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Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 22, 2019
A couple of big sea bass from this weekend’s action in Montauk aboard Fin Chaser.

There’s no doubt it was might toasty on the water this week but for those who braved the heat and humidity the fishing did not disappoint when it came to fluke fishing on the East End and along much of the South Shore. For the offshore crowd, the fishing matched the intensity of the weather in many cases for those who targeted bluefin around the Coimbra and the Yankee wrecks, and especially for those who ran to the edge.

Montauk enjoyed a good shot of big bass on the July moon early in the week, but since then the better fishing has migrated to Block Island and Southwest Ledge. At the tip of the North Fork, there are decent numbers of bass but the action continues to be dominated by smaller fish.

Fluking was very good on Montauk’s south side in 75 feet of water, and good reports continue to come from Shinnecock and Moriches bays. The Fire Island area has lots of shorts with some better than average fish sprinkled in.
Porgies remain a sure bet in many parts of Long Island Sound, and on both ends of the Island. Sea bass are thick off the North Fork, Montauk and also on some of the South Shore wrecks and reefs. Inside the bays, blowfish, snappers and crabs are entertaining the dock crowd, along with a few kingfish.

Surfcasters staying busy with sharks, rays, fluke and kingfish. If you want bass or blues, Montauk has seen the most consistent action. Offshore anglers continue to enjoy one of their best seasons in a long time with bluefins holding strong around wrecks like the Linda and Coimbra, lots of sharks along the 20 fathom line, and plenty of action at the edge with yellowfins, bigeyes and billfish.

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