Fishing for Stripers on the East End of Long Island’s Peconic and Gardiners Bays
Starting in early May and continuing
thru July we sight fish to stripers cursing the beautiful clear shallows of both
Peconic and Gardiners Bay located seventy miles east of New York City. Using an
18' Hewes flats skiff we stalk hungry spring stripers who have left the Hudson
River and Chesapeake Bay a month before on their annual migration to New England.
Beginning the first week of May flats anglers encounter schools of stripers in
the 24"-26" range along with numerous fish in the keeper size (28"
in New York). On many days especially, early in the season, shots at larger fish
some exceeding 20lbs are not uncommon. 7 and 8 weight rods, intermediate and floating
lines ending with 12' leaders are the tackle of choice. Sand eel and silverside
patterns are the first choice for flies but stripers fall to a variety of patterns
including crabs and baby flounder. Anglers who have bone fished before will find
lots of similarities. Speed and accuracy of casting many times are more important
than distance. As the waters warm in Peconic Bay in early June we move a little
bit east to Gardiners Bay to continue chasing stripers thru the end of July.