Photo courtesy of Lucille Khornak Photography
Out in the Hamptons, there are endless places to scope out a good fishing spot. Be it for just a relaxing day on your own, or packing a lunch for you and the kids, there’s a place for everyone to fish.
In Hampton Bays, there is Sears Bellows County Park has a freshwater pond filled with bass, bluegills, perch, and pickerel.
At the Shinnecock Inlet, bluefish and striped bass are in abudance, biting both at dawn and at night. Use some live bait, and you’ll have the fish practically leaping into your lap.
Montauk has the Block Island Sound, one of the premier locations to catch saltwater fish such as striped bass, fluke, and bluefish from May thru November. Rent a boat or bring your own and spend a day on the water. Theodore Roosevelt County Park is another nearby spot which permits surfcasting in the northern area of the park. For freshwater fishing, Big Reed Pond just off East Lake Drive offers largemouth bass, bluegill, pumpkinseed, and white perch. Hand carry boats are permitted.
Cedar Point County Park of East Hampton is a prime fishing spot, offering saltwater fishing, surfcasting, and shore fishing.
Shelter Island is hands down one of the East End’s superb fishing locations. Catch striped bass, bluefish, stripers, blues, and false albacore May thru September at Hay Beach and Jennings Point.
In the Peconic Bay region, a large group of bays interconnected offers plenty of bass, blues, weakfish, and porgies. The bays include Flanders, Great and Little Peconic, Hogs Neck, Noyac Bay, and Shelter Island Sound.
Located squarely between the North and South Forks (tell your kids they’re the “fish tails” of Long Island) there is Gardiners Bay. A small place with great opportunities to catch porgies, bluefish, and striped bass (on occasion, blowfish too) well into the fall. At the southern end of Gardiners Bay is Cartwright Shoals, perfect for light tackle for stripers and false albacore. Also along the South Fork is Three Mile Harbor, which feeds into Gardiners Bay and is one of the most beautiful places to fish and catch a lazy summer sunset.
We have to include any crab fisherman too! Blue claw crabs love leftover bluefish parts. If you’re not an angler with a pole, ask a friend to lend you some scrap bluefish and you’ll have your dinner by sunset.