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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Call it “August Doldrums Lite” as the fishing scene has plateaued where anglers really have to work for a catch. Fluke, mainly short fluke, are hitting squid/spearing combos and Gulp on any moving tide in the back bays accompanied by schools of porgies and weakfish to 7 pounds looking for a succulent sandworm. But snappers rule the roost from local docks into the bays, grabbing any bait at hand. Their older brothers, choppers from 12 to 20 pounds, can be found on the Mudhole to test anyone’s muscles. Lured by bunker schools, brown, thresher and mako sharks have been caught in 20 to 60 feet of water off Breezy Point.  Bottom fishermen are finding sea bass and porgies on Rockaway Reef; bring plenty of extra terminal gear as you will definitely lose hooks and sinkers on structure. Striped bass, nearly non-existent during daylight hours, are being wormed at night on the troll from Breezy Point to Debs Inlet.. 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

Knapp Street & Belt Parkway:
Flamingo 3 (718-2763-8745):
Capt. Bob reports the end of last week was  tough with hard NE/E winds and easterly swells. They scratched some fish each trip but just not what it was the week prior week. However Sunday (8/24) was much better and just about super duper with all blues 3 to 6 pounds with a few larger.  Monday was a super duper day with all bluefish in the same 3 to 7 pound class. Tuesday was okay as things are getting better after this easterly weather with a swell still on but the fish are cooperating again. Most were 3 to 6 pounds with an occasional larger one. 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  www.flamingo3.com.

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

I fished Fish Magnolia pier from 5 to 8 for a grand total of two taps and no catches. This afternoon was on Laurelton Avenue from 12 to 5 again no catches. Water started out a greenish color but with very little seaweed. Lots of sand fleas. By the time we left , water looked brown to reddish. Hopefully it was the sunset and not a red or brown tide.
Steve / Long Beach

 


Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Andrew reports great fluke action is going on in the back bays, but keepers are difficult to come by even for experienced anglers. Hempstead and the Atlantic Beach Reefs have larger fish, but even out there shorts outnumber keepers 10 to 1. They did however weigh in two 9 pounders and two fluke over 11 pounds, one from The Fishing Line Reef on a killie and the other caught at the JB Coast Guard Station on a live snapper just like The Fishing Line Live Snapper Big Fluke video instructed. A few anglers have trekked to the Cholera Banks to find keeper fluke; live lining snappers insures a much greater margin for success. You can use live snappers in and around Jones or Debs Inlet around rocks, structure or deep holes with great success on keeper fluke. You may only 6 to 10 bites per trip but you certainly wont have to measure them and keep your drift below half a knot! '

   Short sea bass are prowling the bays, while their bigger cousins are on the AB, Hempstead, Fishing Line and Rockaway Reefs looking for squid, Gulp or clam. Snappers are in prime time mode off local docks and bulkheads; now is the time to bring a youngster to the docks to enjoy the joys of fishing. 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. On the web at www.scottysfishingstation.com.

 


Capt. Al (516-623-2248):
Capt. Tommy Weiss says bottom fishing is getting better now as they saw lots more sea bass life on all the pieces and good numbers of keeper sea bass too. Some chub mackerel showed, some fluke every day and the ling fishing Monday and Tuesday (8/26) afternoon was very good! Come on out the fall fishing bonanza is set to begin. 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:
It has taken nearly a week for water clarity to return to normal after last week’s torrential rains and the fishing show it with great fluke action in the bays and Fire Island Inlet. Larger fluke can be had near the Robert Moses Bridge, the bay side of Field 2 and in 60 to 70 feet southeast of Fire Island Inlet on squid/spearing combos, Gulp and, if you catch them, live lining snappers. If your quarry is sea bass, travel to Fire Island Reef armed with clam and squid. Local docks in Patchogue, Sayville, Babylon and Captree feature rapacious snappers 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. Text them to 516-435-8382 or E mail them to us at rich@thefishingline.com.  

 

 

Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station (631-868-0247):
Gary reports fall like weather again with NE winds and it’s rare to have a day over 78-80 degrees out here in the sundrenched Moriches Bay. They had a good showing of fluke action in both the East and West cuts this week and fluke have spread inside the bay from Buoy 14 to 27 now and fish three hours before and after high water. Outside the better area is east of the inlet and in 40 foot of water or more. Fluking is holding up well but you will cull through many fish for keepers, but everybody does come back with keepers. We have triggerfish at Buoy 7W mixed with blowfish and use a small chum pot of clam chum. Use clam or squid on the hook. Also triggerfish at the inlet’s Rock Pile in the East Cut. Anglers use clams to catch a poor smattering of striped bass right now as this is very lackluster. Terrific crabbing in all the coves, snappers are larger now and cocktail blues under the bird in the bay so keep your eyes open. 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:
Striped bass are beginning an early morning bite in the Inlet and Ponquogue Bridge on clam/clam chum. The bass disappear at sunrise,  replaced by fluke and big blues. Triggerfish can be found in the rocky areas in the inlet, while porgies can be had at Roger’s Rock in the Peconics and in Shinnecock Canal.  Bluefish predominate in Shinnecock Inlet and at the Ponquogue Bridge. 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
The August Doldrums has even hit Montauk as fishing cranked down a couple of notches. By any standard, however, the fishing is still good as anglers use spot and eel to find linesiders and bluefish on local rips, the Point and all the way to Southwest Ledge near Block Island. Fluking has been good on the south side near Midway, Frisbees and Rocky Hill in 50 to 70 feet of water, while large porgies and sea bass to 4 pounds have been netted on Cerebrus or any hard bottom. Very few anglers have trekked offshore because of high winds earlier this week, but a few good days should see bigeye and yellowfin tuna and sharks anywhere from the Fish Tales to the Dip. 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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