New York Fishing Podcast

Episode 15

As we head into the peak of the hot summer days, New York Fishing has remained good, and you get some great insight to the summer doldrums in this New York Fishing Podcast. In this episode, George Scocca speaks with New York Legend Billy the Greek on his approach this time of year. We also welcome aboard Capt Mark of Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle, as he shares his insight on what you should be zeroing in on in the mid-sound. And then we have our resident NY Angler, Anthony Gucciardo tells us about his offshore tuna trip.

In this New York Fishing Podcast episode, George also talks about the many inexperienced boaters and anglers we’re seeing this year. And how important it is for them to take their time and learn the rules of the road. Learn to be courteous and don’t be anchoring up in the middle of a drifting fleet!

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I’ve been in the fishing media business for decades and I have never seen so many sharks close to the beach in our waters. There was a confirmed bull shark caught off of Fire Island beach and a confirmed white shark, which grabbed a fluke, less than 1/2 mile off the beach. I personally have seen numerous sharks while fluking off the south shore.

I also have never seen so many shark bite offs on everything from striped bass to tuna. Most tuna anglers are seeing this on the majority of trips. I have never heard of beaches being closed or swimmers being told to go no more than ankle-deep because of a fear of a shark attack. These people are watching too much Shark Fest on TV. These sharks have always been close to the beach

Sure we have more bait in our waters than any state on the coast, as we’re the only state that keeps the bunker reduction fleet out of our waters. We now have all year classes of bunker that are paying off for anglers big time. Those sharks were always near, they were just further offshore. The continued growth of the sharking from the beach, like the bull shark that was taken, as well as many protected sharks, are bringing attention to a fact all anglers are well aware of – we have a lot of sharks here. We always have. The difference is we now have a lot of anglers targeting them from shore combined with social media, and it’s causing hysteria.

Any other opinions?

Below is a video of sharks attacking bait just off of the beach.

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The Future of Plum Island

Plum Island

Plum Island has a long history starting with the first battle between British and colonial troops during the revolutionary war. George Washington sent troops to the island close to where the present site of the lighthouse in 1775, to stop raids of their livestock.

The earliest record of a settler on the island dates to 1659, when one Samuel Wyllys bought Plum Island from Wyandanch, the senior chief of the four Indian tribes that controlled most of Long Island at the time. The recorded purchase price was “one coat, one barrel of biscuits and 100 fish-hooks.” Turn ahead the clock a few centuries and this now top secrete island could be sold to the highest bidder!
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center
The Plum Island Animal Disease Center runs about 30,000 diagnostic tests each year. The facility’s research program includes developing diagnostic tools and biologicals for foot-and-mouth disease and other diseases of livestock. The center comprises 70 buildings (many of them dilapidated) on 840 acres Plum Island has its own fire department, power plant, water treatment plant and security.

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Montauk Monster
We have heard all the debunked theories of the work on the island. From Lyme disease to encephalitis to the ever-famous Montauk Monster – which turned out to be a raccoon – the conspiracy theories run deep. Truth is, Plum Island is much more than that. With hundreds of bird species to its beautiful lake, this island deserves to be conserved for the public to enjoy one day.

In this podcast, I speak with Louise Harrison, New York Natural Areas Coordinator, Save the Sound.

We discuss the efforts being pushed forward by a group of 108 organizations that oppose selling the island to the highest bidder.

Listen in and hear what you can do to help restore Plum Island to its days of glory.


Long Island Sound Tautog Study

Part 1 of a special series on the Long Island Sound

This is the first of a series of special podcasts George will be hosting that is related to the Long Island Sound. Professor Eric T Schultz headed the Long Island Sound Tautog Study. The Bio-economic Outcomes under Alternative Management Strategies with Human Choice and Behavior: Modeling Tautog and Anglers’ Preferences.

Shultz was assisted by Zhenshan Chen, Graduate Research Assistant Pengfei Liu, Stephen Swallow and Jacob M. Kasper Graduate Research Assistant.

These are not recommendations and the Long Island Sound study was conducted with input from the New York Department of Conservation. and Connecticut recreational anglers by UCONN and Sea Grant from Connecticut.

If you enjoy the tautog fishery, now is a great time to get involved and be educated on how anglers feel about the future management of tautog. If there is one thing lacking in fisheries management it’s how and where our anglers are being informed. For example, anglers under the age of 40 supported a striped bass slot fish this year. They did so, mostly in part of the successes of the redfish and snook slots down south. But what’s good for one fish might not be good for another.

Hopefully, this can be followed up with another survey giving us the true economic impact that the Long Island Sound Tautog fishery has on both New York and Connecticut. I know that’s the plan, but in these days of covid-19 plans change quickly.

The primary goal of this project is to evaluate the biological and economic impacts of alternative recreational fishery management practices. Taking anglers’ behavioral changes into consideration. Our project focuses on Tautog fishing in Long Island Sound. We have developed a baseline population model that can project how the stock responds to different regulatory approaches.

More on this survey can be found on the UCONN website. You can also find more in the attachment found in the post below.


Why I oppose a Slot for Striped Bass

Plus Local Reports From Smallmouth to Bluefin!

Is a Slot for Striped Bass the answer? George Scocca, the founder of Nor’east Saltwater and Noreast.com, gives his case of why a slot fish is not the answer for striped bass. Do you agree or disagree? George also talks about why he does support a slot for a tautog.

In this episode, we speak with a number of local fishing tackle owners and anglers. They give us some insight on their thinking and tactics.

15 Pound Fluke!

Then he speaks with “Tony Fish” the local angler that caught the fish of a lifetime.He bagged a 15-pound fluke while fishing inside of Jamaica Bay. When you listen you’ll hear all of the particulars.

Other guests in this episode include John of Hudson Park Bait and Tackle. Steve Luft – a long time fishing partner of George with over 40-years of experience of fishing everywhere from his local reservoirs to the Canyons. He is truly a fishing nut. He recently sent us a photo of a 34-inch striped bass he caught in the morning and a 4-pound smallmouth he caught at Kensico.

Then there’s Anthony Gucciardo,, the founder of our nyangler Instagram account, and he gives us a first-hand report of the great inshore bluefin bite that we’re seeing right now. And finally there’s Candy from Caraftis Fishing Station and if it swims there she knows about it! Candy checks in with the latest action they’re seeing in the Port Jefferson area of the sound.

We will be adding more reports each week, as well as deliver our special episodes that will intrigue all anglers! Next week we have a special episode dedicated to the future of tautog in Long Island Sound. Please be sure to subscribe on whatever platform you use to listen to your podcasts.

Please send your questions, comments and suggestions to George at george@nyangler.com.

NYS DEC News and Updates

Striped Bass Poachers Caught with Gill Net In Hudson River

It never fails, this time of year greedy poachers with zero respect for fisheriers management took it upon themselves to take what they thought was fair. But gill netting striped bass is illegal in this state. My hat is off to the retired trooper that dropped the dime on them.
On May 7, a retired New York State Trooper fishing on the Hudson River near the Kingston-Rhinecliff Bridge observed a gill net with several striped bass being hauled into a small vessel. When the boat returned to Charles Rider Park Boat Launch, the retired Trooper relayed the information to the Town of Ulster Police Department (UPD). UPD Officer Michael Miller identified the vessel and interviewed the boat operator until ECO Jason Smith arrived on scene. Two of the officers officers located a gill net hidden in the boat that contained 24 striped bass, 12 herring, three white perch, and two yellow bullhead. The gill net operator was issued tickets for taking fish by means other than angling and taking striped bass out of slot size. In addition  he was cited for taking striped bass over the allowable limit and  taking herring over the allowable limit.  The perp was also cited for failing to carry a marine registry.

ECO and local law enforcement officer stand with fish lined up on the pavement in front of them

ECO Jason Smith and UPD Officer Michael Miller with illegal gill net and illegally taken fish

a tangled mess of netting, plastic jugs, and fish

Illegal gill net used to catch striped bass, herring, white perch, and yellow bullhead



Billy the Greek, FlounderJoe and Donald Trump weigh in on this entertaining and informative podcast

This is our best podcast yet. Donald Trump, Billy the Greek, Flounderjoe, as well as all of your favorite features. The podcast begins with George Scocca explain why we need to get our party and charter boats back in business. Why is it we can enter a packed Lowes or Supermarket but we can’t get on a party or charter boat? Many forget that fishing is a sport that contributes over 3-billion dollars a year to our local economies. It also helps to relax anglers that haven’t fished in months and are dealing with financial chaos.

George hears from our President, and he speaks with Billy the Greek about our best bet tactics and places to find striped bass from the beaches. Then we have some insight from a popular figure on nyangler.com Flounder Joe, who is just getting over COVID-19 and plans to get back out fishing as soon as he’s able. Add to that all of our regular features and you have an hour of fishing fun.

How To Fishing Blogs

A Message to Fishing Charters, Guides and Anglers From NYS

Here is a case where an organized and united group of anglers and the industry could influence the state/feds to open up tackle shops. I’m sorry if a liquor store is considered "essential" than so is the tackle shop. How many DWI’s will a tackle shop cause? What anglers enjoy fishing right next to others? It sure won’t be an issue keeping 10-people in at a time. I said this on my latest podcast and I truly believe that anglers will flock to the water and the outdoors. We can all hide in our secrete spots and easily keep a distance. It’s inherent in fishing. We want seclusion. I know I do.

I hate the term "social distancing." It should be coined "physical distancing. We want to and need to be social nowadays.

There are many of us that enjoy the solace fishing, more so than a drink. Anglers naturally keep a physical difference, and we spend a lot of money on our sport!

I know we’re in unchartered waters, but getting people outdoors seems like a no brainer to me.

Fishing Safely This Season

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New York State is open for fishing and DEC encourages anglers to recreate locally at a nearby waterbody. New York’s lakes and streams offer great opportunities for fishing in a wide array of settings across the state. Even during the current COVID-19 public health crisis, getting outdoors and connecting with nature while angling in New York’s waters is a great way to help maintain mental and physical health.
Please continue to follow the CDC/New York State Department of Health guidelines for preventing the spread of colds, flu, and COVID-19:

  • Try to keep at least six feet of distance between you and others.
  • Avoid close contact, such as shaking hands.
  • Wash hands often or use a hand sanitizer when soap and water are not available.
  • Avoid surfaces that are touched often, such as doorknobs, handrails, and playground equipment.

When fishing, DEC recommends avoiding busy waters and following the guidelines on DEC’s website about fishing responsibly in New York State. If an angler arrives at a parking lot and there are several cars, they should consider going to another parking lot. If an angler is fishing upstream, they should fish downstream of the other angler or consider fishing another day. Anglers fishing from boats should always be able to maintain at least six feet of distance between one another. For more information about the benefits of being outdoors safely and responsibly, go to DEC’s website.
Charters and Guides
The "New York State on PAUSE" Executive Order, a 10-point policy to assure uniform safety for everyone during the COVID-19 response, includes a directive that all non-essential businesses statewide must close effective at 8 p.m. on Sunday, March 22, and temporarily bans all non-essential gatherings of individuals of any size for any reason.
At this time, fishing guides or charters of any size have been determined to be not essential and are subject to workforce reduction requirements of the Executive Order. The full and updated guidance on which types of businesses are determined essential and other designations associated with the order can be found online.


Covid-19 and Getting ready for Tautog!

As we weave through this virus attacking the world, George suggests taking advantage of this great weather and get in on the opening of the saltwater fishing season. Yes Covid-19 could throw a monkey wrench into many of our plans. But if you want "social distance" we can’t think of a better way to achieve that than to find your secrete spot and spend some time there.

This year’s tautog season includes the month of April for New York Recreational Anglers to keep two a day at a minimum of 16-inches. Many of the females you catch will be egg laden as it is spawning season. Please consider returning them. They females represent the future of the health of the tog fishery.

Winter flounder season also opens on April 1st. You’re allowed two flounder a day.

As of this broadcast, party and charter boats will not be allowed to leave the dock, and tackle shops are being creative. This moving target could change as we move forward. So please check the nysdec.gov website for updates. George feels strongly that we should get as many people outdoors as possible.

To lighten it up a bit and hopefully help you back in fishing mode. George speaks with Captain Mike Bady of Captains Table Charters in Greenport. Captain Mike is known as one of the most knowledgeable tautog fishermen on the north fork. You will know why after listening to his interview.

As we head into these crazy times ahead lets practice all of the tips provided to us by the CDC. And spend as much time on the water as possible!