Ocean Eagle V (718-258-4126): Capt. Greg says fishing last week was just special as they have been hammering the porgies every day then off to fill buckets and buckets of ling for everybody on board. Just super fishing. The sea bassing has been pretty good at times but not as special as the porgy and ling fishing. Saturday (5/19) though with the ground swell building they had good porgy fishing but ling action was knocked down a little. They did have to make quite a few moves and drops to catch everybody good numbers of fish. It was still good but not as super super-duper special as it had been this week. New moon Sunday may have had something to do with the slight drop off on Saturday too.
Flamingo III (718-763-8745): Capt. Bob reports Tuesday & Wednesday they were at the dock because of weather. Thursday (5/17) was the first day out this week and they should have been on the way home by 11 a.m. as they had unbelievable fishing. All blues and no bass, but all the blues you wanted from 2 pounds to almost 14 pounds and all sizes in between. People were done fishing and tired by 12:15 so it was time to head home.
Friday they wound up okay as they had fish early in the morning then lost them for hours. The end of the tide then saved the day by doing very well with mostly blues but some bass too. Friday night they had eight keeper bass and 20 shorts and some blues in the mix too. Saturday it was super fishing right from the get go as they loaded up on the blues and had a few keeper bass too. By 9 a.m. it was super and then they had an 1 hour drift along the Jersey Shore with giant blues from 8 to 14 pounds in massacre fishing. All in all the fishing has been very, very good.
Capt. Al (516-623-2248): Capt. Tommy Weiss reports Friday they had a picky morning on the porgies but the ling fishing continued very good with multiple buckets per person. A few bluefish every day and all the sea bass you want but they got to go back. Saturday the porgy fishing was better in the morning and the ling fishing was little touch and go with the ground swell on Saturday that was growing by the hour. They had a handful of blues, a few sea flounder and sea bass to throw back. Sunday they had great weather and they had the best porgy fishing of the year so far. Lots of larger porgies, like 2 to 3 pounders too then most had limits of 20 porgies, some had 15 then it was off to the ling grounds. The ling fishing on Sunday was picky and weather kept them at the dock on Monday. They bottom fish everyday 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. and striper trips Friday & Saturday nights 7 to midnight.
Island Princess (631-587-6024): Capt. Bryan Sorice of the Island Princess says fantastic bluefishing Wednesday evening it was all you want of 1 to 3 pounders and they finished up with three bass...two of which were keepers. It was their first time out this week because of weather but they heard it has been fantastic through the rain and fog as well and they proved it last night. Loads and loads of bluefish. Friday-Sunday (5/20) nights they
The daytime fluking is showing signs of improvement with short life picking up as they now see 30 to 40 shorts per strip and a few keepers per trip now took. Water is looking better and the slipgut is moving out more and more too so the flood tide is the better choice. The ocean was beautiful on Thursday (5/17) and fluking was a pick at the shorts.
Peconic Star II (631- 289-6899): Capt. Dave Brennan reports Friday (5/11) in some gusty NW winds they had a good day with decent fishing and wound up with a little more than a fish per man as they had 30 keepers for 28 anglers. Pool winner was about 5.45 pounds and another 5.2 pounder and a bunch of 4 pounders. Porgies and bluefish, lots of flues to round things out so plenty of action and fish to go home with. Saturday's action was awesome as they anchored up and hammered huge porgies for 2 hours. The fluking was picky on this trip but they caught some keepers and largest just under 7 pounds.
Without any doubt, Saturday was the best single day on fluke in the last several years. Almost nonstop action most of the day. Over 15 keeper fluke were caught on the first drift alone including a 9.35 pounder caught by Kevin Kang of the Bronx. Throughout the day the action Moon Bae 4.8 pound plus his limit, SK Joon Choy of Queens a 6.1 pounder, Walt Schneider of Bayonne NJ a 5.20 pounder plus his limit, Tom McGinty his limit, Richard Lee of Hicksville NY a 6.60 pounder, Mary Lange of Massapequa, her limit, Nick Amato of Brooklyn, a 6.40 pounder, Jay Lu of Queens, a 6.30 pounder, John Craig of Bayonne NJ a 8.10 pounder! Sunday not quite a s good as Saturday but they caught 40 keepers to 5.6 pounds. Monday they had a light crowd of eight anglers and a dozen keepers to 8.6 pounds, along with porgies, weakfish and bluefish for lots of action.
James Joseph II (631-651-8235): Capt. James Schneider reports they continue to catch at least one weakfish of 3 to 6 pounds as their streak of 12 trips in a row was kept it alive with one weak and a bass on Thursday's full day trip. The fluking has been real good up inside the bay and it has picked up a decent amount with keepers outside too. They see about 20 to 40 keepers per trip and Thursday (5/17) they had 40 keepers with 84-year old "Pop's" who had the pool winner at 8 pounds.