Fishing Report

  Posted on June 22, 2012

       In the midst of this heat wave, the only respite on Island is on or near the water.  Well, the fishing is great, which means you should be on the water…so we do not want to hear anyone complain about the heat…

Water temperatures on the north shore and in the harbor are north of 60 degrees, which means Bass are being a bit skittish during the day. This does not mean they are not there, but they are being a bit more picky.  Think about yourself when it gets hotter (not hard to imagine this week), you tend to become a bit more lethargic, maybe even a little grumpy.  So while I was floating in the harbor yesterday, I saw a hundred or more fish in a two hour stretch, but was only able to get a handful to bite.  A little frustrating, but not bad in my mind…  At the same time, these fish, while picky during the day, are very active at night.  A good friend, Jim Cook, was at Brant Point an evening this week and saw big bass rolling all over the surface. The only thing that brought them down was the late boat coming in.  Those fish are at the jetties, deep in the harbor and on the north shore.  Focus on using soft baits, and if they are still a little finicky, add a bit of weight to get them down.  Non-lipped swimming plugs are also a good option and do not be afraid to have a small surface plug handy if they are on top. Nothing better than this…
Thinking about the heat again, many of the bass have migrated to the cooler waters to the east and south of the Island. Basically, they are looking for Air Conditioning.  The waters are much cooler and as a result they are much more active. In the evening, we’ve heard very good reports of fish caught all along the eastern shore and around through Madaquecham all of the way to Madaket. Fish over 40″ have been reported…  People always ask where to fish, and this is a tough question to answer.  All of the major accessible beaches are holding fish now, it is just a matter of finding the deeper water.  Our advice is to always go scout during a bright day, stand on top of the dune and you won’t miss the deep troughs in the beach. If you don’t have this luxury, head out to your favorite beach and do the “walking man.” Cast and walk and you’ll find pockets that hold fish.  Bring a head lamp and pliers, and remember not to get into the water, these fish are on the edge.  If you really want to see fish be active, especially during the day, go turn on the fan for the fish. Go fish the rips- where the water is moving very quickly!  (I know, the metaphors are getting old, but maybe it might make sense for a few more people…)  The eastern rips are still holding a lot of Bass and HUGE blues.  Pete Kaizer, a respected captain fishing from downtown, led a client to 47″ bass. Wow…  The northeast wind we had all week has kept colder water in and around the Island- which will only extend our inshore fishery…
Bluefish are around the Island in big numbers and very fun. These fish can be targeted from the beach or from the boat.  The South shore and east side of the Island have big schools of fish, feeding on the surface and Great point is flat-out loaded…  Dionis still seems to be a hot spot in the evening. Surface plugs are seeing more action, but I would still have a Hopkins in my bag just in case.


Bottom fishing has heated up and Fluke and Sea Bass are starting to hit the dock. Folks still are not fishing this fishery much due to the success of the bass fishery, but if you want to change gears a bit, it will be worth it.


Lastly, we are going to making a big effort this summer to collect photos and videos from everyone.  This is our 49th anniversary and we are planning something special for year 50!  We’ll keep reminding you all summer, but we would love to have as many photos and videos as possible. So if you have memories that you want to share please send them.  (we would also welcome great fishing stories from the last 49 years as well.)

 

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