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Posted By Fred Golofaro, May 18, 2020
Joe Faust and Erick Faust, 18 and 20 years old, borrowed their dad’s boat and whipped this 94-inch giant bluefin in just 45 feet of water south of Rockaway reef on Sunday.

Spring weather finally arrived and with it the spring fishing showed noticeable improvement in many sectors. The pace of striper action picked back up, fluke were considerably more cooperative with a decent number of keepers in the mix, and porgies are red hot in a number of areas. Blowfish are back in force, the weakfish bite is finally turning on, we can safely say bluefish have arrived, and to top it off a run of giant bluefin developed within miles of the South Shore.

On the East End, as is often the case this time of year, the Peconic Bays are producing the best fishing in this area. Porgy fishing lit up in the western Peconics as well as the area surrounding Jessup Neck this weekend. Fluking continues to improve by the Green Lawns and the old Oyster Factory, while both the eastern Sound and the south side of Montauk remain picky at best. School size striped bass are along the Sound beaches, inside the Peconic Estuary and west of the Montauk Lighthouse, while bluefish have also settled in the Peconic Estuary. Shore bound anglers will be delighted to find solid action in the Shinnecock Canal with a variety of species, including porgies, blowfish, fluke, weakfish and striped bass eagerly accepting a slew of natural and artificial baits when the locks are closed.

Along the South Shore, the big news this past weekend was the tuna bite south of Jones as anglers weighed in several large bluefin, with a couple topping the 500-pound mark. Most of the action was found in just 40 to 80 feet of water on trolled ballyhoo rigs. For bottom bouncers, you can still pick a few flounder in places like Dickerson and West channels, the Sore Thumb Pocket and buoy 14 in Moriches, while blowfish can be found almost anywhere you dunk a chum pot. For the puffers, go with clam chum and clam baits or the new Fishbites EZ Clam strips. On the fluke front, more keepers showed in catches this week in both bays, although slip gut continues to plague those fishing Fire Island inlet and the State Channel. School bass, with some fish in the slot limit, continue to roam both bays in good numbers. Clams and clam chum, bucktails and soft plastics remain best choices for action.

To the west, fluke fans should focus their efforts in the shallows of the back bays, including Reynolds Channel by the high school, the waters from the MPB to the Silver Hole, the golf course at Far Rockaway, or East/West Channel. The summer flatties are waking up as the water temps are rising. Anglers who scored on fluke employed Gulp, bucktails with teasers combos, and spearing and squid. Nice size fish to 23-inches have been coming to the net. Bass remained in good supply and were going for clam bellies at local bridges such as the Wantagh, Meadowbrook and Robert Moses. The back bays, including Massapequa Cove, also provided some fine action on swimming plugs and bucktails. Weakfish turned on in some areas. Small weaks were hitting soft plastics and bucktails at the Copiague Hole and Gilgo. Porgy activity continued to build in Far Rockaway and Jamaica Bay for those soaking bloodworms and clams.

Up on the North Shore, porgies and fluke are getting a lot of attention from anglers now, with scup in some areas big and abundant. Porgies to 19-inches have been dropped in the buckets of happy anglers. The hotspot in the Sound has been Oyster Bay with worms helping anglers to score big time. Other good areas have been the Humps off Port Jeff, Centerport, Eatons Neck Coast Guard Station, Target Rock, Old Field and Cranes Neck points and City Island. On the fluke scene, action has been building slowly but saw noticeable improvement this week. Fish to 7 pounds were taken in Manhasset Bay. Some anglers working Matinecock Point scored flatties to 5-plus pounds. Lloyds Harbor, Huntington Harbor and the waters from Crab Meadow to the Nissequogue River saw decent catches of fluke to 21-inches. Asharoken, Eatons Neck, Rocky Point and Port Jeff also saw anglers tally some decent fish. The basics are working just fine; spearing, squid and bucktails. Bass are providing plenty of action in most North Shore harbors and in the open Sound in places like buoys 9 and 11. The bass are responding to clams, fresh bunker, trolled worms, Rapala plugs, Storm Shads, SP Minnows and Mag Darters.

In the surf, much improved weather towards the end of the week and on the weekend helped brighten the surf scene. Striper action seemed to improve over last week’s picky action in most areas. Blues made their presence felt in more areas and that action could be on the verge of breaking open sooner than later. If you are looking to put food on the table, big porgies seem to be everywhere along North Shore and East End shorelines for anyone willing to soak worm or clam baits. A few more weakfish also seem to be entering the scene with a few tiderunners to 10 pounds coming from the East End this week.

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