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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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North Shore Fishing Reports

Little Neck

Report by Fishing East Coast Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

The news from Mike Kim at Fishing East Coast Bait and Tackle in Little Neck was that scup were very active at Ft. Totten, Little Neck Bay and Manhasset. Loads of peanut bunker are in the water and as ... More


Report by L&R Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

I spoke to Richie at L & R Bait and Tackle in Pelham and his customers reported plenty of porgies in Mamaroneck, Rye and buoy 42. Blues have been found in the CT part of the Sound along with a handful... More

New Rochelle

Report by Shamrock Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Pat of Shamrock Charters in New Rochelle told me prior to the nasty winds and heavy seas, the porgies were biting but not in large numbers. He is looking forward to the start of ‘tog season. Pr... More

City Island

Report by Island Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Pat Catalano at Island Bait and Tackle in City Island reported porgies are still center stage on the fishing front. Orchard Beach at sections 1 and 13 saw nice size scup to 16-inches. The City Island ... More

Report by Rip Tide III

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

On the Rip Tide III in City Island Capt. Carl reported that prior to the heavy-duty winds porgy activity was very good. The weekend, however, was quite nautical. Weakfish came on strong in the by catc... More

Glenwood Landing

Report by Duffy's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Over at Duffy's Bait and Tackle in Glenwood Landing Blaise told me porgies are still tops and you should search for them in the 40 to 50-ft. ranges. Schoolie bass are lurking under the working birds a... More

Cold Spring Harbor

Report by Cold Spring Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Herb Hahn of Cold Spring Charters said that he stayed in the Harbor on Saturday and his charter crushed the scup as they had the feed bag on. Blues and small bass are hanging around on the outsi... More


Report by Campsite Sport Shop

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Carmine from Campsite Sport Shop in Huntington reported there are plenty of porgies with some sea bass mixed in. Most fluke anglers are encountering shorts. Some bass have been taken in the early morn... More

Report by Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Rob at Hi-Hook Bait and Tackle in Huntington said that porgies remain plentiful and the jumbos are in the deep-water areas. Customers reported finding a few weakfish in Huntington and Lloyd Harbor. Se... More

Port Jefferson

Report by Celtic Quest Fleet

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

I had a chat with Capt. Mark DeJong of the Celtic Quest in Port Jefferson and porgy fishing was decent when the weather allowed it. Drifting, anchoring and clams brought in jumbo scup. A handful of se... More

Report by Caraftis Fishing Station

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

I spoke to Candy at Caraftis Fishing Station in Port Jefferson and according to their customers the Middle Grounds are still holding sea bass, large scup, a few bass, blues and weakfish. Old Field Poi... More

Miller Place

Report by Miller Place Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

Over at Miller Place Bait and Tackle Jim Flora told me for porgies head to Cranes Neck, and for sea bass take a ride to the Green Can at the Lighthouse. Toss a diamond jig into the waters near buoy 9 ... More

Mount Sinai

Report by Ralph’s Fishing Station

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

The word from Kathleen at Ralphs Fishing Station in Mount Sinai was that blues are still keeping anglers busy at the Middle Grounds. The shop will have Tidal Tail jigs and green crabs in stock for the... More


Report by Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:42:21

The news from Cow Harbor Bait and Tackle in Northport is that bluefish are active in the early morning in the back bays. Porgy action is good, and some small fluke are being caught.... More

Report by Port of Call Charters

September 14, 2020 - 09:41:00

Aboard Port of Call Charters in Northport Capt. Sean told me sea bass are continuing to perform well with some nice jumbo porgies hitting the deck as well. Blackfish are beginning to bite but must be ... More