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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Memorial Day, the traditional start of summer, promises decent fishing options for fluke anglers as the Coney Island Flats and widely scattered spots in the bays produce plenty of action with shorts and keepers on squid/spearing combos and Gulp. Marauding gorilla bluefish to 17 pounds hammered Plum Beach for a couple of days before finding other venues. If the bunker return, so will the blues. Striped bass have been fickle and inconsistent, but the best way to catch them is on the troll between Sheepshead Bay and Sandy Hook trying various depths with mojo rigs and green and white bunker spoons. You’ll find schoolies to fish in the 20 pound class to provide a worthy fight and delicious fillets. And just to show they are not completely extinct, fisherman Pat went to his private, no one should know spot and converted a sandworm into a 4-1/2 pound flounder. 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):
A hoped-for striped bass bite has developed west of Debs Inlet in 20 to 50 feet of water. Also off the Pink Hotel and to the east of Jones slightly with some fish to 48 pounds. Bass to 40 pounds have been caught on Mojos and green and white bunker spoons while trolling. The bite is over by 7 am!! If you prefer more sedate angling, anchor near either the Meadowbrook, Wantagh or Atlantic Beach Bridges with clam bellies/clam chum for a mix of schoolies and “just keepers.”

 

Fluking in the bay has been a slow pick, but a few keepers have been caught in Fundy Bay and Reynolds Channel with the better fishing on an outgoing tide in shallow water; the water temperature in the inlets is still too cold to prompt piscatorial appetites. Interesting enough, the government survey dragger has been working this past week from the Rockaways to Fire Island...and the sensors on the nets say the water temp on the bottom is 9 degrees colder than the surface. They survey draggers say the bottoms paved with fluke but the temps on the bottom are only in the high 40’s!! That’s why fluking is so slow this season.

Small bluefish are also cavorting inside the bays, so make sure to bring plenty of extra terminal tackle. They are open for bait and tackle now, but no fuel as they hope to have the new gas tanks in place by end of the month. On the web at scottysfishingstation.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 Rich@thefishingline.com 

 

Capt. Al (516-623-2248): Capt. Tommy Weiss says the week overall was pretty good as they had a good solid pick of ling all week. Saturday (5/26) was a little tougher with the boat traffic and sea conditions, but a good week nonetheless. They see a few cod every day, some nice large sea flounder were caught but no fluke. Interesting enough, he spoke with the government survey dragger and the sensors on the nets say the water temp on the bottom is 9 degrees colder than the surface. They survey draggers say the bottoms paved with fluke but the temps on the bottom are only in the high 40’s!! That’s why fluking is so slow this season. Sailing EVERY day now at 7 a.m. for ling, cod, whiting fluke from the East Marina in Point Lookout, Long Island.


Fire Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches:

Boaters are finding a mix of bass and blues anchoring on the West Bar and near the Robert Moses and Smith’s Point bridges. Fluking is increasing in both Fire Island and Moriches Inlets and the State Channel on squid/ spearing combos where an occasional blowfish may show up.
 If 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.

Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays
A variety pack of fishing awaits the eager angler as Shinnecock Inlet features a mix of striped bass and bluefish on poppers and tins. Fluke are preeminent in Shinnecock Bay and Canal on squid/spearing combos, but don’t be surprised by blowfish, sea robins and small bluefish in the Canal. Fluke and porgies are scattered in the Peconics with the fluke increasing in size, the porgies, a tad smaller. 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
Fluking has been terrific with many anglers limiting out on summer flounder to 9 pounds! The action remains on the south side with the Frisbees hotter than a firecracker. A mix of striped bass and bluefish have been taken by boaters on the troll from Pollack Rip all the way to Block Island, as the fish are widely scattered. Bass to 28 pounds and bluefish to 18 pounds have been weighed in, so bring extra line and terminal tackle just in case. Anglers bottom fishing are lamenting that they are throwing back huge sea bass to 6 pounds awaiting New York’s start date of June 25. Sigh. 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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