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HOT SUMMER ACTION

Posted By Fred Golofaro, July 6, 2020
HOT SUMMER ACTION
Montauk’s rips have been well populated with big stripers. Capt. Mike Larson put his brother Ed of Charlotte, NC onto this big cow.
Big striped bass continue to draw plenty of attention on the East End as Montauk’s rips remain well populated with stripers ranging from 30 to 50 pounds, along with a decent number of slot fish. Fluking has been tough in some areas but that is not the case in some of the bays, especially Shinnecock, where the action remains very good after getting off to a poor start. The summer run of weakfish is turning on in Peconic and Great South bays, and the inshore reefs and wrecks are yielding good catches of sea bass, porgies and to the west, ling. Blowfish and kingfish are contributing to mixed bag action in the bays and on the docks, and porgies continue to please boat and shore anglers in the Sound and bays.

On the East End, striped bass will again be this week’s best bet as the linesiders are scattered along the East End and heavily concentrated in all the rips by Montauk Point. In fact, reports of double, triple and even quadruple hookups were common this week for anglers using live bait around the flood tide with many fish in the 40 to 50-pound range. If you are looking to bring some striped bass fillets home for dinner, fret not as there are plenty of slot sized bass around to put in the box and keep the family fed. Fluke fishing was sporadic this week with a lot of time and effort necessary to put together a catch, Shinnecock Bay is the fluke hot spot this week with quite a few quality fish coming from the shallow waters. Porgies and sea bass refuse to disappoint as bottom fishing remains red hot anywhere there is a rock or a wreck to situate on.

Along the South Shore, a good option this week would be to head to the outside reefs and smaller pieces for sea bass and huge porgies. As for the porgies, I heard from several reliable sources they showed up strong, with fish in the jumbo category sucking down clams meant for sea bass. Try and go off the beaten path and find a small hump or rough bottom for best results. Another option would be to fish the edges of the Moriches or FI Reef for fluke with bucktails tipped with Gulp. If you want to have fun, blowfish are all over the north side of Great South Bay and make for a fun-filled day, especially with the younger kids. If you are an early riser head to the Ocean Beach area at first light for a shot at weakfish. Anglers heading there early have had success using small lead heads tipped with Berkley Sandworms. Small snappers are showing at the docks. Keep in mind that this year, you can only keep three snappers per angler. Crabbing is the last option, with most of the docks seeing good action by hand-lines and traps.

To the west, the local wrecks and reefs are yielding very good numbers of short and keeper sea bass. The McAllister, the Hempstead and Atlantic Beach Reef are all active on the sea biscuit front. Ling are holding tough and are biting well at the McAllister and 17 Fathoms. In the east, blues are hanging out at the inlets and along the shoreline and surf around Jones Beach. To the west they are south of Sheepshead Bay and most are 2 to 5-pounders. Kingfish want to get into the act and are hanging in the surf areas. They will feast on Gulp sandworms, small swimming mullets, real sandworms and clams. Overall fluke activity has been a disappointment with loads of shorts. Keepers were almost a rarity during the past week. However, flatties to 7-1/2 pounds were reported.

Up on the North Shore, fluking is not slam bang but anglers are finding a fair to good amount of action. The flatties can be found at buoy 5, the Middle Grounds and Cranes Neck. Porgies continue to gain momentum and are falling to clams and worms. Steam to buoy 11, Old Field, Cranes Neck and the waters south of 32a. The best area for sea bass this week was the Middle Grounds. Bass are holding steady. The top spot during the week was Matinecock Point where bunker chunks were on the striper’s menu. Kingfish are beginning to make an appearance and are located at Mamaroneck, the Tappan Pier and Execution Light.

In the surf, the combination of heat, crowded beaches, limited 4x4 access and the long holiday weekend seemed to cool the surf scene a few degrees this week. Small blues are still bouncing around some South Shore inlets, and some slot size or better stripers were plucked from night tides, but effort definitely appeared to be off this week. Some decent stripers also made a mark on the North Fork the first half of the week. Fluke fishing from shore appears to have improved in several South Shore locations, with a few keepers scattered among mostly shorts. Don’t forget to mark your calendar for Bill Wetzel’s SurfRatsBall.com East/West Striper Tournament Shindig on Saturday, July 25 at Captree Bait & Tackle. Everyone is welcome to attend, whether you are registered for the tournament or not. Come and participate in a big tackle raffle that raises funds for MORE, an organization that provides for sick children. This a great event for a great cause. If you are interested in contributing to the raffle, contact Bill at 631-987-6919.
 
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