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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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South Shore Fishing Reports

East Moriches

Report by Silly Lily Fishing Station

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Jay at Silly Lily Fishing Station in East Moriches said the bay is teeming with life. On the flats by 23 and Bird Island fluke are actively feeding on peanut bunker and other small baits. Try a live p... More

Report by Back Bay Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

In from Capt. Tom Cornicelli of Back Bay Outfitter in East Moriches I heard there are plenty of bass in the inlet as Sean Bennet had a limit fishing Sunday morning in the inlet. Don Meyers and Keith h... More

Center Moriches

Report by Center Yacht Club

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

James at Center Yacht Club in Center Moriches I heard the buoy 10 area is holding a ton of blue claws. In the bay, the fluke action is okay, with fish feeding near the flats. Bass are beginning to pic... More


Report by Hampton Watercraft

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

At Hampton Watercraft in Eastport, Mike reported the bay and inlet guys have been picking away at fluke before the season ends. There’s a good amount of striped bass in the inlet and the best way to ... More

Mastic Beach

Report by Dick's B&T

September 14, 2020 - 09:38:46

In from Dick at Dick's B&T in Mastic Beach we learned it was a good week of fluke action with a lot of shorts and keepers Davis Whaley had a good day Friday catching 20 in the East and West cuts. Back... More

Report by Arrest Spot Charters

September 14, 2020 - 09:38:46

From Capt. David Vlacich of Arrest Spot Charters out of Mastic Beach I learned that it was another good week of fishing. Kaitlyn, Emma and Maddie teamed up and had steady action in the bay on fluke, s... More


Report by Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle

September 08, 2020 - 09:32:36

I heard from Terrance of Smith Point Beach Bait and Tackle in Shirley who reported off the docks, the snapper bite is real good with some short fluke coming up at Osprey Dock. At the inlet, there are ... More


Report by J&J Sports

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

John at J&J Sports in Patchogue said striped bass fishing around the local south shore inlets has picked up in the last week with reports of fish being caught in the surrounding cuts also. Most of the... More


Report by Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

From Billy at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that weakfish have taken over the bay, in large numbers. Held up in all the usual spots, plus a few unusual ones as well. There are a lo... More

Bay Shore

Report by Burnett’s Marina

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Greg from Burnett's Marina in Bay Shore we heard a lot of anglers are heading to Montauk as the action broke open on bass and blues, with large fluke too. Back in the bay, the weakfish action is good.... More

Report by Willie K Bait & Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

From Kurt at Willie K Bait and Tackle in Bay Shore I heard Mark Worker had the largest porgy he ever saw in Great South Bay near the Lighthouse. Snappers are thinning out at the docks, but the top of ... More

West Islip

Report by Saltwaters Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

At Saltwaters Tackle in West Islip I heard there are weakfish in the back of the bay with mostly smaller fish taking Gulp baits. A few larger fish have mixed in for anglers using live peanut bunker. G... More


Report by Captree Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Brenden at Captree Bait and Tackle Shop on Captree Island reported kingfish, blowfish and small sea bass are at the local docks and holes in the bay. Clams and squid with clam chum will surely put a b... More

Report by Laura Lee Fleet

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Capt. Neil of the Captree based Laura Lee Fleet reported the ocean was a bit rough this week and the boat only made a few trips. Those that did get offshore this past week saw a mix of bluefin tuna, a... More

Report by Capt. Rod

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Capt. George from the Capt. Rod reported the fluke action was good all week with a lot of action and pool fish to 5 pounds. The fluke season closes the 30th, so come on down for one last shot at catch... More

Report by Fishfinder II

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Capt. Walter on the Fish Finder II reported fluke action was good in the bay due to ground swells in the ocean. The action improved with keepers and shorts and pool fish 4 to 5 pounds. The boat will t... More

Report by Ocean Vue Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Stephan of Ocean Vue Charters reported the yellowfin seem to have spread out a bit more, but are still around if you know where to find them. The boat is currently in Provincetown, MA, fishing for gia... More

Report by Capt. Gillen

September 08, 2020 - 09:32:36

On the Captain Gillen we heard there has been a lot of action with some nice keepers in the mix including a 5-pound, 5-ounce fish for Margaret “The Fish Whisperer” on Tuesday.  The Captain Gillen i... More


Report by Babylon Fishing Station

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

At Babylon Fishing Station I heard Steve Hanrahan fished Monday and his son, Steve and buddy Bobby on their “Patty T.” The trio caught 30 fish at the Bacardi, with yellowfin between 40 and 50 pounds... More

Report by Top Gun Sportfishing Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

From Capt. Scott Leonard of Top Gun Sportfishing Charters out of Babylon I heard the wind really kicked Montauk around this week. The good news is however, there is a ton of bait moving along the nort... More

West Babylon

Report by Bergen Bay Docks

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

At Bergen Bay Docks in Babylon, I heard from Scott who reported a windy week but the bay is loaded with all the kingfish and blowfish you want. Fish clams with clam chum for the best action. As for fl... More

Amity Harbor

Report by Bob's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:40:04

Bob Rose at Bob's Bait and Tackle in Amity Harbor reported the wind held anglers at bay – literally! Porgies, blowfish and weakfish action was good with weakfish best in West Channel and near Ocean B... More