Shinnecock & Peconic Fishing Report 7-10-22
Fairly good fluke bite in the bay east and west of the bridge. A few decent fish in the inlet too. As I say each week the key is wind with tide. All baits are working including spearing, squid, strip baits and gulp but I would give the edge to the bait again this week. Clam chummers at the base of the Ponquogue bridge have done well with the striped bass. A good amount of action with enough keepers in the mix to go home with dinner. Live bait drifted at the inlet and bridge have also accounted for a few good fish. There are still a few bluefish in the inlet too. The trigger fish showed in good numbers in the inlet this week. Try targeting them at the buoy marker chains with some squid. The reef has some good life out there but finding something for the box is a challenge. Lots of short sea bass, a few fluke and porgies as well. The bass bite on the bunker schools has slowed considerably but does not seem to be over. When conditions allow get out and search and you may be rewarded.
The porgy bite this week was a tough one. Very unusual for this point in the season. Guys who moved around and put out plenty of chum were able to salvage the trip, others had the skunk. The weakfish reports are quiet but I do believe if you target the deeper holes of the bay with jigs or hi-lo rigs with squid you will find the fish.
The Shinnecock inlet has a lot of life including striped bass, bluefish, fluke and triggerfish. Not a hot bite by any means but if you put in some time and are flexible in what you're targeting you will bend the rod. Trigger fish were the catch of the week taking porgy rigs tipped with squid or clams. In the Shinnecock canal the porgies are biting north of the locks and a few fluke and triggerfish have been south of the locks. The pier at the Ponquogue bridge has been holding striped bass in the dark, and fluke and porgies during the day. The porgies are in the deep water off the end of the south pier. Our local ocean beaches have seen a few striped bass take dead sticked clam or bunker baits.
We have heard some good things from the Coimbra area this week. The life is still there but we are hearing about a few more tuna a bit to the south of the wreck. Huge amount of bait with fish being taken on the troll and jig. Surface action should also be in the equation. A couple reports of threshers being caught within 3 miles of the beach.
HBFD Fluke Tourney Results
On Saturday 7-9 the Hampton Bays Fire Dept held their 11th Annual Benny Lupia Tournament. They had 49 boats participate with the most fish weighed in since it started. Top fish in womens div. was a 4lb fluke caught by Lindsay Haines, junior div. top fish was a 6lb fluke caught by Michael Gutierrez, and the overall top fish in the mens div. was an 8.6lb fluke caught by Mark Boruke. Last but not least was Jeff Micarri taking the sea robin division with a 19", 2.9lber. Great tournament, great party with a great time had by all.