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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
With water temperatures on the western end of the island rising to 42 degrees, an uptick in flounder fishing is noticeable from the North Channel Bridge, 69th Street Pier and off the Cross Bay Blvd trestle mostly on sandworms. Moving eastward, you can hear crickets chirping in the middle of the island until you approach Great South Bay and Shinnecock where a few flounder have been caught by party boats and in Quogue Canal.

Striped bass season opens on April 15 and some action has started ion the area of the VZ Bridge, Crossbay Bridge and in the back by the Rockaway's. Warmer weather as we approach Passover and Easter can change migratory patterns in a heartbeat. Local angler Anthony reported on Monday (4/14) that schoolie stripers are starting to hit near the VZ Bridge as he caught three on Sunday using Bloodworms. We also heard from Stefan Ramjag that he and his buddies have started to fish in the back of the Rockaway's and the Cross Bay Bridge and had a couple huge bass. One was was about 40 pounds, but couldn't get a good picture as the park police made sure we immediately put back anything caught. No bunker as yet. Some people have told us they saw a few in the bay, but we haven't seen any ourselves as yet. Looking to go out tonight again fish after midnight as season opens. We caught two like this, but the rest of the night was dead.

Knapp Street & Belt Parkway:
Flamingo 3 (718-2763-8745):
Capt. Bob called Saturday (4/5) to say they are in the yard painting the boat and they are hoping to sail for striped bass with the opener on Tuesday April 15. On the web 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
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Tom reports they are open but not too many people anywhere. Later this month they will get their skiffs in the water ready for the fluke season. They have your frozen flounder baits and your tackle needs ready for you. On the web at www.scottysfishingstation.com.


Capt. Al (516-361-9275):
Capt. Tommy Weiss says they did sail this past weekend even though it seems to blow every day. They do see a little more life and things are better every day with more life than the day before as it is coming back. They are fishing shallower in 90 to 110 foot of water and see a few ling and handful of cod with some respectable blackfish they have to throw back and as we said each day is better than the day before. They expect to be back on a seven day schedule on Wednesday April 23. They will continue sailing three days a week, Friday-Sundays at 7 a.m. for cod and ling from the East Marina in Point Lookout.

 

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Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station (631-868-0247):
Gary reports they are ready for you if you're ready to try flounder fishing. All baits, tackle gas and all their skiffs are in the water and ready. They are open daily now so pick a nice day and come on out. On the web at www.sillylily.com. 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 www.sillylily.com.

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