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Posted By Fred Golofaro, August 26, 2019
Craig V. with a 9-pound, 5-ounce fluke caught this past weekend aboard the Gypsea Star.

On the East End, fluke and sea bass are headlining the action in the Montauk area. They are being caught in good numbers and the quality is there. Cartwright, Frisbees and Rocky Hill on the south side are well stocked with big sea bass and what appears to be a new body of fluke from 5 to 12 pounds. Closer to the beach, the area off the Radar Tower and Gurneys Inn in 65 feet of water has plenty of smaller fluke and plenty of jumbo scup. Fluking has also picked up at the Shinnecock Reef and east by the Panther Wreck, with porgies and sea bass adding to the action.

The best bet for quality stripers continues to be Block Island. The Race has decent numbers but not many big fish. Big and small blues are in the Sound along with some false albies and green bonito. You can also find them in the Race, inside the Sluiceway and along the north side of Montauk between Shagwong and Turtle Cove. The Peconics are seeing good mixed bag action for summer weakfish, medium scup, cocktail blues, blowfish and kingfish.

Down along the South Shore, there were numerous reports of fluke over 7 pounds with most of them coming from the ocean, although some better quality flatties also came from inside the bays at the top of the flood tide. Give live peanut bunker or snappers a shot if you want to target the bigger fish. Snappers and crabs are reaching their peak at most mainland docks. Now is the time to get the kids for a fun-filled day before they head back to school.

To the west, the best fluke action is taking place around the McAllister Grounds, Hempstead Reef, Cholera, the Angler Banks and the waters in and around Jamaica Bay. Large strip baits, sand eels and Gulp are nailing fish in all areas. Porgies are still going full steam ahead and blowfish are providing the best action in years. Kingfish are also showing up inside the bays. Spanish mackerel and bonito are keeping casters busy at Breezy Point.

Up in the Sound, porgy action has slowed a bit but some good catches were still being made at Glen Island, Rye, Old Field Point, Cranes Neck and the Triangle. Best bet for bass remains the Middle Grounds where trolling, chunking and diamond jigging is producing schoolies and a handful of keepers. Fluking improved somewhat at the Throgs Neck Bridge, buoy 46, Port Washington and Morgans Beach. Cocktail blues in the 2 to 3-pound class are increasing in numbers and are beginning to set up in various areas such as Turtle Cove, the Lagoon, the harbors east and west of Port Jeff and Eatons Neck.

Offshore fishing out east has been spectacular with plenty of big threshers and bluefin tuna, while the Atlantis Canyon has some excellent action with big eyes, yellowfins, white and blue marlin, and a few swordfish. To the west, the Coimbra area continues to turn out good numbers of bluefin with most being caught on jigs.

In the surf, mixed bag action with blues, bonito, Spanish mackerel and small stripers occupied most of the inlet areas along the Island’s southern shoreline again this week, giving casters some fun innings, especially where light tackle could be brought into play. Lots of folks are anxiously awaiting the arrival of false albacore, aka albies. The good news is that prior to Sunday’s northeast breeze, tuna fishermen 20 to 30 miles offshore were complaining of loads of albies attacking baits meant for bluefin tuna. That means the albies schools are on our doorstep and could show inshore at any time. Sharks and rays are very much in play for anyone tossing chunks or eels from Montauk to Jones beach. Some small bass and blues are scattered along the North Shore.

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