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LAST INNING FOR FLUKE

The winds have subsided, the ocean has laid down after the passage of yet another offshore storm and the next few days should provide ideal conditions for closing out the 2020 fluke season. The last day of the season is Wednesday, but this is the final weekend for many anglers to put away some fluke fillets. Despite the windy conditions through the first half of this week, we were hearing of good fluke fishing inside the inlets and bays of Fire Island, Moriches and Shinnecock, with a good percentage of keepers. Calmer seas will also allow anglers to hit ocean reefs and wrecks for porgies and sea bass, in addition to working ocean areas for fluke. While fluke will off the table next week, blackfish season is just around the corner. The Long Island Sound fishery opens October 11 and runs through December 9 with a three fish bag limit. The rest of the Island opens on October 15 and runs through December 22 with a four fish bag limit. The minimum size in all waters is 16 inches.

 

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Long Island Surf Fishing Reports

South Shore

Report by Bernie's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Ralph from Bernie’s Bait and Tackle in Sheepshead Bay said the surf remains generally quiet. There were reports of lots of mullet on the move late in the week and on the weekend but just a few small ... More

Report by Jones Beach Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Brenden at Jones Beach Bait and Tackle in Field 10 reported a few small weakfish, blues and an occasional bass on the piers at night. The backside of West End Two down to the jetty has seen some spora... More

Report by Bob's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Bob at Bob’s Bait & Tackle in Amity Harbor reported some action with small blues and bass, and an occasional small weakfish on the backside of Demo and Moses but nothing consistent despite lots of mu... More

Report by Saltwaters Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Mike at Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip reported lots of mullet along inlet shorelines late in the week and into the weekend with some small bass on them at times but nothing to get excited about. Sma... More

Report by Captree Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Brenden at Captree Bait and Tackle said the piers are still giving up kingfish, blowfish and triggerfish, along with a few fluke. A youngster named Ding landed a 23 incher on the pier out in front of ... More

Report by J&J Sports

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Brian at J&J Sports in Patchogue reported some small blues and school bass along the outer beach at Smith Point and Cupsogue when the surf was fishable. Moriches Inlet produced a pick of school bass S... More

Report by Smith Point Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Charlie at Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle in Shirley knew of some bass and a few weakfish bucktailed on the west jetty at Moriches Saturday night. Some short bass and very small weakfish were repor... More

Report by Dick's B&T

September 14, 2020 - 09:41:00

Rich at Dick’s Bait and Tackle in Mastic Beach told of a mix of albies, small blues and a few school bass at the Inlet, but not every day. Dirty water made for a slow weekend on the beach. The bay si... More

Report by Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle

August 31, 2020 - 10:13:40

From Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle in Shirley, the word was there are still sharks along the Outer Beach at Smith Point taking bunker and mackerel chunks but the numbers are down. Cocktail blues a... More

Report by Bernie's B&T

August 10, 2020 - 18:42:21

Mike from Bernie’s Bait & Tackle in Sheepshead Bay said it has been quiet on the bass front but there have been Spanish mackerel showing up at Breezy Point during the early morning hours. Deadly Dick... More

North Shore

Report by Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Phil at Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle in Northport reported some nighttime schoolie action along local Sound beaches with fish to 28 or 30 inches taking soft plastics, Bombers and SP Minnows. Some good s... More

Report by Miller Place Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Jim at Miller Place Bait and Tackle reported an uptick in bass action with fish reported from Cedar and near the mouth of the Nissequoge this week, including a 45 incher. Blues to 8 pounds were report... More

Report by L&R Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:41:00

Richie at L & R Bait and Tackle in Pelham said his customers reported good bass action along rocky shorelines on swimming plugs during the early morning hours. Most of the fish are short with an occas... More

Report by Duffy's Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:41:00

Blaise at Duffy's Bait and Tackle in Glenwood Landing reported that porgy action remains good along local beaches on worms and clams. School bass are being taken in the early morning and evening on sw... More

Report by Island Bait and Tackle

September 08, 2020 - 09:34:55

Pat Catalano of Island Bait and Tackle in City Island reported cocktail blues are falling to bunker and metals in Orchard Beach Lagoon. Turtle Cove is producing some pretty decent action with schoolie... More

Report by Blue Water Ventures

August 31, 2020 - 10:14:47

Chris at Blue Water Ventures in Southold reported a few blues in the 4 to 8-pound range along Sound beaches on epoxy jigs, Deadly Dicks and other small tins. He heard of a few schoolies picked at plac... More

Report by Campsite Sport Shop

August 31, 2020 - 10:13:40

From Campsite Sports in Huntington, Carmine said he was just back from being on vacation all week so had little info on the local fishing scene. We do know from one caster who has been working the Smi... More

East End

Report by East End Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Scott at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported bass, with an occasional slot fish at night, and small blues coming from Shinnecock Inlet’s jetties on bucktails and metals. The inlet is lo... More

Report by White Water Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Rich from White Water Outfitters in Hampton Bays reported some action along the open beach this week when the surf was fishable. He knew of fish to 40 inches taken along Southampton. Saturday saw a fl... More

Report by Tight Lines Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Ken at Tight Lines Tackle in Sag Harbor said it was a disappointingly slow week after last week’s uptick in surf action. He had just a few reports concerning bass to 20 pounds from inside the bay, an... More

Report by Paulie's Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Paul from Paulie’s Tackle in Montauk reported nothing crazy this week as high pressure with the north and northeast winds failed to inspire much action. There were some small blitzes of small bass on... More

Report by Blue Water Ventures

September 14, 2020 - 09:41:00

Chris at Blue Water Ventures in Southold reported school bass and sporadic action with blues along Southold Town beaches with the better action around sunset. Some slot size bass were reported from Mc... More

Report by East End B&T

August 10, 2020 - 18:42:21

Scott at East End Bait & Tackle in Hampton Bays reported the Shinnecock Inlet jetties are seeing a pick of small bass, cocktail blues and Spanish mackerel but nothing consistent. Best shot is early mo... More