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Posted By Fred Golofaro, August 19, 2019
Some better quality fluke are mixing with lots of shorts along the South Shore. Here’s Chris Holfester on the right with a 10.24-pound doormat caught out of Captree on August 19.

On the East End, the North Fork is seeing some very good action with stripers, blues, porgies and sea bass. Not many cow bass, but plenty of fish into the teens, along with many shorts and blues to 15 pounds to keep rods bent. Best action has been in the Race and Sluiceway three-waying live eels and bucktails. When the current slackens there are big porgies and sea bass north of Plum Island and in Plum Gut to round out the trip. In Montauk, the south side, Cartwright and the North Grounds continue to turn out good numbers of quality fluke from 5 to 12 pounds and there are plenty of sea bass on the fluke grounds. Some big bass are in the local rips but the best and most consistent action is over at Block Island for those drifting live eels. Porgies remain strong in front of the Montauk Lighthouse and along the south side.

The Shinnecock area is seeing good action with fluke and sea bass but you will have to pick through a lot of shorts. In the Peconics, plenty of sand porgies, small weakfish and kingfish are settled into Noyack Bay, Nassau Point and Rose Grove.
Down the South Shore, both Moriches and Great South bays are seeing plenty of fluke but most are short, with an occasionaI 4 to 6 pounder in the mix. Better quality fluke are in the ocean in 60 to 70 feet of water. Triggerfish are in both inlets around jetties and rock piles, while inside the bays, a chum pot will draw mixed bag catches of blowfish, small sea bass, porgies and triggerfish. Cocktail blues and some Spanish mackerel have been present in both inlets.

To the west, there are good catches of fluke being made in the ocean at the McAllister Grounds, the Tankers, Hempstead Reef, Atlantic Beach Reef and Cholera on bucktails tipped with Gulp, spearing or squid. The ocean reefs are also producing some decent porgy action.

Up in the Sound, cocktail blues with an occasional large chopper have finally showed up in places like Glen Island, off of Mamaroneck and Manhasset, and out in the Middle Grounds. In addition to blues, the Middle Grounds are also playing host to good numbers of stripers, porgies and sea bass. Fluke fishing in the Sound improved with fish to 23 inches fro

m the Throgs Neck Bridge area, Harts Island and Manhasset Bay. Live snappers have been the ticket for some of the larger fish.
The offshore picture remains bright with lots of sharks, including spinners and black tips which rarely travel this far north. This is one of the best and most consistent tuna seasons we have had in a long time as bluefins continue to attack jigs and top water plugs along the 30 fathom line, particularly in the vicinity of the Coimbra. The canyons are producing good numbers of swordfish on the chunk at night, and Allison tuna (large yellowfins) up to 140 pounds have been trolled, along with bigeyes, and white and blue marlin.

In the surf, reports of blues came from many areas around the Island this week but virtually all concerned cocktails of a pound or two, to 4 pounds, while Montauk has occasionally seen some bigger choppers. Casters fishing mole crabs (sand fleas) along oceanfront beaches are seeing a steady pick of school bass. Chunkers continue to tangle with large rays and sharks along the South Shore’s ocean beaches, but blues and bass remain hard to come by.

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