Hello, Fellow Anglers

The fluke bite remains hot and the Cholera is on fire. Action there is so very, very good that it is being targeted by boats from Freeport, Captree and even Sheepshead Bay. Big Tom hit the Cholera and scored on fish of 7, 8 and 9-pounds. Tom’s 84 years young dad hauled in three flatties in the 5-pound range. Spearing and squid were the key baits. A nice bunch of sea bass are still present and a customer smacked a 22-incher. Currently all reports indicated that the best area to work at the Cholera is the East Corner. However, if the Cholera gets too crowded for you the Hempstead and Atlantic Beach Reefs are solid second choices.

Mike Penta from the shop was out with his family on Thursday morning aboard the JIB VI out of Captree. He said the waters around Fire Island inside the inlet and across from the OBI on the north side of the Bar produced 25 shorts and 4 keepers for his group. Mike noted the flatties responded very well to a teaser with a single spearing tied just above the bucktail. However, the FI Reef has seen very slow activity. If you want to try the areas around the reef, it’s best to head west.

It seems our customers like to imitate each other. Mike Fish and Andrew Getsits, on separate trips, found nice size fluke at Jones Inlet. Mike used a glow white Combs Tangle Free with spearing/squid to bag a 5-1/2 pounder, while Andrew also nailed a 5-1/2 pounder on a Joe Baggs bucktail. Scott Goldman was also a “Copy Cat” when he drilled a 5-1/2 pounder and won the pool aboard the Ebb Tide in Montauk. He employed a green TF rig with spearing/squid. The basic spearing/squid enticed a 6-pound flattie for Mike Moncer at the Hempstead Reef.

In the bay fluke activity was hit or miss. Decent catches occurred on the east side along the Black Banks between the 2nd and 3rd Wantagh Bridges. The area from the Jones Beach Fishing Piers down to the inlet yielded flatties to 8-pounds. We suggest you work the top of the incoming and the first two hours of the outgoing for the best results. Also, use bucktail/teaser rigs as the bottom bait rigs are being mugged by the tremendous amount of blue claw crabs in the bay.

The bay has a nice mixed bag for the family as you can now find some blowfish and baby sea bass. Snapper action is very good and fish to 8-inches are making the youngsters very happy.

Triggerfish are making their presence known and can be found everywhere including the bridges, jetties and reefs. Clam baits do the trick. Porgies are in good supply so anchor up at the reefs for scup to 20-inches.

ATTENTION: All you Shark Aficionados out there, we are now carrying mackerel 3-packs. In addition, we have shark rigs made especially for the surf and rigged with circle hooks for easy catch and release. (Please remember that you need special permits to keep certain breeds of sharks).

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

Clams, clam bellies, local spearing, Peruvian spearing, baby “one hook shot” squid, whole local squid, hand cut squid strips and bunker are available.
USE COMBS BAIT TO PUT FISH ON YOUR PLATE

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.

BE SAFE – ENJOY LIFE – GO FISHING!

All the Best
Bill & Denise