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Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 8, 2019
Cara Heffner and Taylor Maercker with a nice bass caught and released in Montauk during last week’s new moon on a live eel.

Good weather through the Fourth of July holiday, with the exception of fog in some areas, allowed many anglers to hit the water at some point over the course of what for many was four day weekend. Montauk saw striper action perk up with last week’s new moon as many big stripers fell to live eels on night tides. During the day, live porgies, Mojo rigs and parachute jigs scored their share of fish in the rips. There are good numbers of bass up in the Gut and Race but big fish are still lacking in numbers. Fish from shorts to 20 pounds are being bucktailed on three-way rigs. Up in Long Island Sound, there was a nice shot of big bass in the 30-plus pound class off of Matinecock Point on fresh bunker chunks.

Fluke fishing continued to improve in some areas, particularly in the bays, including Shinnecock, Moriches, Great South and Jamaica bays, with more keepers and some quality fish to 9 pounds now in the mix with lots of shorts. The south side of Montauk has seen some good days on the south side but there have been some slow days in the mix.
Porgies continue to oblige in many areas, including Montauk, most of Long Island Sound and Peconic Bay. Sea bass are providing solid action in many areas but the more popular areas are being picked clean of bigger fish, forcing anglers to cull through a bunch of shorts for their three fish limit. They are on South Shore reefs and wrecks, most rough bottom areas in Montauk, and off of the North Fork.

The big news continues to be the excellent bluefin tuna bite being found along the 30-fathom line. The action was not as widespread as it was a week ago, but plenty of boats returned to port with tuna steaks for the grill over the long holiday weekend, while those running to the Edge scored on yellowfins, bigeyes and white marlin.
Many surf fishermen have shifted their sights to fluke as bluefish and striper action along most of the Island’s beaches has settled into summer mode. The North Fork, Shinnecock and Montauk remain the best bet for casters targeting bass and blues. Blues have been on the north side and on the sand beaches during the day, with a few small bass mixed in.


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