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Rockaway Inlet & NY Bight
Although not as prolific as last week, striped bass continue to feed on huge numbers of bunker and rain bait from the Rockaways west to the VZ Bridge and from open beaches to Ambrose Channel depending on where the main bunker schools take up residence. Boaters are trolling mojo rigs and bunker spoons or jigging around the periphery of smaller bunker pods to catch a mix of schoolies and keepers to 40 pounds. Bucktails and poppers are working for surfcasters off Breezy Point and the Rockaways, but the action is sporadic depending on the location of the bunker pods and wind direction. When the winds don’t howl, other anglers have found success with blackfish at Rockaway Reef on green crabs where a mix of shorts and keepers dwell. Herring, too, are on the cusp of emerging into the area for they have been found in the bellies of gutted striped bass. 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
Scotty's Fishing Station (516-432-4665):
Andrew at Scotty’s says although not as prolific as last week, striped bass continue to feed on huge numbers of bunker and rain bait from Jones all through the Rockaways west to the VZ Bridge. The big news aside from awesome striped bass and blackfish action has been humpback whales gorging themselves on fleeing bunker schools all the way into Reynolds Channel and up Hog Channel in front of the Bay Park Fishing Station. Gently ushered seaward by Bay Constables, D.E.C. personnel and the Coast Guard, the presence of whales so far inland speaks volumes about the amount of bait in the water. Striped bass, dogfish and now bluefish are chowing down on these bunker schools from Jones to Debs Inlet, with the better fishing in 20 to 40 feet off the Pink Hotel and the Round House by live lining bunker, jigging or trolling mojo rigs and bunker spoons. Anthony Dollaci on the private boat “Hooker” weighed in a 59 pound bass taken on live bunker off the Round House. Congratulations! When the winds relent, some anglers have found a mix of short and keeper tog at the Fishing Line, Atlantic Beach and Rockaway Reefs on both green and white crabs. On the web at scottysfishingstation.com. 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 its been good Tuesday, they picked at blackfish on the reef all day with a few sea bass and porgies mixed in. On the way in we ran across a massive school of feeding stripers and limited the boat out with keeper bass to 25lbs. in one drift! A few bluefish also came over the rails. Wednesday they had okay blackfishing with some larger fish starting to bite. They limited out on stripers on the afternoon segment with fish to 25 pounds. They did not sail Thursday and Friday and on Saturday (11/18) it was nasty, they sailed, a few tog a striper or two and they were home early as it was literally blowing a gale. Sailing full day for blackfish and whatever else bites at 7 a.m. every day from the East Marina in Point Lookout. There's plenty of room at the rail, most weekdays we're out with only a handful of fares.

  

 

Fire Island Inlet / Great South Bay / Moriches:
Striped bass action is fierce east and west of Fire Island Inlet where anglers are jigging a mix of schoolies and keepers on the outside of bunker pods, clam chumming under the Robert Moses Bridge. Look for diving gannets to pinpoint the bunker and you’ll be position to catch bass. Few anglers have pursued blackfish, but Kismet Reef and local bridges provide the ideal structure tog enjoy to dangle a green crab.
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
Aside from a few schoolie bass picked by surfcasters off open beaches, not much is happening. Extremely quiet for this time of year and surprisingly so! Go figure. 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
Although even Montauk Inlet is loaded with bait, diving gannets and loads of schoolie bass, bigger fish have disappeared or travelled westward. Blackfish, however, have taken up the slack with excellent fishing around Fishers Island and Block Island with fish to 12 pounds hitting the decks. Some sea bass are around in deeper water, but the porgies seem to have departed until next year. 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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