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Editor's Note: We have been providing reports free of charge by phone, newsletter and web services here for nearly all of our 21 years on The Fishing Line. So please if you have anything you can share with us, even if it’s just the conditions where you fished sucked and that would save anglers from making a long drive to a particular beach it is all helpful. Thanks and text reports to 516-435-8382 or e mail Rich@thefishingline.com. 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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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Big bluefish, 10 to 15 pounds, have joined the striped bass parade devouring bunker chunks in Raritan Bay, Ambrose Channel, Rockaway Jetty and the inner reaches of Jamaica Bay near JFK. Surfcasters are joining in on the action when the wind is right off the Staten Island beaches. Striped bass fishing is better at night—even marauding bluefish get tired—by trolling between the Marine Pkwy Bridge and Ambrose Channel with bunker spoons. Flounder are fickle, biting on one tide off the Round House, biting on a different tide off Floyd Bennett Field on bloodworms. Sunday is May 1st opening day for the porgy season, porgies must be at least 10 inches, creel limit of 30 per angler. Get those clam strips ready. 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.

 

Jones & Deb's Inlets
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
While commercial fishermen are doing a number on fluke in Reynolds Channel near the golf course, recreational anglers have to wait until May 17th until we can try our luck with the same regulations as last year: creel limit of five, 18 inches or better per angler. In the meantime, anglers are trolling stripers with green or white bunker spoons in 40 to 50 feet of water between the Marine Pkwy Bridge and the Round House with fish to about 20 pounds. Bluefish are starting to meander eastward, so don’t be surprised if they take a lure and twist it into a pretzel; take extra terminal tackle. No local flounder reports in an area that used to be flounder heaven . . .sigh. A quick reminder: unless you fish exclusively on party boats, you’ll need to register with New York State’s Fishing Registry. It is free. To register online go to www.dec.ny.gov/permits or call 1-866-933-2257. 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 they are sailing every day and except for Saturday (4/30) it has been pretty good. Saturday was slow with a nice ocean but a big swell on. During the week the action was pretty good as more and more ling show every day, they have quite a few nice cod 8 to 12 pounds every day and of course the sea bass fishing is very good but you can't keep any of them. Sailing daily at 7 a.m. for cod and ling from the East Marina in Point Lookout.

  

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
Bill at Comb’s reported the best bet right now is anglers are finding striped bass by trolling bunker spoons between Ocean Beach and the West Bar, while others are clam chumming near Can #7 in Fire Island Inlet and finding fish to 20 pounds. Bay fishermen are finding loads of slip gut, that mossy brown goop, covering both hooks and bait creating tough fishing conditions. If a fish can’t see the bait, he keeps swimming. Surfcasters on the western end of Great South Bay are encountering dogfish after dogfish, while a few cocktail blues and schoolies are at the eastern end. Flounder are off the OBI Dock and in the West Channel inhaling bloodworms; Dick Kissel weighed in a 3.2 pound flattie to impress the multitude. 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.

 

Moriches Inlet:
Silly Lily Fishing Station
(631-868-0247): Gary reports the striped bass are here! They showed up sometime this week and they are hungry. Best spots are around the Coast Guard Station, over at the Westhampton Bridge and bunker or clams work. Lots of bunker schools around and those that find them have had bass to 25 pounds! Most are schoolies with 29 to 32 inch keepers in the mix but it is getting very good. No word on flounder yet, though Gary has not seen too many people fishing for them yet. 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:
Striped bass have made their way to the Ponquogue Bridge where anglers are finding them on clam bellies and chum. Flounder are responding to blood and sandworms in Heady Creek, Quogue Canal and Shinnecock Canal; nearly all these fish are keepers. The first sighting of weakfish in Shinnecock Canal hopefully will signal a significant run. 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.

Montauk
Although charter boats and commercial boats are catching fish, local boaters are still bottom painting and tuning up their motors. 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.

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