Hello, Fellow Anglers

“It’s like Montauk fluking out there,” is what we have been hearing from many of our customers.

All the reefs are alive and kicking with summer flatties. Anglers have said that when the breeze picks up in the mid to late afternoon the action actually improves. The Cholera and the Hempstead have produced fish to 27-inches. Danny V from the shop and his dad hit the Cholera from 5 to 6:30 p.m. on Thursday and Danny smacked a double header immediately. The trip ended with 5 keepers and the guys released a few legal 19-inch fish as well as some shorts. On Friday Dennis Peck fished the Cholera and hauled in 6 fluke to 24-inches.

Once again the top baits are spearing, squid and baby squid. It is advisable to use adjustable hooks on the larger baits.

Customers fishing the inside areas told us the outgoing tide gave the better results during the week. Squaw Island and West Island from buoys 71 to 59 yielded fluke to 22-inches. The average catch for private boaters is 2 to 3 keepers while releasing 20 to 30 shorts. The wind conditions are dictating the flattie activity at Massapequa Cove. When the weeds are blown out the Cove is in top form from John J Burns Canal to buoy 24.

In the helpful hint department for fluke, we suggest that if the tide begins to flow hard consider anchoring up. Toss your bucktail uptide and walk it back. By the time you reach vertical you should have a flattie on.

As for sea bass there are fish to 19-inches on the reefs and more and more triggerfish are taking up residence there as well. I was bucktailing at Squaw Island and bagged a 4-1/2 pound trigger. However, I only connected with loads of short fluke.

Blues are all over the local bridges and are of the good eating cocktail variety in the 2 to 3-pound category. Offer them something small and shiny such as an AVA A17.

Blue claw crabbing is the best it has been in years and snappers are reaching their prime size.

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

Arby’s has the meats, but Combs has the baits! 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.

BE SAFE – ENJOY LIFE – GO FISHING!

All the Best
Bill & Denise