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2010 FISHING REPORTS

Nov 26: STILL CHASING TUNA, AND THE BASS FISHING IS SOLID

Those bluefin are still around in pretty good numbers, but they are real difficult now since they seem to be feeding exclusively on sandeels. They are popping here and there and it's a fast run and gun game.  Very hard to get on the fish and get a cast off before the sound.  But darn if it isn't fun just chasing them.  These are bigger fish than we've seen all year also.  Can't say I've seen a fish under 100-pounds in a while.  All this said, they are catchable, it's just we haven't been the ones catching them.  We are indeed getting shots though.  Maybe we'll finally stick one this weekend.  On a related note, there have been plenty of bass to fall back on and some monster bluefish.  We're gonna keep at it.  Ping us if you want to get out: john@nycflyfishing.com

 

Nov 5:  INSANE TUNA FISHING

It's going off!!!  Surface feeding fish for hours.  Even sticking a few on the fly.  Leave the 12wts at home...  14wt minimum. And they are a lot closer than you think. 

 

 

Nov 1: OFF THE HOOK BASS FISHING!

Last few days have been insane.  Quality and quantity.  Don't think we've caught a fish under 30" in the last 3 days and certainly we've landed a bunch of fish in the high 20lb range and a few over 30.  We've got some days available.  Ping us and we'll get you out while it's still good. john@nycflyfishing.com

Oct 11: ALBIE RESURGENCE

Well...   I'm very sorry for the lack of reporting.  It's been a very busy month for us.  I've been out in Montauk and fishing hard back in my home waters.  We've had some good and bad fishing since my last report.  Locally the albies were very spotty in September.  There one tide, gone the next.  Frustrating given all the bait that has been around.  While we haven't seen much in the way of peanut bunker this year, fortunately the sandeels have filled the void in a big way.  They are quite abundant inshore right now, which makes me believe we're gonna see some inshore bluefin tuna this year, perhaps as early as this month.  But I'll talk about that in a minute.  For now, the albies are back and we've been consistently catching good numbers of these fish for the last several days.  In addition the first schools of the year's fall run bass, albeit late, have arrived and we're scoring some good fish during the early morning hours.  These fish are gorging on schools of sandeels and we've been seeing some pretty good blitzes as of late.  Of course there are plenty of bluefish around as well, so now is the time to get a Grand Slam.  I haven't made it offshore in quite some time, but I'm hearing some good reports.  Unfortunately, the weather and inshore bookings have kept me from running offshore.  Can't wait till I can get back out there again!  But we may even not have to go offshore, as judging by the copious amounts of sandeels and last year's extraordinary action I'm guessing we'll start seeing some bluefin inshore.  Keeping those fingers crossed.  I think it's gonna get really good here both inshore and offshore very soon.  Shoot us an email if you want to get out: john@nycflyfishing.com

 

Sept 14: ALBIES FINALLY ARRIVE!

No time to download all the photos or give a comprehensive report...  But last two days, it's been going good.  Plenty of albies on the surface and they are eating well.  Big bluefish are down below them.  We have dates available.  Ping us if you want to get out. 

 

Sept 2: OFFSHORE STILL GOING GOOD. 

The last two days were bluebird as far as going offshore was concerned.  And  you can bet your arse we were out there.  We scored a few decent fish on Tuesday, but nothing near as large as we had last week.  Save all the chicken dolphin you wanted, the mahi fishing was non-existent.  But that was Tuesday.  Wednesday was a different story.  Actually Wednesday was setting itself up to be a complete disaster.  A surprisingly easy ride out, we headed to some numbers that a friend "killed'em" at the prior day.  And it was much closer there where we had been running.  Zero wind, glassy conditions and a long period 3' swell...  A beautiful ride out, we were pushing 40mph.  When we got there it was amazing.  There were literally a dozen whales blowing all around us.  Porpoises everywhere.   The sounder was lit-up with with bait and fish.  There was so much bait around that we were snagging sandeels on our jigs.  I though "man we are gonna score here."  But save one fish in the first half an hour, which quickly became unbuttoned, we couldn't buy a fish.  WTF!?  After a couple of hours of ohhing and ahhing at the whales we made a decision to head to the spot we caught those fish the day before.  When we got there, there were only two other boats, which was strange because there were about 50 the day before.  We picked up one smallish tuna there. There was some chatter on the radio about big yellow and bluefin, but I didn't see any boats on my radar which was set at 12-miles.  We decide to head offshore a bit farther.  10-miles out and I began to mark boats.  We apparently got there just as the jigging bite had slowed down.  We jigged for about an hour before I decided to put a dead bait out.  These sardines I had on board were rancid.  A few days old they were decaying at a quick rate.  Very mushy.  Nonetheless I baited a hook and tossed it out there.  10 minutes later we had a grab on an 80-pound trolling rod.  By the feel of it, we knew it was a big fish so I pinned the drag down, knowing I had 80-pounds tow work with.  And hour and four anglers later we had a gorgeous yellowfin boat-side.  Sickle tail and all. And extraordinarily beautiful fish I estimated at around 100-pounds.  I went down to gaff it and it surged under the boat, breaking off in the process.  Heartbreaking!  We put another bait out and minutes later we had another large fish on.  This time it was a bluefin well north of 100-pounds.  And this time we actually boated it.  Awesome!  After that my crew had had enough and we headed for home.  But not without stopping at my favorite mahi spot.  There were a bunch of fish on it, including one giant bull.  We were unable to get it to eat, but we did stick a good one that leapt out of the water a number of times as if posing for the camera.  Good stuff!  There are a lot of big tuna and mahi out there my friends.  And I'm thinking this storm might even push'em closer to us.  Next Wednesday looks like the next doable day, thus I'm currently putting a boat together.  Let us know if you want to go:  john@nycflyfishing.com

Aug 29:  SOOO GOOD OFFSHORE...

Don't know what to say here.  I think the photos speak for themselves.  Weather looks real good this week.  Ping me if you want to get out after these tuna.  We're tagging and releasing most of these fish. 

Aug 22:  BIGGER FISH, WORSE WEATHER...

Man, I am so bummed about the weather.  It's been blowing steady out of the east as of yesterday morning.  As anyone who runs offshore on the east coast knows, any wind from the east over 10-knots pretty much sucks.  It means slow running and steady pounding.  And in most cases, it's prohibitive.  Looks like it's gonna stay east until Friday.  And that's a huge bummer, because the fish are out there.  On Friday, we had our over-under on jigs in the first hour at the tuna grounds.  Including a fish that I estimated to be in the 100-pound class.  Boy was that a challenge landing on a spinning rod, but were able to beat that fish in about 40-minutes.  Measured 58"!   After that we quit, but I'm sure we could have stuck these fish all morning.  Instead we went searching for mahi and we found them big-time.  A lot of fish visible all around the boat once we got them going, and we stuck a bunch, including one right around 40".  Good stuff.  the point is, the offshore bite right now is red-hot!  First doable day, we're back out there again.  Let us know if you wanna go!  It's been good...  Real good!

 

 

 

 

 

Aug 12: YES, WE'RE GETTING THEM ON THE FLY!!!

Wow...  After a week of bad wind conditions that prohibited us from making it offshore, last two days were pretty darn good.  After getting reports of dirty water and slow fishing where we were doing really well last week, I decided to go east.  Turns out that was a really good call.  After a very rough ride out, we stuck a few really good mahi on the fly on some pots, then continued to make our way farther out.  After seeing some optimum temps and some really beautiful blue water, as well as a lot of whale and dolphin activity, we stopped and dropped some jigs down...  And bam!  Brendan Nelson sets up on a really big fish.  Never, even seen a fish run like this.  Brendan was quickly running out line on a spool that had at least 500-yards of 80-pound braid on it.  I lit the motors off and tried to chase it, but I literally couldn't keep up!  Soon thereafter the braid dug into the reel and ceased up.  Of course the line parted immediately.  Brendan's reel wasn't smoking but it was literally hot to the touch.  A huge bummer!  My guess is that was a bluefin in the 200-pound range.  Nothing much after that save a lot of searching.  I even broke down after a while and decided to troll.  We had a pretty serious knockdown on the rigger, but the fish spit the hook after running off about 100-yards of line.  More searching...  And eventually we decided to head for the barn.  On the way in, I spotted some nervous water...  Decided to take a look, and as we got close I looked down and hundreds of bluefin in the 50-pound range were swimming maybe 15' under the boat.  We threw some jigs in and hooked up immediately.  We were on this and other schools for a few hours after that, sticking some on poppers, some on flyrods, and some on jigs.  Really, really cool.  These fish weren't really busting or anything, just kinda cruising along sipping these tiny sandeels from the surface.  The following day was a little slower, but still good.  Again we stuck a few mahi and then headed out further.  Unfortunately we didn't see any surface activity and didn't mark very much on the sounder, so we decided to troll (which by the way I totally hate, but I'll do it if I have to).  Some skipjack came up while we had 4 lines out.  So of course I stopped the boat and Keith made a few casts.  I began to bring the port rigger in and it immediately came tight.  I set up on what appeared to be a really heavy, albeit lazy, fish.  Figured it was a shark or ray or something.  Once I got it close to the boat, it woke up though.  Still, it didn't feel like a tuna.  But as I got it close, we saw that it was indeed a tuna, probably in the 80 to 100 pound class.  That was it for the morning though, but in the afternoon, like the prior day, those bluefin started amassing on the surface again.  Keith caught one of the fly and fought it for about 30-minutes before we boated it, took a couple of snaps and released it.  Good stuff!  Unfortunately the wind picked up and we couldn't find them after that, and I promised the wife I'd be home at a reasonable hour.  At any rate, this is getting too long.  The point of all this is, the tuna and mahi fishing is awesome right now!  And, we are indeed getting good shots and catching them on the fly.  Get in touch with us!  We'd love to get you out and show you how cool this fishery really is!  john@nycflyfishing.com.  718 791-2094. 

   

Aug 2: SICK TUNA FISHING!!!

All on spin gear...  No time to write but I haven't been this psyched about the fishing in years.  All the skipjack on the fly you want as well.  Expect this to last until the end of Aug.  Stay tuned... 

July 28th: TUNA!

Man, things have really gotten good offshore.  We're consistently catching good sized bluefin on the jig, and these are manageable fish in the 40 to 60 pound range with the occasional larger fish... totally doable on heavy spin gear.  No 3-hour fights either.  And really, there is no need for trolling right now. We're marking bait, dropping jigs down and sticking lots of fish.  In addition to bluefin and yellowfin there are a shit-ton of skipjacks out there eagerly taking flies...  You can pretty much catch as many as you want.   It's a bit of a run to get to where the fish are, but it's been well worth it.  It looks like we're going to get a run of bluebird days beginning on Sat and I'm not booked!  Shoot me an email if you wanna get in on this: john@nycflyfishing.com.  Oh, and the inshore fishing has been surprisingly good also.  Bass and bluefish under birds in the early morning hours.  Kinda  strange that they are here now, during what is usually a slow time of the year, but hey, we're not complaining!

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July 7th:

No time to download the photos, but there have been fish fish blitzing solid on the outside just about every morning.  And there are some real pigs under the bunker if you are into bait fishing.  Getting the bait has been a cinch.  But...  The bite under the birds as well as on the bunker has been ending once the sun comes up. So, now is a really good time to jump on a pre-work special.  We're leaving at 4:30AM and we'll have you back at 7AM.   Give us a shout. 

June 26:

Just a quick update before heading out.  It's actually been pretty good the last couple of mornings.  Lots of quality bass under birds.  Of course, once the sun comes up it dies off quickly.  Still, defiantly worth going.  Half days are good for this time of the year.  Oh, and a number of 50 pound fish were taken in the last few days under the bunker schools.  

June 24:

Okay...  So I'm way late on this report.  For that I apologize.  I've been excruciatingly busy this month, not just with the fishing, but with my day job.  A number of variables came together and put me way behind the ball.  Just coming up for air now.  For the most part, June has been a disappointing month in Jamaica Bay.  There have been plenty of fish to be caught on live bunker, but the fly and light-tackle fishing hasn't been all that great.  Sure we've had a good day here and there, but it is terribly inconsistent.  Any time I had the opportunity to drop a livie down though, it's been an almost immediate pick up and most fish are well north of 25 pounds.  Outside we've had sporadic bird action and sometimes there are bass underneath them, but most of the time there are 3 to 5-pound bluefish.  When the conditions are good we've been sight-fishing some schoolies on the backside of breezy, but these fish have been very hard to stick.  Due to the lack of consistency here, and certainly contributing to my recent lack of time to do reports, I've been putting the skiff on a trailer and driving out to an undisclosed location (sorry I don't want the entire world to know about it).  At this location, which is really not that far from Jamaica Bay, I've had some absolutely extraordinary sight fishing.  Plenty of shots at 36" fish cruising in crystal clear water.  Of course the big ones rarely eat, but the schoolies are certainly cooperating.  And certainly, once I figure it out, I'll get those slobs to eat a fly.  If you've never tried this before, I highly recommend it.  It's very similar to fishing for bonefish and the environs are extraordinary.  Give me a call and I'd be glad to take you out there, assuming your are okay with the blindfold (kidding of course).  I've got photos on my camera I have yet to download, although nothing really great.  Once I get to it I'll post them. 

 

June 3:

Well... Can't say it's been a great couple of weeks.  Certainly we're still catching some fish and having some good days here and there, but it hasn't been what I'd call consistent.  We've had some fish in the mud-flats and up against the sod-banks, but it only seems to last for a day or two.  Some good fish will be in a certain spot one day, then the next they will all be small fish.  That said, the liveliners have been crushing them though.  And when we've been dropping livies down we've certainly caught some good fish.  But the light-tackle/flyfishing stuff has been a little tough.  This is typical for this time of the year.  We are just in between runs I think.  One body of fish leaves and there's a lull until the next one arrives.  And on an encouraging note, we are just beginning to see fish in the sand flats closer to the outside so I expect the sight-fishing to get going real soon here.  Maybe even this weekend.  On another note, there's already some chatter about early season bluefin.  We may have to go out and take a look this weekend to see what we can find.  In the meantime, we've got dates available and like I said, if you are into bait fishing, we can pretty much guarantee we'll put you on some real slobs.  And really the flyfishing could turn on at any minute, and I expect it will.  Stay tuned. 

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May 18: SICK!!!

What a week!  Solid fish under birds on the ocean side and they are taking flies, plugs and soft plastics readily.  More fish over 20-pounds than I can count.  There's both big and small bait around in big numbers.  I guess we'll see what this front does.  It may end it right quick.  But frankly, at this point I'd have to say that this would be a good thing.  The party boats have really been putting a hurting on these fish, which are most certainly staging to go up the Hudson to spawn.  Read my blog on the subject here: STRIPED BASS TAKE A BEATING IN NY-BIGHT EEZ.

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May 12: REALLY GOOD!

Well, I have to say that it's been really tough in the back since the last report.  Water has turned a difficult shade of brown and those fish that we were on the mud-flats the prior week seemed to have vacated the flats.  That was a bummer and even got the first skunk of the year last Friday...  And I had a VIP out to boot!  Fortunately, out front the water is sooo much cleaner and there are fish under birds pretty consistently.  Of course, it requires some looking as these fish have been moving around a lot, but it's been worth the fuel expense as these fish have definitely been on the larger size.  And, I don't want to write off the back all together.  Did a few livelining trips in the back this week and we've been sticking some awfully big fish.  The bottom line is we've been catching a lot of fish this week.  It's been really good!

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May 5: THE FLATS COME ALIVE

Since last Saturday it's been darn good.  A nice body of fish moved into Jamaica Bay and they are up on the flats in some pretty shallow stuff.  The ones we're encountering on a regular bases have been well north of the 30" range.  And they are taking poppers with reckless abandon.  This is without-a-doubt my favorite way to fish.  Throwing poppers up against the sod-banks and having good sized bass crash them, then tear across the mudflats toward deeper water is about as cool as it gets.  I'm not even sure what they are eating as we have yet to kill one to examine it's stomach contents, but I'd have to guess it's grass shrimp.  That said, I haven't seen much in the way of the tell-tail dimples that occur during a good grass-shrimp hatch.  At any rate, the water has been crystal clear, which allows for some really cool visuals of bass following flies etc.  On two separate occasions I actually got to see the red of a fish's gill plates as it opened its mouth and inhaled the fly.  Cool stuff.  Cool up until today.  All that rain we had a few days ago brought a lot of runoff and with it subsequent algae blooms.  Good for the bunker I suppose, but not so good for the flats fishing.  Thus today was not such a good one.  But...  I expect after a few good tides it will clean out and we'll be back to sticking fish in shallow water again.  Back to the bunker, the bay is loaded with them.  I haven't done any livelining trips yet, but the reports from the bait folks are that it isn't all that good.  It's been described as a "steady pick" though.  I expect it will get better.  I'm out again tomorrow, hoping the water cleared up a bit and that those fish are back up against the sod banks.  If not, there are some spott y, but reliable eports of fish just offshore.  I may just shoot out there.  Stay tuned, and check out the photos of some of the fish we caught this week. 

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April 13: IT'S ON!

Well guys...  Looks like we've got a nice early start to the season.  David splashed the Parker over the weekend and found a big body of big fish balled up on herring.  Would love to tell ya where, but for obvious reasons we can't.  I'm stuck at a Council meeting this week, but both boats are ready to go and I plan on dropping them in the water just as soon as I get back.  Because of the general inconsistency of April as a good fishing month, as usual we've tried to keep it open.  So, if you want to get out soon, the fish are here and we're available to put you on them.  Shoot us an email (john@nycflyfishing.com) or give us a call: 718 791-2094.