Long Island Sound Fishing Report Fishtankfacts.com The Long Island Sound fishing report for this week is a mixed bag. While Striper fishing was excellent early in the week, it cooled off a bit as the weekend approached. However, the Tautog and False albacore are still hanging on. Let’s take a look at the current state of the fishing in Port Jefferson.
Striper fishing was red hot early in the week then slowed toward the weekend
The fall run of stripers cracked wide open this week. The surf is packed with bass and everyone is chasing them. The surf has been especially good for cow bass, which can weigh 40 pounds. Besides the big stripers, schools of sand eels and peanut bunker have been hanging around the shoreline. Jigs have been getting a lot of attention. The action has also been great in the back bays. School of bunker pods on the south side of the harbor are also producing a lot of action.
Offshore, striper fishing on Long Island Sound has been excellent for the past few weeks. While bluefish and yellowfin fishing on draggers is slow, the bottom fishing is great. The fish can be caught using bucktails, jigs, soft plastics, and diamond jigs. Fluke fishing has also been productive this week.
The striped bass are migrating. They move huge distances within a short period of time. A study in 2014 found that stripers migrate up to nine days from one spot to another. But, their migration rate varies greatly. It’s important to know the migration rates of these fish to better understand how to find them and catch them.
The weather is warming up, so it’s time to head out on the water. The best times to fish are early in the morning or early evening when the sun is still low in the sky. This is also when water temperatures will be warm enough for the fish to begin spawning.
While Striper fishing was hot early in the week, it has slowed since the weekend. As fall approaches, the fishing should pick up again.
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Striper fishing is still good to excellent
The fall migration of stripers can occur quickly, moving large schools hundreds of miles in a matter of weeks. The cold snaps that occur in the fall also move large schools of baitfish into the migratory pattern, providing a tasty target for stripers. During the fall, striper fishing is still good to excellent, although the bite is not as consistent as in spring. Bright light conditions are still a key, and morning and evening are still best.
The east end of Long Island is one of the most famous surfcasting grounds in the world, and Montauk is the epicenter of the striper migration. This area offers shore fishing from a boat, allowing anglers to access deeper waters. The rocky fishing grounds, which are abundant in Montauk, are ideal habitat for Striped Bass. Anglers who are shorebound can also try fishing from a boat, but the best fishing is often found in more turbulent waters. The Elbow is another popular fishing spot, and striper up to 40 pounds have been caught there.
Long Island Sound offers a jaw-dropping array of fishing options. With a number of tributaries running into the Atlantic, the sound offers plenty of rocky and shallow fishing grounds. The region is also in the middle of the Striped Bass migration route. These beautiful fish are incredibly fun to catch and can grow to enormous size.
When fishing for stripers, anglers should keep the three-way rig about 4 feet off the bottom. When the sinker hits the bottom, anglers should cranked the reel handle two times. Anglers should also keep in mind that stripers feed in the upward direction, so they need to adjust their line to stay in the strike zone.
Tautog fishing is good to excellent
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission, or ASMFC, has conducted a study of the tautog fishery in Long Island Sound. It concluded that tautog are overfished and need more protection. In response, Connecticut is implementing management strategies to re-establish a sustainable tautog population. These measures include a new commercial harvest tagging program. In addition, the ASMFC is cracking down on the illegal live fish trade.
Tautog, also known as tog or blackfish, are a popular recreational fishery in Long Island Sound. These large, territorial fish live near rockpiles, sunken wrecks, inshore mussel beds, and other marine structures. They used to be bycatch but have become a target species for recreational fishermen. Anglers can use jigs, bank sinkers, and 2/0 hooks and leaders to catch these fish.
The best time to go tautog fishing is in the fall. Tautogs typically spend the winter offshore, feeding and spawning. As the water warms, they move inshore and feed on shallow rocks. The length of a tautog must be 16 inches to be considered legal.
Long Island Sound is home to more than 100 species of fish. Anglers can catch striped bass, bluefish, summer flounder, hickory shad, and black sea bass. There are also many opportunities to catch these fish by fishing in Connecticut’s coastal waters. Charter boats and party boats are available, and bait and tackle shops are located in many towns.
In late autumn and early winter, the rocky shorelines of Long Island Sound are a prime spot for tautog fishing. These areas contain numerous boulders that act as barriers against beach erosion. Consequently, tog can settle in these areas. The west end of the Sound has the best tog bite in early October, while the east side gets its best bite in early November. Most shoreline areas will feature a healthy mix of blackfish and white chins weighing eight to 10 pounds are also common.
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False albacore are still hanging on
False Albacore are still hanging on in the Sound and are starting to show up along the shorelines from Gardiners Island to Orient. Fishing for False Albacore has been excellent in recent weeks. You can target them with artificial baits and small baits. If you are looking to catch these fish, you will want to concentrate on creeks. Also, keep your eye out for Bunker (Menhaden), which are running in the creeks this week.
False albacore are a tough catch for the recreational angler, but they’re worth the effort if you know where to look. These fish are very fast and can move a long way, so you’ll need to find an artificial lure that matches the species’ coloring and silver sides. Also, keep an eye on the weather.
The False Albacore bite has been solid, particularly at the south side of Montauk. They’re also hanging around the south side of Fishers Island and in the eastern end of the Sound. Anglers should try blind casting jetties to maximize their chances of catching fish.
The fishing for tautog is also fair, but you’ll have to wait until colder nights until the small bait stealers leave the area. While you’re waiting for the temperatures to drop, you can try trolling for false albacore. Bonito are still around as well, and they’re feeding slow in schools. There are also a few reports of bluefin and yellowfin sharks south of Block Island.
When fresh from the surf, bonito and false albacore can look like twins. Bonito have a dark series of wavy horizontal lines on their upper flanks, while false albacore have a mottled iridescent pattern on their upper body.
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Blackfish season is closing soon
The blackfish season on Long Island Sound is quickly coming to a close. If you’re a newbie to fishing for blackfish, here are some tips that can help you land more fish. First, make sure you’re fishing near moving water. The blackfish will be more active during slack tide and when they’re on a moving current. Also, blackfish have two sets of teeth, the buck teeth used to pick up meals from perch and the molar-like teeth used to grind shells.
Blackfish love rocky bottoms and underwater obstructions. They need water temperatures between 50 and 60 degrees to thrive. During the spring and fall, blackfish migrate from deep waters to shallower waters. Throughout the summer and winter, blackfish stay in deeper waters. The fall run typically peaks around late October, but deeper action will continue until the end of December.
The New York Department of Conservation is looking into extending the blackfish season into the spring. Currently, the only blackfish season is the fall season, which runs from October 5 to December 14. Adding a spring season could make the blackfish season more exciting for anglers and for-hire captains.
If you are looking for some new fish to eat, try to find some blackfish. They’re a favorite among seafood lovers on the East Coast and all over the country. These fish are very tough to catch, but they’re well worth the effort. You can use either live or dead bait to catch them.
Fishing for blackfish in the water is a great way to enjoy the area’s natural beauty. Long Island’s beaches and creeks make for ideal fishing sites. There are also piers on the island that allow anglers to get a closer look at their quarry. Once you’ve caught your fish, don’t forget to take it home.