Long Island Fish Species

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North Fork Long Island
Fishing Schedule

Striped Bass:  May – November

Bluefish:  May – October

Weakfish:  May – Jun

Fluke:  May – September

Porgy/Scup: May – October

Sea Bass:  July – November

Blackfish:  October – November

Striped Bass

The Striped Bass is native to the  Mid-Atlantic and North East regions and  the North Fork of Long Island is a hot spot for all sizes of this species.Season

Striped Bass begin arriving in area waters by early May and can be found until October. Prime times for larger Bass are June through September.


The bluefish is the only member of the family Pomatomidae. The mouth has extremely sharp teeth. The existence of a spine in the second dorsal fin, the absence of head markings, and the lack of an interspace between the dorsal fins distinguish the bluefish from the similar looking greater amberjack. The bluefish’s lack of finlets immediately distinguishes it from the mackerels. The voracious bluefish richly deserves the nicknames marine piranha and chopper because it swims in large schools through shoals of bait fish, slashing and destroying everything in its path.


The weakfish is omnivorous and feeds on crabs, shrimp, other crustaceans, mollusks and small fishes like herring, menhaden, silversides, killifish and butterfish which it may catch in midwater or at the surface.


Fluke also know as “summer flounder” is  a flatfish found in coastal waters from Florida to Maine. Like other flatfish, the fluke has both eyes on one side of its head and rests on the ocean floor on its side. They have the ability to change color to match the bottom on which they rest. Generally they are white below and dark above, but they can turn various shades of gray, blue, green/orange and almost black.


The porgy, which is also known as scup in the Mid-Atlantic region, is a common, bottom dwelling species that supports large recreational and commercial fisheries. Pound for pound it is one of the hardest fighting fish in  the sea.

Porgy bites are often relatively light, for that reason fishermen with lighter more sensitive rods and line often do the best. 20 lbs test line, either braided or monofilament, is about right. Spinning rods and light conventionals are good.

Sea Bass

The Sea Bass’ tail or caudal fin is rounded, and the top ray of the tail fin is typically elongated in larger specimens. The dorsal fin is marked by several oblique, white spots arranged into stripes, and there is a large dark spot on the last dorsal spine.

When hooked on light tackle, the sea bass fights hard all the way to the surface. The action is fast and vigorous, and in spite of its small size it is very much a game fish


Blackfish are considered very good to eat. Also known as Tautog, these fish have many adaptations to life in and around rocky areas. They have thick rubbery lips and powerful jaws. The backs of their throats contain a set of teeth resembling molars. Together these are used to pick and crush prey such as crabs and small lobsters. Their skin also has a rubbery quality with a heavy slime covering, which helps to protect them when swimming among rocks. 

The diet of the Tautog consists mainly of mollusks and crustaceans, the blue mussel being the most abundant food item.