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June 18, 2018:
Scott of East End B & T in Hampton Bays, tells us the bay fluke bite is steadily improving with fish being caught both east and west of the bridge. The outgoing tides are still best but the incoming is showing signs of life. The flats have seen the most action. Fluke are being caught in the ocean out in 60 to 80 feet but not in any large numbers and very sporadic fishing. Striped bass are being caught on clam chum west of the bridge. A few fish have also fallen to live baits in the inlet too. The bunker schools in the ocean have seen some bass fall for the snag and drop method as well as the trolled mojo rigs. Bluefish are chasing bait in the bay, inlet and ocean. Look for the bait and birds. Out at the reef there are ling, porgies, sea bass and a few fluke. There's word of some big sea bass around, let's hope they stick around. The Shinnecock Canal has porgies, fluke, cocktail blues and of course sea robins, while the Shinnecock Inlet has fluke, blues and striped bass on night tides.

Previous Reports

  • June 11, 2018 Open or Close

    Scott of East End B & T in Hampton Bays, reports the fluke bite continues to be best on outgoing tide in the western parts of the bay. Some positive reports of the incoming tide being productive as of late. A few fluke are being taken at the inlet while the ocean bite continues to remain quiet. On the positive side, the squid are thick outside the inlet with the squid boats saying the fluke are there also, just not biting yet. Bluefish are still around chasing bait and some cocktail blues are in the mix. Striped bass are starting to come alive at the Ponquogue Bridge for the anglers doling out clams with fish to 36 inches. The Shinnecock Canal continues to shell out fluke, but keepers are hard to come by. Cocktail blues make their appearance from time to time as does a few keeper bass during the dark hours. The northern end of the canal has porgies. At Shinnecock Inlet, a few fluke are plucked by the jetty jocks along with some blues most days, while the night jocks slam some bass on bucktails, particularly during the outgoing tide. Inside the Peconic's, porgies are situated in all their usual lairs, which include Rogers Rock, Jessup Neck and the Green Lawns snacking on squid, clam and worms. A few fluke are further east near Northaven and Cedar Point. Weakfish are in the deep holes in Noyak Bay taking squid. Blues are chasing bunker and bass are taking live baits in the dark along with trolled lures.

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    Scott of East End B & T in Hampton Bays, reports the action has really started in the bay. Fluke are still best west of the bridge on outgoing tides in the skinny water. The incoming tides are starting to get more action each day. The shops Octopi jigs in pink tipped with just a spearing have been doing very well. A few fluke are in the inlet too. The ocean fluke bite is beginning as well. Guys who worked the reef scored some keepers. Large bass are in the inlet and outside on the large schools of bunker. Troll a Mojo rig around the schools and you should hook up. Greg Russo landed a 20-pounder on Saturday morning on a Mojo. Bluefish are chasing bait both in the bay and ocean and are falling for tins. The Shinnecock Canal has had a good bite on porgies when the locks are closed. A decent amount of fluke with the occasional keeper making its way to the box. A few blowfish are still around as well as bluefish and bass. Inside the Peconic's, the porgy bite is solid around Rogers Rock, Jessup Neck and Shelter Island. Fluke are a bit tougher to find but a bit further east, in Sag Harbor and Gardiners Bay, they are in the deeper channels. Weakfish are in the deeper holes near Jessup Neck taking squid and bluefish are following bait throughout the bay. The larger bass have been chasing bunker around Shelter Island.

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    Scott of East End B & T in Hampton Bays, reports fluke are showing themselves in more areas this week due to the warm air temperatures. West of the Ponquogue Bridge, particularly off Rampasture has been good on the ebbtide. Blue and white 38-ounce Spro Bucktails tipped with small 2 or 3 inch Berkley Gulp shrimp in New Penny has been quite productive. Striped bass are still in the back bays, but there are some bigger stripers at the bridge and inside the inlet at night. The Shinnecock Canal continues to produce some keeper fluke along with plenty of shorts. Some weakfish and stripers are being taken from time to time, while bluefish are usually feast or famine just before the locks close. There is no shortage on sea robins, while anglers casting small hooks baited with clam, worms or squid are seeing a few blowfish along with a few small porgies and small sea bass. Porgy fishing in the Peconic's remain red hot anywhere from the west side of Robin's Island to the Middle Grounds east of Shelter Island. Fluke fishing at the Green Lawns has become sporadic due to the massive boat traffic in the area, however the area west of Bug Light has been more consistent with fish to 8 pounds. Plain Jane rigs and bucktails tipped with Gulp will work well as will the usual line of natural bait.

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    Scott of East End B & T in Hampton Bays, tells us fluking is improving with warmer water temps and more bait in Shinnecock Bay. Work the flats west of the bridge during outgoing tide for your best chance at some keepers. There are plenty of bluefish for everyone and their not picky slamming just about anything tossed at them. School size bass are in most of the back creeks chasing spearing, while some larger bass have started to show the past few days around the bridge. The Shinnecock Canal has been great as fluke, blowfish, striped bass, and bluefish and of course sea robins are all there for the asking. Best time to fish is just before or after the locks close and just after they open back up. No porgies yet, but that could change any day.

East End Bait & Tackle

East End Bait & Tackle
170 E. Montauk Hwy
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
phone: 631-728-1744

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