Early Season In Full Swing, Fishing Well

We’ve got great action all along the coast, starting with big stripers and marauding bluefish off the New Jersey coast, and more of the same continuing the whole way up to Montauk. Excellent action in most early season spots, especially in the warmer water of the flats.  Check it out!

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Peconic Bay

Photo by Capt. Andrew Derr

A nice Peconic bay striper on the fly

The Bay is fishing really well right now. There are a lot of of bass on the flats and elsewhere. There are a lot of 3-5 pound bluefish, also. We have been taking some nice bass on the flats, some in the 10-20 pound range. There are some true bruisers out there right now, and they are eating the fly well. Water temps are perfect right now. I am looking forward to what lies ahead of what has been a great start to the season here.
Captain Andrew Derr

Photo by Capt. Andrew Derr

A nice striper in shallow water

Peconic bay striper

Peconic bay striper







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Western Sound

Photo by Capt. Robin Calitri

Bob Lutz and daughter "Steenie" with a schoolie

Captain Robin Calitri, Csicagain Charters.  May 2009.  I never know how to begin my yearly reports. I have been fishing for 60 years and each year I love it more. I also lean more and become a better angler. As a charter captain, I watch people fish and I realize that good fisherman just stack the odds more in their favor than most of the casual fisherman. If you want to catch fish you need to pay some attention to the place, time, tide, bait, knots, speed of retrieve, and what you see and hear. My son Todd, a great fisherman is serving on a 184 foot private boat, which hold 4 flats boats and a 32foot sport fisherman on the deck. It travels the world to fine the best fishing and then the owner joins them to fish. They hold hundreds of records. The first thing that they do when they go to new area is HIRE A LOCAL GUIDE!

Today, I donned waders and walked the beach with a fly rod. I had about one hour to kill. It was raining but so what? I walked a looked for sign. I cast to everything that looked different. A boil, a rip line or a rock became a target. I saw some nervous water and put my chartreuse half and half on it and bang, I was hooked up. After about five minutes I release a gorgeous 26 inch striper. I went home smiling.

There are fish everywhere. Cold Spring Harbor and Huntington are active with schoolie bass. The South Shore is inundated with bass and blues. The East End is holding small Bass. Jim Del Grosso of East Hampton has been having a ball with bass to 32 inches in skinny water.


Bob Lutz with a nice striper

Bob Lutz with a nice striper

I love fishing Long Island in May! Mitch Bernstein and I did and exploratory to the Peconics on Monday, 5/11. There were dead bunker all over so were figured that the blues had been trapping them in the local creeks. We took CSICAGAIN out to Robbins Island in hopes of finding a nice weakfish or two. We got skunked on the weakies but slammed the blues to 8 pounds and took some nice bass to keeper size. 

Son Scot joined me for a quick look around the Huntington area on Friday. We found beautiful bass to 28 inches all over. We witnessed a surfcaster catch bass on almost every cast with a popper. We had a wonderful school to ourselves off Northport in the sound. We must have landed 50 fish. All were taken on olive over white 2 inch, clouser minnows. What fun on 6 and 7 weight fly rods!

Saturday saw April Henry fish with LongIslandFlyFishing.com. She turned out to be a natural fly caster but the bass were not cooperative. We took two fish to 25 inches off Crab Meadow. Monday Bob Lutz and his daughter ‘Steenie” showed their skill with so tough Bass on a beautiful day. We hit local Huntington spots and did well and travelled to Port Jeff and did nothing. The Lutz’s did a great job with bass to 27 inches on six and seven weights.

New York Metro

Capt. Frank Crescitelli reports:

Hey Andrew what’s up. Hope you been well. I’m recooperating from a whale of a tournament on Friday. This years Fca Manhattan Cup presented by SpongTech was a great sucess. I guided Bob Rich Paul Dixon Monte Burke and Wade Boggs. We came out on top winning the Fly division and the Artificial division with a hot bite fir a short time. Bay Anchovies or Spearing were the forage and the Bass and Blues were chewing hard fir a short time. We made the most if it and that was good enough. Uncommonly good weather ended up hurting thefishing but made for a great day. All in all the Fishermens Conservation Association and Jacobs Team our partner Charity came out on top raising money for a good cause. Kids with autism and the marine environment. Kudos to Capt. Paul Dixon who stuck some nice fish in deep water. Check out the video on ESPN Outdoors under Saltwater fishing. And on Field and Stream as well. I’ll send links later.

New Jersey

Terry Sullivan reports:

A big striper from Capt. Terry Sullivan

A big Jersey striper from Capt. Terry Sullivan

Good fishing in our area waters and tons of life.  Clouds of rain bats are flooding in bringing great light tackle opportunities. Bluefish continue to dominate, Top water action was red hot on incoming tides.  Anthony Pennimpede had a few hours of nonstop 5 to 8 pound blues on poppers and light tackle.  Decent numbers of spike weakfish are also entering the rivers. night tides and soft plastics are best.  Backwater stripers have moved into the fast water. Wormers are doing well in the river rips.  Bigger bass are moving in with the bunker schools from the south the fish are very spread out,but when you find them it can get heavy quick . Our first day hunting proved big fish are here with bass up to 42 pounds eating live baits

Keeping it Reel!

Captain Terry Sullivan
(732) 899-6245 Cell 278-1785

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One comment on “Early Season In Full Swing, Fishing Well
  1. Hey here are the links for the two amazing FCA Manhattan Cup videos now posted on the web. Thanks to all the captains and anglers that made this years tournament a great success!
    This is the link to ESPN’s coverage of the 11th Manhattan Cup which now includes the video:

    Here is the link for the ESPN.com coverage:


    This is the link to Field and Stream’s video coverage of the 11th Manhattan Cup:


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