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Angler Reports
Rich,
We did well off of Gilgo on Sunday (9/7) with large fluke between 22 and 28 inches taken on squid. Limited out in about 3 hours! Fish about 2 miles off in about 50 foot of water.
Joe Nunzi  

Rich,

Never sent a report but have been listen to your reports for years so I figured was least contribution I could provide.

I fish mostly Long Beach and Atlantic beaches. Was out Sunday (9/14) morning but way too much weed. Was out this afternoon. Super clean water on outgoing at Atlantic Beach. All the fluke you wanted. Plenty of 17-17.5 throwbacks but plenty of 21-22" fish. Kept 2 at 22". Very calm conditions. 3/4 oz white spro w large 7" Gulp belly strips also w chartreuse 2" swimming mullet. A lot of snappers in surf. Largest of fluke were caught in pocket and in very tight to jetties. Thanks for all your reports.

Ryan Osborne / Malverne, NY. 

Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
With September firmly established and cooler weather combined with shorter days, the migration will begin shortly. Hard east winds on Saturday (9/13) really screwed things up but some fish were caught during the week. The best bet this past week has been a tossup between fluke and porgies, but fluke are on their way out. Fluke are hard to find inside the bay and are now on the Tin Can Grounds and the Hook with most action on the Ambrose Channel edges with fish from shorts to 6 pounds. This is the best area for keepers.

Porgy fishing is still better inside the bay then outside and along Broad Channel from the CB Bridge to the MP Bride and all along the Sea Wall seeing super action. Then you have the stretch of Floyd Bennett from Mill Basin to the MP Bridge and both worms and clams are working. Mixed bag of sea bass and porgies in the Ambrose Channel on rough bottom looking for fluke as well with triggerfish. Some giant sea robins on the outside now too.

Inside the bay striped bass are hard to find with better action at night and mostly shorts with handful of keepers along the channel to the Romer Shoal and off the points. Bluefishing in the bay is mostly quiet except for snappers and over grown snappers. Then large blues to 12 pounds chasing bunker are outside the inlet but around Rockaway Inlet with most action over at the Hook. 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 Saturday (9/13) it was tough in very rough conditions but they scrapped together a decent catch by trip's end. They did not sail Saturday night at 7 p.m. as winds were just too nasty, but Sunday they had a super duper day and limits galore on the bluefish with mostly cocktails to mediums (7 pounds). 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
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Rich,
Snappers seem to be feeding a bit lower around the Magnolia Blvd pier in Long Beach.  Best success is by getting rid of the popper and putting your bait about 7-9 feet down.  Spearing are best, but they’ve been hitting on a Phoebe lure as well.
Ian Lazoda

Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665): Andrew reports this past week saw a screwed up week with hard east winds and lots of grass in the bay so fishing has suffered. Meanwhile still a ton of short fluke in the bay and better keeper ratio is at the inlet and live baits are a must for quality fluke. Be it live peanut bunker or snapper, live bait means big fluke as they make a last ditch effort to get out. No one could really get deep or to the offshore fluke grounds this week either. Bass chumming in the bay and at the bridges has been near zero and has been for some time and the best bet is the foot long snappers now all through the bay system. Better weather this week will mean a better report. 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 they had to contend with east winds of varying degrees all week and it was tough sledding then hard 25 knot easterlies on Saturday (9/13). They got their fannies kicked on Saturday and had to really hold on. Fishing during the week was slow with a few days like Friday got better with good sea bass and some fluke too. Saturday it all shut down again and late in the day winds were starting to back off a little. Some fair numbers of porgies a couple of days this week too on the Fishing Line Reef and every day they see a few triggerfish and some 12 inch snappers too. They sail daily full day bottom fishing at 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. with free bait from the East Marina in Point Lookout, LI

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
Most of the early fall action here is still on fluke, porgies and now a strong showing of cocktail blues from 2 to 6 pounds and all action seems to be centered around the inlet. Fluke are still number one with larger fluke falling to live peanut bunker or live snappers with fluke to 7 pounds reported. If you use bucktails fish tight to the beach if you can get in that close, otherwise shorts and 18 inch fish dominate the area from the RM Bridge to the inlet and just outside as they are staging for the big move on the next moon (24th).

Bluefish are everywhere with fish 2 to 5 pounds in and outside the inlet and along the back side of the RM Beach 2 jetty rocks and along the Demo area. No real word on stripers with not much going on inside or outside the inlet. No real reports from pluggers working the sandbars or those working the bunker schools where it is mostly bluefish and sharks right now.

 

Porgies and triggers in the Sore Thumb if you have the right spot and porgies on the FI Reef and other hard bottom or along the back side rocks of RM Field 2. 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 and hard east winds most of the week especially on Saturday (9/13) made difficult fishing. During the week they had good fluking in both the east and west cuts with some keepers to go around. Still porgies in the west cut with lots of snappers and crabs in the coves. Some stripers showed this week so things are coming alive and lots of bait around now too. Mullet and bunker in the bays now too so things are gearing up for the run here shortly. 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 slow with a few shots at early morning 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 east winds in Montauk on Saturday (9/13) were pretty brutal, but some fish were caught and mostly during the week. Striped bass fishing was very good with quality fish caught to 30 pounds, but most of it is 15 to 24 pounders and mostly all on live bait or trolling wire and parachutes. Most of it now is closer to home as the fish have come back to the Montauk side of the bay with Great Eastern, the Elbow and Pollock Rip and all the normal areas producing.

Fluking is still holding strong as a 10 pounder was weighed in on Friday but lots of quality summer fatties still at Cartwright, Frisbees and just about any of the traditional fluke stomping grounds you would fish. Bottom fishing is just stupid right now with any piece of bottom that has a rock on it producing large porgies and sea bass.

 

Very few anglers have trekked offshore because of high winds this week with only the large party boats doing offshore trips scoring tuna and it has been very good. The ocean is going flat tonight and Sunday so we expect a glut of boats to hit the grounds the next few days. 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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