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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
As Memorial Day Weekend kicks off the unofficial summer season, fluke,
aka summer flounder, have joined striped bass and bluefish in the
fish parade. Motivated by warmer water temperatures, fluke are
hitting bucktails, Gulp and squid/spearing combos in the back bays and
shallower depths in Jamaica Bay, with the best fishing at the end of the
ebb tide. Although many fish are short of 18 inches, Vinnie from
Bernie’s B&T corralled an 8.5 pound flatties at the Marine Pkwy Bridge.
Bluefish, meanwhile, the last day or two has slowed, but previous to
this they were so numerous, they were in creeks, bays and ocean that
striped bass are strictly a nighttime pursuit on bunker chunks and
spoons. If you would
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Jones & Deb's Inlets
Scotty's Fishing Station
Bluefish continue to be the main game although fluking is picking up
steam. Best fluking is down at the Golf Course which has the best bet for
keeper fluke with most 3 to 4 pounds. We are seeing very few shorts as
blues keep anything smaller in the mud. Bluefish
all through the bay, and the inlet is covered with bluefish. Anything
you want to throw will work and tins are best, but if it is in the water
you can catch bluefish from Jones to Deb’s.
Striper fishing has been tough as you try to pick through the
bluefish. On the West bar they see a few bass on the clams but trolling
in 35 to 40 foot of water is best for bass. Spoons are the best but
umbrella rigs will work as well. White spoons though are king. Scotty’s
weighed in a nice 30 pound bass for Andrew Doheny of Scotty’s on
Saturday (5/23) morning as they hit the blues hard. Saturday and Sunday morning the pods of bunker
finally showed and the bass fishing actually showed great improvement
with bass to 42 pounds caught Saturday and Sunday. Most of this action
is again to the west from Atlantic Beach to west of Deb's. If you would like to share your reports whether
you caught fish or not, or what the conditions were where you fished,
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Capt. Tommy Weiss says the weekend overall was excellent with surprisingly
light crowds so get on down there. Saturday (5/23) they did very well with everybody having full buckets of
ling with handful of cod mixed in. Over all very good fishing. Sunday and
Memorial Day saw good fishing both days. Sunday Jimmy Blizzard of Farmingdale
was on the boat and had a couple of full buckets of ling! Very good ling action
for everybody on board both Sunday & Memorial day with plenty of big, fat ling
and full buckets as well. They also see some cod mixed in Tuesday they had a
nice pollock, some flounder, some cod and again lots of ling too! All nice fat
ling and full buckets for everybody. Sailing every day at 7 a.m. for cod,
ling, porgies, fluke etc., from the East Marina in
every day at 7 a.m. for cod, ling, porgies, fluke etc., from the East
Marina in Point Lookout.
Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
A mix of blues, striped bass, fluke and weakfish are providing variety
for anglers. Bluefish are all over the place from Patchogue and Blue
Point Docks southward throughout the bay taking any bait, real or
artificial. Striped bass can be had by using clam bellies/clam chum at
the Robert Moses Bridge, with the better action taking place at night.
Fluke are in the State Channel and the back bays falling for Gulp, bucktails and squid/spearing combos. Weakfish up to 8 pounds have taken from Copaigue Hole, Ocean Beach and the Narrows near Smith’s Point on Bass
Assassins and rubber baits.
Silly Lily Fishing
Gary reports they are
psyched up for the Memorial Day weekend with all boats, tackle and bait
ready to go. During the week it was all blues from 2 to 10 pounds
pouncing on the fluke baits down around buoy 14 near the Forge River.
They are everywhere. Some fluke now in the narrows between buoys 8 and
12 with some keepers caught this week
to 4 pounds and from buoys 12 to 14 using spearing and
squid. Flounder now at buoy 21 to 23, but this has been on and off and
overall picky as a result of few anglers and many bluefish. A few bass
around too. They are open 7 to 4 and are ready to rock and roll with all
rental skiffs in the water and they have all baits and tackle for
flounder, bass, blues etc. 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
Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays:
remains fishing nirvana as weakfish, fluke, striped bass and cocktail blues
compete for any live or artificial bait. Additionally, Ponquogue Bridge is
holding some stripers in love with bass assassins, while Shinnecock Inlet is
bluefish heaven on diamond jigs or any live bait. Porgies are fat and sassy
at high tide at Jessups, begging for a clam strip, while fluke are taking up
residence on the north side of Jessups. 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
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The bluefish are in, making life miserable for fluke fishermen, but many
anglers have switched to jumbo porgies at Cherry Harbor, Greenport and
Orient Point where 3 pound fish are commonplace.
Wait until the main body of fluke and striped bass arrive. . . 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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