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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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Jones Beach

Report by Jones Beach Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:39:53

Over at Jones Beach Bait and Tackle Brendan reported a couple of banded rudderfish were taken at the piers. Anglers are also collecting loads of blowfish, kingfish from 12 to 16-inches, short and keep... More


Report by Sea Isle Sports

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Over at Sea Isle Sports in Freeport Robert said that scup and sea bass are all over the bay and can be taken along the piers. Summer flatties are packing their bags and heading out so work the outside... More

Report by Fred Chall Marine

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

I heard from Dom at Fred Chall Marine in Freeport and reports were sparse. After the winds subside hopefully the bass will remain at local bridges and be hungry for clam chum. The store is open, but i... More

Report by Capt. Lou Fleet

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

At the Capt. Lou Fleet on the Nautical Mile in Freeport, Capt. Willie Garris on the Starstream VIII said that it was a week of tough fishing in the ocean and the bay. Please note that this Thursday, S... More

Report by Sea Rogue Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Bob of Sea Rogue Charters in Freeport told me the summer flatties are thinning out on the outside pieces. However, the wrecks and reefs continue to play host to porgies, triggerfish and sea bass... More

Report by Freeport Bait and Tackle

September 14, 2020 - 09:39:53

Kathy Sansonetti at Freeport Bait and Tackle on South Main Street reported blues showed up at the Meadowbrook Bridge and were being taken on diamond jigs and bunker chunks. Fluking has been steady and... More

Report by Miss Marie Charters

September 08, 2020 - 09:33:45

Aboard Miss Marie Charters in Freeport Capt. Al Copabianco told me both trips during the week took place at the Cholera, the Hempstead Reef and Anglers Bank. The fares tallied a mixed bag of porgies, ... More

Pt. Lookout

Report by Super Hawk

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Steve of the Super Hawk in Pt. Lookout said the half-day runs will continue until Columbus Day the 12th. The sea bass, porgies and fluke continue to keep the rods bent. Half-day trips sail at 7 ... More


Report by River Bay Outfitters

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Paul at River Bay Outfitters in Oceanside reported the big problem during the week was the wind. Most of the guides reported that the seas were a little rough, but when they did make it out the fish w... More


Report by No Time Charters

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Nick Savene of No Time Charters in Oceanside reported the charter for Brianne, Chris Anastos and Bill saw a three-person limit of sea bass, 50 ling and 25 porgies. Paul and friends collected loa... More

Report by Bay Park Fishing Station

September 14, 2020 - 09:39:53

Mark Keller and the staff at Bay Park Fishing Station in Oceanside reported Mike Librizzi and his son Michael of “Blue Breeze” checked in to say that they targeted the Atlantic Beach Reef and were r... More


Report by Bernie's Bait and Tackle

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

I spoke to Frank Ruperto of Bernie’s Bait and Tackle on Emmons Ave in Sheepshead Bay and the fall scenario is shaping up. The shallow water species are moving out. Porgy action is good in the bay at ... More

Sheepshead Bay

Report by Lady Flamingo

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Bob Weigand of the Lady Flamingo on Knapp Street told me action on blues was superb before the heavy-duty winds dropped in. On Friday, the choppers shutdown with lockjaw; but then on Saturday th... More

Report by Captain Dave II

September 21, 2020 - 12:41:12

Capt. Dave Paris of the Capt. Dave II on Emmons Ave in Sheepshead Bay told me prior to the winds the fluking was okay and only a few flatties were taken on Sunday. Porgy action is still good in Jamaic... More


Report by Reel Challenge/Ho Choy

August 24, 2020 - 11:13:08

Capt. Tony Renda of the charter boats Reel Challenge/Ho Choy in Seaford checked in to report that a half-day run in the bay for Phil, Jesse and Joe saw loads of action on short fluke but no keepers. T... More