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In the ocean, there is a school of bass holding from Deb's inlet and west. to the west in 30 feet of water was hot. Inside, Deb's Inlet on the sandbar was good on the ebb tide, also the Atlantic Beach Bridge and Docklines.
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The striped bass fishing off the beaches in 20 to 30 feet of water just under the bunker schools is very good So is the action on clam bellies on the West Bar in the inlet
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Stripers appeared along the South Shore of Long Island, being caught as they move along the beaches and into the inlets. There were a few stripers taken along the beaches of the South Fork. From East Hampton to Montauk, and a few stripers were taken in the surf
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Long Island Report : Tom Rock NewsDay
1. Western Long Island Sound: The big bass are in. Jack's B&T on City Island reported a pair of 42-pound fish caught on fresh bunker in Little Neck Bay this week. Tom Lenny had one Tuesday and John D. on Wednesday. Jack's also weighed a 32-pounder Tuesday. The bigger fish have been overnight but there is plenty of schoolie action in the day on artificials. Flounder is sputtering along and a few blackfish are starting to show.
2. Huntington/Northport bays: Fluke and stripers have been pretty much dormant in the area, but the fishery coming alive is blackfish. More and more keepers are being reported, though there are still many shorts, off Eatons Neck and other traditional spots. A few keeper bass on bunker and there is squid in the Sound.
3. Smithtown Bay: The striped bass are getting bigger, but still not a lot of keepers. The fish have been taking mostly soft baits such as clams and worms, according to Swaine's in St. James. Ken at the shop suggests trying live killies for stripers. Blackfishing is picking up and flounder is hovering.
4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: Rocky Point Fishing Stop reported Elvis Turcios drilled an 11.5-pound blackfish Wednesday at Hagerman Landing on a sandworm. Monday was a fantastic blackfishing day, according to the Celtic Quest out of Port Jeff, but since then, it's leveled off with good but not great action. Stripers are along the beaches, taking mostly clams and worms. Fluke is still at ADN status (any day now).
5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: If squid were fluke, everyone would be limiting out. Guys are packing the bait off the Greenport docks at an incredible pace, which is good news for the fluking ahead. Opening weekend for fluke had a few keepers in the 4-pound range. The big fluke should start biting hard any day, then they probably won't stop for about six weeks once they start.
6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: Wego Fishing reports some nice weakfish showed up this week south of Shelter Island. The baitfish have the run of the place now, with bunker, squid and spearing blissfully unaware of what awaits them. All that bait in the water and some warmer temperatures should jolt the fishing. Some schoolie bass are being caught in the creeks.
7. Montauk Point: The fluke fishing wasn't as ripe as hoped for on the opener, but there is still some action and reports of squid in the water that should lure the big ones. Many anglers are going back to cod for another week or so until the fluke kicks up. The cod bite is awesome, just don't bring a huge cooler with you because most of them are shorts.
8. Shinnecock Bay: Not many keeper fluke so far, but Dot from the Shinnecock Star said the boat has never been skunked for fluke on Mother's Day, so they should start biting soon. Mackerel should make a pass this weekend and weakfish are biting very well in the back of the bay and the canal.
9. Moriches Bay: It's a mixed bag of mediocrity with some weakfish, some fluke, some striped bass, some bluefish, but nothing really hitting hard just yet. B&B Tackle in Center Moriches had reports of scattered bluefish yesterday, so they should be biting in schools soon. They're also dispersing any mackerel in the area. Keeper fluke are there, by all accounts, but not biting yet. And there were reports of 12-pound weakfish.
10. Great South Bay/Fire Island Inlet: J&J Sports in Patchogue reports some keeper bass in the bays and under the bridges with a few bluefish starting to show up this last week at Patchogue Dock. Some weakfish have been mixing in with the stripers and the fluking just needs a few more degrees to get going. Capt. Gerard from Bethpage said "a few more days and then boom goes the dynamite."
11. Jones Inlet/Western Bays: Boats sailing far west are doing well on flounder. Dave Horowitz nailed a 4-pound, 7-ounce flattie Friday aboard the Codfather out of Freeport and there have been a lot of 2-3 pounders mixed in. Striper action has been good with mostly shorts, and the mackerel have moved out. Richie from Woodcleft Fishing Station said a few keeper fluke were taken Wednesday at the south end of Swift Creek.
12. East Rockaway Inlet: Daniella, Allie and Monte Nassbaum had six keeper fluke on squid and spearing in Borad Channel aboard the Norma Fishing Charters. Out at Romar Shoal, Bay Park Fishing Station reports a strong flounder bite and keeper bass. John Quinn had a 25-pound bass as No Time Charters limited out with 10 keepers Wednesday. The same group also limited out on flounder to 3.06 pounds.
13. New York Bight: The Jamaica Bay fluke are biting pretty well with The Angler reporting fish to 7 pounds. Near Staten Island and New Jersey, the flounder bite is really picking up and guys are limiting out on them, as well as some stripers. No tremendous bass yet, but keepers are mixed in, taking mostly soft baits.
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Western Long Island Sound: The big news - really big - was Jeff Montalvo's 62.5-pound striped bass caught on a bunker head and weighed in at Jack's B&T in City Island. John at the shop reports plenty of other fish in the 35-pound class with a nice mix of cocktail blues and fluke. Porgies are also around, but three more weeks before the season opens.
2. Huntington/Northport bays: Bob Leicht had a 9.22-pound fluke weighed at Four Winds, where George reported seeing quite a number of 3-5-pound fluke caught from various locations from Lloyd Harbor to the Triangle. Stripers are also abundant and still very hot inside Cold Spring Harbor with a few fish coming from the deeper Triangle in the last few days. Anglers are also starting to hit 4-5-pound bluefish.
3. Smithtown Bay: Fluke and bass have both opened wide, according to Swaine's in St. James, and a variety of baits are producing. Peter Bruno took an 8.5-pound fluke last week between Short Beach and the Mansion on squid and spearing, but live killies and sand eels are also getting fish to 8 pounds. Ten-year-old Danielle Averso had a 31-pound striper off Cranes Neck last weekend. Steve from BLT Cafe and his buddies had fish of 28, 26 and 21 pounds there.
4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: The Capt. Bob Fleet in Mattituck is enjoying a lively mixed bag with fluke, weakfish and sea bass. On Wednesday, Greg caught a 10-pound, 8-ounce fluke and Bob had an 11-pound, 12-ounce weakfish. To the west, Rocky Point Fishing Stop reports good striper and fluke action.
5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: Bass and blues are in the Race and Gut, as usual this time of year, but surfcasters on the Sound side are also doing a number on them. George and Ed Dutsch of Shelter Island plucked 29.1- and 30.2-pound stripers from the Race, using eels, according to Wego Fishing in Southold.
6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: Fluke continues to improve with quite a few limits and fish 4-6 pounds. There haven't been a lot of huge fish, but John Saveski had a 10.4-pounder using Peruvian spearing by the Oyster Factory on Monday and 8-year-old Jesse Leisenheimer had a 6.85-pounder Saturday, according to Wego Fishing. Weakfishing slowed from the last few weeks, but bass are around in good numbers as youngster Jim Drinkwater took a 20.35-pounder on a rubber shad.
7. Montauk Point: Fluking on the south side has been very good, but there have been some mysterious days when it shuts down. Stripers are in the rips and most boats are limiting out and taking advantage of the new two-fish rule. These hot temperatures should allow for some offshore fishing to open up in the coming week; so far, most shark trips have been skunks, though some boats have reported seeing fins in the slicks, according to Star Island Marina.
8. Shinnecock Bay: Bobby Ruffini had a 9-pound fluke and the crew on the Flying Fernando captained by John Fernandez limited out Monday. The best part is that the action was all in the bay, according to Judy at Molnar's Landing. Ken Kallman had a 9.24-pound fluke on the Lickety Split on Saturday. Molnar's Fluke Shootout is this weekend with a captains meeting tonight and fishing tomorrow.
9. Moriches Bay: Flounder season is in full swing with some 3-pound catches over the weekend and most of the action tied to the tide. Mastic B&T reports the last few hours of the incoming and the very beginnings of the outgoing are the best. Fluking is not as steady as two weeks ago, but there are still nice fish around.
10. Great South Bay/Fire Island Inlet: Fluke fishing is pretty good with some nice fish from the Capt. Gillen, which reports Joe Bencivenga had a 10.5-pounder last week and his brother Mike had fish of 5 and 6 pounds. More recently, Bill McCoy had a 4.75-pound fluke Monday and Roy Hough had a 5.2 Wednesday. The ocean is good when the drift is available, and in the bay, the last of the flood produces best.
11. Jones Inlet/Western Bays: The keeper ratio for fluke has been improving as Marty Miller had a 5.53-pounder in Reynolds Channel on Wednesday on a skiff from Scotty's Fishing Station in Point Lookout. Scotty's also weighed in some nice bass this week. Tim Deleaney and Tim Carey came in with a 28- and a 31-pounder taken on bunker and Andrew of the SeaMoose had a 33-pounder.
12. East Rockaway Inlet: Bay Park Fishing Station reported nice action for stripers using live bunker as Brian Berwind had a 40.06-pounder off Long Beach on Monday. Lots of other stripers around 30 pounds on bunker and clam baits.
13. New York Bight: Fluke continue to come up in great numbers but the big slobs seem to have either been caught or moved on. Good reports off the beaches in Staten Island where John and Chris DiMeola came away with a 7-pound, 15-ounce keeper last week.

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Western Long Island Sound: The season slowed this week with blustery conditions, packing more than 30-mph winds, but the season's peak arrives when water conditions cool through September and October.
For now, the bigger bass and bluefish can be found outside of Manhasset Bay. Use fresh bunker for the bass, and bunker or poppers for the bluefish. Fluke have been sighted as big as 12 pounds. Another good spot for bluefish, Jack's Bait and Tackle on City Island reports, is between the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges. Look off Sands Point for fluke.
Nancy LoCascio, who registered at R&G Bait and Tackle in Port Washington, won the WICC last weekend by catching a 15.67-pound bluefish right outside of the bay.
2. Huntington/Northport Bays: The fluke are still biting, particularly in the marsh field and Huntington Bay. Those who seek porgies should hang out in about 25-foot deep waters by the golf course of Smithtown Bay.
3. Smithtown Bay: John Lucas hooked a 36-inch, 20-pound bass using poppers. Chuck Bishop and Mike McCarrell teamed up to reel in an 18-pound bass off Stony Brook dock using warms. Jamie Bodie, 12, caught an 8-pound bluefish in the Nissequogue River using bunker chunks. Dave Ciotti picked up a 6 1/2-pound bluefish off Smithtown Bay's Long Beach using poppers. Bass, up to around 35 inches, can be found in the channel. The fluke are on the west side of Cranes Neck.
4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: The big fluke have been caught off Wading River. The bigger porgies are coming back closer to the shore, perhaps an indication that the scene is improving. The striper action is still slow. Night fishing produces best.
5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: Peconic Star captain Dave Brennan has battled the fierce wind, but found action in off-the-beaten-path patches. "I had to go hide," Brennan said, "but it paid off." Passenger Nick Monteleone of Commack caught porgies weighing as much as 3.1 pounds using clams.
Prime Time III captain Mike Boccio said the season remains strong for porgies, which can run up to 3 pounds and 19 1/2 inches. The limit increased to 60 - from 25 - yesterday. "It's the bad weather that makes the fishing really good," Boccio said. "It can turn it upside down for one day. It's like oil and vinegar. It makes it better when you mix it up."
Nighttime seems to be the right time for bass fishing. Novices should stick to the porgies.
6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: Fluke action remains hot by Gardiners. The bay is loaded with blues, but the game has been small. Snappers by the docks are still the way to go.
7. Montauk Point: The best fluke fishing can be found between 60 and 70 feet deep. Porgies, most heavier than 2 pounds, remain abundant.
8. Shinnecock Bay: The wind gusts have created rough conditions. The fish are still there, but it requires a skilled angler to land them. The fall mixed bag should arrive soon.
9. Moriches Bay: The best time to land fluke will be three hours before and after high tide - especially from buoys 14 to 29 and into Harts Cove. The big snappers are around the bay and on the east side of buoy 31. Stay in the coves for crabbing. Some schools of striped bass have been sighted in the east and west cuts. Clams provide the best chance to reel them in. Bob Armbruster caught two 5-pound fluke in Harts Cove using squids and spearing.
10. Great South Bay/Fire Island Inlet: The bunker have made an entrance and bass should also soon arrive. The fluke action remains hot, particularly west of Fire Island Inlet in 70-foot depths. Those looking to conserve on gasoline, especially given its rising prices, can keep busy with snappers and crabs along the docks. Joey Pellegrino, 15, caught a 20-pounder on his first striper trip last week fishing with clam bellies and bunker chum between the Robert Moses Bridge and Fire Island Lighthouse.
11. Jones Inlet/Western Bays: Fluke, which range from 4 to 6 pounds, remains strong between the Hempstead reef and the steel rack south of Jones Inlet. Roam in waters between 55 and 70 feet deep. Some bluefish have been sighted at the middle grounds, between Cholera banks and the three sisters. Look off the dip of yellowfin and longfin tuna. Baldwin and Oceanside Bays are full of up to 6- to 8-inch snappers and blue claws around the docks. Larry Festa, aboard the Alphis, hooked a 118-pound swordfish in Hudson Canyon using squid at night.
12. East Rockaway Inlet: The deeper holes in Reynolds Channel have produced a few reports of weakfish, but they are on the small side. Up to 4-pounders can be found in the Long Beach bridge area. Reynolds Channel has also yielded a mix of bass and blues. No Time captain Nick Savene caught a mix of nine yellowfins and longfins that weighed up to 95 pounds using sardines in the canyon.
13. New York Bight: There should be plenty of action in Jamaica Bay. Flukes, blues and porgies are all there for the taking.
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For now, the bigger bass and bluefish can be found outside of Manhasset Bay. Use fresh bunker for the bass, and bunker or poppers for the bluefish. Fluke have been sighted as big as 12 pounds. Another good spot for bluefish, Jack's Bait and Tackle on City Island reports, is between the Throgs Neck and Whitestone Bridges. Look off Sands Point for fluke.

Nancy LoCascio, who registered at R&G Bait and Tackle in Port Washington, won the WICC last weekend by catching a 15.67-pound bluefish right outside of the bay.

2. Huntington/Northport Bays: The fluke are still biting, particularly in the marsh field and Huntington Bay. Those who seek porgies should hang out in about 25-foot deep waters by the golf course of Smithtown Bay.

3. Smithtown Bay: John Lucas hooked a 36-inch, 20-pound bass using poppers. Chuck Bishop and Mike McCarrell teamed up to reel in an 18-pound bass off Stony Brook dock using warms. Jamie Bodie, 12, caught an 8-pound bluefish in the Nissequogue River using bunker chunks. Dave Ciotti picked up a 6 1/2-pound bluefish off Smithtown Bay's Long Beach using poppers. Bass, up to around 35 inches, can be found in the channel. The fluke are on the west side of Cranes Neck.

4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: The big fluke have been caught off Wading River. The bigger porgies are coming back closer to the shore, perhaps an indication that the scene is improving. The striper action is still slow. Night fishing produces best.

5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: Peconic Star captain Dave Brennan has battled the fierce wind, but found action in off-the-beaten-path patches. "I had to go hide," Brennan said, "but it paid off." Passenger Nick Monteleone of Commack caught porgies weighing as much as 3.1 pounds using clams.
Prime Time III captain Mike Boccio said the season remains strong for porgies, which can run up to 3 pounds and 19 1/2 inches. The limit increased to 60 - from 25 - yesterday. "It's the bad weather that makes the fishing really good," Boccio said. "It can turn it upside down for one day. It's like oil and vinegar. It makes it better when you mix it up."
Nighttime seems to be the right time for bass fishing. Novices should stick to the porgies.

6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay:
Fluke action remains hot by Gardiners. The bay is loaded with blues, but the game has been small. Snappers by the docks are still the way to go.

7. Montauk Point: The best fluke fishing can be found between 60 and 70 feet deep. Porgies, most heavier than 2 pounds, remain abundant.

8. Shinnecock Bay: The wind gusts have created rough conditions. The fish are still there, but it requires a skilled angler to land them. The fall mixed bag should arrive soon.

9. Moriches Bay: The best time to land fluke will be three hours before and after high tide - especially from buoys 14 to 29 and into Harts Cove. The big snappers are around the bay and on the east side of buoy 31. Stay in the coves for crabbing. Some schools of striped bass have been sighted in the east and west cuts. Clams provide the best chance to reel them in. Bob Armbruster caught two 5-pound fluke in Harts Cove using squids and spearing.

10. Great South Bay/Fire Island Inlet: The bunker have made an entrance and bass should also soon arrive. The fluke action remains hot, particularly west of Fire Island Inlet in 70-foot depths. Those looking to conserve on gasoline, especially given its rising prices, can keep busy with snappers and crabs along the docks. Joey Pellegrino, 15, caught a 20-pounder on his first striper trip last week fishing with clam bellies and bunker chum between the Robert Moses Bridge and Fire Island Lighthouse.

11. Jones Inlet/Western Bays: Fluke, which range from 4 to 6 pounds, remains strong between the Hempstead reef and the steel rack south of Jones Inlet. Roam in waters between 55 and 70 feet deep. Some bluefish have been sighted at the middle grounds, between Cholera banks and the three sisters. Look off the dip of yellowfin and longfin tuna
Baldwin and Oceanside Bays are full of up to 6- to 8-inch snappers and blue claws around the docks. Larry Festa, aboard the Alphis, hooked a 118-pound swordfish in Hudson Canyon using squid at night.

12. East Rockaway Inlet: The deeper holes in Reynolds Channel have produced a few reports of weakfish, but they are on the small side. Up to 4-pounders can be found in the Long Beach bridge area. Reynolds Channel has also yielded a mix of bass and blues. No Time captain Nick Savene caught a mix of nine yellowfins and longfins that weighed up to 95 pounds using sardines in the canyon.

13. New York Bight:
There should be plenty of action in Jamaica Bay. Flukes, blues and porgies are all there for the taking.
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July 28, 2006

1. Western Long Island Sound: Fluke up to six pounds have been abundant off the bridges and barges. Look for more along Hart's Island, where bluefish has cropped up along the waters to Execution Lighthouse. Bass and bluefish have been feeding under the bunker pods, so porgies have been steering clear and sticking to the shallows by Prospect Point and Sands Point.

2. Huntington / Northport bays: Finding bluefish hasn't been a problem. Bass have been on a nightbite with 2-pound porgies close to shore. The fluke are in deeper water; some decent ones from 3 to 5 pounds have also turned up by Sand City.

3. Smithtown Bay: Diane Sadenwater, aboard the Ugly Green Boat, nailed a 15-pound bluefish on an artificial shad lure. In Port Jefferson Harbor, Kenneth Fay hooked a 15- to 20-pound bass. Ralph Mondrone and his group of his five limited out on 19-20 inch fluke with live killies and squid. And in Stony Brook Harbor, Rich Classey bagged out on fluke at 19-21 inches.

4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: It looked like the fluking might be letting up, but the Osprey reported the bigger fish, surprisingly, are back in the water. Some have been tight to the beach, others at 30 feet. They've been feeding on tiny snappers, which are overflowing in the Sound.

5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: Capt. Mike Boccio of the Prime Time III reports the Greenport-based Peconic Star switched over to porgies and fishing has been good. Bass have been nibbling at night, with fish up to 30 pounds. Bluefishing is outstanding with lots of cocktail blues in the bay and bigger blues (5-15 pounds) in Plum Gut and The Race.

6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: Wego Fishing in Southold reports good fluke action by Gardiners Island on the sound and bay sides. Arthur Leuck hooked a 10.7-pounder on spearing. During the day, the bass have chased live eel at Morton's Point and dark-color bucktails and eels at night. Jessica DeMartino nailed a 46.1-pound striper on the Breakaway in Montauk, while Jamie Smith and brother Peter picked a nice pair at 26.55 and 25.55 pounds by Plum Gut.

7. Montauk Point: Fluking has been hit or miss - a few keepers mixed in with plenty of throwbacks. Boats chunking for bass have reported some nice catches, and porgies have been hot too. In deeper waters, some impressive thresher sharks have been coming in.

8. Shinnecock Bay: Molnar's Landing lamented the lousy fluke bite, but noted some big ones are still out there. John "The Fluke King" Carrol, with netman Ed Connoley, bagged a 9-pound, 12-ouncer at the Coast Guard station. Dave, Kathy, Phil and Sharon nabbed a 6 1/2-pound fluke aboard the Orange County Gang. Keeper bass have been hard to come by, although Russell and Michelle Lane and Tom Tanis had some luck in the inlet using clams.

9. Moriches Bay: When we spoke to Chet at B&B tackle, he had just finishing weighing an 8.86-pound triggerfish - the biggest he'd ever seen. With last weekend's weather keeping everyone off the ocean, plenty of good fluke turned up in the bay. Rosie limited out with a pool-winning fluke at 8.5 pounds. Bass, bluefish and blueclaw crabs have been hitting, too.

10. Great South Bay / Fire Island Inlet: Last week, we mistakenly reported that the 50.85-pound striper nailed by Ken Diercks of Chester, Ill. was hooked by another angler. Apologies to Turtleman. Poor weather early in the week seems to have quieted things down, although some meaty bluefish have been hooked around the bunker schools. Some nice keeper fluke up to 6-8 pounds in the inlet, but the bassing has cooled.

11. Jones Inlet / Western Bays: Fluke action is peaking southeast of Jones Inlet in 50-60 feet of water. Some are are limiting out with fish up to 6-8 pounds. Others have ventured out to the canyon, where yellowfin tuna up to 80 pounds have been biting along the west wall. If it's stripers and blues you're after, Woodcleft Fishing Station suggests nabbing some live bunkers and then letting them out. Jeff Fugazi's 10-pound weakfish near Point Lookout may be a sign of good things to come.

12. East Rockaway Inlet: Kenny Carbone reeled in his first keeper striped bass at 18.5 pounds aboard the Budman near the Atlantic Bay Bridge. West of the Marine Parkway Bridge, drifting clams yielded 11 keeper bass up to 34 inches. Rich and Margaret Mansfield of the Margarita also nailed nine keeper sea bass in 38 feet of water with squid and skirts (Margaret recommended green skirts).

13. New York Bight: A great season keeps getting better. The blues and stripers are following the bait pods to the jetty at Breezy Point, which has seen a flurry of action. Bernie's B&T said the porgies have been hot along Rockaway Reef, and the nighttime party boats have been killing the porgies and weakfish, mostly by drifting sandworms. Fluking has been a steady pick; Bobby and his partner bagged seven keepers up to 7.5 pounds.
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1. Western Long Island Sound: Fluke up to six pounds have been abundant off the bridges and barges. Look for more along Hart's Island, where bluefish has cropped up along the waters to Execution Lighthouse. Bass and bluefish have been feeding under the bunker pods, so porgies have been steering clear and sticking to the shallows by Prospect Point and Sands Point.

2. Huntington / Northport bays: Finding bluefish hasn't been a problem. Bass have been on a nightbite with 2-pound porgies close to shore. The fluke are in deeper water; some decent ones from 3 to 5 pounds have also turned up by Sand City.

3. Smithtown Bay: Diane Sadenwater, aboard the Ugly Green Boat, nailed a 15-pound bluefish on an artificial shad lure. In Port Jefferson Harbor, Kenneth Fay hooked a 15- to 20-pound bass. Ralph Mondrone and his group of his five limited out on 19-20 inch fluke with live killies and squid. And in Stony Brook Harbor, Rich Classey bagged out on fluke at 19-21 inches.

4. Port Jefferson to Mattituck Inlet: It looked like the fluking might be letting up, but the Osprey reported the bigger fish, surprisingly, are back in the water. Some have been tight to the beach, others at 30 feet. They've been feeding on tiny snappers, which are overflowing in the Sound.

5. Orient Point to Fishers Island: Capt. Mike Boccio of the Prime Time III reports the Greenport-based Peconic Star switched over to porgies and fishing has been good. Bass have been nibbling at night, with fish up to 30 pounds. Bluefishing is outstanding with lots of cocktail blues in the bay and bigger blues (5-15 pounds) in Plum Gut and The Race.

6. The Peconics and Gardiners Bay: Wego Fishing in Southold reports good fluke action by Gardiners Island on the sound and bay sides. Arthur Leuck hooked a 10.7-pounder on spearing. During the day, the bass have chased live eel at Morton's Point and dark-color bucktails and eels at night. Jessica DeMartino nailed a 46.1-pound striper on the Breakaway in Montauk, while Jamie Smith and brother Peter picked a nice pair at 26.55 and 25.55 pounds by Plum Gut.

7. Montauk Point: Fluking has been hit or miss - a few keepers mixed in with plenty of throwbacks. Boats chunking for bass have reported some nice catches, and porgies have been hot too. In deeper waters, some impressive thresher sharks have been coming in.

8. Shinnecock Bay: Molnar's Landing lamented the lousy fluke bite, but noted some big ones are still out there. John "The Fluke King" Carrol, with netman Ed Connoley, bagged a 9-pound, 12-ouncer at the Coast Guard station. Dave, Kathy, Phil and Sharon nabbed a 6 1/2-pound fluke aboard the Orange County Gang. Keeper bass have been hard to come by, although Russell and Michelle Lane and Tom Tanis had some luck in the inlet using clams.

9. Moriches Bay: When we spoke to Chet at B&B tackle, he had just finishing weighing an 8.86-pound triggerfish - the biggest he'd ever seen. With last weekend's weather keeping everyone off the ocean, plenty of good fluke turned up in the bay. Rosie limited out with a pool-winning fluke at 8.5 pounds. Bass, bluefish and blueclaw crabs have been hitting, too.

10. Great South Bay / Fire Island Inlet: Last week, we mistakenly reported that the 50.85-pound striper nailed by Ken Diercks of Chester, Ill. was hooked by another angler. Apologies to Turtleman. Poor weather early in the week seems to have quieted things down, although some meaty bluefish have been hooked around the bunker schools. Some nice keeper fluke up to 6-8 pounds in the inlet, but the bassing has cooled.

11. Jones Inlet / Western Bays: Fluke action is peaking southeast of Jones Inlet in 50-60 feet of water. Some are are limiting out with fish up to 6-8 pounds. Others have ventured out to the canyon, where yellowfin tuna up to 80 pounds have been biting along the west wall. If it's stripers and blues you're after, Woodcleft Fishing Station suggests nabbing some live bunkers and then letting them out. Jeff Fugazi's 10-pound weakfish near Point Lookout may be a sign of good things to come.

12. East Rockaway Inlet: Kenny Carbone reeled in his first keeper striped bass at 18.5 pounds aboard the Budman near the Atlantic Bay Bridge. West of the Marine Parkway Bridge, drifting clams yielded 11 keeper bass up to 34 inches. Rich and Margaret Mansfield of the Margarita also nailed nine keeper sea bass in 38 feet of water with squid and skirts (Margaret recommended green skirts).

13. New York Bight: A great season keeps getting better. The blues and stripers are following the bait pods to the jetty at Breezy Point, which has seen a flurry of action. Bernie's B&T said the porgies have been hot along Rockaway Reef, and the nighttime party boats have been killing the porgies and weakfish, mostly by drifting sandworms. Fluking has been a steady pick; Bobby and his partner bagged seven keepers up to 7.5 pounds.
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