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Well as you may have heard after 24-1/2 years on WGBB 1240AM
radio, the Fishing Line Radio Program has parted ways with what has become
an absolute terrible radio station. We will now start live streaming and
broadcasting our weekly show on our Face book page at
https://www.facebook.com/The-Fishing-Line-2145518435711888/ and we'll
keep doing it at 4 p.m. on Saturdays as we always have.
Hope you'll join us for it this Saturday!! We'll be able to take your
messages, texts and e mails for shout outs since we have no time
restrictions any more.
Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Heavy rain and gale force winds are bringing an ignominious end to the
striped bass and blackfish seasons. Not that diehards, particularly
those on the west end of Long Island haven’t tried. Scattered striped
bass are still feeding on sand eels and now, with herring running, a
piscatorial buffet should keep the bass from straying. In fact, a few
anglers are either chunking or live lining herring to catch schoolies
and, occasionally, a “just keeper” of 29 or 30 inches.
Landlubbers are finding
herring off the 69th Street, Coney Island and Canarsie Piers as well as
Long Beach’s Magnolia Pier. Except for a few—and I do mean
few—surfcasters playing catch and release bass fishing in the suds and a
party boat or two heading for offshore wrecks in quest of sea bass,
blackfish or cod, the remainder of the south shore is quiet with nearly
all boats shrink-wrapped with their owners nestled in their beds.
An abiding hope that next season will be better, that fluke regulations will
be somewhat relaxed, that scallop die-offs will become non-existent, and
that, collectively, we will be better stewards of our environment sustains
us. We would like to thank the bait and tackle “first responders” who weekly
provide the news, stories, and updates that allow this report to exist. So
thank you Frank, Vinnie and Ralph at Bernie’s; Mark, Mike, Jimmy, Rob and
Ellyssa in Bay Park, Richie and Patty at Woodcleft in Freeport, Bill at
Comb’s in Amityville, Jose at Saltwater near Captree, Matt and Pablo at J&J
in Patchogue, Steve and Scott at East End in Shinnecock and Mike at Star
Island in Montauk. Your grace under fire with customers besieging you for
advice, tackle while informing me cannot be underestimated.
And, finally, you dear reader, for appreciating our efforts at The Fishing
Line to provide timely, truthful information that will assist you in your
fishing pursuits. We wish you a happy holiday season filled with good
health, mirth and maybe a new lure in your Christmas stocking. Best regards
to all in the second decade of the 21st Century. In a final note, thank you
Rich Johnson for entrusting me to become a member of The Fishing Line
Family. The old saying that “you never have to work a day in your life if
you enjoy what you do” has become reality through these reports. It has been
an absolute joy.
Jones & Deb's Inlets
Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches
Shinnecock Inlet Through Montauk
they are...not where they were...
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