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Smile COMBS – WEEKEND FORECAST 08/18//17
Hello, Fellow Anglers

It should be a pretty decent weekend on the outside if the waters settle down from the offshore swells. Sunday looks like the better day of the weekend. It’s time to offer the late summer flatties the large pieces of meat in the form of Peruvian spearing and whole squid. Good numbers of sea bass are still settled in at local wrecks and reefs. It seems that chub mackerel are everywhere.

The bay waters continue to provide outstanding numbers of fluke. I was out on Wednesday with Tommy and Ronnie. The fish were very aggressive on the outgoing tide along the 12-ft. or less depths. We connected with over 50 flatties using a single spearing on a bucktail with a teaser tied above. Unfortunately they were all shorts.

At the Meadowbrook and Short Beach and the inlets you can find tons of short fluke but keepers are tough to come by. You can locate some weakfish in the East/West Channel from buoy 23 and going west at Unqua Point. Weaks to 25-inches were captured at the 3rd Wantagh on small jigs and plastics. Small cocktail blues are there as well so the trick is to use a lure that will drop quickly below the blues and reach the weakfish.

As for bottom fish, porgies are taking over the Hempstead Reef. Action is non-stop on scup up to 16-inches. Sea bass are in good supply but the number of keepers is dwindling. A few blowfish have been found but not many. Anglers reported a decent catch of triggerfish at the Robert Moses and the Sore Thumb.

If you plan to target sharks from the surf we have the mackerel 3-packs. A new shipment of the shark rigs made especially for the surf has arrived. These rigs are outfitted with circle hooks for easy catch and release.

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

Local spearing, Peruvian spearing, baby “one hook shot” squid, whole local squid, hand cut squid strips, mackerel 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

8/11/17

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

8/4/17

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

7/28

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.

BE SAFE – ENJOY LIFE – GO FISHING!

All the Best
Bill & Denise

Smile COMBS – WEEKEND FORECAST 07/21/17 Hello, Fellow Anglers

Summer flattie activity was very good at times with some inconsistent days due to poor drift conditions. However, over the last two days the Cholera has been okay. The Hempstead Reef is probably a better choice with fish to 9-pounds coming up. Sea bass action on keepers is dropping off as the number of 15-inch fish is starting to dwindle. There are still plenty of shorts.

The Tobay Pipeline has decent amounts of fluke and some sea biscuits too. Try the “T” that runs both east and west. Flatties to 5-pounds have been found. Fluking at Fire Island and Jones Inlet improves daily as new bodies of fish continue to pass through the inlets and into the back bays.

If you prefer to stay inside for fluke consider working the Squaw Island drains or West Island between buoys 80 and 59. At the top of the tide try fishing Poles 17 to 16 in the State Channel. At Massapequa Cove the fluke are moving north but lots of weed is present. Work near buoy 24 and head east to John J Burns Canal.

Customers dropped by to weigh-in their fish on our certified scale. Michael Liebowitz was fishing with his dad and employed a Combs Fish head white bucktail in the middle of the outgoing tide to score on a 7.78-pounder. On Wednesday Mike Dereudder limited on fluke to 5-pounds using our Tangle Free super glow white tipped with spearing and squid. Keith Richard connected with flatties all day long on the TF Creamsicle rig. He hauled in a limit of fish to 4-1/2 pounds in the State Channel at the Lindenhurst Cut. I sailed on the King Cod out of Moriches and the Creamsicle was the hot rig for fluke and sea bass.

Reports indicated that no particular color of bucktail/teaser offered anglers a distinct advantage, but the basic baits of spearing and squid were tops. Also, it seems that bucktails had a higher percentage in the keeper ratio category.

Blue claw crabs are all over the place so bring plenty of bait. The snappers are in at docks and piers and the size is improving.

Please remember to ask for your free Bay Chart that comes with any purchase at 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.

BE SAFE – ENJOY LIFE – GO FISHING

All the Best
Bill & Denise

Fishing Report 7/10/17

Fishing Report 7/10/17

Ocean has been hit or miss this past week. A .8 drift has yielded best action on most offshore wrecks. No drift equals no fluke. Jeremy Loud has been consistently hitting SE parts of cholera with mixed results. He explains better fluke action occurs away from the pots. Guys drifting through the pots are swormed by knot head seabass. Emil Suhrada nailed a nice 12.18 lb flattie in jones inlet on a spearing/teaser combo on the outgoing tide. Local fluking has been just ok with lots of action. Daniel Valentine fished the meadowbrook area and reported lots of postage stamps with the occasional keeper. All fish were taken on a single bucktail with two spearing. Snappers are growing fast and should be catchable within the next few weeks.