The fluke bite in the bay continues to be tough for most. A few anglers have been able to put a limit together fishing the shallow waters. Earlier in the week, the inlet was good. Go figure. Bottom line is you have to put in your time and fish more than one day a week if you want to bring home some fluke.
The seabass season opened on Sunday and did not disappoint. The Shinnecock reef was productive, although there are a lot of short fish to cull through. The bunker schools outside the inlet along the beaches both east and west of the inlet are holding some good fish. The tough part is hitting all the schools until you find them. One of our customers, Alex Wexman landed a 55.5-lb fish on live bunker.
The Shinnecock canal is still holding some porgies but not in the numbers earlier in the month. A few fluke are still in here too, along with some kingfish and small blowfish. If you’re in the right place at the right time, you may get a shot at some cocktail bluefish. Over at the Shinnecock inlet, guys have had success with big blues, schoolie bass, and a few fluke. I did hear our first report of triggerfish, but not in any numbers. Ponquogue Bridge has schoolie bass and a few fluke.
The porgies are still in most of the regular haunts like Rogers Rock and Jessups Neck. Still hear of a few weakfish in the mix too. If you’re looking for a fluke, you will have to hunt for the deeper holes or head further east around Gardiners. There have been few reports of cocktail blues and schoolie stripers in the rips of the races.
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