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Best Spring Fishing in Many Years 6-4-23


The bluefish still dominate the action. Bluefish can be found in the Shinnecock inlet, near the Ponquogue bridge and up inside near the Shinnecock canal. Most have been reporting spoons, diamond jigs and SP Minnows are the latest meal. The striped bass bite continues to be spotty. Drifted live baits near the bridge and in the inlet have done best. The bunker are showing a bit more over the last week and have been holding some good fish to 40" west of the inlet outside. Flutter spoons or livelined bunker are best. The fluke bite has yet to materialize in Shinnecock bay. Some anglers have fared better than others but at this point there is no rhyme or reason to the bite. West of the bridge is best but I have heard of some fish taken near the Ponquogue bridge too.


The action in the Peconics continues to be great. Bluefish, striped bass, porgies, weakfish and a few fluke. The striped bass have been in the rips of the south race and up at Jessups. The weakfish are in Roses Grove, Noyack bay and around Robins Island. Most fish are taking Fin S fish on lead heads but others are catching them as by catch when targeting porgies. The porgy bite is excellent in the Roses Grove and Jessups area but are now starting to spread throughout the bay. Bluefish have been a by catch when targeting most other species. The fluke action off of Greenport/Shelter Island has slowed a bit but put in a bit of time and you may put a few in the box.


The Shinnecock canal has some fluke, small blowfish and a few bluefish to the south end and a few porgies have been reported from the north end. Over at the Shinnecock inlet bluefish continue to be the dominant species on both the east and west jetties. Striped bass are in the inlet as well but you will need to get that bucktail down deep quick to avoid the hungry blues. Best to target the bass on the night tides. The Ponquogue bridge has been fairly quiet with reports but the fluke bite should heat up very soon. Our ocean beaches both east and west of the inlet have had a few striped bass in the suds.

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