'2024 Porgy Season Opens May 1st

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Are you ready for some exciting fishing action? Get your fishing gear ready because Porgy season is just around the corner! Starting May 1st, anglers in New York can enjoy the thrill of catching this fun and prized fish from both the shore and a boat. Whether you're a seasoned angler or a beginner, Porgy fishing is an adventure that shouldn't be missed.

What is Porgy?

Porgy, also known as Scup, is a popular fish species found in the Atlantic Ocean. They are known for their distinctive appearance, with a silver body, dark vertical stripes, and a deep, rounded shape. Porgy are highly sought after by anglers due to their delicious taste and the excitement they bring during the catch.

Why is Porgy Fishing So Popular?

There are several reasons why Porgy fishing is a favorite among anglers:

  • Abundance: Porgy are abundant in the waters of New York, making it easy for anglers to catch them.
  • Accessibility: Whether you prefer fishing from the shore or a boat, Porgy can be caught in both environments, providing options for all types of anglers.
  • Easy to Catch: Porgy are known for their aggressive feeding behavior, which makes them relatively easy to catch, even for beginners.
  • Delicious Taste: Porgy have a mild and delicate flavor, making them a popular choice for seafood lovers.

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Tips for a Successful Porgy Fishing Trip

If you're planning to go Porgy fishing, here are some tips to help you have a successful trip:

  1. Choose the Right Gear: Use a medium-weight spinning rod or a light boat rod with a reel that can handle a 10-20 lb test line.
  2. Bait and Lures: Porgy are not picky eaters and will readily bite on a variety of baits, including clams, squid, and sandworms. Alternatively, you can use small jigs or bucktail lures.
  3. Location: Look for rocky areas, jetties, piers, or reefs where Porgy tend to congregate. They are bottom-dwelling fish, so focus your fishing near the ocean floor.
  4. Technique: Drop your bait or lure to the bottom and slowly reel it in, keeping an eye on your line for any signs of a bite. Porgy have a tendency to nibble, so be patient and wait for a solid bite before setting the hook.
  5. Bag and Size Limits: Familiarize yourself with the bag and size limits set by the New York Department of Environmental Conservation to ensure you're fishing within the legal regulations.
  6. Porgies, the split is in mode.
    Shore bound anglers are allowed a slightly smaller fish, then their boating counter parts:
    Size Limit: 11” BOAT
    Size Limit: 9-1/2” SHORE
    Bag Limit: 30 Per Day
    Season: 5/1-12/31/24

Remember, fishing is not just about the catch—it's about enjoying the experience and being in nature. So, grab your fishing buddies, pack your gear, and get ready for an unforgettable Porgy fishing adventure in New York!

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Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.

You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors.  To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. )  Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00. 

Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register  online- click  HERE.   There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:

It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.

Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM 

Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. Call (631) 654-2311

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