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Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 15, 2019
Joseph Toomey had this cobia take a live bait in Fire Island Inlet on the morning of July 14.

We’re definitely into summer mode on the fishing front and fluke have responded in a good way in several areas. Good numbers of quality fish have settled into Gardiners Bay, and also along Montauk’s south side at Frisbees and Cartwright. Plenty of quality sea bass are also settling into these areas. Lots of fluke at the North Grounds and Midway rips, but you’ll have to cull through loads of shorts. Shinnecock Bay is seeing good fluking with quite a few fish ranging from 5 to 10 pounds at the top of the tide in 5 to 8 feet of water. Also hearing much better numbers of fluke along the South Shore but shorts far outnumber keepers. Fluking in the Sound continues to be mostly disappointing, but porgies and sea bass are helping pick up the slack.

After what looked like a solid start to Montauk’s summer bass run, the fishing really tapered off to a pick most days and nights, with nights having the edge. This week’s full moon should be telling. Off the North Fork, lots of action with small fish, but enough keepers to 20 pounds to round up a limit on most trips. Bass fishing around most of the Island has slipped into the summer doldrums, although some decent catches did come from the Sound in places like Matinecock Point, the Middle Grounds, Execution Light, Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges, and Glen Island on Mojos, bunker spoons and fresh bunker.

South Shore wrecks and reefs continue to produce loads of ling, along with mixed size sea bass and porgies. Triggerfish are settling into rocky areas and jetties, blowfish are in the bays in decent numbers, and reports of kingfish are building. Increasing numbers of southern visitors like cobia, black drum, jacks, sheepshead and spinner sharks are also being reported.

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