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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
just a couple of weeks until Labor Day—where did the summer go?—the New
York Bite features an aquarium to whet your appetite. Bonito continue to
zip in and out of the bay with sharpies using Deadly Dicks or other
small tins to entice them. Fluking shows a small uptick in keepers, but
the lion’s share of summer flatties remain shorts. The fish are widely
scattered, but structure seems to attract them whether it be bridges,
wrecks or reefs. Be prepared to lose some rigs, but the reward might be
a plus size fish. An occasional weakfish shows up unexpectedly in the
bay beguiled by a squid/spearing combo, while porgies remain a staple
near the Marine Pkwy Bridge and on local reefs and wrecks. A few striped
bass have been taken at night by boaters working the deeper channels
drifting eels, while a school of big blues has been decimating a bunker
school deep inside Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport. Snappers and blue claws
predominate off local piers and docks to put smiles on landlubbers’
Jones & Deb's Inlets
The area between Debs and Jones Inlets can be called Short Fluke City
for despite the massive numbers of fluke and sea robins, a keeper fluke
seems an anomaly all the way out to the Cholera Banks. Lots of good
fluking and lots of keepers in the deeper water sea bass and ling areas
around wrecks and reefs.
One can only hope that before the fluke season ends, these 16 and 17
inch fish will have a growth spurt so we can enjoy a fillet or two.
Except for an occasional cocktail blue, no big bluefish or striped bass
is around. Landlubbers are beginning to take those bamboo poles and
bobbers out of moth balls for snappers are now large enough to be taken
off local docks, piers and bulkheads along with blue claws.
Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches
An occasional keeper fluke has been caught near the Robert Moses Bridge
on the flood tide and in 70 feet of water southeast of Fire Island
Inlet. Otherwise, a ton of short fluke and sea robins provide nearly
non-stop action. Small weakfish, blowfish and kingfish fill the State
Channel and adjacent waterways, a perfect place to start a novice angler
into piscatorial pursuits. Surfcasters are finding cocktail blues off
the Sore Thumb and Democrat Point, but the ocean surf seems inundated
with robins, rays and sharks. Snappers and blue claws are off local
bridges, docks and piers to landlubbers’ delight.
Striped bass have been responding to clam bellies/clam chum at the
Ponquogue Bridge and, sporadically in Shinnecock Inlet, where cocktail
blues are starting to mass.
Shinnecock Inlet Through Montauk
Striped bass have been responding to clam bellies/clam chum at the Ponquogue
Bridge and, sporadically in Shinnecock Inlet, where cocktail blues are
starting to mass. Shinnecock Bay is filled with short fluke with an
occasional keeper in their midst, while Shinnecock Canal features a mix of
porgies and snappers. The mother lode for porgies remains Peconic Bay, but
the fish are scattered, so you’ll have to work to find them.
Well the summer doldrums as we know them are in place now. The water temps
in and around Sag Harbor are like a kiddy pool…88 degrees. This means small
sea bass, small weakfish, a few small fluke and some small porgies. You need
to move east in Sag Harbor and the further east you go the cooler the water
and the better the fishing with larger fish of all species. First light can
yield some schoolie bass action on poppers around the shorelines and the
Waters are warm
in Amagansett area too but good action on kingfish, blowfish, in surprising
numbers too, and some porgies. In the Amagansett area the fluke in Gardiner’s Bay are increasing in numbers with quality
fish on the Cartwright Shoal on the south side of Gardiner’s Island. More
numbers of fluke in Gardiner’s too with rods bent all the time but 1 in 20
is the keeper ratio. Some good fluking by boat on the north side at
Accabonac Harbor and tons of quality blowfish, kingfish and porgies in here
too so good bottom fishing action. Get small chum pot with clam or bunker
and anchor up and catch several
good meals of delicious kingfish, porgies and blowfish. Lots of 1 pound
bluefish showed out of nowhere in this same area this week and action is
fantastic pretty much everywhere especially around the jetty at 3 mile
Harbor. Still squid under the lights are night if you want fresh calamari
and its lots of porgies in here during the day as well.
In Montauk news a big run of giant fluke
last weekend and it was
surprising many anglers. It was consistent, good and the numbers of fluke
from 5 to 11 pounds was fantastic. We are hoping this holds up. The Rocky
Hill area with the best of it still on the south side of Montauk in 50 to 90
foot of water in the usual places like the Radar Dome and along the sandy
beaches. The north side at the Pocketbook and these areas had a surge in
fluke as well as blues here on the north side. Bonito still all over the
pace chasing spearing and those with fly rods are in heaven now. A good omen
for a fall run perhaps? They are not easy to catch or shade down but when
you do heart stopping action. If you have spinning gear, take a popper, take
the hooks off, tie a 3 foot leader to the back of the popper and tie on a
small fly and the popper will attract the bonito and they will eat the fly.
Most of this action is all along the south side.
The day time bass bite is almost nil now that the summer pattern is
in place and the night bite locally also slowed considerably. They have been
catching stripers over at Block Island now as the bass seem to be following
bait and traveling between Block and the tip of Montauk.
Porgies are everywhere and anywhere you look. Some nice fish and any rock or
gravely bottom has all the porgies you want anywhere in Montauk. Some great
sea bass action mixed with them but keeper sea bass are hard to find now
they are...not where they were...
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