New York and New Jersey Saltwater Fishing Report for August 16, 2103

Slow week for reports.  Water temps in NJ had things slowed down the past couple weeks.  Good to see the cow nosed rays have moved in; they’re a great fight!

If you’re on the water, send in a report and pics.  That’s what makes this report work.

New Jersey

cownosedrayReel Therapy fluke trips have been going well, some day’s the shorts are the only game in town while other days yield 4.25 pounders like this one. Here’s a close up look at one of the many cow nosed rays that have inundated our waters. These things are like hooking into a freight train!
This past Sunday, I had several blowups around the boat, right outside the surf line. Tunoids of some sort, larger than Albies, though as they were in the 10-15 pound range. They were feeding on mullet that were shooting out of the water in every direction. Very impressive, but happened so fast we couldn’t even get a cast off. This is a great indicator that our Albie action is right around the corner. I have some dates available to fly fish for them and
Bonito here in the NYNJ bight.
Tight lines,
Paul
Capt. Paul Eidman
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Long Island
At the Bay Park Fishing Station they report (you can catch their up to the minute reports here):
Wednesday 8/14/13: A report from KILLERBEEZ of MYJOYCE
GERARD MIKE SANTINA TONY GRAINE TOOK A TRIP AT OF MONTAUK WITH CAPTAIN KENNY OF THE MYJOYCE WE TOLD KENNY BIG BASS OR NOTHING AND HE GAVE US 8 FAT STRIPERS ALL IN THE HIGH 30S.KENNY AND HIS MATE GIL WHERE MORE THEN YOU CAN ASK FOR FROM A CAPTAIN AND A MATE KENNY WAS MAD WE DIDNT GET A 50 BUT WE KNOW HOW FISHING GOES AND 8 FISH IN THE 30S IS A GREAT TRIP NO MATTER WHAT IF YOU WANT BIG BASS GIVE HIM A CALL MONTAUK IS STACKED WITH THEM.
Monday 8/12/13: A report from Gary Schepperle & Mike S of Giter Done
Gary and Mike limited out on fluke today fish to 25 inches they fished the Atlantic Beach Reef Spearing and Strips were best combination today.
Sunday 8/11/13: A report from Red, Nick and Al of Baby 6
Red Thompson and crew headed out the Rockaway Inlet heading out to the tankers. They used Bay park Spearing and squid in 60-70ft of water. They had a lot of shorts but also had some really nice fluke. One weighed in at 5.45lbs. They had 4 keeper fluke and 2 keeper seabass.
Sunday 8/11/13: A report from Frank, Mike, Bill & John of Sorceress
The crew of the Sorceress fished out by Cholera Banks with baby bunker and Gulp. They had a nice day landing 3 keeper fluke and 7 keeper Sea Bass. The biggest fluke weighing in at 4.5lbs. They had constant action all day releasing a lot of shorts. They headed in stopping by the tankers landing another keeper fluke with more shorts all being released.
Sunday 8/11/13: A report from John, Alberto,Chris, Ronald Sr. of Mega Byte
Yesterday the day started off very slow at the AB reef. After being spoiled the past couple of weeks with big fluke, this week was just the opposite. Total for the boat was 3 fluke 4 porgies. Porgies hit clam while Fluke were caught with Canadian spearing and squid combo. Tight lines, Alberto.
Saturday 8/10/13: A report from Mike Redmond of Lil Mist 2
Not to good on the AB Reef today so moved out to 75-78 ft depth passed ships. A very large body of Fluke in that area but all in the 15-18in size, must be a large one there somewhere. Caught over 20 fluke only one keeper 20 in, best bait was the Bay Park Peru with a squid strip.
At Montauk Sportfishing Capt Gene reports:
Aug 12, 2013
Posted by Capt Gene at 10:41, August 12 2013.
8/4/13

Monday, Capt Fred E. Bird took out his head boat, the FLYING CLOUD for two half day trips, just as he had been doing for the past fifty or so years, then went home, assuming he’d be doing the same thing on Tuesday. But, he never woke up. I guess some of the younger fishermen here would consider my contemporaries “old timers”. Freddie was the last of my “old timers” still fishing. He was 85 years old.

Things are starting to get interesting on the tuna front. It’s not great, and hardly any charter boats have been tuna fishing, but maybe they’ll start. Out over the Edge, there isn’t much yellowfin or longfin action, but there you stand a good chance with the bigeyes. It’s not a guarantee, but enough boats are catching them to get the juices flowing. The ELIZABETH II took a busman’s holiday during the week and after trolling around for about an hour, got a bite that turned into four bigeyes.

Capt Pete Casale, who has been running the MY MATE while Capt Joe McBride recuperates from surgery, took the boat out to the 500 line on a day trip and brought back eleven longfins and three yellowfins.

This last bit is just a rumor, but if it’s true it will really shake things up. Supposedly some of the draggers working around the Butterfish Hole have been having some giants coming up as they haul back.

Not many boats have been going shark fishing. But most of them have been having some luck with the makos, usually smaller ones, but occasional fish over two hundred pounds. No long runs are required – 12-15 miles will do it.

Inshore the striped b ass fishing on the weekend was a zoo, causing some of the charter boats to run over to Southwest Ledge to get away from the crowds. But it was almost as bad there. Around the Point there are stripers hanging out between browns and the Lighthouse as well as in the deep water between the Elbow and the Porgy Lump. During the week when the traffic is down all you have to do is run out there and find some birds picking, drop a live bait or a diamond jig down and you will most likely hook up. But, not necessarily with a bass. There are lots of bluefish as well, enormous (10-15 pounds) ones that we usually don’t see inshore until the fall. But stick with it and eventually the bass will come. Wires are working well too.

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Mark N. Cahill has been writing and editing for Reel-Time.com since 1995. He started fishing in the mid-1960's and caught his first striper off World's End in Hingham in 1966. From there on in it was an obsession. He loves fishing for tuna, and fly fishing for striped bass. In a pinch, anything with fins will do...

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