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RJ's Report: Well this is the time of year where we start to weed out the fair weather and summer surfcasters and now more die-hards will be the only ones left on the beaches. Please; we could all use the extra eyes and reports from all of you. 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


Fan's Report:

Hi Rich,
My name is John T and I've been watching your reports for a while, keep up the good work.

On Sunday a friend & I fished about 500' east of the extreme western end of the Tobay lot from 5:45AM until 9AM.  We only got one rat bass each.  We saw one other guy catch one but he also got a fish in the mid 20lb range.  This was all on tins and bucktails.  No fish on teasers. I heard there was a ton of bunker right in the wash at JB6 on Saturday afternoon but nothing was caught. I tried RM2, 4 and 5 on Friday night from 9PM until midnight with darters and bottle plugs - nothing. Seems to be that you have to just be in the right place at the right time!!
Thanks / John Toro

North Shore:  Kings Park west to City Island & Ft Toten
Terminal Tackle (631-269-6005):
On the beaches they mix in with bluefish. Some nice fish at night and larger fish too Along the beaches huge blues to teen size and more bass now too and even more bass during the day with bass to 20 pounds off the beaches. But no way to know where or when as there is no pattern at all right now. Bucktails, rubber shad and small swimming plugs are your best bets.

Rockaway Inlet
Wild action on bluefish Wednesday with blues 5 to 17 pounds in the surf. Most of it was from the Cabanas to the BP Jetty. Some caught 20 or more and some a handful, depending on were you were.  Started at 9 and lasted till 4:30 or so. Thanksgiving morning the action was with bass in among the frantic bird life from sunrise to 9 a.m. when we spoke with casters on the beach. Some had three or four bass for their few ours some had none and Dave W had a 30 incher. It was still sort of going on then too.

Jones & Deb's Inlets
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Not much happening since last weekend. Dave W says it alas been slow and Jim from Queens, a regular down here as well, says Wednesday there was not much going on when he got the call to head west to Breezy which he did and was successful on the blues.

Fire Island
With abundant schools of shad, peanut bunker and adult bunker inundating local bays, surfcasters at Robert Moses #2, Democrat Point, Gilgo and Tobay are having a field day on an outgoing tide hurling darters and bucktails at night, bunker chunks and clam during daylight to corral a mix of striped bass and bluefish that range from schoolies to fish in the 20 pound range. Bluefish, too, range in size from 4 to 14 pounds. Jay D. reported on Sunday (11/22) morning at the beginning of incoming tide, big blues were in at Demo only taking chunks while other reports said Sunday saw very little at Tobay at all.

Moriches / Shinnecock Inlet:
Bass and bluefishing has been “unbelievable” from the ocean beaches from Moriches Inlet west to the new cut on an outgoing tide on rubber shads, bucktails and poppers with bass ranging from schoolies to 30 pounds. Gorilla blues are along for the ride, so bring extra terminal tackle and suspend your gym membership for a while. Most fish seem to be boycotting the Shinnecock area.