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May 28, 2019 9:51 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Holiday Weekend Fishing Wrap Up

Elder de Almeida and one of the 4-pound porgies currently inhabiting Little Peconic Bay caught aboard Goosie.
Jun 4, 2019 7:11 AM

It seems like forever ago that Memorial Day weekend was a perennial letdown to those looking to hit the beach and show off their no-tan lines in short-shorts and mini-minis. Cold, gray, raw breezes seemed to always make the Hamptons seem more like Monterey.But for the last, I’m going to guess, five or six MDWs, the weather has been warm and sunny and about as summer-like as you can get being on the edge of an ocean that is still barely 60 degrees.

This, however, does not seem to have translated to the fishing being in full swing as much as the very Hamptons-y social scenes are.

With such nice days on the water, there certainly were plenty of fish caught this past weekend. But the action was not really red hot in most places.

The best fishing continues to be the porgy bite in the Peconics, to be sure. After a couple of years of flagging numbers, the porgies seem to have really set up well along the ridge again this year, and the big ones are absolute monsters. I’ve seen a few over 5 pounds caught, which is a sheepshead-class porgy.

The fluking has maintained well enough, but hasn’t really taken off yet. The ocean bite is okay, and there are decent numbers of bigger fish. No real doormats like we typically would start to see hitting the scales this time of year, but a good number of 8- to 10-pounders, like the ones Joe McDonald and Billy Longnecker caught.

The ocean off Montauk and Shinnecock are producing the biggest fish, but the boats that are plying the deep waters off Shelter Island are still catching their share of keeper fish. Some of the channels inside Shinnecock Bay are giving up some decent shots of fish as well.

If you are interested in porgy fishing, the Shinnecock Star in Hampton Bays and the Viking Fleet in Montauk are doing it daily. The Hampton Lady, Miss Montauk and LazyBones are mostly fluke fishing. So whatever port is closest to you, there is a relatively cheap ride to the fishing grounds.

For those of you terrestrial anglers, striped bass are being quite stubborn these days. There are some big bass in residence—at least a few 40- and 50-pounders have been caught by boat anglers—but surfcasters are struggling to get their hooks into the faces of those biggies.

There are smaller bass around the bays and along the ocean where you can find some decent structure. Montauk’s rocks are probably the best bet right now. There are bluefish to be had here and there, but the Great Bonac Bluefish Rodeo has really not been very consistent this year.

Weakfishing this year has been little more than incidental catches. That stock of fish is in a sad state, to say the least.

This week should bring more and more stripers and blues into our area, so there is opportunity with each nautical twilight. Don’t sleep through it.

Catch ’em up. See you out there.

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