I have fished around the Block, but my kids hate the ride, so i was looking for some striper action closer to the dock. I just got an electric downrigger for my boat, im going to give that a try this year.
I'd start off casting plugs and tin. Maybe try drifting an eel if I had a small enough boat that I didn't have to worry about the draft. If you can fin where a rip forms, you might try anchoring up and using clam bellies. I know they catch some tautog down there.
Yep, I've fished for cod around block and at the cartwright grounds off montauk as well as in the deeper water. Some days good, some days bad. I much prefer the warm weather fishing out at cox's