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Old Fishing Reports

Old Fishing Reports for Manhasset Bay

and Western Long Island Sound


Fishing Reports from the past.

Great for reference as to what may be going on or what may be coming up.

2014
Manhasset Bay Fishing Report Sept. 5
Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 8:18 PM – Sunset 7:21 PM

Saturday High 9:07 AM and 9:29 PM
Sunrise 6:27 AM, Sunset 7:19 PM
Sunday High 10:07 AM and 10:28 PM

Sunrise 6:28 AM, Sunset 7:17 PM

Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 75.1 (deg. F)

Note: You can get your hunting licenses at Atlantic Outfitters!  We sell hunting and fishing licenses.

General report – Story continues to be snappers, snappers, and more snappers.  They are everywhere and are a good size for eating.  Blue fishing has been good.  Striper bite has been hit or miss.  Fluke bite continues to be good.  Porgie fishing on the North side of the Sound has been good.  Still looking for those bonito... 

Fly fishing – The abundance of snappers means lots of flies with chewed up tails.  Clousers and weighted flies fished along the bottom helps keep the snappers away.  Rain and hot weather has made for cloudy/ stained water.  Not the normal coffee color but close in some areas.  Choose flies with brighter colors.  Be sure to have some epoxy minnows in green and chartreuse in case you come across some bonito.  Make sure to have some wire tippet for blues and bonito.  Found some bones mixed with blues in the middle of the Sound to the East.

Fluke – It has been the summer of fluke!  Great fluke fishing continues with Hart Island and Kings Point producing some great fish.  Spearing stocks have gotten better, we are now getting some medium size local spearing which are better for fluking.  No spearing; bunker strips, gulp, and snappers are excellent fluke bait if you don’t have spearing.

Stripers – Warm water temps has made for mediocre striper fishing.  Night bite continues to be the best.  Lots of schoolies under the flood lights at the end of docks in the mouth of the Bay.  Early AM is good also but you have to be out at sun up, action stops around 9 AM.

Bluefish – Again, snappers, snappers, snappers… Lots of 5 to 7” snappers during the daytime. Blues are all over with mini blitzes popping up all around the Bay.

Porgy fishing – Lots of porgies on the North side of the sound.  Big porgies are being taken North and East of Matinecock.  Remember to chum… chum… chum to really do well.

Clamming – Clam grounds are open at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor.  The clamming grounds run from Prospect Point to the Falaise Mansion in Sands Point Preserve and across the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to the breakwater at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and out to Matinecock Point.  So if you want to clam on the beach in Port Washington you can go to Sands Point Preserve and clam in the water off the beach.  If you walk past the preserve ground on the beach you must walk below the high tide line.  Above the high tide line is private property of the upland land owner.  Please be courteous.

Fisherman’s tip:  Same as last week because this is really important.  If you didn’t know we recently had a boat fire and death in the bay because of this.  When fueling a boat with an inboard motor, don’t rely on your blower to vent the fumes.  Always, always, always… did I say always, open a hatch and always open and sniff inside the bilge before starting the engine.  When fueling you should always have a hatch open so you can smell if fuel is going into your bilge.  Rotted or loose fuel tank vent lines can quickly dump fuel into your bilge.

 

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John

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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report August 29-31 and Sept. 1
Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 1:45 PM – Sunset 7:32 PM

Saturday High 2:06 AM and 2:25 PM
Sunrise 6:20 AM, Sunset 7:31 PM
Sunday High 2:50 AM and 3:10 PM

Sunrise 6:21 AM, Sunset 7:29 PM

Monday High 3:39 AM and 3:59 PM

Sunrise 6:22 AM, Sunset 7:27 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 74.2 (deg. F)

Note:  Happy Labor Day!  We are open 8 to 4 on Labor Day Monday!!

General report – Snappers, snappers, and more snappers.  They are everywhere.  Fluke bite is still good but you have to throw back a lot of shorts before you get keepers.  Porgie fishing on the North side of the Sound has been good.  Anyone seen and bonito yet?...

Fly fishing – The abundance of snappers means lots of flies with chewed up tails.  Clousers and weighted flies fished along the bottom helps keep the snappers away.  The water is pretty clean so use muted colors and more exact color patterns.  Be sure to have some epoxy minnows in green and chartreuse in case you come across some bonito.  Make sure to have some wire tippet.

Fluke – Fluke bite continues.  Fluke season runs till Sept. 21 so there is still time to enjoy some good fluking.  I have been getting some good reports from Harts Island for nice fluke.  Spearing stocks have gotten better, we are now getting some medium size local spearing which are better for fluking.  No spearing; bunker strips, gulp, and snappers are excellent fluke bait if you don’t have spearing.

Stripers – Striper bit has been slow. Occasional large fish are being taken around bunker schools.  Best time of day has been dark-thirty in the morning in the pre-dawn/ dawn hours.  After 9 AM don’t expect much.

Bluefish – Again, snappers, snappers, snappers… Lots of 4 to 6” snappers during the daytime. In the PM larger 7-9” snappers are coming out.  Blues are all over.  Earlier in the week they were blitzing in the Southern end of Manhasset Bay.  Keep your eyes open for birds in the sound for bluefish blitzes.

Porgy fishing – Lots of porgies on the North side of the sound.  Big porgies are being taken North and East of Matinecock.  Remember to chum… chum… chum to really do well.

Clamming – Clam grounds are open at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor.  The clamming grounds run from Prospect Point to the Falaise Mansion in Sands Point Preserve and across the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to the breakwater at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and out to Matinecock Point.  So if you want to clam on the beach in Port Washington you can go to Sands Point Preserve and clam in the water off the beach.  If you walk past the preserve ground on the beach you must walk below the high tide line.  Above the high tide line is private property of the upland land owner.  Please be courteous.

Fisherman’s tip:  When fueling a boat with an inboard motor, don’t rely on your blower to vent the fumes.  Always, always, always… did I say always, open a hatch and always open and sniff inside the bilge before starting the engine.  When fueling you should always have a hatch open so you can smell if fuel is going into your bilge.  Rotted or loose fuel tank vent lines can quickly dump fuel into your bilge.

 

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John



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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report August 8-11
Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 9:36 PM – Sunset 8:02 PM

Saturday High 10:18 AM and 10:35 PM
Sunrise 5:59 AM, Sunset 8:01 PM
Sunday High 10:18 AM and 10:35 PM

Sunrise 6:00 AM, Sunset 8:00 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 71.9 (deg. F)

Note:  Full moon this Sunday!
The Manhasset Bay Sportsman Club is having their annual snapper derby on August 23, 9 am to 12 pm.

General report – You want to catch fish, fluking is still the ticket.  Snappers are approaching catchable size.  They also make great fluke bait…. 

Fly fishing
– Water conditions continue to be good.  Full moon again means cinder worms.  Gurglers or cinder worm patterns buzzed along the surface around sunset will catch well.

Fluke – Fluke bite is still going strong.  Hardest part is finding spearing for bait.  There is a shortage of spearing, especially large spearing.  Bunker strips, gulp, and snappers are excellent fluke bait if you don’t have spearing.

Stripers – Big stripers are being caught under and around the pods of bunker.  Bite has been on in pre-dawn hours and around dusk.  Middle of the day has been slow going.

Bluefish – Blues have been having mini-blitzes in the southern end of the Bay and in the Sound.  I say min because they are only lasting for a few minutes.  Most have been happening in the AM hours and late afternoon during high tide. Large spoons and poppers have been working well.  Don’t forget the wire leader.

Porgy fishing – Lots of porgies on the North side of the sound.  Big porgies are being taken East of Matinecock.  If you don’t mind covering some distance the Port Jeff area has had some monster porgies.  Remember to chum… chum… chum to really do well.

Clamming – Clam grounds are open at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor.  The clamming grounds run from Prospect Point to the Falaise Mansion in Sands Point Preserve and across the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to the breakwater at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and out to Matinecock Point.  So if you want to clam on the beach in Port Washington you can go to Sands Point Preserve and clam in the water off the beach.  If you walk past the preserve ground on the beach you must walk below the high tide line.  Above the high tide line is private property of the upland land owner.  Please be courteous.

Fisherman’s tip:  Chumming?  Make sure to tie your chum pots off the bow of your boat to get the most benefit.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John


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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report July 11
Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 10:33 PM – Sunset 8:27 PM
Saturday High 11:26 AM and 11:40 PM
Sunrise 5:34 AM, Sunset 8:27 PM
Sunday High 12:19 PM
Sunrise 5:35 AM, Sunset 8:26 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 68 (deg. F)

Note: The Manhasset Bay Family Kayak Run/ Community Chest Fundraiser is on July 26. It is a relaxed event with a raffle for prizes at the end. Top raffle prize is a new kayak! Go to portchest.org for an entry form or call the shop for more info.

General report – Fluking has been the ticket. Striper action has been on the slow side with the sunny days and light winds. Bunker are thick in the Western Sound.

Fly fishing – Water has been clean and clear (relative to the western sound). The full moon will bring cinderworms so make sure to have your cinderworm flies. If you are tying your own make some larger and some smaller than normal size. Also try some odd colors. You want your fly to stand out and get the stripers attention.

Fluke – Fluke bite is still going strong. Number have been great all over. Keepers were being caught off the front of Town Dock during dead low tide, middle of the day…. Gulp shrimp have been working really well when all else isn’t working.

Stripers – Fishing has been a mixed bag. Small fish are plentiful with the occasional big boys mixed in. Spots to the east have been producing larger fish. East of Matinecock has been really good. Hempstead harbor has been consistently producing good fish.

Bluefish – Snapperblue/ cocktail blues are in the Bay. Big blues are working pods of bunker out in the Sound and occasionally in the entrance to the Bay. Deadly Dicks and Kastmasters have been the ticket for the smaller blues off of Town Dock and beaches in the Bay.

Porgy fishing – Nice big porgies are being taken in the Oyster bay area. Captain Rich Tenreiro reported 18” porgies on rocks in the Oyster Bay area.

Clamming – Clam grounds are open at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor. The clamming grounds run from Prospect Point to the Falaise Mansion in Sands Point Preserve and across the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to the breakwater at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and out to Matinecock Point. So if you want to clam on the beach in Port Washington you can go to Sands Point Preserve and clam in the water off the beach. If you walk past the preserve ground on the beach you must walk below the high tide line. Above the high tide line is private property of the upland land owner. Please be courteous.

Fisherman’s tip: When fishing the beach don’t just romp into the water. Fish can be feeding right against the shore. Try a few casts along the beach to see if anything is going on. Don’t get what I mean? Ever been fishing on the beach and guys on boats are casting into the shore….

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us. You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John


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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report June 20

Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 6:49 PM – Sunset 8:30 PM
Saturday High
7:23 AM and 7:54 PMSunrise 5:23 AM, Sunset 8:30 PM
Sunday High 8:27 AM and 8:52 PM
Sunrise 5:24 AM, Sunset 8:30 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 68 (deg. F)

General report – Not a bad week.  Good weather and lots of bunker have made for some good fishing opportunities.  Watch out for the Coast Guard, they are checking boats for proper safety equipment and for licenses if you are fishing.  If you need your free marine registration come by the Shop, it only takes a few minutes.  Make sure to bring a driver license or other form of ID for proof of residence.

Fly fishing – The water has cleaned up and is its normal shade of green.  Bright colored flies around the rocks have been catching a few bass.  Night time has been the better time with dark patters with black over purple being the best choice.  Fish to the East are filling up on sand eels.  Watch for cinder worms starting to appear.  Next full moon should bring on a hatch.  Make sure to keep a couple of worm patterns in your box.

Fluke – Fluke bite is still going strong.  Again usual complaint; “limit is 18”, I am catching 17” fish!”  Keep with it, try fishing a little deeper.  Once again, Gulp! on a bucktail has been the ticket.

Stripers – Fishing has been hot and cold all week.  Large fish are being caught around Hempstead harbor.  Large schools of bunker are all over.  If there are blues working the school try dropping a chunk down underneath or to the side of the school for a good shot at some big fish.  The night bite has been good all around.  Yesterday Captain Brian Moran had some good fish using plugs late in the afternoon.  He also reported that Gulp shrimp were working very well.  In my past report I mentioned stripers eating a lot of shrimp this spring….


Bluefish – Snapperblue/ cocktail blues are in the Bay.  Big blues are working pods of bunker out in the Sound and occasionally in the entrance to the Bay.  Deadly Dicks and Kastmasters have been the ticket for the smaller blues off of Town Dock and beaches in the Bay.

Porgy fishing – To the East is still the word for big porgies.  Good numbers and size fish are being caught North of Execution Light.  Make sure to use some clam chum to get the best results and use a little patience.

Clamming – Clam grounds are open at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor.  The clamming grounds run from
Prospect Point to the Falaise Mansion in Sands Point Preserve and across the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to the breakwater at the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and out to Matinecock Point.  So if you want to clam on the beach in Port Washington you can go to Sands Point Preserve and clam in the water off the beach.

Fisherman’s tip:  When fishing over a rock or bottom feature, tie your chum bag off the bow of the boat so the slick runs under the boat to where you are fishing.  If you tie it off the stern you just feed the fish behind the boat, not under the boat where your lines are.  Chum does not drop straight down quickly, it drifts to the bottom being pushed along by the currents.  Chumming off the stern is fine if you aren’t fishing with weight, trying to give your bait natural drift.  Use this technique when anchored in front of a rock or structure to allow your bait to float into the target area.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John


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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report June 13
Tides and sunrise/set for
Friday High 11:52 PM – Sunset 8:27 PM
Saturday High
12:31 PM
Sunrise 5:23 AM, Sunset 8:28 PM
Sunday High 12:43 AM and 1:24 PM
Sunrise 5:23 AM, Sunset 8:28 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 65 (deg. F)

NOTE:   Happy Father’s Day to all the Dad’s out there!  Hopefully your family will let you go out fishing.

General report – Slow week weather wise.  Lots of fog, no wind, brutal bugs made for some mediocre conditions.  That said the fishing was pretty good.  Water is cloudy and green and there are still some jellyfish lurking around.  There are lots of fish fry in the water.  Bunker are thick in some areas but not schooled up really tight.  If you are going to snag use large 9/0 and 10/0 snags.

Fly fishing – The water is still murky so use some bright colors.  Again flies tied with the new UV bright materials greatly increase the visibility of your flies in murky and low light conditions.  Again bring a shrimp pattern with you if nothing else seems to work.  Sand eel patterns are working well to the East.  There is a lot of small bait on the surface of the water so small epoxy minnow (size 2 or 1 hook) patterns in light colors are worth a try.

Fluke – Fluking continues to be good.  Fish have moved a little deeper with the warmer water temps.  Reports are more keepers are being caught in the 10 to 20 foot range.  I am getting the usual complaints; “regs are 18”, I’m catching 17”.  Spearing are still in short supply so don’t be surprised to see prices $6 and up for local spearing.  Most places have Canadian spearing because of the shortage.  Sand eels are an excellent alternative just make sure to hook them through the body, there heads are weak and they will come off the hook quickly if hooked that way.  Again, Gulp!

Stripers – Things have really picked up.  Reports of 30” (10 lb) and up stripers are common in Hempstead Harbor and around the mouth of the Harbor.  Lots of bunker around so try fishing around and under the schools.  If you can snag one try live lining.  If not sink some chunks under a school and try casting poppers or swimming plugs around the outside of the school of fish.  Make sure to use wire so you don’t lose your plugs! (Not hairplugs.)

Bluefish – Occasional report of blues in the Bay.  Most are being caught in the sound.  Some big ones but most of the fish have been slender.  They are starting to fatten themselves up on the bunker.  Poppers and wire leaders are always fun for blues.

Porgy fishing – Big porgies to the East past Matinecock.  Good size fish are starting to be caught on various rocks in the Sound.  Best way to located them is with the fish finder on your boat.  Find a rock on the chart, make sure it is deep enough or it is high tide, and take a couple of sweeps over it to see if you mark anything.  Clams and clam chum have been good.  Again Gulp has been working well also.  2 hook rig with a clam strip and an Gulp Minnow Grub.

Fisherman’s tip:  The 15 minute rule.  When you get into position to fish a spot in shallower water (10 to 15 feet under the boat) give it 15 minutes for the fish to calm down.  Boat engine noise disturbs them and it can take a little bit for them to get back into feeding mode.  15 minutes after that if things haven’t changed, try a new spot or change your boat position by letting out or taking in some anchor line.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.

Tight lines,John
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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report June 6
Tides and sunrise/set for
Saturday High 6:21 AM and 6:53 PM
Sunrise 5:23 AM, Sunset 8:24 PM
Sunday High 7:24 AM and 7:46 PM
Sunrise 5:23 AM, Sunset 8:25 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 65 (deg. F)

NOTE:   The gnats are here!  Wednesday I was fishing along the shoreline I was eaten alive!  The little devils are out and hungry.  Bring your bug repellent with you.

General report – Warm temps this week have finally brought the water temps up.  The surface is 65 and the bottom is 60 degrees.  Perfect fishing temperatures.  The warmer water temperatures have also brought out a lot of jellyfish.  Weather looks to be nice and clear for the weekend.  Tides are excellent for early AM and sunset fishing this weekend.

Fly fishing – The water has gotten a bit murky so use some bright colors.  Flies tied with the new UV bright materials greatly increase the visibility of your flies in murky and low light conditions.  All the fish have been coughing up shrimp.  If you aren’t having success with your normal flies try a shrimp pattern.

Fluke – Fluking has been good all over.  High-low rigs with spearing and a gulp swimming mullet or minnow grub have been the ticket.  Plum point and the Sands Point side of the mouth of Hempstead Harbor have been good.   Again I have been getting reports of fluke caught with lots of shrimp in their bellies.  Gulp makes a mantis shrimp bait that could be a real killer….

Stripers – This week was hit or miss for stripers.  Again Hempstead Harbor has been producing some big fish.  Big fish have also been caught in the Sound off Matinnecock.  Chum and bunker chunks have been the ticket.

Bluefish – Still nothing on blues in the Bay.  I have been getting reports of the occasional mangled rig or line cut clean through.

Porgy fishing – Clams and sandworms have been bringing in some good size porgies around Davids Island.

Fisherman’s tip:  Be careful when you apply bug repellant, it will ruin your fishing line.  Apply it away from your gear and make sure to wipe it off your hands before handing your gear.  Don’t believe me? Try spraying some on a piece of mono and see what happens!

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John

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Manhasset Bay Fishing Report May 31

Tides and sunrise/set for May 31 & June 1
Saturday High 1:26 AM and 1:30 PM
Sunrise 5:26 AM, Sunset 8:19 PM
Sunday High 1:54 AM and 2:45 PM
Sunrise 5:25 AM, Sunset 8:20 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 63 (deg. F)

NOTE: This weekend is Harborfest at Town Dock.  You cannot get down Main Street Sunday AM until around 3 PM to get to the Shop.  If you keep your boat at Town Dock forget about parking near Town Dock.  Park at Stop and Shop and call the Water Taxi.  They can pick you up from the Port North dock and take you to your boat.

General report – not a great week weather wise.  Hot temps followed by cool temps brought lots of morning fog during the week.  Add pissy rain conditions and it wasn’t a great week to be out on the water.  If you hit a good weather window though the fishing was pretty good.  This weekend the weather looks great. Saturday and Sunday are forecast to be sunny and beautiful so it should be an excellent weekend for fluking.

Fly fishing – because of the rain water conditions have been cloudy.  Bright colored flies using chartreuse and pink have been working well.  Make sure to have some wire leader with you for the blues.

Fluke – Not many reports on fluke this week.  Poor weather, fog, and cloudy conditions kept most fisherman in.  I have been getting reports of fluke caught with lots of shrimp in their bellies.  Gulp makes a mantis shrimp bait that could be a real killer….

Stripers – not much has changed.  Fishing has been spotty all week.  Crummy weather and cool temps made for a bad week in general.  Those brave enough to battle the weather caught a few fish but no where in particular has been “hot”.  Usual early season spots like Fort Totten haven’t been producing much.  No reports from up the Hudson.

Bluefish – Haven’t had many reports on blues.  With the amount of bunker around I am sure they are too.  Quite a few people are reporting getting broken off….

Porgy fishing – continues to be good around Matinecock.  Action has gotten better further West around the rocks North of Execution Light.

Fisherman’s tip:  Don’t throw old fishing line away!  Never ever throw it over the side of the boat.  Instead bring it to a tackle shop. Most have fishing line recycling bins.  In my Shop I have bins from Berkley who, when I return the line to them, use old line to make fish habitats used in artificial reefs.  Again, never throw your fishing line out!  It doesn’t degrade and can harm wildlife for decades to come.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John

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Busy week, sorry for the delay on the fishing report.
Tides for May 25 & 26
Sunday High 10:02 PM
Sunset 8:14 PM
Monday High 10:33 AM, 10:49 PM
Sunrise 5:29 AM, Sunset 8:15 PM
Water Surface Temp. at Execution Rock: 61 (deg. F)

Dont let the surface temp. fool you, the water is still very cold.  Action has been slow as a result and word is the big fish are still up the Hudson.  This week will be a good week for evening fishing, with a good combination of timing on the tide and sunset.

Fly fishing - clousers and deceivers in olive over white and green over white have been working well.  As the water has warmed up popper have started to catch some fish.  Sand eel patterns are working well also.

Fluke – Fluke fishing is in full swing.  Fish are being caught around the mouth of Manhasset Bay.  Gulp minnow grubs and jigging grubs in chartreuse and pink have been working very well.  Guys using them on high-low rigs in combination with real bait tell me they have been catching more fish on the hooks baited with gulp than they have with minnows or squid strips...

Stripers -  action is still sporadic.  Small fish are still the rule with occasional large fish.  Just today Jeff Romanek brought in a 45 lb striper he and a buddy caught in the Sound.  The big fish are starting to show up here and there but again word is they are still hanging up the Hudson and haven't really made their run yet.  When the big boys make their move it should be pretty intense.

Bluefish – There were blues around Matinecock earlier in the week so expect them to be in our end of the Sound now.  Saw bunker being chased by something earlier today so the blues are most likely in the Bay now.

Porgy fishing – Big porgies off Matinecock according to Captain Brian Moran.  He was catching them with Gulp jigging grubs.

Fisherman’s tip:  Use low tide as a time to check locations of rocks around your favorite spots.  Take photos with your phone if possible with a reference point in the background.  That way when the tide is up you have a better idea where the rockds located for fishing or to avoid them.  A gps with a plotter is always the best but it always helps to have a general idea where things are.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John

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Big News!!

We are finally set up to sell fishing licenses!  It has only taken five years but NYS has finally set me up to sell licenses and sent me the printer and licenses.  So stop by and get your free marine recreational registry.  When you get it from the shop you get the plastic license.  If you register online you have to print out your license on paper, NYS does not send you a marine registry license.  So stop by to get your free marine registration, it only takes a few minutes.

Tides for the weekend:

Fri   16     High  12:08 AM     9.1       

    16      Low   6:58 AM    -0.7 

    16     High  12:44 PM     8.2

    16      Low   7:02 PM    -0.1

 

Sa17     High  12:56 AM     9.1        

    17      Low   7:44 AM    -0.7  

    17     High   1:34 PM     8.2

    17      Low   7:52 PM     0.0

 

Sun  18     High   1:47 AM     8.9      

    18      Low   8:34 AM    -0.5   

    18     High   2:27 PM     8.1

    18      Low   8:47 PM     0.1

Fishing season 2014 is finally here… sort of.  Water temps are still really cold with a surface temp of 52 degrees at Execution and a temp at the 10 ft mark of 40 degrees!!  Way below normal for this time of year.  If you are wading make sure to wear some extra layers.

Fly fishing - clousers and deceivers in olive over white and green over white have been working well.  Sand eel patterns are working well also.  Look for best action right around dusk.

Fluke – Fluke season opens May 17.  Biggest news on fluke is the change in the regulations.  You can now keep five (5) fish 18” and over!!  Reports of fluke being caught (and released of course) are coming in and things are looking good.  Biggest issue with fluke this season is going to be a shortage of spearing.  Spearing was in short supply last season because of super storm Sandy.  This season the shortage continues because of the lack of spearing last fall.  Gulp minnow grubs are a killer substitute for spearing.

Stripers -  action has been sporadic.  The bite around susnset has been pretty good with large numbers of fish in the 18 to 26 inch range.  Occasional 30” (10-12 lb) stripers are being caught near the back of the Bay.  Clams and sandworms are working well.  Chunks are getting mixed results.  Swimming plugs and soft plastics are working really well right now.  No word yet of the big boys moving in.

Bluefish – None have been reported in the area yet.

Porgy fishing – no reports.

Fisherman’s tip:  Its spring, the air is warm but the water is still really cold.  Make sure to bring some extra layers when heading out on the water.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John
Atlantic Outfitters
405 Main Street, #2
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516)767-2215





July 29, 2011

Exciting news from Atlantic Outfitters, we now have stand up paddle boards (SUPs) available for rental seven days a week!  Contact the Shop to make a reservation on the weekends.

Weather for the weekend looks great, which is excellent for boating but not so great for fishing.  Middle of the day the action will be slow.  High sun makes for slow fishing so try and go in the evening or early in the morning.  Water temperatures are in the mid 70’s in the sound and the high 70’s in the Bay.

Atlantic Outfitters has fresh bunker!  The Western Sound does not have much around, it was not easy to get.

Tides for the weekend:

Friday, July 29, High tide is at 10:45 PM.  Low tide is at 4:49 PM

Saturday, July 30, High tide is at 11:25 AM and PM.  Low tide is at 5:46 AM and 5:37 PM.

Sunday, July 31; High tide at 12:01 PM.  Low tide is at 6:21 AM and 6:24 PM.

The Manhasset Bay is jammed with snappers right now.  It is a great time to take your kids fishing.  Try to hit it as high tide for the best snapper action from the shore.  Use a snapper popper, small spoon lure, or long shank hook baited with spearing (minnows) with a bobber about 12” above your hook.  When fishing with lures for snapper reel your lure in quickly giving small tugs from time to time to get the most strikes.  At night the snappers are under the lights eating everything in sight.  Water quality is great right now so you can see the snappers feeing at night on stray cinder worms and other white bait.

Again, fluking has been great in Manhasset Bay and in the Western Sound.  Reports from Plum Point and East of Stepping Stones reef off Kings Point have been good.  Good numbers are being reported but not a lot of keepers.  Spearing and squid strips on Spro bucktails are always a great bet.  High-low rigs with a spearing and peanut bunker on them have also been doing well.  Atlantic Outfitters was finally able to get some peanut bunker.  We have them in the shop and in the bait machine out front.  Don’t forget the limit on fluke is 3 fish at 20.5”.  Watch out because the DEC is out there checking.

Striper action has been slow.  Warm temperatures and a lack of bunker have made for mediocre fishing.  Early morning and dusk have been the better times to be out there.  Bunker chunks in deeper water have been bringing in some fish but there haven’t been any great reports lately.  The run of larger fish has ended with the departure of the big schools of bunker in the area.  We have fresh bunker in the shop but had to get it from the South Shore because of the lack of it in the Western Sound.  There are still lots of schoolie size stripers around and they are hitting Smack-its and Storm swim shad.  Other soft plastics are also working well but the snappers keep chewing them up.  If you get out early in the AM try throwing a Smack-it or Pencil Popper around the rocks off Barkers or Hewlett Point.  Keeper size stripers like to lurk in the shallows in the AM.

Bluefish have been blitzing on spearing in the Sound.  Look for flocks of gulls working the surface to get in on the action.  Don’t motor right in on them, you will scare the fish off.  Keep your distance and cast to them or go upwind, turn off your engine, and drift down into the action so as not to disturb the fish.  Motoring up on them and chasing the birds around only spooks the fish and ruins the fishing.  Blues may be voracious but they are not fearless and the noise of a boat engine will scare them off when they are feeding on spearing and other small fish.  Keep it quite to prolong your fun.

Porgy fishing has been great.  Big fish are being taken off the points and rocks from Great Neck to Matinecock.  Minimum size for Porgies is 11 inches with a 10 fish limit.  Clam chum, sandworms, and clam strips have been the ticket.  Porgies are another great way to get your kids fishing.

Fly fishing, clousers and deceivers in chartreuse and white and olive and white have been working well.  You will feel snappers tugging at your fly all hours of the day.  If you want to have some fun get a 6 or 7 weight line and catch some snappers.  Use a fly with a small trailer hook (size 6 or 8) in its tail. We have them available in the shop.  Night time, around 8:30 to 9:30, as the tide is coming in stripers have been working in the lights eating left over cinder worms and white bait.  The action has been great until the tide gets near its peak; then the snappers are taking over.  If you can get to a dock with spot lights on it check it out.

Fisherman’s tip:  If you are going out on a boat it is best to look at a chart and learn the basic rules of the road.  There have been a large number of boaters hitting rocks over the past week because they did not pay attention to navigational markers.  If you don’t have a chart and are unsure remember Red Right Returning as a guide for passing/ rounding a navigational marker.  What it means is that as you are returning into a harbor or heading West on the Long Island side of the Sound you should leave Red navigational markers (nuns, bells, and rock piles with Red markers on them) to your Right (Starboard) side.  So again, when coming into a harbor leave all Red navigational aids to your Right (Starboard) side.  Don’t forget, Red-Right-Returning.  If you still aren’t sure, slow down, look around for another boat, and follow them as a last resort.  They may not know either but if you follow in their wake and they make it odds are pretty good you will also.  Don’t have a chart, go to:

http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/12366.shtml

You can view the detailed nautical chart of our area.  Don’t try and print it, it is a full sized chart that is roughly 3 foot by 3 foot.

For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John
Atlantic Outfitters
405 Main Street, #2
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516)767-2215



July 22, 2011

Hot... Hot, hot, hot, hot, hot... Did I mention it was hot.  Unfortunately hot weather means cold fishing.  During the daytime the action has been slow for striped bass and bluefish.  Fluke fishing has been decent with more keepers being taken.  Porgie action has been good in the Sound.

 If you didn’t hear the news you can now go clamming in Hempstead harbor.  Clamming in Hempstead Harbor has been good but make sure to watch for water quality updates.  A couple of days ago there was a massive sewage release from the sewage plant in the Harlem River which has the potential of affecting the waters of Western Long Island Sound.  For more info on the spill go to http://www.nytimes.com/2011/07/22/nyregion/sewage-spill-renders-new-york-harbor-unfit.html

 Striper fishing has been slow.  Last week the bunker moved out of the Bay and the big stripers with them.  There are still large numbers of schoolies in the Bay and some big bluefish cruising around.  The bunker schools have been spotted mostly on the North side of the Sound near Mamaroneck.  There are reports of big bluefish feeding on the schools bunker and large stripers being caught in the area.

 Fluke fishing has been good near Plum Point, Kings Point/ Stepping Stones, and off Sands Point Preserve.  Spearing and peanut bunker have been working very well.  Keepers are still tough to come by but the average size of the fish being caught has risen to around 20 inches.  Don’t forget that a keeper fluke is 20.5”

 Porgie fishing has been good around David’s Island and the rocks North of Execution Light.  Clams and chum has been working really well.  Great fun for the kids if they can take the heat.

 Fly fishing, clousers and deceivers in chartreuse and white and olive and white have been working well.  Large bunker patterns have also been working well around pods of bunker for blues and stripers.  Use a sinking line and swim your fly off to the sides of the bunker schools or underneath them.  If you are out at night use a small cinderworm pattern near lights shining on the water.  The stripers are happily gobbling stray cinderworms swimming through the lights at night.  You’ll catch lots of fish but don’t expect to catch many keepers.


If you didn’t notice, weather for the weekend is going to be hot.  Saturday is going to be miserable.  If you are going out fishing make sure to put some water in your cooler along with the beers.  Sunday is looking to be the better of the days with temps in the high 80’s.  Not great but much better than the 100’s they are forecasting for Saturday.

Tides will be high around 5:30 AM and PM on Saturday and 6:30  AM and PM on Sunday.

Fisherman’s tip:  Low tide is an excellent time to get to know your favorite spot along the shore and the rock structure around the points.  Go at dead low and look for where the rocks are.  Make notes or markings in pencil on a nautical chart to use as a reference when you return when the tide is higher.  Striped bass like structure (rocks, pilings, sandbars) hence their nickname “rockfish”.  To view free nautical charts go to the free Chart Viewer put out by NOAA.  Our area is chart 12366.  To go directly to the chart paste the follow address to your browser:

http://www.charts.noaa.gov/OnLineViewer/12366.shtml

You can view the detailed nautical chart of our area.  Don’t try and print it, it is a full sized chart that is roughly 3 foot by 3 foot.

 For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.

Tight lines,
John
Atlantic Outfitters
405 Main Street, #2
Port Washington, NY 11050
(516)767-2215

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April 14, 2011

Fishing season 2011 is here!  The first and biggest item is the suspension of the saltwater fishing license! You can now fish again in the waters of NY without paying the $10 they were requiring to help "track" the number of anglers.  Freshwater fishing still requires a license that can be purchased at box stores like Dicks Sporting Goods or Wall Mart.  You can also purchase freshwater licenses at Town of North Hempstead Town Hall in Manhasset.  Again for saltwater you do not need a license... thank goodness that sillyness is over.  Okay, so down to business.

Winter flounder season is open until May 30.  The water has been a little cold but there have been reports of good numbers of flounder being caught in Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Harbor on sandy bottoms in the shallow.  Bait of choice at this time of year is sandworms.  Also take some clams as an alternative bait and to chum with.  Limits on winter flounder is 2 fish at 12 inches.

Striped bass season opened April 15.  There have been reports of good size fish being caught off beaches all around the Bay.  Mid morning and dusk have been the killer times to be out there.  Swimming plugs and rubber shad have been doing the trick for guys casting lures.  Bait-wise sandworms have been the ticket.  Fresh bunker have been working okay but sandworms are the better bait.  Bunker are difficult to come by right now because the schools are spread out making snagging and castnetting very difficult.  If you don't have time to pickup or keep fresh sandworms try Gulp Sandworms.  They don't go bad and a lot of guys swear by them.  Fly fishing, clousers and decievers in charteuse and white have been working well.  Pink and charteuse clousers have been ticket when the sun in bright.  Again late in the day into dusk has been the best time to fish.

All other species of fish in our area are open except Fluke.  Fluke seaon opens May 15 and runs until September 6 with a keeper size of 21" for 2 fish.  Tautog (Blackfish) season is still open but ends April 30.  Bluefish is also open but there haven't been any reports of choppers in the Sound yet.

Weather for the weekend looks marginal with reports of rain, gusts to 25, and thunderstorms for Saturday.  Rain isn't a problem but look out for thunderstorms.  If you see lightning or hear thunder it is always a better bet to head in off the water.  A lighting strike will ruin your season... for ever.  It is not worth the risk.  But again if it is just rain, head out.  Some of the best fishing is on rainy days.

Weather on Sunday looks to be better of the two days for the weekend.  If you can sneak away from the family a quick trip out on the boat or a couple of casts from the beach; it always makes for a great day.  Bring your rain gear because there are reports of possible showers on Sunday. Never let a chances of rain or a little rain ruin your day. Fishing is an outdoor sport, be prepared and get out there.

Weather tip:  In our area look to the West for approaching weather.  A majority of our weather comes from a westerly direction and tends to accelerate as it passes into the metro area.  If you see really dark clouds to the West, get ready.  If you see ugly black or greenish clouds and the wind picks up get your ass to the dock ASAP, thunderstorms and high winds are coming.  Don't know which way is West?  Manhattan/ NYC are to our West.  If you are in the Sound and facing Long Island, West is to your right.  South Shore, its your left side.  For live reports, tips, etc. call Atlantic Outfitters at 516-767-2215 or check the website www.atlanticoutfitters.us.  You can also find us on Facebook, just search for Atlantic Outfitters.
Tight lines,
John


2010 Fishing Reports

September 15, 2010

Water Quality: Murky/ Green

Water Temp: 73 to 75 Degrees 

Hot Flies:

Chartreuse and white Lefty's Deceivers.

Chart Green and white crystal minnows

Enricos Perfect Minnow in Chartreuse

Hot Lures:

Paddle Tail Swim Shads

Sluggos in Pink

Green Long Deadly Dicks

1/8 oz Kastmasters (snappers)

Bait:

Sandworms for Stripers and Porgies

Spearing (minnows) for Snappers

**NEW**Hot Spots:

Beach off Sands Point Preserve

Pea Island (porgies)

It has been a slow season.  A lack of bunker in the Western Sound has made for poor fishing.  Normally it is blitz central around these parts this time of year but we have had nothing.  There is a large amount of spearing in the water which has made for some great snapper fishing.  If you are looking for something to do this weekend there is the annual Snapper Derby held by the Manhasset Bay Sportsmans Club at Town Dock.  The derby starts at 9 am and runs until 12 PM with a prize giving afterwords.

There are confirmed reports of bonito Wast of Execution Rocks.  Green Deadly Dicks and small minnow flies are the ticket for hooking up with these tasty rocket ships.  Make sure to have braid on your spinner so you can get the extra casting distance you need to catch these speedy fish.  Timing and positioning are a key to hooking up.  Be patient and watch for a pattern in their movements.

Large stripers are few and far between as well as large bluefish.  As I said a lack of bunker has made for mediocre fishing.  Best bet is to float a couple of sandworms to get some good action.  Around the rocks there is some great porgie fishing with clams and small sandworms.  Porgie season closes Sept. 26 so hurry up and get out there.

Tight lines, John




2009 Reports

October 3, 2009

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Water Temp: 61 to 63 Degrees 

Hot Flies:

Chartreuse and white Half n Halves and Lefty's Deceivers.

Black and purple or black and blue flies in low light.

Chart Green and white crystal minnows

Enricos Perfect Minnow in Chartreuse

Hot Lures:

Poppers, Cordelle Pencil Popper

Saltwater Assassins in green and white

Green Long Deadly Dicks

Bait:

Bunker, Peanut Bunker, Sandworms

**NEW**Hot Spots:

Great Neck shore in Manhasset Bay

North side of Hart Island

Matinecock side of Hempstead Harbor

Orient Point(False Albacore and Stripers)


Lots has been going on.  Problem is the weather just isn't co-operating.  Ron R and I went out to Orient last week to fish with Captain Jeff Becker for some Albies.  We ran all over creation trying to get some fish that would stay up for more than two seconds with no luck.  We saw thousands of False Albacore but unless you happened to land your fly or lure in the middle of them as they were coming up you didn't have a chance. We had hundreds of shots but the fish just wouldn't stick around long enough.  We did manage to land a bunch of great stripers and had a great day with Jeff.  He is a great Captain and a really great guy.  If you would like to go fishing with Jeff you can contact him directly at 631-561-767.  To see more about Jeff go to http://www.scottflyrod.com/pros/details/44.  Orient and the surrounding water are great fishing and don't have the insane crowds like you get in Montauk.

Last weekend was my Kayak fishing tournament and we had a good turn out and fantastic fishing.  Everyone had a great time.  Look on the events page for more information.

In the Western Sound the fishing has been great but the last couple of days, as I said, the weather just doesn't co-operate.  All week it has been blowing and today was a monsoon.  It is a major bummer because there are bonito in the Western Sound.  Deadly dicks in green, small popper run fast on the surface, green and white assassins, and flies have been doing the trick during the lulls.  Ron and Captain Brian Moran have been having a great time chasing them around the mouth of Hempstead Harbor when it hasn't been blowing mach 10.  If you can sneak out and chase them around they are great fun to catch.  Not big but they put up a hell of a fight and are great on the plate.  Look for bird flying around frantically to find them.  They are speedy but if you wait and watch what they are doing you will manage to catch a few.  It is well worth it.

Big blues are prowling around in the Bay and around all the points.  Fish as large as 39" are being caught inside the Bay and along the beaches.  Large stripers are also showing up in the Bay and are being caught on sandworms with ease.  Swimming plugs are working really well also if you want some lure action.  Fly wise peanut bunker patterns and minnow patterns have been working well.  This time of year is blitz time so make sure to keep an eye to the horizon looking for birds diving to find the best action.

Tight lines, John

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September 19, 2009

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Water Temp: 67 to 69 Degrees 

Hot Flies:

White Half n Halves and Lefty's Deceivers.

Black and purple or black and blue flies in low light.

Mushmouth in Chartreuse

Enricos Perfect Minnow

Shrimp patterns.

Hot Lures:

Poppers, Cordelle Pencil Popper

Slug-Go's in Alewife and Pearl

Green Long Deadly Dicks

Bait:

Spearing, Bunker, Sandworms

Snappers are still all over the Bay which makes for great fishing with your kids.  Spearing, small kastmasters, pheobe's, and snapper poppers work the best.  For tips on snapper fishing with your kids check out my tips page.  We have plenty of spearing, inexpensive snapper rods, bamboo poles, minnow traps, and nets in stock.

The bunker have returned to the Bay along with monster blue fish.  15 lb blues are being caught off Town Dock and the beaches around the Bay.  This is that special time we get once a year where you can have great bluefishing from just about anywhere in the Bay.  Make sure to have a good wire leader unless you like losing hooks and lures.  Make sure to bring pliers and a net or fish gripper so you don't end up losing a finger.

There a lots of peanut bunker in the Bay.  Last night bass were rolling on them in the back of the Bay.  There are also reports of bonito in the Sound around Matinicock and Hempstead Harbor.  When fishing for bonito make sure to take time and watch for a pattern in their feeding habits.  Run and gun usually doesn't work very well .  It is better to take up position and wait for the fish to come to you.  Chumming with peanut bunker helps also.

Saturday the 26th is the 3rd annual Atlantic Outfitters Kayak Fishing Tournament.  For more information on the tournament go to our events page.  It is a free tournament, just show up and fish.

Tight lines, John

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September 13, 2009

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Water Temp: 71 to 72 Degrees 

Hot Flies:

White Half n Halves and Lefty's Deceivers.

Black and purple or black and blue flies in low light.

Shrimp patterns.

 

Hot Lures:

Poppers, Cordelle Pencil Popper

Slug-Go's in Alewife and Pearl

 

Bait: Spearing, Bunker, Sandworms, Clams

 

Tons of snappers are around the docks and shorelines.  It is a great time to go fishing with your kids.  We have plenty of long shank snapper hooks in stock and spearing.  I like the long shank snapper hooks because it makes hook removal easier and it is also easier for kids to bait their own hook with a long shank.  If you aren't keeping the snappers (limit is 10 fish) please be gentle releasing them so they can grow up to be bruiser bluefish.  Please don't drop snappers on the dock and step on them to keep them from flapping.  It hurts the fish and decreases their chances for survival.  Get a hold on the hook or lure and wrap your hand around the fish sliding it towards the tail to flatten their dorsal fin.  Snappers have a spiny dorsal fin that can prick you .  Remove the hook and quickly toss they snapper back into the water or a bucket of clean bay water if you want to watch them for a while.

There are a lot of cocktail size (2 to 6 lbs) bluefish in the Bay.  Largest numbers have been around Barkers Point and the mouth of the Bay.  Large blues have been hard to find.  Bunker schools have been sporadic in the Bay.  There have been no bunker to be found the last couple of days in Western Sound.  Chances are they have moved to the East.  We do have large numbers of spearing in the Bay and some peanut bunker.

There is no sign of the fall run yet.  There are large numbers of schoolies around with the occasional keeper.  I have been getting reports of both stripers and blue fish with shrimp in their stomachs.  Dusk into the evening has been the best bet for good fishing.  Early morning has also been good just before sunrise until 9 or 10 AM.  After that things slow down and the small blues take over.

More to come!  Fall is some of the best fishing of the year; warm water and cool breezes.  Always take an extra layer of clothing to stay warm and dry.  With the dropping air temps things get really damp after sunset and in the AM.  A light pair of rain pants and windbreaker can make all the difference.
Tight lines,
John

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Old Fishing Reports

November 6, 2007

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Water Temp: 61 to 64 Degrees 

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Half n Halves

Olive and White Mushmouth

 

Hot Lures:

Poppers, Heddon Zara Spook, Cordelle Pencil Popper

Storm Swimming Shad in Bunker and Pearl

 

Bait: Peanut Bunker, Sandworms, Clams and Green Crabs

 

Bluefish are still the word in the Western Sound.  Six pounders and up are cruising the shorelines and bays gobbling up anything in their path.  Schoolies are around but hard to find around the blues.

 

There has been lots of bait along the beaches in the sound and fish with them.... again, if you want to catch bluefish.  There are small schools of blues blitzing all over the place but they are constantly on the move chasing bait.  You can try to run and gun but boat noise puts the fish down quickly.  Closer to shore, usually around structure and in the shallows, you will find schoolie stripers mixed in with the bluefish.  If you hook one, land him quick or the blues will cut it to pieces.

 

Best bet for getting a better shot at the fish is to pick a good drift.  Try and get a drift along the shoreline where the depth transitions from 25 to 15 feet.  When you see birds working, move within viewing distance upwind and stop.  Watch the movement of the fish and birds and you should see a trend showing which way the fish are generally heading.  Try to move to a spot upwind/ upcurrent of where they should be moving, cut your engine, and drift down to the fish.  You should get a couple of shots at the fish as you drift into them and they pass you by.  It takes some patience but it is the best way to go.  If you don't want to wait, try run and gun.

 

You can also try finding fish feeding right along the shore.  Your chances of catching stripers will go up but you still have to be patient.  The fish have been pinning schools of peanuts on the beach.  Look for a corner or a jetty where the fish can hold the bait.  They will make runs at the bait and then move off.  Wait a few minutes and they will be back again.  Once more, be patient and enjoy the fishing.

 

Surface plugs have been working great.  Poppers, pencil poppers, and zara spooks have been drawing the most strikes and make for a lot of fun.  Small Storms in bunker and pearl color have also been great... but the blues tear them to shreds. 

Bait-wise peanut bunker and sandworms have been working well.  I haven't heard anything great on the blackfish front but a few guys have been doing well with green crabs and clams.

 

Water temps are starting to drop and are getting close to that magic 59 degrees.  Hopefully bigger stripers will start showing up now that the water temps are finally starting to drop.  Make the best of every day you can get, not many days left.  If you head down to the boat early, make sure to take a shammy to dry the deck and watch out for ice!  About this time last year I almost went on my ass when I stepped on the boat in the AM and the deck was a sheet of ice.  Have fun out there,

I had a fantastic day today.  A big hello to the gentleman from New Rochelle I was fishing next to this afternoon.  If you ever need a report and I have been slacking off, give the shop a call.  That goes to any angler.  What fun is fishing if you can't share with others.

 

Don't forget to stop by and check out the new frozen bait machine!! We now have bait, hooks, weights and flies available 24/7!!

Tight lines,

John

 

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October 12, 2007

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Hot Flies:

Chart and White Clousers

Enrico's Peanut Butter

Chart Mushmouth

 

Still lots of bait around of all sizes and shapes.  Use bright color flies during the day to get attention.  Surface plugs have continued to produce well over structure and along weedlines.  Large pods of bunker are still in the bay but todays high winds have made them hard to find.  Try to get the AM bite or hit the outgoing in the afternoon to get the best action.  Big bluefish are still the rule in the Bay and most of the western sound.  Stripers are around and I have heard of a few big boys being caught but nothing to really indicate a run.  Hopefully this chilly weather will get things going.  We still have a two more months of solid fishing so get out there!

Tight lines, John

 

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October 9, 2007

Water Quality: Clear/ Green in Sound, red tide in parts of Bay.

Hot Flies:

Chart and White Clousers

Enrico's Peanut Butter

Chart Mushmouth

 

What the hell is up with this weather.  The fishing was shaping up.  Ron R and I had a great day throwing plugs and flies to stripers along the beach and up a salt creek in the sound before the weekend.  Saturday we had a great day for the kayak fishing tournament (results on events page).  The fishing was good not great.  Around 11 the fishing shut down which in normal but Sunday the fishing was terrible and has been since.  The water temps are still rediculosly high and we found some red tide in the back of the bay along with a number of dead peanut bunker.  We really need some cool nights and some rain to really get things going.

 

 

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September 10, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 70 deg., Sound: 69 deg.

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Hot Flies:

Chart and White Clousers

Enrico's Peanut Butter

Poppers - Bob's Banger

 

The waters in the Bay have been chock full of small bait.  Bunker are no-where to be seen.  Last reports were to the west near the bridges.  Throughout the day snappers can be seen chasing bait aound the docks and mooring fields.  Kastmasters, deadly dicks, and frozen spearing have been doing the trick.  It is a great time to take your kids fishing.  Over the weekend I worked some snapper derbies and the kids had a great time.  My daughter managed to catch her first fish all on her own.  She baited the hook, landed the fish, and released him all on her own.

 

The western side of Manhasset Bay is loaded with snappers and baby weakfish.  The 3-4" weakes are mixed in the snappers gobbling up everything in sight.  Next year could be a great year for weakfish... maybe even in the Bay.  They may be little but watch out for those needle like teeth.  We had a couple of kids get nipped on the finger and they were not too happy.  If your kids can stay up after dark the crabbing at night has been great.  Find a spotlight on the water, tie a hotdog on a string, and drop it near the surface and wait a few minutes for the action to start.  We had crabs swimming on the surface and reaching out of the water to grab our bait.  The kids had a great time and all the parents loved watching.  Great way to spend a late summer night.  Get out there with the kids while you still can!

 

Stripers in the Bay have been small.  Sunset and nightime have been the best times for me.  Daylight has been full of bluefish (which I love to catch) taking peanut bunker patterns and poppers.  Just around sunset the mouth of the Bay has been lighting up with bluefish blitzes.  Same goes around the mouth of Hempstead Harbor.  Hempstead Harbor has had better bluefish action in the afternoon than the Bay has had.  There have also been bonito around the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to Sands Point.  That was a couple of days ago so they could be gone now.

 

As always you can give a call to the shop to find out what has been going on.  It is a great time for fishing from the kayak.  We will be doing kayak rentals at our dock until late October.  This in my mind is some of the best fishing of the year because you have less boat traffic and the fish are bulking up.  So get out there and enjoy!

Tight lines, John

 

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September 2, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 72 deg., Sound: 70 deg.

Water Quality: Clear/ Green

Hot Flies:

Peanut Bunker Patterns

Pencil Poppers

Poppers - Bob's Banger

 

Again, sorry about the lack of reports... there just hasn't been enough hours in the day to update the website... or go fishing for that matter.  Things have finally calmed down after a busy summer and it is time for my favorite, late summer and fall fishing.  Finally I have been able to get out fishing and have time to post updates.

 

Bunker have moved out of the Bay and are scarce right now.  Even the best bunker guys have been having a tough time schools of bunker.  There are some small schools but they are on the move with the bluefish harrassing the hell out of them.  In the wake of the big bluefish tournament the fishing in general has been off and the blues are frantic after days of being chased around the western sound.

 

There is tons of small bait around.  Peanut bunker, spearing, baby flounder, and crabs are ultra plentiful.  Try flies that are larger and more colorful than the bait you find around.  When there is a lot of bait around, you need something that sets your fly apart from the bait.  If you choose a pattern that exactly duplicates the surrounding bait it won't get any attention.  Also cast off to the side of schooling bait to get strikes.  Don't aim for the middle of the school of bait, your fly won't get noticed.  Work it on the outside and use an erratic retrieve so it looks wounded.  Predators love an easy meal.

 

Same goes for conventional gear.  Poppers and tins have been working very well.  They are noisy and flashy which gets the attention of fish feeding in the area.  Poppers, pencil poppers, deadly dicks (long casting), and krockadiles or kastmasters have been working very well.  Bait-wise spearing have been working well and bunker if you can find them.  Give us a call to see if we have any... like I said they are hard to find.

Tight lines, John

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July 1, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 71 deg., Sound: 69 deg.

Water Quality: Cloudy/ Brown

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Clousers (Sand eels)

Anything Black and Purple at night

Poppers - Bob's Banger

 

Again, sorry about the lack of reports.  We have just finished everything with the Bait Shack and things are going very well.  We have been uber busy and things are finally starting to normalize... a bit.

 

Anyway, the Bay has pods of bunker swimming all over.  Big bluefish are harrassing them so get those poppers out for some big blue fun!  A nice 10 weight with a floating line is a good call.  It's a heavy rod but it makes throwing those poppers a breeze.

 

There have been a lot of sand eels around, which is a unique occurance for the Bay.  We haven't had good sand eel action in years.  They have been around the mouth of the Bay by Plum Point.  The Bay is also full of spearing along the docks and weeds on the beaches.  Daytime action has been slow, try to get out in the early AM while the light is low and PM just around sunset.  More to follow not that things have calmed down.

Tight Lines,

John

 

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May 21, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 56 deg., Sound: 52 deg.

Water Quality: Cloudy/ Brown

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Clousers

Olive and White Half and Half

 

Sorry about the lack of reports.  We have been busy at the shop getting ready for the summer.  New gear has been coming in daily.  We are also working on getting the new kayak rental and bait shack open.  The shack should be open by the weekend and will be located at the end of the Wharf near the boat and kayak dock.  We will have ice, bunker, clams, worms, minnows, hooks, rigs, weights, and more.  Give us a call if you have questions.

 

On to fishing.  Basically not much has been happening.  The big boys haven't shown up, it is just lots of schoolies.  There are bunker in the Bay but they are spread out.  There have been a couple of good fish caught off the beaches but they have been few and far between.  Captain Brian Moran went on a weakfish mission to Great South Bay but all he got was blues.  Word is there are bluefish everywhere.  They managed to chew up everything Brian put in the water.  No weakfish, stripers around with the blues but you couldn't get anything past the choppers.

 

The weather will be great this week so get out there if you can.  If you would like to rent a kayak to go fishing, give us a call.  The boatyard has been slow getting our dock put together so we have had to be creative with launching our kayaks.  If you want to do a rental to go fishing, give us a call.  We have all the Hobie fishing kayaks rigged up and ready for a rental.

Tight lines, John

 

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April 22, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 47 deg., Sound: 44 deg.

Water Quality: Clear

Hot Flies:

Charteuse and Pink Clousers

Green and White Clousers

 

Boyan was fishing on the Outback last night and got his first fish of the year on the fly.  Fish are hanging off the beaches in they Bay.  He got his fish off of Manhasset Isle in the rocks.  He was using a Hobie Outback with the new turbo fins and he say it is a huge improvement.  We have a couple of pairs of the upgrade fins in the Shop if you would like to upgrade your fin system on your Hobie.  Installation only takes a couple of minutes.  More to come.

Tight lines, John

 

 

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April 17, 2007

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 45 deg., Sound: 41 deg.

Water Quality: Cloudy

Hot Flies:

Charteuse and Pink Clousers

Olive and White Clousers

 

Well the 2007 Striper season has opened with a moan.  After a crummy winter on the waterfront we have been looking forward to a little spring fishing.  Crappy weather and cold temps have really put a damper on things.  There have been rumors (actually some pretty good sources) of schoolies in Manhasset Bay along the beaches.  Boyan went out on the kayak yesterday AM but didn't have any success.  Generally the most productive times are in the late afternoon into sunset.

 

Party Boats have been coming in the Bay for flounder action.  Some of the best spots are off the front of the Wharf and Town Dock.  Boats have been out there chumming so there should be plenty of fish around after they leave.  Try and get to Town Dock and put your line out as far as you can without losing your bait.  Floundering has been a favorite of mine since I was little.

 

Here is to a great season!

Tight lines, John

 

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2006 Fishing Reports

October 17, 2006

We had a baby girl on October 13, 7lb 12 oz 19in long.  Mommy and baby are doing great but my wife had a C-section so I will have to be home a lot helping out.  The shop will be open but don't expect to see me there.  I will get out when I can but it won't be often so the fishing report will be spotty at best.  I will check around and post if I hear anything interested about what is going on out there.  If you need info, call the Shop or email me.  I will let you know all I can about what is going on and what I think should be happening out there.

Tight lines, John

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October 12, 2006

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 66 deg., Sound: 65 deg.

Water Quality: Clear in Bay, Cloudy in parts of Sound

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Clousers

Chart and White Mush Mouth

Crease Fly

 

Today started off looking pretty dismal weather wise... but great for fishing.  Overcast usually means good things.  After a quick look around the Bay in the fog I decided to head out to the Sound.  I checked the usual spots on the LI side and couldn't find much happening.  No birds, no fish boiling, and it was coming up on the bottom of the tide.  I headed to the mouth of Hempstead Harbor to see what was going on.  Things looked dead so I picked a spot where the fish like to hang out in the mouth of Hempstead Harbor on an outgoing tide.

 

Around the mouth of the Harbor, I pulled out a spinning rod with a popper on it and took a couple of casts.  After a little bit I could see fish swirling behind the popper all the way up to the boat.  I immediately switched to an intermediate line with a olive and white half and half.  I cast for a while and got/ saw nothing.  I was about to leave but decided to try my sinking line to get the fly down some more.  Still nothing.  I was about to move on when a fish stared boiling and jumping out of the water chasing some bait.  I immediately stripped back out and stared casthing to where they had been.  A couple of casts with the mush mouth and I was in business.  Then next to the boat the fish stared boiling.  A couple of short cast and a couple of more fish.  The action died off quickly.  I switched from the sinking line to the intermediate and changed flies to a crease fly.  Another small fish close to the boat casting away from the shore.  Big fish inside usually means bigger fish outside.  I make a longer cast and bingo, bigger fish.  I boat him, take a couple of photos, revive him, and send him on his way.  The sun finally popps out... briefly, I take a few more casts and call it a day.  Not a bad AM of fishing.  I have had a lot of reports of people not catching lately.  Key thing to remember is tidal flow.  Pick your spots according to where the fish should be based upon the movement of water.  The water is what brings the food to them, the same way trout behave in a river.  Check the tips page for more information.

 

If you head out, the fish are around.  They are hungry and charged up.  Every fish I caught this AM fought like it was a fish twice it's size.  At first I thought I was catching bluefish.  There are a lot of small, aggresive fish around so remember to crimp your barbs to make releasing the fish a snap.  Just keep constant pressure on the fish and you should have a probelm.

Tight lines,  John

 

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October 7, 2006

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 66 deg., Sound: 65 deg.

Water Quality: Cloudy

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Clousers

Chart and White Mush Mouth

Crystal Baitfish

 

It's a little breezy today but should be a great day for fishing.  Lots of tide and overcast will make for excellent fishing.  Seek the flatter waters in the Bays, forget about the sound.  Bait is scarce.  There are some peanuts in the back of the Bay and I have been finding them sporadically in the Sound.  Big bunker are non-existant in the Bay.  I sure they are around but not in their usual concentrations.  Blitzes are sporadic.  The fish don't stay for long, even the birds are giving up on chasing them.  The fish are still there but they don't stay for long.  We haven't had some of the massive blitzes like we usually do where the fish will hang out and feed for hours.  Best bet is to work the beaches and rocks.  Look for fish rolling on the surface.

 

Wednesday I was in Orient fishing with Wally C and  Captain Joe Blados for False Albacore.  It was a little windy but we had a great day.  Joe is a great guy and an excellent guide.  Fishing was good but we just weren't getting big blitzes.  The fish were on the move and weren't hanging around for long.  A lot of the time they were mixed in with bluefish so we lost a few flies.  Chartreuse and white mushmouths were the thing again.  The have been working well on the stripers around here and always have been a killer for me with albies.  Check out the photos on the .  Joe worked hard and we had a great time.  If you want to go fishing out East for alibies or stripers Joe is your man.  That is all for now.  Get out there and enjoy.  We have almost two months of great fishing ahead of us.

Tight lines, John

 

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September 30,2006

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 68 deg., Sound: 67deg.

Water Quality: Clear

Hot Flies:

Olive and White Clousers

Chart and White Mush Mouth

Enrico's Shrimp

(Sorry for bad spelling, I had a couple of cocktails)  This AM started off very poor (6 AM to around 9) from Matinecock to Manhasset Bay and there was nothing going on.   No birds, no blues, nothing.  Boyon and I managed to get a couple of fish in a spot near Matinecock but that was it.  I checked with several friends fishing all techniques in the area and nothing was happening in the AM.  The weather man blew it as usual and instead of rain and clouds it was sunny and great... just not for fishing.   For as far as Cold Spring Habor (thanks Wally) there was nothing happening until later in the AM (thanks Brian). I went out again around 5 PM and it was a different story.  I went back out and things were happening.  I got a couple of fish off Half Moon on olive and white clousers right up agianst the beach and then headed east towards Hempstead Harbor.

 

I found the fish up against the beach again in 2 to 7 feet of water rolling on the surface.  Chart and white mush mouths were working well but the fish were crushing something else.  Stripers were boiling all around on something but it wasn't bait fish. 

 

 

After a couple of fish I looked over the side and saw a shrimp swimming on the surface.  So I switched to a shrimp pattern and had fish practically jumping out of the water hitting my fly.  I had a couple of big hookups but got immediately broke off.  I thought there may be blues and switched to wire, stripers kept on hitting.  As long as it was a shrimp the fish were hitting.   Smaller hooks on shrimp patterns were working well but the smaller hooks make a good set hard to get.  (Wow I'm a poet and don't even know it).  Action continued until about 6:30 and then things just stopped.  So I packed it in and headed home to play with my kids.  To see more photos of the shrimp the fish were feeding on check out my photo page.  The fish are there, just be a little patient and pay attention.  I had a so-so morning but a great late afternoon.

Tight lines, John

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September 24, 2006

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 66 deg., Sound: 66 deg.

Water Quality: Clear

Hot Flies:

Enrico's Popper

Olive and White Half n' Half

What an afternoon of fishing.  Fish were all along Half Moon.  Ron, Rino and I were drifting in our boats along the beach banging fish in shallow water.  There was a mix of blues and stripers working up and down the beach and.... I am pretty sure... bonito.  The fish were on the move, up and down the beach and wouldn't stay in one spot for long.  Birds gave up on chaseing the fish so you had to watch for the boils they were making and then take your shot.  In the boils there were fins.  Not bluefish fins, not striper fins.  Thinner tail fin than a bluefish and taller dorsal fins.  Rino confirmed it for me when he found them again a little farther east in the evening.

 

Smaller fish were hanging around the rocks and were hitting plugs and olive and white flies.  They were aggresive enough that they were taking flies with wire leaders.  You will find lots of mini blitzes around with birds working them.  The fish are on the move so keep your eyes open.  I will be heading out early AM all week trying to get shots at the bonito in the Sound.  I will post after every outing to let you know what is going on out there.  We are getting into the best fishing of the year so get out there.

Tight lines, John

 

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September 19, 2006

Water surface temp in Manhasset Bay: 69 deg.

Water Quality: Murky

Hot Flies:

Enrico's Popper

Olive and White Half n' Half

 

The water has cleared up some but there is still putrid water in some of the corners of Manhasset Bay.  It is also in the Sound.  You will know it when you run into it.  I haven't seen much bunker in the Bay the last couple of days and bluefish blitz action has died down.  There is still plenty of great bluefish action to be had, the fish are in shallow water again.  Poppers thrown around the rocks are getting some big strikes and big fish.  Blues upto 13 lbs are coming out of water 3 ft deep and under.  Don't forget your wire!

 

Striper action has been okay.  Olive and white Half and Halfs were working great for me the other night.  Purple and black and purple have also been great colors.  A couple of nights ago I hit on a cinder worm hatch near the dock.  Fish were boiling on cinder worms all around the dock.  I threw a cinder worm fly out there but only got a couple of strikes.  Hatches are fun but you spend a lot of time casting.  Best bet during a hatch, find a light on the water at the end of a dock.  Cast along the edges of the light and let your fly sink down a couple of feet.  Take a couple of strips and bang!  It's not that sporting but when the fish are keying in on one thing and it is hard to get them to take, it is your best bet to keep from getting skunked.  During the AM hours fish are feeding later but the action has been pretty much done by 9 to 10 AM.  Again, low light conditions are the best time to get good striper action.  If you are an AM guy get out there, if not wait until about an hour before sunset and fish into the night.  Don't forget to check your tides and plan accordingly.  If you know anything about fishing in rivers, treat it the same way.  Fish hang out in the areas of less current, facing into the current, waiting for an easy meal.  In general; outgoing tide (ebb), fish face into the harbor.  Incoming (flood), they face out of the entrance to a harbor.  They will also change position accordingly... but we will save that for another day.  Remember, always practice catch and release.  If you keep a fish, keep a small one.  Big fish produce more eggs and more big fish.  Plus they have less toxins in their meat.

Conserve for yourself and your kids!

Tight lines, John

 

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September 12, 2006

Water surface temp in Sound 69 deg.

Hot Flies:

Enrico's Popper

Large Bunker Flies

 

Back to reality time.  Last week I was driving a chase boat at the Farr 40 World Championships.  It's a sailing regatta for a one design fleet of sailboats called the Farr 40's and it is the most competative class in the World, attracting all the best sailors in the World.  It was a great event with close sailing.  An Italian boat won, Macalzone Latino, owned and driven by Vincenzo Onorato with tactics being called by Russell Coutts.  Congratulations to the entire crew.  I had a great time driving the chase boat but didn't get to do as much fishing an I wanted.  Driving the boat had me occupied from morning until night.  Poking around the rocks in unfamiliar waters as night isn't a very good idea.  So I only got to fish a couple of times in five days out on the water.

 

Around here I hear I didn't miss much.  The assholes, yes assholes, at the Waste Treatment plant in Port Washington had an "accident" and flushed a ton of raw sewage into Manhasset Bay.  The water was not only stained but smelled like shit.  My wife and kids where near the waterfront and had to go home because of the smell.  The shop was open over the weekend to do rentals and we turned people away because of it.  So I get back on Sunday night by boat from Newport and as soon as get near Manhasset Bay I smell the crap in the water.  I get the boat I am delivering tied up and head home.

 

Last night I go out fishing on my boat.  The water in Manhasset Bay is stained but the smell has gone.  At this time of the year the water in the Bay should be much clearer.  So I head out in the Bay and there are pods of bunker all around the mouth of the Bay, inside the Bay.  There where a couple of blues chasing them but nothing big.  So we headed out of the Bay to see what was going on all we found was more shitty water.  The crap water has moved out of the Bay into the Sound around Half Moon beach.  After Pat and I almost gag we head back into the Bay just before sunset.  We find three large pods of bunker with blues working them.  So we break out the rods and start throwing flies.  I try a couple of baitfish and bunker patterns but only get a couple of follow-ups.  We switch to poppers and the blues are on.  Fish were in the nine pound range and were flying out of the water.  We fished for about half an hour when the action died just after sunset, as it started to get a little dark.

 

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September 1, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 68 deg.

Hot Flies:

Purple Crystal Baitfish

Black Deceiver

Black and Purple Half n Half

 

What a night of fishing.  I went out at around 11 PM and fished until 3:30 AM.  It was great weather and not a soul out on the water except for Boyan and I.  I would have stayed out all night except I was ready to collapse.  The tide this AM would have been excellent.

 

On to the fishing.  I went out to check a tip from Ron R.  He had some great action in the Bay around some rocks on Wednesday night.  I met up with Boyan who was in the Hobie Adventure and we fished the area for an hour or so.  I caught one schoolie on a purple Crystal Baitfish and Boyon caught a rat with a ratltrap.  It wasn't happening so I decided we should head to the mouth of the Bay to see if there was any action on the in coming tide.  Nothing at Plum Point so we headed to some rocks to see if there was anything around.  Sure enough there were a couple of fish hanging in 2 to 3 feet of water looking for a late night bite.  I pulled out a couple of more fish and then moved to another spot.  It didn't produce so I moved back to Plum Point and found a couple of fish feeding in shallow water along the shore.  It was about 3 AM by then so I bid Boyon farewell and headed home.

 

Back at the dock in the lights I found about a dozen small schoolies chasing each other around in the lights.  I bounced a fly in front of them for fun, pulling it away at the last second.  The fish would swarm the fly so long as it was bounced along slowly.  If I used a stripping retrieve a couple of fish would follow but that was about it.  I also noticed some cinder worms twirling around in the lights.

 

If you are heading out this weekend aim for sunrise and sunset.  We have great tides this weekend for early morning and evening fishing along beaches and weedlines.  Take some dark flies and/ or busy flies with you.  Dark color flies alway work best in low light conditions.  The action is starting to heat up so get your gear ready for some great fall fishing.

Tight lines, John

 

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August 30, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 71 deg.  Sound 69 deg.

Hot Flies:

Crystal Baitfish

White Deceiver

Chartreuse Deceiver

Chart. Clouser

Olive Clouser

 

 There hasn't been much surface activity the last couple of days but the fish are there if you know where to look.  Schools of six to nine pound blues have really been on the move, drawing small flocks of birds to their feeding.  They don't stay put long so if you want to get a shot you need to run and gun.  Drive up close and cast immediately.  The other way to catch them is to find a spot along a point and wait for the fish to work their way to you.  As the tide starts coming in, the fish have been starting out around points in the sound and working along the shore line towards the mouth of the bays..  If you are patient you will get a good shot at the blues.  It won't last long so be prepared.  Before and after the fish arrive you should pick up a few cruising around the pack.  After the fish pass try to move in front of the fish to get another shot.  It ain't easy but it's fast furious fun.

 

Stripers and blues have been cruising corners and beach lines near structure for spearing and small bait.  You will find amazingly large bluefish in shallow water along with schoolie stripers.  Mornings and evenings have been the time to head out for the best fishing.  If you are heading out in the afternoon look for areas with converging currents and use a sinking line or work under and along dock lines.  Last night we found some big stripers in 4 to 8 feet of water in the rocks.  I hooked in to what was potentially one of the largest stripers I have ever had on the fly... again, potentially.  I didn't get a good hook set and after a couple of minutes I got my fly spit back at my.  As the temperatures drop the fishing will just get better and better.  Fall is my favorite time and has some of the best action of the year for fly fisherman.  Check back or call the shop to find out what is going on.

Tight lines, John

 

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August 25, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 74 deg.  Sound 73 deg.

Hot Flies:

Poppers - Bob's Banger

Chart. Clouser

Olive Clouser

 

 I have been going out the last couple of mornings and evenings and catching big ass bluefish in shallow water.  That is until some knuckle head drives up in his boat to see what is going on.  Fisherman around here just don't understand stealth and shallow water.  There is absolutely no sense of fishing or boating etiquette.  More guys around here have stories of being out fishing, having a great time, and a bunch of morons drive right up and scare all the fish away.  I see it in a lot of places I fish but it is especially bad in this area.  I try to take it easy because most guys don't know any better.  They have no training and very little experience.  Unfortunately for others it is just their mentality.  If you want to know more check out my tips page.  I am going to post a blurb about fishing and boating etiquette. 

 

Anyway, back to the fishing report.  Blues have been hanging out in shallow water feeding on small bait fish.  If your fly isn't the right size they aren't interested.  Color doesn't seem to be too critical.  Patterns that look like silversides (spearing) work best.  I tried some larger patterns with more of a profile (looking like peanut bunker) but the fish would only look at them and not take them.  The blues were finning on the surface  in 1 to 3 feet of water so it was sight casting at is best.  See the fish, cast to the fish, catch the fish, pole on to the next group of fish.  Awesome!  Check out some of my photos on the photo page.

 

This weekend is the WICC big bluefish tournament so watch out.  Every monkey with a boat will be out looking for the big one.  The tournament is a lot of fun, the problem is some of the participants.  Stay away from Harts Island, it will be mobbed.  The same for the mouth of Manhasset Bay, Hempstead Harbor, Execution, and Larchmont.  The fish will be spastic from boat noise, traffic, and fishing pressure.  Look for fish cruising the beaches and in odd places.  All the pressure will push them to other locations.  I predict a 15 lb fish will win the tournament.  If you are going out, good luck!  You can weight in at R&G Bait and Tackle located on Inspiration Wharf.  Remember, fishing is fun!  Be considerate of your fellow fisherman.

Tight lines, John

 

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August 18, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 74 deg.  Sound 70 deg.

Hot Flies:

Poppers - Bob's Banger

Chart. Clouser

Borski Bonefish Slider

 

The day started off slow.  Very slow.  I went to check out my new hotspot and things weren't so hot.  I watched a bunch of fish follow my fly up to the boat but not take.  So I started going through my box.  Crabs, shrimp, all shapes and colors of bait fish flies.  Ron R was with me and he switched to his spinning rod with the same result.  Then I tied on a Borski slider and immediately had two fish in the 5 to 6 lb range.  Ron switched up but was fishing with a intermediate line and couldn't get his fly into the zone.  The spot has a lot of current and a quick sinking line was the only way to get to the fish.  It was getting late and we needed fuel so we did one last drift and were on our way.

Off of Sands Point we ran into a nice bluefish blitz.  Six to 8 lb blues feeding on small bait.  Chartreuse  flies (clousers) with a quick retrieve was the killer.  Flies were catching more fish than the couple of other boats near us using spinning rods.  Things were going great until a bunch of other boats motored up and ruined the action so we called it a day.  It was a okay morning of fishing followed by a great afternoon of fishing.  I put a couple of photos on the photo page.

Tight lines, John

 

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August 16, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 74 deg.  Sound 70 deg.

Hot Flies:

Poppers - Bob's Banger

Olive Half n Half

Chart. Clouser

Small peanut/ wide profile bait patterns

 

What a day of fishing!  I went out early this AM and wasn't finding much action in a couple of my usual spots... sorry I won't say more.  So I headed to the mouth of Hempstead Harbor and found some blues working.  They were readily taking poppers (Bob's Banger) and chartreuse clousers.  The blues were puking up tiny peanuts.  The action was brief, the bait was constantly on the move.  You either have to look for the bait starting to boil or run right up on the fish and get your shots before the bait moves.  That was the story from Barkers Point to Matinecock.

 

Why did I run so far today?  Bonito!!  (and it is Bonito, not Bonita)  Rumor has it they are in the Western Sound.  I have it from a good friend they are around.  According to another account from Nor'east (Thanks Rino) they are off Greenwich, CT.  Either way they are in the area.  I am spending my AM's on the hunt.  I'll let you know as soon as I get anything.  If you want to give them a shot look for them traveling with blues in the AM or use some live peanuts to chum them up.

 

Then I was tooling around and I found a new spot.  The stripers were thick, the water was moving fast and Half n Halfs were the fly.  Unfortunately that is all I will say.  It is a unique spot that can't take much pressure.  But the stripers are out there and are ready to feed.  Water movement is a key as well as time of day.  If you want stripers, low light conditions rule.  As I have said before, early AM or dusk are the best times to fish.  I am a PM guy myself but for those special bites, like bonito, I will get my ass up early.

 

Catching stripers on the fly is definately a challange but it is worth it when it all falls together.  Bluefish aren't as challanging but they put up the best fight.  Either way get out there and enjoy.

Tight lines, John

 

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August 15, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 74 deg.  Sound 71 deg.

Hot Flies:

Poppers - Bob's Banger

Enrico's Perfect Minnow

Chart. Deceiver

Peanut Bunker Patterns

 

Peanut bunker are in.  I have spotted small schools around the Bay being chased by snappers.

 

It was too windy last night so we put away the fly rods and broke out the spinning rods. Close to the bottom of the tide just after sunset we had a couple of keepers and a couple of schoolies in the rocks off of Sands Point.  Storms were the hot lure.  There were three of us and two of us started with poppers (being in 4 ft of water) and one was fishing a 3 inch Storm swimming shad.  After a couple of casts the Storm started taking fish while we were getting no action on the poppers.  We all switched to Storms and had a hour of great fishing before packing it in.

 

Weather permitting I will be out there again tonight.  I don't go out if there is lightning in the area.  If not I am definately going out Wed. in the AM.  All week the tides will be perfect for sunrise and sunset fishing.  The wind has been picking up in the evenings so I will be aiming for the AM tides to get the best action with the fly rod.

 

Check out the Used Gear page.  I have changed it and am now posting used gear of all types.  If you find something you like contact the shop and you can pick the item up or we can ship it to you... unless it is a kayak.

Tight lines, John

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August 12, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 76 deg.  Sound 70 deg.

Hot Flies:

(.....The action hasn't been so hot lately so they are "better than nothing" flies today)

Poppers - Bob's Banger

Enrico's Perfect Minnow

Chart. Deceiver

 

Not much is going on.  The water quality in the Bay is excellent right now so more exact imitations seem to be working better on the stripers... when you find them.  There are some big blues cruising the Bay.  Striper action has been sparse.  Snappers are everywhere. A six weight with small flies with a stinger hook can be fun with the snappers.  If you want a few give me a call.

 

Again, North side of the Sound seems to be the place to find more stripers.  Again dawn and dusk are the times.  In the AM the action tapers off as soon as the sun gets up a little bit.  Late night on the outgoing tide has been the magic time for me.  During the brighters hours of the day, fishing from the kayaks has really been the best bet in open water.  You really need to sneak up on the fish.

 

That's it for now.  I am heading out tonight, if I find anything interesting I will put it up for you.

Enjoy the great weather!

Tight line, John

 

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August 9, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 77 deg.  Sound 71 deg.

Hot Flies:

Small/ Medium Bunker Patterns

Black/ Purple Clousers (After sunset)

Poppers

Cinder Worm Patterns

 

Things are returning to normal after the heat wave.  Striper action has been okay but not as good as it was before the heat wave.  Look for action early in the AM or around sunset.

 

Big Bluefish are still cruising around and Snappers a clogging every weed line around the Bay.

 

We are in the full moon so look for cinder worms at night.  Make sure to take some cinder worm patterns with you.  Boy-on-fish has noticed Stripers feeding on little grass shrimp in the spotlights near the docks at night.  I haven't had a chance to confirm it yet but it's worth a try.  Use an epoxy shrimp pattern to probe around the lights.

 

There is a lot of boat traffic around now so try and be courteous.  Don't be a bonehead and motor right up to the fish or someone fishing.  Pick your positioning and drift in on the fish using the wind or tide to push (drift) your boat with the engine off.  It is amazing how many people don't know how to do this and they just run around in circles chasing fish they can't catch.  Last weekend we were on some bluefish near Sands Point.  A couple of other boats saw we were catching and motored right up to where we were.  The action immediately stopped and the morons stood there casting and wondering where the fish went.  Fish don't like boat noise.  Period!  Try to be courteous of your fellow fisherman

Tight lines, John

 

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August 3, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 80 to 84 deg.  Sound, 69 to 73 deg.

Hot Flies:

Small/ Medium Bunker Patterns

Black/ Purple Clousers (After sunset)

Poppers

 

Hot! Hot!! Hot!!! Is about all I can say.  Water and air temps are stupid high.  If you are going out do it before sunrise and around and after sunset.  Fishing was good into the night last night.  Blues did their usual shut-down after sunset but kicked back in later in the night.  There were a few stripers hanging around the rocks but they were few and far between.  Concentrations of fish are definately greater on the North side of the Sound where the water temps are cooler.  I found a couple of small pods of bunker being chased by blues in the entrance to Manhasset Bay before susnset.  Black and purple flies with floating line and poppers around the rocks after sunset drew some attention.  Blues are cruising around looking for things to eat.  If you can't find Blues chasing bunker, look for nervous water and try a few casts.  They have also been congregating in the back of the Bay and various little coves.  Between 10 AM and 6 PM I recommend going to the pool and drinking ice tea or sitting inside tying flies.  Wait for the cooler hours of the day to head out fishing... the fish do, you should too.

Stay cool!  John

 

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July 30, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 78 deg.  Sound, 73 deg.

Hot Flies:

Small/ Medium Bunker Patterns

Black/ Purple Clousers (After sunset)

Poppers

 

What a great couple of days we had.  The weather has been great and the fishing has been equally great.  A majority of the stripers are still on the North side of the Sound.  There are schoolies hanging around structure and grass lines on the Long Island side, but the larger fish are few between.

 

Big bluefish are all around.  I have been finding the hanging on the surface in the Bay not actively doing anything.... until you get a fly near them.  They will take small to medium sized bunker patterns presented close by.  Just look for swirls on the surface and cast near by.  Otherwise just do a fanning pattern with a popper and hold on.  Make sure to change up your retrieve to get their attention.  If you have a fish following your fly try speeding up your retrieve.  Blues like their prey moving.  If you see one swirling at your fly, pick up the pace to get him to really engage your fly.  Make sure you are using wire so you don't lose your fish and your fly.

 

If you are releasing your fish, keep the fight short, and be as gentle as possible.  Breezes are light and water temps are high right now meaning there is less oxygen in the water.  Roughing up a fish and putting him back in the water exhausted is a sure fire way to kill him for no reason.  Handling fish stresses them and damages their slime coat and their ability to fight disease.  Putting an over tired fish after a long fight into water low on oxygen is like you doing a sprint until you are out of breath and then having someone put a wet towel over your face while you are trying to recover.  The fish put on a valiant fight for us.  If you aren't going to eat him show him some respect and put him back gently so he may live to fight another day.  Except for the occasional legal size fish I encourage everyone always to practice catch and release.  Don't keep monsters.  Just take a picture.  Monster fish make more monster fish.  If you want a nice meal keep the smaller fish.

Tight lines, John

 

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July 27, 2006

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 76 deg.  Sound, 71 deg.

Hot Flies:

Small Bunker Patterns

Olive Clousers

Black/ Purple Clousers (After sunset)

Cinder worm patterns

What do you think of the new moon and tide charts right on the page!  Email me and let me know what you think!  I think they are a great addition and give you great up to date info for our area.

 

Water quality is good in Manhasset Bay and along the shore in the Sound.  There is a massive slick of red/brown tide in the middle of the Sound starting just outside Hempstead Harbor and extending (as far as I went) to Matinecock Point.  Not a good thing to see.  But as I said close to shore the water is very clean.  Check the photo page to see a picture of my boat in the water at Half Moon beach.  You can see how clean the water is.

 

The Kayak Run was a success considering the weather forecast we had.  Fortunately the weather held out until just after the prize drawing.  Then the skies opened up and it poured.  Still, we had 31 boats compete and had some great prizes.  I donated the grand prize of a Cobra Escape Kayak, a paddle, kids polarized sunglasses, a Columbia shirt and shorts, a Patagonia kids rash guard, and some shop tee shirts.  I would also like to give a big THANK YOU to the North Hempstead Bay Constables and Nassau County Marine Division for helping out and keeping everyone safe.  You guys did a great job and everyone really appreciated it.

 

There are huge schools of bunker everywhere.  Blues have been working the bunker in the AM and evening until sunset.  Flies thrown around the edges of the schools and stripped in fast are pulling up some big bluefish.  Stripers have been hard to find on the south side of the sound.  There seem to be more fish on the North side of the Sound.  Stripers should be working under the blues so you can also try a fast sinking line with a bunker pattern.  Let the fly sink as deep as possible and hope the blues don't get it on the way down.  This method is your best bet to hook into a monster.

 

Cinder worms are still buzzing around but they are small.  If you are out there in the PM try buzzing a cinder worm pattern under some spotlights near lights on a dock.  Fish have been rolling on cinder worms but the action is inconsistent.

 

That's it for now.  Tight lines, John

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July 15, 2006

Manhasset Bay High tide 3:17 PM. Low tide 9:19 AM

Sunrise: 5:36 AM, Sunset: 8:25 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 72 deg.  Sound, 69 deg.

Hot Flies:

Poppers

Olive Half and Halves

Olive & Chart Clousers

Cinder worm patterns

Water quality has finally improved and the beaches in Manhasset Bay and Hempstead Harbor have re-opened.  Water quality in the sound is excellent.  There is some murky water in the corners but all in all the water a great.  Bluefish are pretty thick in Manhasset Bay.  Big ones have shown up early.  Poppers thrown in shallow water along the beaches have been pulling up some big blue fish.  Bunker are plentiful if you can find them.  The schools have really been on the move, never staying put for long.  I have been finding big schools hanging around the mouth of Eastchester Bay after sunset.  We are also on the backside of the full moon so there may be some cinder worms around.  If you are out at night make sure to bring a couple of cinder worm patterns with you.

 

July 22 is the Family Kayak run, make sure to sign up.  All proceeds go to PW community chest which supports a number of charitable organizations and community programs.

First prize is a new kayak!

Contact the shop for more info.

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July 2, 2006

Manhasset Bay High tide 4:30 AM. Low tide 10:15 AM

Sunrise: 5:28 AM, Sunset: 8:30 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 69 deg.  Sound, 65 deg.

Hot Flies:

Large bunker patterns (still working well)

Olive Half and Halves

Olive & Chart Clousers

Water in Manhasset Bay is fantastic right now.  The water quality was looking iffy for a while but things have really cleared up.  Dull color patterns are working well.  Because the water is clear use flies that look more like actual fish than general imitations.  Baby flounder should be showing up so try flounder patterns.  To create one, tie lead eyes like a clouser and create a spread fly (Bob Popovic) pattern on it's side.  The hook should ride up so you can scoot the fly along the bottom like a flounder.  Use an intermediate or sinking line to keep the fly on the bottom.  Adding a weed guard isn't a bad idea either.  There are lots of little blues around so make sure to use wire.  If you need it we have it in the shop.

Tight lines, John

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June 25, 2006

Manhasset Bay Low tide 5:24 AM, High tide 8:30 PM.

Sunrise: 4:05 AM, Sunset: 9:08 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 67 deg.  Sound, 63 deg.

Hot Flies:

Large bunker patterns (still working well)

Crease flies

Olive Half and Halves

Sorry for the gap, I was busy drifting around in the Atlantic Ocean.  I was off doing the Newport to Bermuda Race.  This year it was a 635 mile drift-athon to Bermuda.  We still managed to have a great time and a big thanks goes out to USMMA and the RBYC for a great time.

 

Okay, so here is the latest... not much has changed.  The water in the Bay hasn't been great.  Last summer we had a great summer of clear water.  This year it has been... well, ugh.  If we get a few sunny no wind days we are going to have a red tide.  I don't think it is going to be a great summer for water quality this year.  What does that mean?  Don't eat a lot of fish from the western sound and watch what you are dumping on your lawn, in the street, etc.  Everything you dump on the ground in Long Island ends up in the (your) Bay or Sound.  We have storm drains that dump straight into the water.  Whatever you throw on your lawn or the street is going into and trashing our waters.  I am on the water/ waterfront every day and I see it first hand.  What you do on the land impacts our waters.  Don't be a moron, take five minutes out of your day to do the right thing.

 

Okay, so on to the fishing report.  Small fish still abound for the shallow angler.. unless you are fishing before/ after dark.  Larger fish are out there under the cover of night.  Techinically Cinder worms should be done for right now but people are saying the flies are working.  Crease flies and Half and Halves are producing.  My favorite fly colors are still the ones that work the best, olive/ white and chatreuse/white.  Bluefish are here!  Make sure to bring some extra flies and wire.  If you want to know more about wire checkout our tips page.  My first enty is about how what to use when blues are around.  Anyway, bring some extra flies because the choppers are around.

 

Kayaks... I can't tell you how great these things are for fishing. They are not the ideal for everyone but I have to tell you they are the best way to get in on the fish.  Using a kayak you will find fish in places that you never expected.  Noise is ... heck it is another issue I will add to the tip page when I get some more time.  I have gone on for long enough.  Hit an outgoing tide, work the low light parts of the day, and use flies with dull colors (most of the time) to get the best results.

Tight lines

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June 15, 2006

Manhasset Bay High tide 1:53 AM, low tide 8:43 AM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM, Sunset: 8:28 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 65 deg.  Sound, 62 deg.

Hot Flies:

Large bunker patterns (check out our photo page)

Crease flies

Chartreuse Clousers

Enricos Perfect Baitfish

*** Cinder Worm Patterns***

The water in our side of the Bay got really funky the yesterday.  It looks like we have some red tide in the Southeaster corner of the Bay.  Hopefully it will clear up.  Fishing has been good but continues with more of the same.  There are large fish around but you catch a dozen in the teens before you get a couple in their twenties.  Fishing around sunset has been very productive.  The water in the sound has been very nice and clear.  Bring some more exact baitfish patterns with you when fishing in the sound along the beaches or rocks.

 

***Watch for a cinder worm hatch any time now... that is if it hasn't happened already.  Be sure to have a floating line and/or leader with you.  We have a great cinder worm pattern in the shop.  If you tie, make a couple in a larger size and different color.  Sometimes a fly of a similar shape but different color and/or size than the hatch will help produce a few more fish.  Also try a multi fly rig with a dropper loop when fishing a hatch.  More flies give you more chances at catching fish during the hatch.  It can be really hard to hook up when the fish are keying in on cinder worms because of the sheer volume of bait.  Also try a dropper rig with a cinder worm in front and a small baitfish pattern in the back.  Cinder worm hatches can be frustrating but you can get some big fish during the hatch.  One my favorite things is when you have guys next to you fishing bait and lures and they can't catch a thing... but that stupid little cinder worm fly will catch them all night!  So get out there under the moon and have some fun.

 

I will be away from the shop for a bit while I do the Newport to Bermuda Race.  If you would like to know more about the race and see how I am doing go to www.bermudarace.com

I will be sailing on an Andrews 77 named Alchemy.  I will post some photos on when I get back.

Pray for fair wind and weather for me!

Tight lines, John

 

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June 8, 2006

Manhasset Bay High tide 9:53 AM, low tide 3:26 PM.

Sunrise: 5:23 AM, Sunset: 8:25 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 64 deg.  Sound, 60 deg.

Water temp at Execution Rock buoy: 77 Degrees???? (There is something wrong with this buoy)

Water Conditions: Clear

Hot Flies:

Half n' Halfs in olive

Large bunker patterns (check out our photo page)

Crease flies

Lots of small fish in the bay on flies.  Big fish are being caught on chunks and live line.  Boyon D caught a 43 inch, 33 lb striper right in the Bay while fishing from a Hobie Adventure kayak.  You can see the photo of the fish on our home page or on the photo page.  Kayaks are the way to get in on the fish.  If you want to give it a shot we demo and rent hobie and cobra fishing kayaks.

 

Also check out photos of the monster striper Keith O caught to win the Manhattan Cup using one of our bunker flies.  If you have a custom pattern, we will tie just about any custom pattern you want.

 

Rich (who owns R&G Bait and Tackle) has plenty of fresh bunker in stock.  R&G is located on Inspiration Wharf and is accessible by boat.  For lat/long or directions to the Wharf check the About Us page.  It includes a full set of directions and phone numbers.

 

As far as fishing from the shore in the Bay, Leeds is always great.  If you go there please take a minute and pick up some garbage.  People keep leaving crap around.  If it continues we will lose access to this excellent fishing spot.  So take a minute on the way back to the car and pick up a couple of pieces of trash.

 

Check out our new tips page for info on proper fish handling and catch and release techniques.  You should always practice catch and release on larger fish.  Big fish make lots of eggs which equals more fish.  If you want to keep a fish, keep a small fish.

Tight lines, John

 

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May 16, 2006

Manhasset Bay and Western Sound. High tide 1:53 PM, low tide 8:04 PM.

Sunrise: 5:36 AM, Sunset: 8:06 PM

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 54 deg.  Sound, 57 deg.

Water temp at Execution Rock bouy: 57 Degrees

Water Conditions: Brown but not murkey.  Runoff (mostly pollen) is staining the water.

Hot flies:

Clousers, long and slender in olive and chartreuse.

Half n' Halfs in olive and white and brown and white.

Jiggies in olive and chartreuse

There are tons of stripers around right now but they are all in the 22 inch and under size.  There are larger fish but you have to get to them.  Intermediate lines with quick sinking flies like clousers or jiggies or a quick sinking line with a deceiver are a must.  Slender patterns are working well in the Sound which tells me the fish are in a sand eel type of mood.  I have also heard reports of fish feeding on squid patterns to the east.  Weakfish should be showing up soon so break out your pink and yellow flies.  I have some killer weakfish flies in stock... but they won't last long.

 

If you are out on your boat do me a favor and be courteous to your fellow boaters and fisherman.  If you see someone in on some good action don't go barreling up to them.  Engine noise spooks fish immediately.  Find a nearby area but keep your distance.  If they are in open water check the tide and wind and drift to them from a distance.  Don't be a moron and go motoring into the fish or right up to the edge of the school of fish.  You spook the fish and piss everyone off.  I see idiots doing this all the time when I am out on the water.  If you are new to fishing or boating I am adding a tips page.  Check them out, they will help you catch more fish, have more fun, and not have people yelling at you because you just ruined the fishing for everyone.  If you need more help, just give me a call or stop by the shop.  I am always happy to help.   Tight lines, John

 

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April 8, 2006

Manhasset Bay and Western Sound. High tide 9:50 AM, low tide 4:13 PM.

Water temp at Kings Point, 45 deg.  Water is very clear.

Hot flies: ??? Haven't fished yet.

 

Finally Spring has sprung... more or less.  You would never have known on Saturday.  I was out on the water participating in a Safety as Sea Course and it was freaking cold!!!  It was sleating and snowing.  Still it was great to be back out on the water.

 

Word on the water is there are fish in the back of Manhasset Bay and Little Neck Bay.  I have seen quite a few Surf Fisherman and some Fly Fisherman working the shore at the back of the Little Neck.  Ron R reports seeing about 20 guys working the back of Little Neck on Friday.  Catches have been schoolies.  No reports of big fish yet.

 

I you are interested in Hobie Mirage Drive Fishing Kayaks, we have all the 2006 models in stock and on display.  It will be another week or so before we start doing demos but you can come down and see the new Hobie Models on display.

 

Anyone needing bait, baitcasters, or spinnig gear should note that R&G Bait and Tackle is now open.  They are located in the boatyard behind the shops on Inspiration Wharf.  Richie or Nick are there on the weekends and most week days right now.

 

 

2005

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December 23, 2005

With a tear in the eye the boat came out of the water yesterday... which means it's time to start thinking bonefish.  My #1 favorite fish.  I can spend days wandering the flats and mangroves in search of bones, jacks, permit, and barracudas in skinny water.  Check back in Feb. and March for reports from the Southern Latitudes.  Also make sure to check out the photo page and classes and events.  Classes will be running all winter to help you tune up your fishing and tying skills.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!!

Atlantic Outfitters

 

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November 28, 2005

Manhasset Bay and Western Sound. High tide 8:24 AM, low tide 3:08 PM.

Water surface temp on my boat in Bay, 42 deg.  Sound, 45 deg.

Water temp at Kings Point, 49 deg.  Water is very clear.  Skies were overcast.

Hot flies: Olive clouser.

 

More crazy warm weather.  Winds have been light the last couple of days which has been great for throwing flies around.  Blitz action has died down but there are still plenty of fish around.  Still no big fish.  Rumour has it they are still in the MA area and really haven't made it this way yet.

 

Went out with Ron R. yesterday afternoon and didn't find much action in the Sound.  We fished the bottom of the tide in the sound which I have never found to be very productive.  We poked around the rocks off Prospect point as the tide started to come back in with no success.  The breeze started to kick in a bit so we headed back into the Bay and went to Leeds.  There were a couple of duck hunters set up off Leeds beach so it limited where we could fish.  If you are a hunter, there is a report on where I have seen a lot of ducks lately at the end of this fishing report.  So we cast along the beach at Leeds for a while and right around sundown started to get some hits.  Ron managed to hook a rat but that was about it.  If we could have stayed the action would probably have picked up.  Leeds is a great spot for fishing at night.  I have also heard reports of shad along the beach.

 

  Hunters, where they should have been was out in the center of the bay.  There were a ton of ducks out there.  There are also a lot of ducks off Barkers Point and Half Moon beach.  Ducks in the middle of the bay look mostly to be Buffleheads.  Also, near the mouth of the bay there is a creek on the Greatneck shore.  I always see ducks flying in there when the tide is high.

 

Warm weather and light breezes make today a great day on the water.  Tuesday is supposed to be warm, rainy and breezy out of the South.  Leeds and Bar Beach should be fishable.  Try and catch the outgoing tide in the AM.

Tight lines, John

 

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November 21, 2005

Manhasset Bay and Western Sound.    Low tide @ 8:11 AM, high tide @ 2:28 PM.

Water surface temp on my boat 48 deg.  Water temp at Kings Point monitoring station 52 deg.

Hot flies: crease fly, olive half n' half.

 

What a day!  Hardly any wind made it a great day for fly-fishing.  Between 8 and 10 AM there were schoolie stripers in the center of the bay taking crease flies and half and halves.  As the tide came in the fish moved out of the bay to Half Moon beach.  The action consisted of pods of smaller fish (12 to 18 inches) chasing peanut bunker.  The smaller pods would merge together to blitz for a little while and then the fish would split up again.  Larger fish (22 to 27 inches) could be found around the pods of smaller fish.  In general I found I was consistently getting larger fish using crease flies on the surface than with the half and halves subsurface.  There were also monster bluefish following some of the smaller fish up to the boat.  A sinking line to get the fly under the stripers would probably have produced a couple of nice fish.

 

Richard A. was out on his Hobie Outback today.  A kayak would have been the perfect way to stay with the action today.  Add the glassy conditions and it must of been a great day.  Rich, how was fishing from the kayak today?  Email or call the shop and let me know.

 

Brian M was out on his boat also.  He ran as far as Captains Island, CT looking for larger fish and didn't find much.  He thinks the action was much better around Manhasset Bay.  Hempstead Harbor was dead also.

 

The breeze is forecasted to pick up out of the North, gusts as high as 36 according to NOAA.  The fish are here if you really want to head out.  I am going to use the time to tie some flies to replace the ones the fish trashed today.  Don't eat too much turkey.  Happy Thanksgiving!  John

 

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November 16, 2005

Manhasset Bay.  Today was a complete blowout!  Gusts to 40 in the bay.  I spent the afternoon

putting kayaks in storage and looking for bird action on the bay.  Sure enough around 3 PM

there was a flock of birds 200 yards long working hard over the fish.  Action all over the bay

has been hot and heavy.  Outgoing tide, heck any tide has been producing for everyone.

The fish are on the small size, 20" to 25", but the sheer number is amazing.  Blues are still

mixed in with them and there are reports of Shad being caught along the beaches.  Let's

hope this windy weather system moves through quick.  Tomorrow will still be a little breezy

but according to NOAA the wind should lay down on Friday.

 

Rant of the Day!

My first one!  Oh joy!  Okay, who has seen this garbage on the news about the War on Christmas?

They are banning images of santa, the words Christmas from holidays, stores, etc.  It is pretty

darn rediculous.  There are a lot more important things in life that what a freaking holiday is

named.  Our society is getting so out of whack.  The needs of a few tiny brained closed minded

people are ruing the fun for the rest of us.  Everyone has to be special, no on can be upset.

Pretty soon the world will be full of a bunch of brainless milktoasts that all can't handle

rejection, confrontation, or dare say something controversial... like Christmas.  Last time I

checked Christmas was about family, friends, sharing, and giving.  Those evil concepts

that happen to be associated with the word Christmas.  So if you come by the shop and I

wish you a Merry Christmas, remember it's the concept.  It has nothing to do with who

or what you are, suck it up.

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November 15, 2005

Western Sound report.  Action has been hot with blues and stripers bulking up for migration.

Patterns that have been working well are half n' half's, big mushmouths, and olive clousers.

The bite has been happening at all hours of the day but the best action has been consistently

in the AM and around dusk.  The fish are mostly feeding on peanut bunker.  There are reports

of shad and herring in the Sound east of Hempstead Harbor.  There are some big blues around,

12 lb plus, so wire tippet is a good idea if you don't want to lose a bunch of flies.

Tight lines, John

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