Long Island Offshore Fishing Report and Forecast: June 2014

Ricardo, Rush, and our younger angler Troy holding up their catch of mutton snapper. Photo credit: Reel Addictive Charters.
Ricardo, Rush, and our younger angler Troy holding up their catch of mutton snapper. Photo credit: Reel Addictive Charters.

Don’t let the warmer weather fool you, June is a great month for offshore fishing out of Long Island! This is a time when large numbers of tuna start moving into the waters around the island. You can catch blackfin and yellowfin tuna ranging from 20- to 60-pounds. One of the most effective ways to catch these fish is by keeping an eye out for bird activity on top of the water. This activity indicates large schools of fish to be present, with lots of feeding activity by tuna below. Our preferred method to get serious action is using live bait while chunking. This method grabs the attention of the tuna while they are hungry and ready to eat.

May has been very productive at Simms Bar and we expect the good fishing conditions to continue, if not increase, in that area for June. The mutton snapper and grouper catch has also been great around Long Island. A few tricks include using squid, and crushed crab pieces for chumming. The snapper and grouper fishing should continue to be good over the next few months.

If you are fortunate enough to bring in a good-sized tuna, try one of our local recipes. Tuna steaks and salsa is a great dish for warm summer nights in the Bahamas. Before grilling, season the tuna steaks with olive oil, soy sauce and hot pepper sauce. Then, dice up some mango, onion, tomato and green pepper to serve on top. Add salt and pepper to taste. Pair it with an ice cold Kalik beer and have a great night with friends and family!