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Posted By Fred Golofaro, September 2, 2019
J.P. from the Albertson Fire Dept. nailed this 13-pound, 8-ounce doormat fluke aboard the Montauk charter boat Sea Wife IV on Friday, August 30th.

On the East End, bunker are packed along the oceanfront from Southampton to Montauk with whales, sharks and porpoises feasting on them, but not a lot in the way of blues or bass. Bluefish and bonito are along the north side with hooked fish succumbing to sharks becoming more frequent. Fluke and sea bass continue to share the limelight and remain the best bets in Montauk, with limit catches of both the norm rather than the exception. The first reports of false albacore inshore came from Savio Mizzi who had a couple of pods breaking water next to his boat off of Turtle Cove on the weekend.

On the North Fork, porgy and sea bass fishing is as good as it gets on any rock pile from Orient to Block Island. Best action has come on diamond jigs with teasers or clams during slack tide. Bluefish are thick in Plum Gut with some small stripers mixing in. The bay is loaded with porgies, with some blowfish and kingfish in the mix. Weakfish are still in Noyack Bay, Roses Grove and Nassau Point taking squid strips.
Down along the South Shore, the best fluke action in terms of quality is out in the ocean in 60 to 70 feet of water. In Moriches, the start of the outgoing is best for fluke, while in Great South Bay, the last two hours of the flood and first hour of the ebb are producing the best fluking. Also in the bays, there’s decent mixed bag action with porgies, blowfish, kingfish and triggerfish.
Further west, fluke action has been best at the McAllister Grounds, Cholera, Hempstead Reef, Atlantic Beach Reef and the Tankers with good numbers of keepers falling to strip baits, bucktails tipped with Gulp and peanut bunker. Porgies, sea bass and triggerfish are also on the reefs. Cholera saw a nice shot of chicken mahi to 6 pounds. Blowfish are thick in the west end bays and are mixing with kingfish, porgies and small sea bass for some fine mixed bag action. Weakfish are in the State Channel at Gilgo and the Copiague Hole on soft plastics.

Up in the Sound, bluefish numbers are on the rise although many are of the cocktail variety. They were reported from a number of areas, including Port Jeff Harbor, the Middle Grounds, Prospect Point, Port Washington and around City Island. Use small metals like Kastmasters or 007, A17 and A27 diamond jigs. Porgies remain abundant from City Island to Port Jefferson and are taking bloodworms or clams. Bass reports remain sparse except for some fish being trolled at the Middle Grounds. Fluking seems to be improving but it is still mostly shorts with some keepers to 8-pounds from the Huntington area. A decent amount of keepers was also reported along the 40-foot drops outside of Manhasset and Port Washington.

Offshore, mahi action remains strong and with the amount of peanut bunker in canals and marinas make sure you have a good supply to feed to them. Two bites have been going on at the canyons. The one to the east has been hot and cold as the tuna move between east of the Tails all the way past East Atlantis. Reports from the Hudson improved leading into Labor Day weekend. A quick look at Terrafin charts shows a real nice break at the Little Tails. Also, the water at The Dip looks clean and promising, with reports of massive amounts of squid at night with whales and porpoises feeding on them. The 30-fathom bluefin bite continues as smaller fish have moved in, but there are plenty of overs if you are patient and cull through what’s there. Jigging and popping remain the best methods.

In the surf, reports of loads of peanut bunker, adult bunker, spearing and white bait are filtering in from all around the Island as the fall season approaches. In the meantime, small blues, short bass, Spanish mackerel and bonito have been keeping casters busy in most inlets along the Island’s southern shoreline from Rockaway to Montauk. Small bass and blues are also scattered along the North Shore. For those looking for a fight, there are still plenty of sharks and rays taking bunker and mackerel chunks along our ocean beaches.

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