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FLUKE NUMBERS AND SIZE ON THE RISE

Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 29, 2019
FLUKE NUMBERS AND SIZE ON THE RISE
Fluke head the best bet list for inshore anglers this week.

Fluke are once again at the top of the heap this week with good numbers of quality fish coming from East End waters. Quite a few of the fish qualify as doormats, but there are also lots of fish in the 5 to 7 or 8–pound range being brought to net. Most of these fish are coming from the Block Island windmills, Cartwright, Rocky Hill, Frisbees and Shinnecock Reef. Fluking in Shinnecock, Moriches and Great South bays has been producing good action for those working the last couple hours of the incoming and start of the ebb. Still lots of shorts, but some 5-plus pound fish are mixed among them.


Big bluefish showed up this week on the East End with slammers reported from Montauk, Gardiners Bay and the eastern reaches of Long Island Sound.


Striped bass action on the East End slowed in Montauk waters with better scores of big fish coming from the Block Island area on night tides. Small stripers are dominating the action around most of the rest of the Island, but bunker pods in Long Island Sound are drawing some quality bass in places like the Triangle out to the LIPA Platform, the LIPA Stacks and the Middle Grounds.
Porgies and sea bass continue to please anglers around many parts of the Island from east to west, especially on the reefs and inshore wrecks. Scup are also providing good action for shore bound anglers along many North Shore beaches, piers in Canarsie and Coney Island, the Rockaway seawall and South Shore jetties.


Offshore fishing continues hot with the best of the action now in the canyons where bigeye and yellowfin tuna, blue and white marlin, wahoo and mahi are slamming trolled baits. Further inshore, there are still some bluefin around the 30 fathom wrecks but the action has definitely slowed as water temps continue to climb. On the other hand, more mahi are moving inshore as a result of the warmer water.


Reports of snappers now reaching a catchable size continue to come from many parts of the Island.
 

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