Long Island Fishing- Bluefish and Fluke Fishing Going GoodBy
The month of May on Long Island typically provides great action with striped bass and bluefish as well as early season fluke. This has proved to be the case once again in 2011 but it is the weather that has been driving local fisherman crazy. Rain, wind and very dense fog have all contributed to making it difficult for folks to get at the great action going on in the Great South Bay and Fire Island Inlet areas.
This past weekend was no exception. On a late afternoon trip Friday I was half way across the bay when I ran into a wall of fog that reduced the visibility to less than a quarter of a mile. Taking advantage of the electronics I made it to the inlet right at the slack water. The fog lifted considerably as the flood current began and the inlet lit up with small bluefish in the 3-5 lb class attacking schools of bait. Had a great time on light spinning gear wearing myself out on them.
I was back on the water Sunday afternoon, and while there was no fog it was not very nice conditions. We had fluke in our sights on this trip. A big east wind was blowing up the bay against the current making for tough drifting. Bucktails and Gulp Alive were the baits of choice and we managed to pick off a mess of fish but none of them made the legal size of 20.5 inches. The best of the day was a 19inch fish caught by my buddy.
Sketchy weather is called for this whole week in the Great South Bay area, but I am confident if you can deal with what the weatherman throws your way you will have a shot at some nice action.