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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
With bluefish running amok all over the bay and ocean with fish from 2 to 17 pounds slamming swimming plugs, poppers, jigs and bunker chunks, striped bass are lying low feeding primarily during early morning hours before sunup. They are taking mojo rigs on the troll, but also snagged bunker that are then live-lined into bunker pods. Be prepared with extra rigs, for gorilla blues can do a number on hooks, leaders and monofilament. Fluking has improved recently both in quantity and quality with keeper fish off Norton’s Point and the Coney Island Flats taking squid/spearing combos and Gulp. Scattered schools of small porgies are starting to make their presence felt, hitting fluke baits; if a bluefish or two shows up, time to move to a different location. 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
Striped bass remains the main quarry between the inlets as anglers use both bunker spoons and mojo rigs on the troll in 35 to 50 feet of water  to entice linesiders. Doug Bell and crew weighed in a 41 pound striper taken on a white and green bunker spoon while fishing off the Round House, while numerous other stripers were released. Bluefish are around, too, making life “interesting” for bass anglers, but that’s part of the fishing game. Fluking has picked up inside Reynolds Channel and its adjacent creeks, but most fish are shorts. Remember to secure your rod, for bluefish are all over the bay and inlet fully capable of taking your prized possession into the deep. 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.

 


Fire Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches

Bluefish, bluefish, bluefish . . . are seemingly everywhere from Field #2 to Field # 5 giving surfcasters plenty of action to the inlet and bay where cocktails to gorillas prowl chopping at virtually any bait. Striped bass have reverted to summer mode, feeding at night or early morning. Once the sun comes up, bass action dies. Weakfish, too, are an early morning feeder, taking sandworms off Ocean Beach. Fluke action has been steady, but keepers are at a premium; some anglers found keepers in the 80 feet east of Fire Island Reef on squid/spearing combos, but you have to work different drifts to find them. Local docks are producing kingfish and blowfish, but blue claws have yet to appear. Farther east, Moriches Bay and Inlet provides plenty of action on bass, blues and fluke. Unfortunately, most bass and fluke are shorts; bluefish not so much.
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.


Shinnecock Inlet Through Montauk

A mix of striped bass and bluefish are plying Shinnecock Inlet with the bluefish prevailing during daylight hours taking virtually any bait cast toward them. Fluking has been better at the Ponquogue Bridge than the bay, but shorts far outnumber keepers on squid/spearing combos. Landlubbers are finding short fluke and porgies in Shinnecock Canal, but the mother lode of porgies on this Father’s Day remains Rogers’Rock in the Peconics. Paulie’s Tackle in Montauk says Bluefin tuna, weighing between 40 to 100 pounds, have been keeping anglers busy 20 miles from the Point while whetting the appetite for other species to get into gear. Striped bass are scattered, but fish to 35 pounds have been trolled on eels and parachutes. Bluefish, too, are scattered on both the north and south side and thinned out. Fluking has been best on the change of tide anywhere from the Point to the trailer park in town taking squid/spearing combos in 35 to 65 feet of water. The fluke caught have been primarily keepers in the 4 to 6 pound range, but few anglers come back with more than one or two fish. Porgies, on the other hand, are prolific off Gardiners Island with some fish hitting four pounds, eminently capable of producing two nice fillets. In Sag Harbor we have action now with some fluke on the southern tip of Shelter Island at Mcshonnet’s Point and over to Cedar Point. Fish the deeper holes for fluke to 26 inches, of which several were caught in there this week. Some of the best fluke action on the east end seems to be Sag Harbor. Lots of smaller bass in Sag Harbor on small tins and metal lures at first light from beach or boat. They are also catching some 30 pounders in the area of Jessup’s and cocktail blues in here too. Lots of porgies all through Sag Harbor, Jessup’s Neck, and Robin Island and just about everywhere. 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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