Fishing Report: Temperatures are perfect for striped bass

Sun, 11/15/2015 - 8:15pm

The conditions for large striped bass have been perfect for a few weeks already. Slightly higher water temps were probably what was to blame for their late arrival, but it looks like they’re here now. The stripers are not the only targeted species right now, either. There is plenty to do.

Boaters are for the most part bottom fishing around the island. Large scup and October-like black seabass populations are still being caught on the south and west sides of the island, using mostly fluke rigs with squid. Good-sized blackfish (tautog) are also being pulled up on the east side near Old Harbor Point. Birds have been seen working inside New Harbor, as well as the south side, which is probably because of the bluefish or a few pods of lingering false albacore.

From shore, the biggest attraction lately has definitely been the squid in both harbors. Similar to last year, the squid are in thick and they are huge! No need to even wait until night to get them, they seem to be around all day long regardless of tide. The squid have brought schoolie bass into old harbor at night in front of the National on the beach. Stick with smaller lures such as sluggos or small swimmers. The east beaches are still producing bass at night, but the bigger fish are being found now on the south side. Between Snake Hole and Southwest Point at night is where you’ll find them and you can go with either eels or larger lures such as needlefish.

Let’s take advantage of the delayed season and get out there and catch some big fish!