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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
With just a couple of weeks until Labor Day—where did the summer go?—the New York Bite features an aquarium to whet your appetite. Bonito continue to zip in and out of the bay with sharpies using Deadly Dicks or other small tins to entice them. Fluking shows a small uptick in keepers, but the lion’s share of summer flatties remain shorts. The fish are widely scattered, but structure seems to attract them whether it be bridges, wrecks or reefs. Be prepared to lose some rigs, but the reward might be a plus size fish. An occasional weakfish shows up unexpectedly in the bay beguiled by a squid/spearing combo, while porgies remain a staple near the Marine Pkwy Bridge and on local reefs and wrecks. A few striped bass have been taken at night by boaters working the deeper channels drifting eels, while a school of big blues has been decimating a bunker school deep inside Jamaica Bay near JFK Airport. Snappers and blue claws predominate off local piers and docks to put smiles on landlubbers’ faces.

 

Jones & Deb's Inlets
The area between Debs and Jones Inlets can be called Short Fluke City for despite the massive numbers of fluke and sea robins, a keeper fluke seems an anomaly all the way out to the Cholera Banks. Lots of good fluking and lots of keepers in the deeper water sea bass and ling areas around wrecks and reefs. One can only hope that before the fluke season ends, these 16 and 17 inch fish will have a growth spurt so we can enjoy a fillet or two. Except for an occasional cocktail blue, no big bluefish or striped bass is around. Landlubbers are beginning to take those bamboo poles and bobbers out of moth balls for snappers are now large enough to be taken off local docks, piers and bulkheads along with blue claws. 

 

Fire Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches
An occasional keeper fluke has been caught near the Robert Moses Bridge on the flood tide and in 70 feet of water southeast of Fire Island Inlet. Otherwise, a ton of short fluke and sea robins provide nearly non-stop action. Small weakfish, blowfish and kingfish fill the State Channel and adjacent waterways, a perfect place to start a novice angler into piscatorial pursuits. Surfcasters are finding cocktail blues off the Sore Thumb and Democrat Point, but the ocean surf seems inundated with robins, rays and sharks. Snappers and blue claws are off local bridges, docks and piers to landlubbers’ delight. Striped bass have been responding to clam bellies/clam chum at the Ponquogue Bridge and, sporadically in Shinnecock Inlet, where cocktail blues are starting to mass.


Shinnecock
Inlet Through Montauk

Striped bass have been responding to clam bellies/clam chum at the Ponquogue Bridge and, sporadically in Shinnecock Inlet, where cocktail blues are starting to mass. Shinnecock Bay is filled with short fluke with an occasional keeper in their midst, while Shinnecock Canal features a mix of porgies and snappers. The mother lode for porgies remains Peconic Bay, but the fish are scattered, so you’ll have to work to find them. Well the summer doldrums as we know them are in place now. The water temps in and around Sag Harbor are like a kiddy pool…88 degrees. This means small sea bass, small weakfish, a few small fluke and some small porgies. You need to move east in Sag Harbor and the further east you go the cooler the water and the better the fishing with larger fish of all species. First light can yield some schoolie bass action on poppers around the shorelines and the Ferry Slip.

Waters are warm in Amagansett area too but good action on kingfish, blowfish, in surprising numbers too, and some porgies. In the Amagansett area the fluke in Gardiner’s Bay are increasing in numbers with quality fish on the Cartwright Shoal on the south side of Gardiner’s Island. More numbers of fluke in Gardiner’s too with rods bent all the time but 1 in 20 is the keeper ratio. Some good fluking by boat on the north side at Accabonac Harbor and tons of quality blowfish, kingfish and porgies in here too so good bottom fishing action. Get small chum pot with clam or bunker and anchor up and catch several good meals of delicious kingfish, porgies and blowfish. Lots of 1 pound bluefish showed out of nowhere in this same area this week and action is fantastic pretty much everywhere especially around the jetty at 3 mile Harbor. Still squid under the lights are night if you want fresh calamari and its lots of porgies in here during the day as well.

   In Montauk news a big run of giant fluke last weekend and it was surprising many anglers. It was consistent, good and the numbers of fluke from 5 to 11 pounds was fantastic. We are hoping this holds up. The Rocky Hill area with the best of it still on the south side of Montauk in 50 to 90 foot of water in the usual places like the Radar Dome and along the sandy beaches. The north side at the Pocketbook and these areas had a surge in fluke as well as blues here on the north side. Bonito still all over the pace chasing spearing and those with fly rods are in heaven now. A good omen for a fall run perhaps? They are not easy to catch or shade down but when you do heart stopping action. If you have spinning gear, take a popper, take the hooks off, tie a 3 foot leader to the back of the popper and tie on a small fly and the popper will attract the bonito and they will eat the fly. Most of this action is all along the south side. The day time bass bite is almost nil now that the summer pattern is in place and the night bite locally also slowed considerably. They have been catching stripers over at Block Island now as the bass seem to be following bait and traveling between Block and the tip of Montauk. Porgies are everywhere and anywhere you look. Some nice fish and any rock or gravely bottom has all the porgies you want anywhere in Montauk. Some great sea bass action mixed with them but keeper sea bass are hard to find now

 

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