Fishing Report: Shinnecock Inlet Has the Big Fish

East End Bait & Tackle says 'Live baits have been working best for the keeper sized fish.'

Scott Jeffrey of in Hampton Bays said the Shinnecock Inlet “is alive with bass and blues."

"Live baits have been working best for the keeper-sized fish, but fresh bunker chunks and clam have seen their fair share also," said Jeffrey. 

Jeffrey said his shop weighed in a 42-pound bass this week caught in the inlet on a drifted live bunker by Chris Digaetano. Clam chummers at the Ponquogue Bridge, he said, have had some larger bass this week too, with 25-pound fish nabbed.

Jeffrey went on to say that the fluke bite in the ocean and bay have been good; however, the keeper-to-short ratio is still very low.

“The huge live killies we stock will increase your odds of a trophy keeper fluke and Shinnecock bay is loaded with cocktail blues, just look for the busting fish or diving birds,” he said.

Jeffrey's also noted that fluke are at Jessup’s and around Robin’s Island where squid and spearing combos are working well and putting anglers on the fish.  

“Blues are all over the bay and porgies, huge porgies, are at Roger’s Rock for those soaking some chum and using clam or worm baits. Good reports of blowfish have come back from the Gardner’s Bay area,” he said.

East End Bait and Tackle’s surf and shore report was highlighted by some solid fluke activity in the canal, with the shop weighing in a four-pounder last weekend along with plenty of bluefish, which were caught using tins at both dawn and dusk. Bass weighing 25-pounds were brought in, caught at night, using live bait.

“The porgies are showing on the north end of the canal and the blowfish have moved into the bays,” Scott said.

“The areas around Indian Island continue to see both bass and blues at dawn and dusk, and the Shinnecock Inlet is seeing a great bite on bass this week for those dunking fresh clam or bunker chunks. Bucktails and dark swimming plugs have done some damage on them as well in the dark.  The Ponquogue Bridge is holding some nice bass in the dark on both clam and live baits. The beaches to the east of the inlet are showing some life for those throwing bait, and tins have seen a few blues,” he said.

Out in Shinnecock, aboard the Shinnecoack Lady, the weather and fishing were in agreement this week as the boat fished the waters around notable wrecks with a solid catch of everything from red hake to cod. Yes, both the porgies and flounder had to be carefully released, since porgie season won’t reopen until June 8, and the flounder season has ended. On a positive note, red hake and cod can be kept as long as they meet their length limits.

A few reports from private boaters’ who made their trips to the Shinnecock flats, revealed that the incoming tides were hot in the last few days, with fluke to 24-inches taken by anglers using ultra-light spinners. There was also a report of a monster 41-pound striper caught this past Sunday, which was weighed in at White Water Marine. A catch like this just proves that our local waters are still full of big fish, even this early in the season.

Out in Montauk, the Capt. Mark fished the rips and the south side for lots of keeper bass this week. The point was a popular spot, especially if you fished the ebb tide. Paulie’s Tackle posted a report of large bass caught on the south side and Bill Gardiner weighed in a 42-plus pound striper, which catapulted him to first place in the Montauk Surfmasters Spring Shootout. Paul Pira had a 40-plus pound catch while fishing with a bucktail.


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