Hello, Fellow Anglers

The weekend looks like a total blowout with harsh NE winds. However, once the blow is over you can look forward to some fine action.

Offshore fluking is getting better day by day. Hempstead Reef is very good with loads of shorts and some keepers in the 5 to 6-pound class. Salvatore Isabella worked the reef with our Tangle Free rig and scored on a 23-incher. You can also find solid flattie activity at the Cholera and some keepers to 9-pounds. Double headers of fluke are certainly possible. The top baits are whole baby squid, regular squid and spearing. Good numbers of sea bass are available at both areas. If you employ clam baits there is a possibility of nailing a few porgies.

Denise and I went out on Wednesday and located a decent amount of sea bass with a few keepers in the mix. It should be noted that the Cholera has seen some false albacore, blues and even a few mahi.

Along the inshore waters the Fire Island and Jones Inlets are offering some quality summer flatties. Rob Petrie and son were aboard the Captree Princess when the young future sharpie smacked a pool winning fluke. He accomplished this feat on a Combs Tangle Free rig tipped with a spearing/squid combo, and a rod and reel purchased at the shop. Wayne Schrader came by and told us he was fishing the middle of FI Inlet with a 2-oz. green Spro bucktail. He then placed an 8.68-pound fluke on our certified scale.

The back bays have no shortage of fluke. Fish Squaw Island and West Island from buoys 81 to 59. Or the east side of the 2nd and 3rd Wantaghs along the Black banks at the 5 mph sign. Both sides of the Meadowbrook Bridge are loaded with shorts and the occasional keeper is taken.

Overall this is probably the best fluke season we have seen in many years.

Finally, congratulations are in order for Andrew Fatscher. He sailed aboard the Viking Five Star with Capt. Steve Forsberg, Jr. at the helm on a Coxes Ledge cod run. Andrew was thrilled when he connected with a 100-pound Bluefin tuna that hit his cod rig that was baited with clams. After a 90 minute battle Andrew subdued the big boy on a Shimano Terez rod with 50# braid on the reel.

If you can’t make it to the shop, you can now order our full line of Tangle Free Rigs online. Please go to www.Combsbaitandtackle.com

We have all the baits you will need for your fishing excursions. Clams, clam bellies, local spearing, Peruvian spearing, baby “one hook shot” squid, whole local squid, hand cut squid strips and bunker.

The shop’s hours are now 6 a.m. to 7 p.m. daily and closing at 3 p.m. on Sunday. (631) 264-3525.


All the Best
Bill & Denise