The Guides’ Side, May 1999

Capt. Joe Blados

(516) 765-3670

May fly fishing begins in the creeks of Southold and Peconic bays. Look for grass shrimp and bunker to be the predominant baits early on. If Squid are present, look for Fluke. Schoolie Bass will be followed by Bluefish in the and 6 pound range, usually in the 1st week of May. Fish day or night and the main patterns will consist of shrimp patterns, crease flies (worked slow) and clousers.

Shallow Water Guide Service

Charlie Robinson – (516) 283-5588

May fishing usually starts off in the Peconic Bays, in creeks such as Sebonac, Towd Point and Cold Spring Creek. Work the outgoing tides, for bass, bluefish, fluke and maybe a weakfish or two. Use a floating or intermediate line in the 8 or 9 wt. class. Patterns you should have include, small white Deceivers (size 2) clousers, sand eel patterns and Dixon cinder worm flies (during the new moon tides)

North Flats Guiding

Capt. David Blinken – (516) 324-3241

Gardiners Bay, will see action early this season because the mild winter left the shoals and flats in excellent condition. Mackerel are usually the first to begin the spring run of bait, along with bunker. Squid follow about 2 weeks later and are gone before Memorial Day. Spearing begin their spawning in April and May, when you will see them and sand-eels begin filling in the bays. As the water begins to warm, Bass and Blues will begin to move high up on the flats.

Fin Chaser Charters

Capt. Dino Torino – (718) 356-6436

An exploratory trip on April 8th found Great Kills Harbor infested with big bunker. 5 bass were brought to the boat, with the largest, weighing in at 13 pounds. The Hot pattern was a Flat- wing clouser (white hackle, chart. Bucktail) 2nd. And 3rd. Week of May will usually mean more consistent action, and in-depth fishing reports.

Lucky Strike

Capt. Ken Turco (516) 728-3797

As the Striped Bass start their spring migration east, they arrive at Shinnecock the last week of April in good numbers. They are aggressivelyfeeding all day. Kind of reminds you of the fall feeding frenzy. You don’t want to miss it!! Book now!

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Atlantic Flies and Guide Service

Glen Mikkleson (516) 878-0883

Last season most areas seemed to start early as we had a very mild winter. By opening day of the striped bass season Moriches Bay was full of schoolies and larger fish arrived within a week. I’m sure the other south shore inlet areas had the same action. Try small patterns(sandeel, spearing, and shrimp) in the shallows in the bays for the schoolies. Work large flies (bunker, flounder) with fast sinking lines in the deeper channels and inlets for the large bass. This happens to be one of the best times to catch 20-30 lb. bass on flies in these south shore waters.

North shore bass action should spread eastward as May progresses but don’t expect too many large ones till the tail end of the month. Small flies will be the ticket as sand eels and spearing will be the predominant bait in most areas.

Hopefully we’ll get a nice run of cocktail blues this year. It doesn’t seem like we can count on them as we used to. Mothers’ day is when they should hit the south shore. Weakfish may also be found early in the south shore bays and Peconic Bay.

Dragon Fly Charters

Capt. Scott Holder (516)-840-6522

I have been out without much success as I write this, but this year promises to be another banner year for the Striped Bass. Spring time fishing requires sinking lines and weighted patterns such as Clousers. My favorite colors are olive over chartreuse. I still find myself using the red lead eyes, call me old fashioned that’s just my preference, I’m sure the eyes aren’t the big thing. The clouser I tie utilizes red thread to tie and wrap the hair and then I epoxy the tip to give it a nice finished look, and to enhance the color. I also put some iridescent flash in it to give it some sparkle. I am a firm believer in some type of flash to give the fly some added attractive qualities. Remember location location location is the important variable. Look for structure and places where eddies are created when the tide is flowing. Let your flies sink far enough down to be in the strike zone. Generally these fish will be down in the water column, and remember to vary your retrieve and experiment until it you get results.


Capt. Bob Rob – (516)243-4282

Early May Bass- Good areas to prospect would be estuary mouths (Crab Meadow creek, Nissequogue) on a falling tide. Back Bay areas, last of the incoming, early outgoing. Beach fronts ( Sunken Meadow, Makamah Beach). Most fishing is deep and slow retrieve with some fish showing on surface at dawn and dusk Mid to late May bass- moving water, lots more visible action as sandeels move in from deep water. Beach fronts towards high tide should see some Bluefish on beach. Bass action should be great with activity all day. Bigger bass show latter half of May.

Flies to use are as follows: Clousers dressed sparsely and small early May . Anything mid-May. Some squid flies mid to late May. For Bluefish, small poppers and epoxies, mid to late May. Sliders dawn and dusk both bass and blues.