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Listener's Report:
Just returned from the fishing line reef. My wife and I caught about 35 fish between 9-1pm today, including 3 sea robins, 1 dog fish, 5 keeper porgies, and a giant 5lbs sea bass (returned after measuring). The rest were too small to keep (sea bass, 3 fluke, and porgies). Hope this helps. Tomorrow we are headed to cholera banks for the first time, are there any tips, coordinates for a hot spot you can share? Reports to follow tomorrow. Thanks
Erick

Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Tough to believe, but we’re at the end of August when ocean waters begin to cool and mixed bag fishing commences. Not this year. With ocean and bay temperatures between 75 and 80 degrees and with more hot and humid weather forecast striped bass have forsaken their usual haunts for the deeper, cooler sides of Ambrose Channel where anglers are worming or eeling with success at night. Porgies, too, have spurned inshore rock piles for the Tin Can Grounds. The bays are alive with fluke action; keepers, however, remain elusive. Cocktail blues can be had from Canarsie Pier and off Floyd Bennett Field, while surfcasters off the Far Rockaway beaches are catching kingfish, snappers and croakers in the suds. Offshore, the Canyon plays host to yellowfin tuna and mahi-mahi and, with light breezes, this might be an optimum time for an offshore trek. 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. Text them to 516-435-8382 or E mail them to us at rich@thefishingline.com.

 

Jones & Deb's Inlets
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Continued great fluke action—and just a few keepers—describes the fishing in the bays and creeks. A proliferation of sea robins and small sea bass add to the excitement of never knowing what will emerge. Larger fluke have been caught on the Cholera and Angler Banks, and as of Friday (8/28) we heard good numbers now as they seem to be "stacking" up for their move as fall approaches. Live peanut bunker really caught a lot of fluke in deep water this past week. Remember: NOW is the time to use live snappers 5 to 7 inches long, or peanut bunker; for live fluke bait. The full moon is/was Saturday August 29, that means this week coming up is the same "type" week we filmed our hit show "Live Snapper; Big Fluke" on The Fishing line TV show a few years back. Just drift the deep edges and slopes in and around any inlet with live snapper or live peanut bunker. Keep the rig tied close to the bottom, the drift at a half of a knot and you'll score fish you won't have to measure. Move the live rig up 2 foot in the water column for any stray weakfish around the bridges.

   Sea bass action has been good at the Atlantic Beach and Fishing Line Reefs, especially when anglers allow them to “rest” for a few days. Cocktail blues are just outside Jones Inlet at various times of the day; look for screeching terns and gulls and drift to the outside of the school for a hookup. Good canyon action on bigeye at the Hudson on the troll. Mostly everything is on the troll even at night. A few mahi, but it is mostly tuna out there. Ryan George emailed to say he and his crew hit two 150-pound bigeyes at 7:45PM Wednesday night in the Hudson Canyon. First one hit on down rig and second reeling in ballyhoo.  Think they are hitting more active lures at higher speeds, ie 6-8 knots.Sharking has been slow with a few hammerheads and small threshers at the Cholera. 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. Text them to 516-435-8382 or e mail Rich@thefishingline.com. On the web at www.scottysfishingstation.com.

 

Capt. Al (516-623-2248): Capt. Tommy Weiss says the last few days saw excellent fishing with 50/50 mix of fluke and sea bass. On Saturday they had quite a few fluke limits and the fluke usually winds the pool at around 5 to 6 pounds. Some sea bass limits too. It has been very good fishing and lots of life with short fluke and sea bass so everybody has a nice bag of fish to take home with some porgies and mackerel mixed in as well. The 5 p.m. trips have been very good with more porgies on these trips and of course the sea bass and some fluke, but very good fishing on the boat all week. Sailing every day at 7 a.m. for ling, porgies, fluke AND sea bass on Wed. They also sail 5 to 9 p.m. Wed.-Sat. for sea bass, porgies and fluke from the East Marina in Point Lookout.


On a sad note our deepest sympathies to Capt. Al Lindroth and his family and their extended family on the Capt. Al on the passing of Capt. Al’s wife Pat Lindroth who passed away on Thursday (8/27) at the age of 85. The beloved wife of Albert ("Capt Al") for 64 years. Loving mother of Maureen Forman, William (Nancy), Debbie (Ricky) Rizzo and Diane Chillemi. Also survived by 9 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren with another little angel on the way. Patricia is also survived by many nieces, nephews and her beloved dog Cutie. I have personally known Al and Pat professionally, but more importantly personally sharing many meals, parties and cocktails with them both out and about and in their home. They both attended my 50th birthday party 11 years ago and she was a truly gentle and wonderful person. One of a kind she is sure to be missed.

  

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
Great fluke action in the bays on squid/spearing combos and Gulp, with 1 in 20 a keeper. Larger fluke have been caught just south of Fire Island Reef, where a smattering of sea bass enlivens the day. Remember: NOW is the time to use live snappers 5 to 7 inches long, or peanut bunker; for live fluke bait. The full moon is/was Saturday August 29, that means this week coming up is the same "type" week we filmed our hit show "Live Snapper; Big Fluke" on The Fishing line TV show a few years back. Just drift the deep edges and slopes in and around any inlet with live snapper or live peanut bunker. Keep the rig tied close to the bottom, the drift at a half of a knot and you'll score fish you won't have to measure. Move the live rig up 2 foot in the water column for any stray weakfish around the bridges. Triggerfish are lurking among the rocks at the Sore Thumb, while surfcasters are nailing a few schoolies off the beach. Snappers, cocktail blues and blue claws await landlubbers off local docks, bulkheads and piers, while boaters jaunting 6 to 12 miles due south of Fire Island Inlet are finding mahi-mahi with great appetites.

 

Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station
(631-868-0247): Gary reports as we are a week from Labor Day, fishing continued to hold up real well. Lots of short fluke and some are catching keepers. Best has been Buoy 15 to the West Cut. The East Cut to the Coast Guard Station also hot this week. Small weakfish east of Buoy 30 and the mixed bag action that occurs there each year will start any day with kingfish, blowfish and porgies added to the weakfish. Still bluefish in the inlet running 8 to 10 pounds. Striper action is very slow or at night now and blue claws are very active in the coves. On the web at www.sillylily.com.

 

Silly Lily has been 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 www.sillylily.com.

Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays:
Shinnecock Canal has become an aquarium as kingfish, blowfish, porgies and snappers all compete for bait or a shiny lure. Schoolie bass can be had at the Ponquogue Bridge, while bluefish rule in the inlet. The bay and ocean are bursting with short fluke, a great harbinger for the future, but do not count on many fillets hitting the frying pan. 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. Text them to 516-435-8382 or E mail them to us at  rich@thefishingline.com.

Montauk
Striped bass and bluefish continue their relentless pursuit of spot and eels as bass to 35 pounds have been weighed in by anglers fishing the Elbow, Pollack, Great Eastern and Midway Rips on an incoming tide and Block Island on an outgoing tide. Porgies and sea bass are seemingly everywhere two rocks come together, with the bigger fish nestled near Southwest Ledge. Fluking has been sporadic; great one day, quiet the next. The best of the fluking has been on the south side in 60 to 70 feet of water on squid/spearing combos, Gulp and, if you can catch them, live snappers. Offshore at Atlantis and the Hudson Canyon the yellowfin tuna bite has been on fire with 60 to 80 pound specimens day and night on the chunk. A few marlin have also been caught to make these offshore jaunts a piscatorial playground. 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. Text them to 516-435-8382 or E mail them to us at rich@thefishingline.com

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