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Editor's Note: Fluke regulations for 2017 are May 17 thru September 21 season are stricter than last year with a new three (3) fish limit & a minimum length 19 inches. Wouldn’t a fishing slot of say, 16 to 19 inches make more sense to allow bigger fluke to breed and produce offspring for future years, reduce fish mortality and produce more fun for anglers? What joke the ASMFC and DEC are. 

 

Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Bluefish mania continues along the south shore as cocktails to gorillas lay waste to any kind of bait meant for a striped bass, fluke or guppy! The blues, spread from the VZ Bridge to the back waters of JFK Airport, have overshadowed the opening of fluke season. The summer flatties are here, though not in the preferred size dimensions desired by most anglers. Try the Coney Island Flats and back creeks with those old standbys, squid and spearing, and you’ll be good to go. Striped bass, perhaps overwhelmed by ubiquitous bluefish, are lying low; the best shot at them is just before sunrise or at sunset with bunker chunks or clam bellies to pique their appetite. While flounder have become an afterthought, porgies are taking up residence near the Round House where quality surpasses quantity. To top things off, a handful of black drum have been caught on Rockaway Reef. Talk about piscatorial diversity! 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
The warm weather these last few days coinciding with the opening of the fluke season finally brought an onslaught of anglers armed with spearing, squid and Gulp. They found the fluke in Reynolds Channel, near the Meadowbrook Bridge and in Loop Channel, but most of the fish were shorter than the 19 inch minimum. Keepers were caught, but these just legal fish were thin by comparison to fish caught later in the season. Many fluke anglers were blitzed by bluefish; remember to bring extra terminal tackle and a gaffe with you. Striped bass fishing is slow locally; the best bet is to troll in 35 to 45 feet of water between Debs Inlet and the Rockaways with either bunker or Mojo rigs during the early morning or late evening hours. On Sunday (5/21) Michael Onufrey (left) trolled white/green bunker spoons in 45-50 foot of water southwest of Debs Inlet and was rewarded with a beautiful 48.75 pound bass, along with a bunch of bluefish and dropped a couple other nice bass at the boat. Great day on the water! His personal best and the biggest Bay Park weighed thus far in 2017. 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 a perfect weather day on Wednesday (5/17) and the fish cooperated! Lots of tasty ling, a handful of codfish and even sea flounder came over the rails. The action seems to get better each day and should continue to do so the next few weeks. Thursday’s the ling fishing continues to improve with each day. Everyone caught nice buckets of tasty red hake to 3.5lbs. A few double headers came over the rail today. Good numbers of seabass showing up even on the deeper ling spots along with a few blackfish which were all released. A couple of Codfish were also mixed in. We tried inshore this morning hoping to catch a few porgies but only found lots of sea bass. Looks like the National Marine Fisheries sea bass survey was correct in estimating the stocks to be at 230% of rebuilt status. It just sucks that we won't benefit from it. Our regulations will be the same as last year, but the commercial quota will be increased by 50%. The weather looks great for the next few days and we will be sailing at 7AM every day. As always reservations are not needed. Sailing at 7 a.m. every day from the East Marina in Point Lookout.

 

Fire Island Inlet & Great South Bay:
With bluefish running ram shod in the inlets, bays and creeks, the only place keeper bass might be found are beneath the Robert Moses and Smith Point Bridges on clam bellies/clam chum. The bay is becoming an aquarium with schoolie bass, fluke, blowfish and an occasional weakfish vying for a meal. Fragmentary reports on the fluke tells us that the numbers are strong, the size not so much. But the season is young and we can hope. 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

 

Moriches Inlet:
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.

Shinnecock Inlet/Hampton Bays
Fluke and porgies are becoming an item in both Shinnecock Canal and in the Peconics near Jessups, where the fluke produce quantity, the porgies quality. Bigger fluke have been caught on squid/spearing combos in the Greenlawns off Shelter Island. Shinnecock Bay and Inlet are bluefish heaven, with striped bass A.W.O.L. 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
Fishing broke out on numerous fronts as striped bass, bluefish, fluke and porgies seemingly arrived just as the water warmed up a few degrees. A mix of bass and blues are under the birds, at the Elbow and at Great Eastern and Pollack Rips taking clam, bunker and artificials. Fluking started quickly with fish to 4 pounds taken in 55 to 60 feet of water between the Radar Dome and the Trailer Park at Hither Hills taking squid/spearing combos. Quality porgies can be had with a clam strip at Cherry Harbor to complete a maritime smorgasbord. 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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