New York Fishing Podcast

George Scocca

Join George Scocca as he talks everything fishing in New York waters. George launched one of the first sportfishing sites ever in 1995 - - and he can now be found at his new fishing home - www.nyangler.comListen to George as he addresses the many issues facing recreational anglers in New York from Montauk to The Hudson River.

He has been fishing these waters along with the fine freshwater fishing that can be found in downstate New York for over 40-years.

All Episodes

How do you feel about the homeowners in Amagansett stopping us from fishing because "they don't want to see us on the beach"?  Should we have two separate bag limits on tog on the north and south shore? Plus . . . an interview with one of our favorite moderators at Benny Bolo as he talks fishing and his new product line! Be sure to subscribe and rate us!

Nov 10

50 min 21 sec

In this episode, George Scocca speaks with Lt. Sean Reilly of the Marine Enforcement Unit. Lt. Reilly goes into detail on many aspects of what this unit charge is. He also explains many of the let's say tough to understand regulations and laws and it's seen by the law. Lt. Reilly gives us a clear picture of what you can expect when you're approached by an ECO and what they can and cannot do.He also surprised us with some news on this year's implementation of the circle hook law for striped bass. It's a great interview that gives a lot of insight on what ECO's in our region do.George touches on who is responsible for short fish on party/charter boats, as well as how they cover our offshore fisheries.This is an excellent info chock full of information that all recreational anglers should know.

Apr 8

50 min 6 sec

I have done 23 episodes of this podcast and this is my favorite to date.  I have always enjoyed learning the history of our fisheries. All have the same theme "You shoulda been here yesterday . . ."  There isn't a single fishery that hasn't seen drastic declines over recent decades and we get a close-up look at what it was, what it should be, and what the future holds for the commercial sector. And not just in the US but around the world.Don, aka Old Mud, has seen the drastic effect that various fisheries regulations and trends have made it tough nowadays to make a living on the water. The insight and knowledge of this captain cannot be understated.  Nor can his vision of what the issues are and if it's possible to fix them.This truly is a must listen to podcast from a great fisherman and an even better person. You really don't want to miss this one!

Mar 11

1 hr 10 min

In this special episode, George speaks with Mr. John Maniscalco, the Bureau Chief of Marine Fisheries for the NYSDEC. It's an interesting episode as they discuss any and all changes for the 2021 season for the New York State recreational angler. They cover the new circle hook requirement for fishing for striped bass with bait. In addition, George gives a quick overview of how we manage our saltwater fisheries and the process involved when making the regulation decisions.They also discuss tog fish pots, fluke in the Long Island Sound, as well as the changes we're seeing with the increase of sea bass and the absence of inshore winter flounder. This is a must-hear for New York recreational anglers as they get to hear what's coming and get an education on the complex issue of fisheries management.

Feb 11

49 min 1 sec

George speaks with Westerfeld, IGFA World Record Holder for Tog. ,Ken managed to land this pig of pigs – 28.8 pounds fishing 20 miles south of Ocean City Maryland. They talk about what it feels like to have a monster tog on the line and how long it took to land. As is usually the case with tog this dinosaur was a fighter and wasn’t about to go down easy. He was on a mission for a world record and did it. He can be found fishing up and down the coast. He also has a strong following on various Facebook Groups and his more than 100 library of fishing related video on this YouTube Channel. Ken is also an excellent cook and comes from a family of great cooks. He attends important fisheries meeting representing the positions of his Facebook group members. He is a skilled New York Angler and is always willing to help fellow anglers entering the fishing scene. So list in as Ken discusses the fish of a life time.

Dec 2020

1 hr 11 min

Thankful For Being A Recreational Fisherman.In this Thanksgiving Episode of the New York Fishing Podcast,  George gives thanks to all things fishing. He reminds us that in the end we’re all in it together. He then has a great interview with the man behind the Social Media moniker whaleheadfishing. He’s a highly skilled angler that is willing to share his knowledge to help new anglers catch more fish. He also spends a lot of time with his fishing partner, his son. It’s easy to see that they are a great team on the water and they sure know how to catch fish. So in these crazy covid times, be sure to wet a line whenever possible. Be safe and follow CDC guidelines, so we can all have a Happy Thanksgiving.

Nov 2020

31 min 46 sec

In this special podcast edition your host, George Scocca speaks with Chris Paparo, aka the @fishguyphotos, as he displays his knowledge and passion for conservation and his incredible talent at capturing it on film. You will learn more about what we have swimming in our fertile New York waters. His photo’s and film capture the essence of what living on an Island as diverse of beautiful Long Island has to offer.Born and raised on Long Island (New York), Chris Paparo has been exploring the wilds of the Island for over 30 years. He is a wildlife photographer, writer and lecturer who enjoys bringing public awareness to the diverse wildlife that calls the island home. His passion for coastal ecology, fishing and the outdoors led him to obtain a BS in Marine Science from LIU/Southampton and he currently manages the new Marine Sciences Center at the Southampton campus of Stony Brook University.  An award-winning member of the Outdoor Writers Association of America and the New York State Outdoor Writers Association, Paparo is a freelance writer for several fishing and wildlife related publications. Although his work tends to focus on marine life, everything in the natural world is fair game.

Oct 2020

1 hr 1 min

In this episode our host, George Scocca speaks with the thesaltystache from Instagram. He enjoys fishing both salt and fresh waters and he has some great photo’s that show he knows how to catch. He has posted many photos of impressive bluefish, striped bass, NY Salmon, and more. It’s a great interview for those of us that get the passion.Then we have the legend, Bill The Greek Legakis. George digs deep to find those little things that sharpies learn over the years. He gives some great advice so get out your pen and paper – or even simpler download the episode as you will hear advice and observations the can only come from The Greek. Next up is our eye in the sky flying over the precious Long Island Sound. It’s been blowing NE pretty hard since we last heard from Capt. Mark, of Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle but he has advice for anglers that can catch the window and get out.And to round out the show we have our resident, inshore, offshore and surf fisherman, Anthony Gucciardo, as he tells us about his offshore experience with an exotic you wouldn’t expect to find.You can listen to us wherever you use your podcasts. Be sure to subscribe as we grow our content and provide New York Anglers with the information they need to catch more fish. 

Sep 2020

1 hr 8 min

Hosted by the founder of, and now, George Scocca, speaks with local New York Fishing experts as they provide their observations, suggestions, and techniques as we head into the 2020 fall run in New York Waters.George speaks with Captain Mike Bady of Captains Table Charters, providing a complete rundown on what we can expect out on the North Fork of Long Island. Then we head west and speak with Captain Vinny from Karen Ann Charters as he gives us the skinny, on skinny water striped bass fishing and the great striped bass action that's happening in 1-3 feet of water on artificials.Then we speak with Captain Mark of Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle as he talks about the crazy season we have seen in the Long Island Sound. Sharks on bunker and big blues on the jig. In our last episode, Mark gave us advice on where to find the winner of this year's 25k Bluefish Tourney. And sure enough, he weighed in the winner!Be sure to listen to this episode wherever you listen to your podcasts.

Sep 2020

56 min 54 sec

There has been plenty of porgies in the sound this year. And some fluke to be found by the sharpies. But overall, up until now, it's been a somewhat disappointing season for fluke anglers that have steadily seen a decline in that fishery. But this week things have changed for the better and Captain Mark of Cow Harbor Bait & Tackle in Northport tells us all about the surprise showing of some great bluefish action, with Albies right on their tails!This is fresh info from the 3rd week of August in 2020. We will be updating these podcasts regularly so be sure to subscribe to the podcast, wherever you listen to them. You can even listen to them on your Alexa and Google Home devices.

Aug 2020

14 min 44 sec

As we head into the peak of the hot summer days, New York Fishing has remained good. 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 Marck 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 tell us about his offshore tuna trip.Be sure to subscribe and tune in wherever you listen to your podcast.

Aug 2020

1 hr 6 min

Plum IslandPlum 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 CenterThe 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. Montauk MonsterWe 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 racoon - 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 Outreach Coordinator, for 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.

Jul 2020

47 min 5 sec

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 a tautog study titled 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.To be clear these are not recommendations and the study was conducted with input from New York 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 truly feel about the future management of tautog.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 (Tautoga onitis) fishing in Long Island Sound (LIS), for which we have developed a baseline population model that can project how the stock responds to different regulatory approaches. 

Jun 2020

50 min 55 sec

 George Scocca, the founder of Nor’east Saltwater and, and now Publisher of, 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 that give us some insight on their thinking and tactics.George speaks with “Tony Fish” the local angler that caught the fish of a lifetime – 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 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. The other day he sent us a photo of a 34-inch striped bass he caught in the morning and a photo of 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.

Jun 2020

59 min 9 sec

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 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. Be sure to subscribe to this podcast or sign up for updates on our website at

May 2020

1 hr

As we weave through this virus attacking the world, George talks about how important it is for us to take advantage of this great weather and get in on the opening of the saltwater fishing season. Sure 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, so please consider returning them. 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, but this moving target could change. so please check the website for updates. George feels strongly that we should get as many people outdoors as possible.To lighten it up a bit 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 and you will know why after listening to his interview.As we head into these crazy times lets practice all of the tips provided to us by the CDC and please all stay safe 

Mar 2020

59 min 42 sec

In Episode 9 of the New York Fishing Podcast, George speaks with Bob Wilson about this Saturday's Ward Melville Fishing Show. The show has over 300 tables of fishing gear this year and a lineup of some of the region's top speakers. George also speaks with Captain Vinnie Calabro of Karen Ann charters as he readies his fleet for some early striped bass light tackle fishing out of New Jersey. Spring is around the corner and the fish won't be far behind so be sure to subscribe to this podcast!

Mar 2020

34 min 26 sec

In this episode, George talks about his long-standing opposition to the original Bluefish plan that included the transfer of quota from the recreational sector to the commercial sector. Come to think of it now that we are seeing a separate for hire mode, why not give the fish to them. They won't catch them either.George also speaks with the Dustin Colson Learning, the ASMFC Fishery Management Plan Coordinator for Bluefish, northern shrimp, summer flounder, scup, winter flounderabout the plans for the future of this great gamefish. The fact is that bluefish are in much worse shape than striped bass, yet no one seems to care. When you consider we're catching too many striped bass, and too few bluefish that alone should explain it.

Feb 2020

46 min 40 sec

In this episode,George speaks with Captain Joe Paradiso of the Nautic Lady. He is also President of the New York Sportfishing Federation, . They talk about the role of the NYSF in protecting anglers' rights and their Annual Fishing Show in Freeport. We also play part two of the interview with Billy "The Greek" Legakis, as he talks about the old days of bridge fishing and how he attacks each season. It's a must listen to if you target striped bass. Be sure to listen to each issue episode by subscribing on any podcast platform, or visit

Jan 2020

1 hr 7 min

In this episode George Scocca, founder of the first-ever fishing website on the internet - speaks with Mr. Tom Fote, a recreational fishing advocate, about New Jersey Striper regulation then speaks once again with Billy the Greek who gives a ton of information on approaching the elusive big bass. Then there's our listener favorite of fishing and relationships. This is a must listen to for both the serious and average anglers alike.

Dec 2019

1 hr 4 min

In this episode George speaks with Max Appleman of the ASMFC on the current status of striped bass and what the future looks like. They speak on the process and where we need to go to assure the future of the striped bass. They also talk bunker and the resilient sturgeon. George also speaks with Billy the Greek on what he concentrates on this time of year when searching out big bass. The Greek has been catching big bass, even when there weren’t many bass! He’s author of the Best Selling Book “Night Tide” and he knows show to catch big striped bass.In addition, we speak with The General on his famous annual trip on the Celtic Quest. And then, of course, we have our “Relationships and Fishing” segment.Please join George Scocca, founder at and now sure to subscribe to the show.

Sep 2019

1 hr 5 min

This week Captain John McMurray talks about the epic season with tuna he had last season as well as inshore action. George opens with breaking striped bass news. Roccus7 gives us some fishing advice and we get a recent update from Steve Luft as he reports on the fine Westchester freshwater fishing happening now! Add to that our favorite Fishing Relationships, and you have our best podcast yet!Be sure to subscribe and rate this podcast!

Apr 2019

43 min 35 sec

George Scocca of talks about the future of fishing and the likelihood that we will see a new saltwater license this year. He also makes a prank call to a local tackleshop owner and provides other New York fishing news. 

Mar 2019

40 min 11 sec

In this episode, our host, George Scocca discusses what it's like to go on a 16-day offshore trips on the Excelle, out of San Diego, Eyeglass Joe, with a current report and a look at what the future of the Bluefin tuna might be. Add to that, his crazy Regulations and Fishing and Relationships clips and you have everything you'd expect from an New York angler itching for tight lines!

Feb 2019

56 min 7 sec

Join George Scocca in this premiere podcast on sport fishing in New York waters.

Jan 2019

19 min 37 sec