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Posted By Fred Golofaro, August 5, 2019
Vincent Vetere was live-lining a bunker for stripers in NY Bight when this doormat fluke crashed the party. It weighed 16.5 pounds on a boga with the bunker in her throat, and 15.6 pounds at Michael’s B/T (without the bunker) on Staten Island.

Reports of good or improved fluke fishing came from a number of areas this week. Even where the action is dominated by shorts, there has been an increase in the number of bigger fish mixing into the action. That’s been true in the bays and ocean, and to a lesser degree in the Sound. The East End continues to have the edge when it comes to producing quality flatties. Sea bass remain strong out east and on some of the reefs along the South Shore, where lots of ling are adding to catches. Porgies are the ace in the hole from boat and shore around much of the Island, especially in Long Island Sound, the East End, and the western reaches of the South Shore. Bluefish other than cocktails finally seem to be working their way into the Sound and also appeared in the Fire Island area. Big blues are also being reported off the North Fork and in Montauk.

There have been some good catches of big bass around the new moon between Montauk and Block Island, but the action has been inconsistent at times. Bass fishing in the Race and Plum Gut saw definite improvement on the moon, with huge blues butting in on the action at times.

On the docks, snappers are now a catchable size and around in good numbers. Lots of good reports concerning blue claw crabs filtering in from many of the mainland docks along the South Shore. Blowfish also adding to the fun in some areas.
In the surf, some bigger bass appear to have settled along Montauk’s south side where several fish in the 30 to 40-pound range were landed this past week on plugs and eels. Best b

et for bigger blues remains Montauk and the North Fork while the action around most of the Island is made up of cocktails.
The offshore scene continues to see some excellent fishing at the edge for bigeyes, yellowfins, white and blue marlin, swordfish and mahi, and there are still bluefins bending rods along the 30 fathom line despite rapidly warming water temperatures. Good sharking can be found as close as 8 or 10 miles off the beach.

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