May couldn’t have come soon enough. The beautiful weather is finally here. You know what that means; a lot of families are going to be on their boats and seeing what they can catch. Maybe you don’t have a boat, that’s fine too. The canal in Hampton Bays is a great spot to test your luck.
I recently talked with Captain Scott Jeffery, owner of East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays and with Jim Coronesi, the owner of Cor-J Seafood Corp in Hampton Bays to see what tips they could offer on where to fish and what to use to catch a big one.
First I asked Jeffery what is the most popular type of fish people would be angling for this summer. He noted, “Most target striped bass, bluefish and false albacore but some do target fluke in the shallow bay flats.”
The false albacore isn’t to be mistaken for the yellow fin or blue fin tuna. The false albacore is a lot smaller than the other two.
Next we discussed fly-fishing. He gave a lot of good information on this style of fishing. Not as many people use this as a way of fishing but it can be very successful if done properly with the right gear. “The nine weight is the most common size fly rod, along with a matching reel. St. Croix rods made in the States are a good start. Most common flies used around here are deceivers, clousers and some epoxy flies. Match the hatch, match the bait they are feeding on in size, shape and color as close as possible for success.”
Matching the bait is crucial for any type of fishing. You need to know what the fish you are interested in are eating. The right lure is important as well. You can find the details at your local fishing store or online.
Now, where to get those fish. Jeffery advised, “The East End is full of areas to target the above species. It’s best in the shallow flats on calm days when you can site fish. These areas can be reached by both boat and on foot from the shoreline.”
This is very good advice for the person who doesn’t have a boat of their own to get around in.
Now for some tips from Coronesi. “For the person who doesn’t want to have to look around for a good spot to fish, I’d recommend the charter boats out on the East End.”
The charter boats go out on a daily basis and supply you with the bait, rods and everything else needed in order to have a good time and catch a lot of fish. The charters are run by professional fishermen who know all the great spots around the island.
One popular charter is the Shinnecock Star. They are available for parties and functions with up to 24 people and provide everyone’s own rod, reel, bait and tackle. They have certain deals and discounts during the year which you can check out on their website. The Shinnecock Star staff even filets the fish you catch for you.
“You don’t have to go to a certain spot to catch fish. There are certain places that are better than others but the East End has such a wide area filled with different species there is no way you can go wrong.”
So go fishing!
East End Bait and Tackle, 170 E Montauk Hwy., Hampton Bays, 631-728-1744
Cor-J Seafood Corp, 36 Lighthouse Rd., Hampton Bays, 631-728-5186
Shinnecock Star, 75 Channing Cross, Hampton Bays, 631-728-4563, shinnecockstar.com