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fishing report north fork

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fishing north fork report

Steven at WeGo Fishing in Southold thought the Bays and the Sound were particularly good for porgies now with cocktail blues around Jessups Neck and weakfish off the Greenlawns and Noyac. Rocky Point, East Marion, had a few weakfish as well. During daytime hours there are plenty of blues in Plum Gut, Fishers Island Race, and the Sluiceway. For stripers, outgoing water after dark should be particularly good in coming days. Large fluke are best fished at Montauk.

Bill Czech at Jamesport Bait and Tackle in Mattituck figures scup are all over the area; he fished the Bay earlier in the week and had a half dozen 18-20 inch weakfish in a porgy catch along with one Norfolk spot. Snappers and blue claw crabs abound in the Bay as well. Czech likes the ocean in 80 feet of water for the best fluking out of Shinnecock Inlet. One might find a few stripers in the middle of the night off some Sound beaches, but the daytime fishing is dead.

Charlie Caraftis at Charlie’s Mattituck Fishing Station in Mattituck Inlet was surprised by some large scup close to the beach in various places from Rocky Point back west to the Pipeline, fish in the 14-18 inch class. Striper fishing off Hortons Point persists with many fish above 20 pounds. One party from the Marina last week limited out in less than a couple of hours. Best bet is to fish early before the sun gets high and the bluefish (five to eight pounds) arrive. No sea bass have been spotted in a week.

At the Rocky Point Fishing Stop Stan Hentschel saw lots of scup and short summer flounder with an occasional keeper fluke. Snapper and bunker are around, but no bluefish over seven pounds. Stripers are few and far between along the beaches, but some bass fishing in the deep areas of the Sound still persists. Captain Scott Jeffrey at East End Bait and Tackle in Hampton Bays reported large keeper fluke over seven pounds, mostly from Bay shallows east of Shinnecock Inlet. Triggerfish can be found along the East Jetty on clams with sea bass out on the reef. The larger blues are often at the bottom of the inlet. Ocean beaches have fluke, too, but the night tides haven’t produced many bass lately.