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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Fluke and sea bass are providing anglers plenty of action, especially when the ocean calms down to allow boaters access to the Rockaway, Atlantic Beach and Fishing Line Reefs. Armed with squid/spearing combos, Gulp or clam strips, the reefs have been producing sea bass, fluke and even a few porgies. Better porgy fishing has been on the Tin Can Grounds, while a smattering of striped bass and bluefish are prowling the Breezy Point Jetty looking for a bunker chunk, particularly at night. Inshore, plenty of fluke action—and some keepers—can be had in Jamaica Bay near the Marine Pkwy Bridge, on the Coney Island Flats and off Floyd Bennett Field on both tides, while snappers and small blue claws are starting to show up at local docks

Knapp Street & Belt Parkway:
Flamingo 3 (718-2763-8745):
Capt. Bob reports striped bass started to show up again last week. Thursday’s action was again good but Friday was picky in what seemed like a mill pond. Fish on top and very, very fussy but they caught a few. Friday night they had good action with bass and two over 20 pounds, a couple of other keeper bass and some blues in the mix along with short bass. Saturday’s (7/19) fishing was back to being good as they caught some bluefish at the inlet and then went along the beach to hit blues and some short bass. Very good fishing. Sunday tough going in nasty seas and weather. Monday (7/21) they had some action in the early morning and they shut down other second toed, but they had some fish in flat calm conditions in the afternoon. Pool winners are teen size bluefish every trip. They sail daily 6:30 a.m. to 2:30 and Friday & Saturday nights at 7 p.m. Check out the new and improved web site at

Capt. Bob and the Flamingo was featured on The Fishing Line TV Show a couple of times for spring flounder fishing and jigging bass on another episode. Bob & RJ scored big time on both shows on giant bass with fish over 25 pounds. You can order the extended 55 minute home release video which is longer than the 30 minute show version by clicking the link

Do yourselves a favor...make sure you visit them this season. They have some awesome action and the Flamingo IS the bluefish boat to hit! New York's topwater, lure & jig specialist for blues, weakfish & bass. The Flamingo III started it over 50 years ago and while others may imitate them, no one can duplicate them. The Flamingo III is a family fishermen's boat catering to all anglers and pride themselves in a keeping a clean and courteous boat with the most experienced crew. The Flamingo III is located at Knapp St. & Belt Parkway and the UA Theater with plenty of free & safe parking.  

Jones & Deb's Inlets
Point Lookout
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Andrew reports While striped bass and bluefish have temporarily gone AWOL, fluke and sea bass have taken up the slack at the Cholera Banks, on all the local reefs and inshore in both inlets, Reynolds Channel and the back bays. While many fluke are small, persistence and long strip baits like Peruvian spearing tinged with white or green teasers will produce dinner on most trips. Local docks are just starting to produce snappers and small crabs for landlubbers. The sea bass fishing on The Fishing Line Reef and other local reefs is out of control with many quality sea bass to 4 pounds or better caught, most are all keeper size or close to it. Use a live killer or larger strip baits for larger humpbacks. On the web at

Jonathan Wade of the Freeport Tuna Club hit Cholera on Saturday (7/19) and started to sea bass. They had limits of sea bass for Jon and his friends within 1-1/2 hours. Had some ling and keeper fluke too. They saw a Mahi follow a ling so they started to cut up some ling and spread it around. They hooked a mahi and kept it on the hook and that brought more to the boat. They finished with more than five mahi and saw tons whales and porpoises at the JI Buoy on the way home.

Capt. Al (516-623-2248):
Capt. Tommy Weiss says Thursday they had great fishing with limits for everybody on the sea bass, some keeper fluke too, some porgies and some ling. Friday's fishing was the same thing as the sea bass are all over the wrecks and reefs with plenty of full buckets for everybody on board. Sunday was fair with a nasty east wind and rough seas with rain made it very tough. They picked at some sea bass in the morning then ling in the afternoon. Monday (7/21) was much better as the ocean laid down quite a bit and just about everybody had their sea bass limit, and a handful of nice keeper fluke to almost 5 pounds. They sail daily full day bottom fishing at 7 a.m. and Wednesday's through Saturdays 5 to 9 p.m. for sea bass and porgies. All from the East Marina in Point Lookout, LI.


Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
Striped bass and bluefish can be found primarily from Moriches Inlet eastward, with the Smith Point Bridge holding both species, particularly at night. Otherwise, fluke dominate the local creeks and bays, the State Channel and Fire Island Inlet occasionally interrupted with a fleeting pod of cocktail blues. A few triggerfish have come up near the Sore Thumb, while local docks find a mix of snappers, kingfish and blue claws. If you would like to share your reports whether you caught fish or not, or what the conditions were where you fished, we’re sure everybody could benefit from them and would certainly appreciate them. E mail them to us at  



Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station (631-868-0247):
Gary reports weather this past week was beautiful with little wind and the fishing has been good. Some nice fluke with best spots buoy 26 to 29 and buoy 7W back towards Buoy 14. Saturday (7/19) saw this great drift with the right wind and tide. Largest this week was a 4.5 pound fluke caught by “Big” Dave Roys. He also had his limit on Thursday. All the skiffs have been doing well with everybody catching fluke, keeper ratio is going down but tons of action and enough keepers to get some limits. They did see some triggerfish at the Buoy chains and the rock pile at the east cut using clams.

   Folks are using clams to catch schoolie bass in both the east and west cuts at the coast guard station. No bass under the bunker schools but lots of sharks in 50 foot of water. Gary’s son Doug had a 280 pound thresher from the bunker schools off Moriches; they had a few other sharks as well only keeping the one. Crabbing is holding up very well in the coves. Some cocktail blues under the bird in the bay so keep your eyes open. On the web at


Silly Lily was featured more than once on The Fishing Line TV program, the most recent was Triggerfishing in the 2010 season. Also shows on Moriches bay Flounder and Bucktailing Fluke the others when Gary & RJ scored big time on the flounder with over 30 fish in a few hours, 20 or more of them were keepers and they threw back keepers as well. You can order the extended home release DVD which is longer than the 30 minute show version by visiting The Fishing Line." On the web at

Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays:
A combination of striped bass and bluefish are settling in at the Ponquogue Bridge and Shinnecock Inlet, taking clams/clam chum both day and night. Shinnecock Canal has become a fluke hot spot as well as an area in 80feet of water off the Cheese House, with squid/spearing combos doing the damage. If porgies are your quest, head to Rogers Rock in the Peconics with squid or clam strips and you’ll go home with some tasty fillets. If you would like to share your reports whether you caught fish or not, or what the conditions were where you fished, we’re sure everybody could benefit from them and would certainly appreciate them. E mail them to us at

One veteran angler stated that if you can’t catch a striped bass now, take up needlepoint. That’s how incredible the bass fishing is on both north and south sides, at the rips or near the Point, all on spot and live eels, day and night. Although sea bass opened up on July 15th, few if any anglers are targeting them because the striped bass fishing has been so good. For anglers quickly limiting out on bass, fluke have been consistently good at Cartwright, Frisbees and the Pocketbook on squid/spearing combos, while porgies can be found on any hard bottom.
   Offshore, high winds most of the week have precluded fishing, but a couple of boats ventured out late in the week and found both bigeye and yellowfin tuna to 175 pounds. I
f you would like to share your reports whether you caught fish or not, or what the conditions were where you fished, we’re sure everybody could benefit from them and would certainly appreciate them. E mail them to us at

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