Mid-Season Bass Bite Strong Despite Stormy Weather

From Capt. Brendan McCarthy

From Capt. Brendan McCarthy

Despite almost daily downpours and thunderstorms of biblical proportions, the fishing across the region has been strong with water temps hanging in there right around perfect.

Thanks for tuning in.

Tight lines.

Please send any photos or reports to lionthefly@optonline.net

Peconic Bay

Capt. Andrew Derr reports:

Flats bass - from Capt. Andrew Derr

Flats bass - from Capt. Andrew Derr

Wow! The flats fisherman has had to endure some wicked weather and soome less than crystal clear water but areas with good current have been clearing faster han expected with most of my quality fishing happening a bit further east than last reported. There is a lot of bait out there in the way of shrimp, crabs, silversides and sand eels. We have been throwing so many different patterns at them with buggier patterns getting more attention than anything else. There are still many large fish roaming the flats and with proper sunlight and tide, they are there for the cachtin’. With some patience and invested time, a 20# bass is quite a real possibility. When the flats have been going it has been great but the rips and rocks around the area are loaded with quality fish also. Days still available for premium flats fishing. Tight lines/strong knots. -Andrew
212.495.9062 www.longislandonthefly.com

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Captain Brendan McCarthy reports:

A nice looking striper from Capt. Brendan McCarthy

A nice looking striper from Capt. Brendan McCarthy

Hey Cappy,
Hows it going? Here are a few shots from this week. J Bay has led me to some serious bait fishing as the Bunker is literally for miles!!

Some solid schoolie fishing on poppers and flies and some good sight fishing when conditions are right. The real highlight of my week was the SUN!! fished 3 days on the flats out easst and had 2 great sunny days. Unfortunately I shot all the photos without the memory card in my camera… Nothing huge anyway but saw some real hogs and fed some on Crab flies but didnt seem to want to come tight???..

Is truly my favorite time of the year, poling around seeing the bass, bluefish, sharks, crabs, birds, foxes, deer, etc… Lotta fish on the flats as with the cool June we have had has postponed the real warm water thank good. I have a few days free next week and then heading to Monomoy and the Vineyard to fish the flats up there for 10 days. really excited as I have never seen nicer and bigger flats than around there!

Talk Soon and catchemup!!
Capt Brendan McCarthy

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Eastern Long Island Sound

Capt. Vinny Catalano reports:

A nice one from Capt. Vinny Catalano

A nice one from Capt. Vinny Catalano

The spring so far has been going strong with tons of sandeels spread all over from up on the flats to the deeper sections of the sound. The bass fishing has been nothing short of amazing with a lot of fish from schoolie size to mid 20 pound class. Clients have been taking fish on both fly and spin with different kinds of sandeel patterns working real well for the fly guys and topwater spooks and soft plastic baits for the light tackle spin fisherman and to make things intresting some big bluefish have been filtering in within the past week up to 12 pounds! The bite should remain solid over the course of the next couple of weeks due to cool water temps.
Thanks Andrew.

-Capt Vinny Catalano

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Western Sound

Capt. Robin Calitri reports:

Joel on a fish at sunset - Capt. Robin Calitri

Joel on a fish at sunset - Capt. Robin Calitri

I have been contemplating trading in this beautiful Scout center console for an ARK! The rain has kept the fisherman in but the fish are numerous in the Huntington-Northport area. Die hards Don Vogel and Joel Weiss were out on Csicagain on last Monday evening. The fishing was limited to the inside of Northport Bay in the lee of the Northeast winds. Don was up 3-0 with nice schoolie bass. Suddenly, the wind died and a bright orange sun began to set and bass and blues erupted. Joel caught up and the two anglers scored on small blues and bass for a couple of hours. They used poppers, swim baits and rattle traps. The fish are on sand eels so a teaser guarantees more action.

Captain Robin was tired of watching others catch so he sailed solo on last Tuesday afternoon. The small bass and blues cooperated inside Huntington Bay on olive over white clousers. The bigger fish were up off Eatons Neck and responded well to pink and chartreuse. These were 8-10 pound bass and the Robin had a ball with his 6 and 7 weight fly rods. Marc McCord and his daughter found nice size bass and blues off Caumsett on Wednesday. How can you not get out for this action?

Robin has a few open dates at LongIslandFlyFishing.com

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