by Al “Big Time” Daniels
Everyone has been suffering from the intense heat of late. There have been high temperatures and a lot of humidity. It has definitely taken its toll on the fishing. With bay water temps almost 80 degrees the fish have been looking for some cooler water. The mainstay porgies are hanging in there, but the size is down considerably. A nice fish is about 13″ with a lot of undersized fish being thown back. For good action chum heavy. There are even a few kingifsh in the mix in Noyac Bay.
Locally fluke fishing is a short affair. Anglers are not even trying. They are heading outside to Gardiner’s and Montauk. There are keepers at Gardiner’s but the ocean bite has been better. Limits of five to seven pound fish have been common. There is a better fluke bite south of Shinnecock. A bonus to the ocean fluke fishing has been a good number of seabass. Bluefish are scarce with cocktail sized fish showing at Jessups. A few larger blues are at Plum Gut. At times for the casters there are breaking fish under birds taking diamond jigs and
Striped bass fishing consists of taking the ride to the Gut or Race. Night tides have bigger fish and fewer bluefish. Ocean beaches have been quiet for the surfcasters as well. The one bright spot as the water temps get warm: those summer weakfish are still biting. Predawn has been best with fish up to eight pounds taking squid on hi/lo rigs.