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Upwards of a half dozen blue sharks are being caught per boat at
the 30-fathom line off the south shore inlets and off Montauk
Point. The areas around and to the southeast of the Coimbra and
Bicardi wrecks are producing some of the best catches.

Makos are being caught between the 20- and 30-fathom lines and
southeast of the Oregon Wreck. Most of the makos range between 100
and 200 pounds. Thresher sharks in the 200- to 400-pound plus range
are being caught in the same areas as the blue sharks and

The warmer water has been moving into the Middle Grounds, Hudson
Canyon, Tom’s Canyon, the 100-fathom line, The Dip and The Tails
off Montauk, and with it are a few yellowfin tuna. The key is to
find the warm water. Mahi have been keeping the tuna trollers busy.
Captain Gene Kelly reported that a few giant bluefin tuna were
sighted along the 800 line off Montauk. School bluefins have been
caught on the east side of the Butterfish Hole.

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle reports that the fluke have
been very cooperative in Shinnecock Bay at the Rampasture area, as
well as out in front of the inlet. The amount of shorts is high,
but the bigger fish are mixed in. One of his customers caught a
6.5-pounder off Mecox in 45 feet of water on sand eels. A
9.8-pounder was caught in front of the Castle in 50 to 60 feet of
water. The fluke fishing to the west has been best in 40 to 55 feet
of water between Fire Island and Rockaway inlets. The McAllister
Grounds and Hempstead Reef have been top producers. Good news is
that the dogfish have moved onto deeper water with the warming of
the inshore water.

The best fluke fishing in Moriches Bay has been the between
buoys 14 and 15 and Hart’s Cove. Reynolds Channel, Floyd Bennett
Field, Ambrose Channel and between buoys 19 and 20 near the
Verrazano Bridge are seeing a fair amount of fluke. Shore anglers
are doing well off the Ponquogue and North Channel bridges and the
Canarsie Pier. On the north shore, the fluke fishing is good off
Crane’s Neck and Matinecock Point. The best offshore fluke baits
have been whole squid and squid and Peruvian spearing combinations.
Inshore and off the north shore, sand eels and sand eel/squid strip
combinations have been the best baits.

The striped bass action has ranged from good to fantastic, with
schoolie and small teen-sized stripers being taken at all the local
bridges, jetties, inlets and points. Larger stripers, many over
40-pounds, are being taken on live bunker fished below the bunker
schools between Fire Island and Jones inlets. The bunker schools
are working their way to the east. There have been stripers under
the schools off Napeague.

Surf casters are doing well with stripers off Pryibils and
Morgan’s Beach, Democrat and Breezy points and off Floyd Bennett
Field, with the best action between dusk and dawn using metal lips,
bucktails and plastic paddletails. Bunker chunks and sandworms are
catching stripers at Gilgo, Cedar and Robert Moses beaches and on
the sand beaches west of Montauk.

A few weakfish are still being caught, with a 12.14-pounder
taken on a whole squid at the South Race off Robin’s Island.

Porgies are in Peconic around Roger’s Rock on worms and clam

The Shinnecock Canal has porgies at the north end and some fluke
at the south end. The porgy action is fantastic around Execution
Light, Prospect and Sands points, Target Rock, Eaton’s Neck,
Crane’s Neck, the Mansion, off Old Field’s Point and on the City
Island Reef.

Captain Chris Cullen of the Island Current Fleet reports
excellent bluefishing off City Island on gold and chrome jigs, with
some of the blues piled 30 to 40 feet off the bottom. Consistent
bluefishing can be found off Jessup’s.

Plastic worms, Senkos and top-water plugs have been catching
largemouth bass in West Lake, Upper Mill and Forge ponds, the
Massapequa Reservoir, Swan Lake, the Peconic River and most local
ponds. Live minnow are accounting for pickerel to 4 pounds in the
Peconic River, Forge Pond, Hempstead Lake and South Pond, where
some black crappies and yellow perch are taking night crawlers. A
few trout are being caught at Bubbles Falls and Rattlesnake

Guy Zummo


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