The Fishing Report 7-4-21
HAPPY FOURTH OF JULY TO ALL!!!!!!!! CELEBRATE AND BE SAFE.
The fluke bite in most of the bay continues to be very spotty. Some days the flood is best, other days its the ebb. There are plenty of fish around with enough keepers to keep your interest. The flats seem to be a bit better than the deeper spots. Spearing, squid and gulp all working well. Seabass have been active on the reef outside the inlet. The fish are taking clam, squid and spearing baits but the fish on the jig are better size. Striped bass bite has been tough. The fish that have been taken have been on drifted live bunker or spot. The inlet has seen some fish but the Ponquogue bridge area has seen more action. When the weather cooperates try getting out on the bunker schools in the ocean and target some bigger fish. The bluefish have thinned out quite a bit but they are still taking baits meant for bass in the inlet.
Peconic The porgies are the main stay in the Peconics along with a very good showing this season of the weakfish. The Porgies are around Shelter Island as well as up by Jessups Neck and taking clams. Put down a clam chum log to get them under the boat. The weakfish have been concentrated on the east side of Jessups and in some of the deeper holes off of Roses Grove. The weaks are taking hi-lo rigs tipped with squid and also jigs.
The Shinnecock Canal has been good to the porgy fisherman. The porgies are hanging tough on the north end and taking clam and worm baits. The southern end of the canal is still producing a few fluke and even a few Triggerfish. The triggers take clam on porgy rigs. If the trigger fish are in the canal they should be at the inlet too. The Shinnecock inlet is still producing a few bluefish along with a few fluke. Striped bass have been taken on bucktails on the night tides. The Ponquogue bridge area is holding a few fluke, schoolie bass and cocktail blues at dawn and dusk. The local ocean beaches have seen some schoolie bass at dawn and dusk taken on bucktails and rubber baits.