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.

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All the Best
Bill & Denise