Fishing report: Dogfish bite is on
It was a bit foggy, but overall nice weather conditions prevailed over this past holiday weekend, and the fishing matched. As water temperatures have risen to the high 50s and even low 60s, the ocean is hosting large schools of dogfish. Pesky and thick, these spiny fish have made it close to impossible to fish live or fresh bait for species such as fluke, bass or cod.
Still, the action was good for the boat fisherman using artificial baits such as soft plastics, parachute jigs and umbrella rigs. The striper bite with blues mixed in remained on from the north rip out to the three-mile line on the southwest ledge. Birds and bass and blues worked medium sized sand eels on both tides. Outgoing was best to the north, while the incoming tide ruled the south and west grounds.
On the beach, the Coast Guard channel had good early morning action. Fish up into keeper sized were hitting on sand eel imitations as well as small swimming plugs. But later in the day, and at night, the bite has been hit or miss ‑‑ and same goes for the West Side beaches. Look for the next couple of weeks to heat up on the beach as the water temps climb and more fish move in. Good luck!!