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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Attribute it to overly warm water, the presence of sharks inshore or the old standby, “the summer doldrums,” but fishing has taken a downturn the last few days. But enough fluke are cooperating outside Rockaway Reef, the slopes of Ambrose Channel and inshore at Floyd Bennett Field and the Marine Pkwy Bridge to keep things interesting. Striped bass are still calling Sandy Hook the mother ship, but other areas are quiet. Huge bunker schools in NJ are keeping the slug of bass from traveling and fish 35 to 50 pounds are still common over there. Bluefish make an appearance off the Rockaway Jetty at the change in tide; let the screaming terns guide you, then it dies off as the day progresses. Small blue claws and even smaller snappers are off local docks and the North Channel Bridge; return female crabs if you want to see good catches next season. 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.

 

Jones & Deb's Inlets
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665): Tom Doheny reported w
ith both striped bass and bluefish A.W.O.L. most anglers are targeting fluke and sea bass. Fluke action in Reynolds Channel, Swift Creek and both inlets allows a slow pick, but keepers will take some doing but they being caught with the rental skiffs returning with a keeper or two...or more per trip. Squid/spearing combos, Gulp and bucktailing with a squid strip all will entice the summer flounder and, on these sunny days, a perfect time to introduce youngsters to appreciate fishing. You can find some fluke at Cholera now and other deep water wrecks. Ray Geiger and friends had six keeper fluke at Cholera on Saturday (7/25), but no sea bass anywhere out there. Sea bass, eager to feed at season’s opening, now are hit or miss on Hempstead, Rockaway and the Fishing Line Reefs, but a by catch of fluke and porgies can save the day. Look for unfished pieces for the sea bass as the popular reefs are being worked over relentlessly and smaller keeper size and shorts abound now. Sharks seemed to have moved off to their normal feeding grounds at the 20 mile wrecks etc while yellowfin have shown up in large schools at the Texas Tower and points inshore of there. 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 (516-623-2248): Capt. Tommy Weiss says a terrific week on the sea bass with everybody getting in on the action. Jimmy Blizzard of Farmingdale was out this week and had over 12 large sea bass, keeping his eight, a 6 pound fluke (won the pool) and some porgies and ling.  Every day sees the same great sea bass and it has been very good especially when they can drift. Size is good and not a lot of small sea bass anywhere as it is really, really good. They see some fluke and see 20 to 30 per day with a handful of keepers and 95% short fluke, but a keeper will usually win the pool. Some porgies mixed in but the afternoon trip at 5 seems to do better with the porgies at dusk. A few ling mixed in, not many, and an odd triggerfish. Just good solid fishing. Saturday (7/25) was just okay as they were able to drift in the morning when it was good fishing, then they had to anchor the rest of the day. They picked away at nice fish the rest of the day and they did better with keeper size fluke. The 5 to 9 p.m. trips are doing well as the porgies bite hard after 6 and some fluke and good sea bass too. Friday evening they picked away at sea bass and porgies. Sailing every day at 7 a.m. for ling, porgies, fluke AND sea bass on Wed. They also sail 5 to 9 p.m. Wed.-Sat. for sea bass, porgies and fluke from the East Marina in Point Lookout.  

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
Fluke action in both Fire Island and Moriches Inlet—and their attendant bays and creeks-- slowed down, but keepers are still around for those who persevere. Striped bass and bluefish temporarily disappeared, but sea bass and triggerfish are on Fire Island Reef and assorted inshore wrecks and rock piles. For landlubbers, blue claws and snappers though small, are beginning to provide action off piers, bulkheads and docks.

 

Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station
(631-868-0247): Gary reports another good week of action as fluking gets better every day. Just about every day see a 4 to 6 pounder come in to the station. The best area is buoy 15 out to buoy 29, but fish are all over the place. They find them on the flats or in the channels and you can watch the fish take the bait on the incoming tide. Look for the shadow of the fish first, and then you’ll see the fish. Kyron Dumas had a 5 pounder on Friday (7/24) and this was caught around buoy 21.  Triggerfish are more plentiful every day as waters warm, look around the buoy chains and on the rock pile in the east cut. Bluefish are everywhere and run 2 to 8 pounds! Striper action is very slow or at night now and blue claws are very active in the coves. 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:
Fluke, perhaps seeking cooler water, are ensconced in 80 feet of water both east and west of Shinnecock Inlet taking squid/spearing combos and Gulp with a good number of keepers in the mix. Schoolie bass are at Ponquogue Bridge inhaling clam bellies while bunker chunks work in Shinnecock Inlet. Shinnecock Canal is laced with small snappers, while porgies command the north end of the canal and Roger’s Rock in the Peconics looking or a slice of clam or squid. 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
Exceptionally fine fishing for multiple species awaits as bass to 45 pounds prowl the Elbow, Great Eastern and all the rips waiting for live eels, bunker or porgies. Bluefish are around, too, so bring extra terminal tackle. Sea bass and porgies are on virtually every rock from Montauk to Block Island, while fluke to 6 pounds have been caught on the Middle Grounds, Midway and the North Grounds on the old standby, squid/spearing combos. 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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