Fluke continue to provide the action in the bay. Reports from both east and west of the bridge are the same: lots of shorts with an occasional keeper, along with a mix of sea robins, of course. Work the tide and the wind for your best drift. Spearing, squid, live killies, and gulp are all working. The ocean fluke bite is much of the same, shorts. Recently, we did hear of a few better fish taken from around the Shinnecock reef.
The reef also holds plenty of seabass with the same issue, not many keepers. The seabass are taking clam, spearing, or squid, depending on the day. On the reef is also ling, porgies, and trigger fish. Striped bass have made a showing at the Ponquogue Bridge area for those clam chumming. Most fish are small, but each trip usually results with one keeper. Over in the inlet, you can find fluke, porgies, triggers, a few bluefish, and the elusive striped bass. The latest news is the green bonita have been in and out of the inlet the past few days. Get those epoxy jigs out.
Not much new to report here. The porgies continue to bite in the areas around Robins Island, Jessups Neck, and in Roses Grove. A few weakfish are hanging in the deep holes. If you’re looking to target fluke, head east to cooler waters.
The bluefin bite continues around the Coimbra area. As long as the bait hangs around, this will continue. It’s a great spot for the smaller boat anglers to get a chance at some tuna action. The sea conditions have been amazing this season, perfect for the small-boat guys. Trolling and jigging are both working. The early bird gets the worm.
The Shinnecock Canal has a good number of porgies, along with some small blowfish and sea robins. The snappers are showing, but still on the small side. Over at the Shinnecock Inlet, the fluke has been a bit more cooperative. Also biting are bluefish, a few striped bass on night tides, triggerfish, and porgies. Most recent is the showing of green bonita being taken from the jetties.
Check out the refurbished Ponquogue Bridge fishing pier for a shot at some fluke, porgies, and bass. The ocean beaches are fairly quiet if you’re looking for bass, but sharks on the other hand, make a great substitute, and there is no shortage of them locally for sure.
East End Bait & Tackle
170 East Montauk Hwy