The fluke bite in the bay is great! The problem is, you really have to put in some time to put a fish in the box. There are lots of shorts with the occasional keeper. Sea robins are at a minimum this season, thank goodness. The bite is both east and west of the bridge, and squid spearing and gulp are all working.
The ocean fluke bite is a pick too. Fish are holding on the outer bar and out to 60 feet. Not a lot of keepers, but enough to keep you interested. Out on the Reef, the seabass are hungry and taking clams, spearing squid, and gulp. A lot of short fish are here too. Try dropping a diamond jig to about 15 feet of water tipped with clam and jig away. The larger fish tend to hang up off the bottom.
Striped bass bite on the bunker schools has slowed considerably. Try trolling a mojo rig or a deep diving plug for a better shot. We are hearing about the triggers too, just not zeroed in on them yet.
The porgy bite remains good near Rogers Rock and Jessups Neck on clam. Weakfish are in the deeper holes of Noyac Bay, taking flags of squid on hi-lo rigs. Some fluke reports from around Shelter Island made it back to the shop too.
The areas around the Coimbra are still holding tons of life with whales, porpoise, turtles, sunfish, and tons of bait. Those who have trolled have done well on the side tracker bars as well as the bird bars. The Joe Shutes are doing some damage also. The is to get your bait in clean water, out of the wake. Most recent reports have said a lot more undersize fish have moved in to the area.
The Shinnecock Canal has porgies at the north end and fluke at the south end. Shinnecock Inlet has seen fluke, bluefish, and striped bass make their way on to the jetty. The Ponquogue Bridge has fluke and schoolie bass. On the ocean beaches, the schoolie bass have been around on the early morning tides.
East End Bait & Tackle
Hampton Bays, NY