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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Fluke, porgies and snappers are grabbing the headlines this week as gorgeous weather (sans Tuesday’s afternoon monsoon) allowed both private and party boats to try various spots like the Coney Island Flats, Marine Pkwy Bridge, Breezy Point and Ambrose Channel to find keeper fluke among voluminous numbers of shorts. Both squid/spearing combos and multi-flavored Gulp prove irresistible to the summer flounder. Porgies are on local reefs, in the bay and any wreck-like structure looking for bloodworms and slices of clam. Sea bass are there, too, but nearly all the reefs have been thoroughly picked over. Snappers, now three to six inches in length, are giving anglers fishing in the bay or off a dock plenty of action AND prime fluke bait!. Blue claws, too, are taking up residence off The Cross Bay Ridge and local docks, but you’ll find lots of shorties with the keepers. Striped bass and bluefish are nearly non-existent during the day; try surfcasting off Breezy Point or trolling between the VZ Bridge and Sandy Hook at night with bucktails and bunker spoons to have any chance at a hookup. 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
Great fluke and sea robin action in both inlets and the back bays, but precious few keepers in the mix. A few anglers trekked to the Cholera Banks in 80 feet of water to find a mix of porgies, fluke and sea bass. If you go that route, remember to bring heavy sinkers so that you’ll hit bottom. A few anglers found one or two keepers near the Wantagh and Meadowbrook Bridges along with sporadic schools of schoolie bass beneath manically shrill terns and gulls. Snappers and small blue claws are starting to appear at area bulkheads and docks; great starter species for youngsters of all ages. 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 fishing this past week has been super with very good porgy fishing in the mornings, then sea bass and some great fluke catches this week too with fish to 6 pounds! When they can drift it's been super for fluke and sea bass, when the winds blow and they have to fish on anchor and make some moves you can pick away at the fish and get some full buckets. Lots of ling in the with the sea bass too. Good solid fishing and on Saturday (7/21) in hard east winds they got their fannies kicked and had enough fish to "get by with" is how it was described. Another successful outing Thursday as sea bass, porgies, ling and fluke were caught in good numbers. The fluke was off a little due to an extremely slow drift for most of the day but we did manage a handful of keepers and several dozen shorts. Bouncing bucktails and sea robin strips along the bottom works great if you only want to catch big sea bass and fluke. Green Gulp Bait also works well on the larger fish. We will be sailing every day from 7am till 4pm. from the East Marina in Point Lookout, Long Island at 7 a.m. for SEA BASS, ling, cod, whiting and fluke. No reservations needed just come down there's plenty of room for all.


Fire Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches

Fluke reign supreme throughout the bay from the Coast Guard Station, Lighthouse and Robert Moses Bridge toward Fire Island Inlet and Moriches Bay drifting out through Moriches Inlet with sufficient keepers among the many shorts to keep everyone interested. An ocean bite in 30 to 60 feet south of  Moriches Inlet has yielded a number of keeper fish. Surfcasters, however, have been on a steady diet of sea robins, rays and sharks off the ocean beaches and Democrat Point; not a fluke or sea bass in sight. Local docks and piers are yielding a mix of blowfish, kingfish and blue claws; great fun for the kids. Bluefish and striped bass are still A.W.O.L.
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

Fluke seemingly have reacted to warmer bay waters and stayed ”outside” in the ocean in 30 to 70 feet of water, joining sea bass on wrecks and Shinnecock Reef, leaving triggerfish to rule the inlet. Shinnecock Canal is now featuring both snappers and porgies, leaving the main body of porgies to the Peconics. Striped bass have moved eastward; bluefish seemingly have vanished.
Triggerfish have made Shinnecock Reef their home sweet home, just waiting for a slice of clam in contrast to a fluke population responding only to a change in tide to develop an appetite. Striped bass can be had in Shinnecock Inlet by bucktailing at night or, if it’s action you want, try the Ponquogue Bridge for schoolies. 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
The best bass action on the Island is out here and it's s
ensational striped bass and tuna fishing that has captivated anglers at “the end.” Striped bass, from 20 to 50 pounds, are a virtual lock by using either spot, a legal-sized porgy or eel at the Point or at any of the rips near Montauk. The hookups are so fast and furious, that anglers switch rods and go bottom fishing for either fluke, porgies or sea bass. One bass of 59 pounds was caught midweek by a 12 year old on his dad’s boat! Offshore anglers were treated to super tuna fishing at Cox’s Ledge, Atlantis and West Atlantis as both yellowfin and bigeye tuna cooperated. The only fishery not going full bore is fluke; like the rest of Long Island, they are scattered with no discernible pattern or tide influencing them. Try the North Grounds and Gin Beach, but if they’re not biting, move around until they do. 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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