It’s time to talk about putting some fish in the frying pan.Porgy pork chops are becoming a pretty easy bet, weakfish can be had if targeted properly, a few keeper stripers are coming up here and there, and fluke season gets under way this weekend.
The porgy bite that has been so outstanding the last several years is just getting ramped up and the early signs are that it’s going to be another good year. Little Peconic Bay and Cherry Harbor are the prime spots for targeting these jumbo spawning fish.
How porgies can sustain the numbers we’ve been seeing, under such heavy fishing pressure, is beyond my comprehension but whatever Mother Nature is doing right, I hope she keeps it up.
Some nice weakfish were caught this week both from boats and the beach in some of the usual early season spots in the back creeks. Some fish have already taken up residence around the spawning grounds off Roses Grove. The Shinnecock Canal saw a few nice fish taken from the bulkheads as well, which is always good news for East End anglers. The crew at East End Bait & Tackle recommends that tiderunner hunters work the times just before and after the canal locks close.
Stripers have remained scattered with only a few keepers in the mix here and there at the cuts and in the back creeks.
The conventional wisdom is that there are lots of fluke in residence in advance of Sunday’s season opener. As usual, the ocean runs off Montauk and Shinnecock and the deep water drifts around Shelter Island and Greenport will be the early season focus. The season mirrors last year’s rules: five fish per man, at a minimum size of 18 inches.
A few squid have been showing up under the docks at night. Bunker are thicker than ever so live baits for early season stripers are easy to find.
And canyon runners should be watching their temp charts, there’s a good piece of water on the move.
Everyone eat well this week.
Catch ’em up. See you out there.