When You Can Fish… They are There!
I suspect I’m not the only one who learned how windy Long Island is AFTER they bought a boat! I grew up on Long Island and it wasn’t until I invested 100’s of thousands of dollars in the boating/fishing industry that I realized how darn windy Long Island is.
Now that the fishing is starting to get HOT, we can’t get out. Everyday it seems the wind is blowing 15mph to 30mph with seas in excess of 4ft high.
The good news is that keeper Fluke are moving onto the reefs and the offshore pieces like the Cholera Bank. Knucklehead Black Sea Bass are here, but you have to be able to get out to fish them. This may be one of the better sharking seasons in the past 5 years…but again, it’s not fun setting out your spread in 4’ seas. Tuna may have cooled off near shore, but the bite is solid in deeper waters, but you need a Navy Battleship to reach them in these conditions.
As I use my Windfinder App I don’t really see any daylight in the next week, so I have to be hopeful that by mid to end of July will shape up to be better.
The focus needs to be about the bay while we battle these current ocean conditions. It’s a great time to sharpen your skills and do some hunting. This means you have to pay attention to the tide and venture off into the state channels. Go a little further west or go a bit further east and look for those back bay drop-offs that hold some bait. Find the bait and you’ll find the fish. Weakfish is still a decent bite and there has been a good Fluke bite on the north side of the bay from Freeport to Mastic. Most of the action is around the marshes. There is no 1 specific spot that I can tell you to fish. You have to put the work in, drift the shoals, the holes and the drop offs… Use FRESH bait to enhance your chances and keep it SIMPLE. You should always have clam, spearing and squid on your boat.
Better Weather/Conditions are coming… I mean eventually…
If you need a long or short haul…. Reach out to our friends at Hippie Chic. Chris does an awesome job.
We have switched over inshore reels over to Canyon Reels. We are having a blast with their 2000 Backwater Spinning Reel. It’s one tough little guy..
If you can’t get out onto the water. Tune in to Kidcochiese Outdoors on YouTube. Capt. Mark does a great job providing tips and tricks and his editing is pretty entertaining…