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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
As Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial summer season, fluke, aka summer flounder, have joined striped bass and bluefish in the fish parade. Motivated by warmer water temperatures, fluke are hitting bucktails, Gulp and squid/spearing combos in the back bays and shallower depths in Jamaica Bay, with the best fishing at the end of the ebb tide. Although many fish are short of 18 inches, Vinnie from Bernie’s B&T corralled an 8.5 pound flatties at the Marine Pkwy Bridge. Bluefish, meanwhile, the last day or two has slowed, but previous to this they were so numerous, they were in creeks, bays and ocean that striped bass are strictly a nighttime pursuit on bunker chunks and spoons. 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 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):
Bluefish continue to be the main game although fluking is picking up steam. Best fluking is down at the Golf Course which has the best bet for keeper fluke with most 3 to 4 pounds. We are seeing very few shorts as blues keep anything smaller in the mud. Bluefish all through the bay, and the inlet is covered with bluefish. Anything you want to throw will work and tins are best, but if it is in the water you can catch bluefish from Jones to Deb’s. Striper fishing has been tough as you try to pick through the bluefish. On the West bar they see a few bass on the clams but trolling in 35 to 40 foot of water is best for bass. Spoons are the best but umbrella rigs will work as well. White spoons though are king. Scotty’s weighed in a nice 30 pound bass for Andrew Doheny of Scotty’s on Saturday (5/23) morning as they hit the blues hard. Saturday and Sunday morning the pods of bunker finally showed and the bass fishing actually showed great improvement with bass to 42 pounds caught Saturday and Sunday. Most of this action is again to the west from Atlantic Beach to west of Deb's. 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 (516-361-9275): Capt. Tommy Weiss says the weekend overall was excellent with surprisingly light crowds so get on down there.  Saturday (5/23) they did very well with everybody having full buckets of ling with handful of cod mixed in. Over all very good fishing. Sunday and Memorial Day saw good fishing both days. Sunday Jimmy Blizzard of Farmingdale was on the boat and had a couple of full buckets of ling! Very good ling action for everybody on board both Sunday & Memorial day with plenty of big, fat ling and full buckets as well. They also see some cod mixed in Tuesday they had a nice pollock, some flounder, some cod and again lots of ling too! All nice fat ling and full buckets for everybody. Sailing every day at 7 a.m. for cod, ling, porgies, fluke etc., from the East Marina in Point Lookout. Sailing every day at 7 a.m. for cod, ling, porgies, fluke etc., from the East Marina in Point Lookout.

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
A mix of blues, striped bass, fluke and weakfish are providing variety for anglers. Bluefish are all over the place from Patchogue and Blue Point Docks southward throughout the bay taking any bait, real or artificial. Striped bass can be had by using clam bellies/clam chum at the Robert Moses Bridge, with the better action taking place at night. Fluke are in the State Channel and the back bays falling for Gulp, bucktails and squid/spearing combos. Weakfish up to 8 pounds have taken from Copaigue Hole, Ocean Beach and the Narrows near Smith’s Point on Bass Assassins and rubber baits. 

Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station (631-868-0247):
Gary reports they are psyched up for the Memorial Day weekend with all boats, tackle and bait ready to go. During the week it was all blues from 2 to 10 pounds pouncing on the fluke baits down around buoy 14 near the Forge River. They are everywhere. Some fluke now in the narrows between buoys 8 and 12 with some keepers caught this week to 4 pounds and from buoys 12 to 14 using spearing and squid. Flounder now at buoy 21 to 23, but this has been on and off and overall picky as a result of few anglers and many bluefish. A few bass around too. They are open 7 to 4 and are ready to rock and roll with all rental skiffs in the water and they have all baits and tackle for flounder, bass, blues etc. 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
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Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays:
Shinnecock Canal remains fishing nirvana as weakfish, fluke, striped bass and cocktail blues compete for any live or artificial bait. Additionally, Ponquogue Bridge is holding some stripers in love with bass assassins, while Shinnecock Inlet is bluefish heaven on diamond jigs or any live bait. Porgies are fat and sassy at high tide at Jessups, begging for a clam strip, while fluke are taking up residence on the north side of Jessups. 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 bluefish are in, making life miserable for fluke fishermen, but many anglers have switched to jumbo porgies at Cherry Harbor, Greenport and Orient Point where 3 pound fish are commonplace.  Wait until the main body of fluke and striped bass arrive. . . 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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