishermen, are catching them up.
From boat, eels are already being used for the striped bass. It's a little early in the year for eels, but they're working well. So far, those folks going for stripers have been sticking to the south side of the island in 40 to 80 feet on the moving tide. Fluke fishing is also good right now, but finding a keeper (18 inches) is a little more difficult. The west side is better for fluke this time of year. Going south from the New Harbor red bell buoy, you'll find fish in 30 to 60 feet of water in the sandier spots. There are some huge black seabass as well. (The season for seabass opened June 24.)
From shore, the reports have been surprisingly better than from the boats this past week. Basically, for striped bass, it's been plenty of small fish mixed in with a few large ones. You can find small schoolies almost anywhere right now when the sun sets. They are chasing really small bait, so try and match it with either a teaser fly on your lure, or smaller sized sluggo. Scup and fluke are in the Coast Guard Channel and you can catch them with small strips of squid.
So much to do around the island. Get out there!