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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
The reefs are alive with the sound of sea bass plunking on boat decks along with porgies and fluke, too. Speaking of fluke, they are scattered throughout the bays and creeks at the Marine Pkwy Bridge, Canarsie Pier and out to the Coney Island Flats with enough keepers to maintain interest. Kingfish and Lafayettes are vying for a squid strip or slice of clam in the bay, while a new school of bunker is attracting striped bass and bluefish to voraciously feed off Rockaway Point. Snag a bunker or two and you’re off to the races. Local docks and bulkheads are holding snappers and blue claw crabs that are getting bigger by the day.

Knapp Street & Belt Parkway:
Flamingo 3 (718-2763-8745):
Capt. Bob reports the week over all was so-so with fair catches by the end of every day with Tuesday the best day. They catch fish every day with some days better then an others. Still  medium to large bluefish then cocktails 2 to 4 pounds so varied sizes all through the day's trip. Friday (7/25) was picky with some fish outside the inlet then they hit the back bays. Lots of schools of bunker and the blues are inside the schools, but they wound up with a good day and just a gorgeous day on the water. 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
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Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Andrew reports fluke are coming on strong near and on Rockaway, Atlantic Beach and the Fishing Line Reefs, taking live snappers along with traditional squid/spearing combos. In the bays the fluke are mostly shorts with an odd keeper, but cocktails blues stormed the inlets this week and all the rental skiffs are scoring good numbers of 1 to 3 pound blues. All the reefs are holding a mix of porgies and sea bass, too, though many shorts are in the mix. Further out, mahi-mahi are taking up residence on the Cholera Banks, falling victim to small diamond jigs. Bluefish, absent for the last few weeks, are getting frisky smelling bunker that are meandering from the Cholera nearly to the beaches with fish to 12 pounds. For those boaters with large gas tanks and fat wallets, yellowfin tuna have been caught in the Canyon. On the web at


Capt. Al (516-623-2248):
Capt. Tommy Weiss says bottom fishing overall this week was very good with keeper sea bass a little less the last couple of days. Most nearly everybody limits out on sea bass, but not everybody Thursday and Friday they did see more fluke and several anglers had their limit of fluke on Friday (7/25). The porgy action is light right now as it is all sea bass and fluke. The 5 p.m. evening trips this week have been doing very well with nice size sea bass as the larger sea bass bite just before sundown and they had quite a few fluke on this trip Thursday. They see a few more porgies at 5 p.m. as well.


Friday they did mostly sea bass, but LOTS and LOTS of fluke with quite a few anglers limiting out on the fluke! They were able to fish on the drift as winds were light. Pool winner was a 5 pound fluke. Still lots of limits on sea bass just not everybody and a few ling too. The 5 p.m. trip did a load of fluke and picked at some sea bass. Started slow but the bite really came close to dark. Saturday was fantastic with most limiting out on sea bass but not everybody. Lots of fluke on Saturday too with a 5 pounder winning the pool. 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:
Fluke remain king as these predators dominate local bays, Fire Island and Moriches Inlets and the Smith’s Point Narrows taking squid/spearing combos and live snappers. While there are some cocktail blues in the bay and snappers off local docks, big blues have yet to appear locally, with only a few scattered striped bass in the mix near local bridges. Some kingfish and a few blowfish have been caught in the bay, while both thresher and brown sharks have been sighted off area beaches. Local reefs and wrecks are holding sea bass and porgies, but many are small but hungry for a slice of clam.
 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 has been very comfortable this summer in Moriches very enjoyable. They did find some cooler water temps in the bay all of sudden and the fluke are responding to the low 60’s degree water temp. As low as 61 Saturday (7/26) morning and fluking is better on the outgoing tide when it is like this. Best spots buoy 26 to 27 and Buoy14 to 15. Largest fish this week was 5 pounds or so. They also see triggerfish at the 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 and at the coast guard station. Lots of bunker outside but things are quiet around these schools for some reason. Crabbing is holding up very well in the coves, snappers are here now and cocktail blues under the birds 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:
Monster bluefish to fourteen pounds have arrived in Shinnecock  Inlet, hitting virtually any bait day or night. Apparently they have scared most fluke into the bay, near the Ponquogue Bridge and off Ram Pasture where anglers are finding keepers along with many shorts. Striped bass can be had at night on eels at the Ponguogue Bridge. Snappers and porgies are giving landlubbers action in Shinnecock Canal, while boaters continue to find scup at Roger’s Rock in the Peconics. 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

Previously phenomenal striped bass action has been downgraded to “good” by the arrival of big bluefish tearing through spot and eel bait like a hot knife through butter. Anglers, therefore, need additional bait and terminal rigs as they drift past the Elbow, Great Eastern and Pollack Rips looking for linesiders like one weighed in this week at 48 pounds. Fluking is consistent at the North Rips, Midway and anywhere between 50 to 80 feet of water on the south side from the town to the Radar Tower. Sea bass and porgies are on any rocky bottom, while offshore west of the Dip mako and blue sharks and 240 pound yellowfin tuna have caught. 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

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