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Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 1, 2019
Fluke fishing took a turn for the better in many areas this week. Peter and Frankie picked through lots of shorts for these keepers caught in Jamaica Bay on Gulp.

With the cool, wet weather that marked most of the spring in our wake, it looks like most of our species are settling into a summertime mode. The numbers of fluke in many areas saw noticeable improvement, although shorts still far outnumber keepers, which comes as no surprise given the 19-inch size limit. If you are looking for a doormat, the East End is still the place to be. Striped bass are also settling into summer mode. While the action around most of the Island is experiencing a slowdown, big fish are just settling into East End waters where the July moon should produce some excellent catches. Reports of good sea bass and porgy action are coming from many parts of the Island, with sizes varying from area to area. Blowfish are in the South Shore bays in good numbers, and also providing good fishing on some of the mainland docks.
In the surf, the best play for bass and blues is the East End, more specifically, from Moriches Inlet east, and the North Fork. Sharks and rays are settling into the surf along the South Shore and some casters have turned their sights on them, while others are downsizing their tackle and feeding bucktails and Gulp to fluke. If you are looking to relax and want to go home with some dinner, many North Shore beaches are surrendering good numbers of porgies, as are the sand beaches in Montauk.

Offshore wise, the season is off to one of the best starts in recent memory, thanks mostly to the incredible numbers of bluefin tuna bending rods along the 30 fathom line, and bigeyes, yellowfin, mahi and biIlfish are at the edge in good numbers if you tire of the bluefin bite. Sharkers are finding plenty of action with threshers at 20 fathoms and sometimes well inshore of that.

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