The weather has been very nice this past week. Air temperatures were around 80 with some cool mornings. We even had some much needed rain. Beach-goers are enjoying excellent conditions both at the ocean and bay.
The bay water temperatures are 75, which is a big improvement over the low 80′s. It seems to encourage the fish to bite. We had good weakfishing at Buoy 16. There are shorts, but good numbers of keepers up to 5 lbs. were taken. Hi/Lo squid on the drift in the early morning has been good. A few kingfish were also mixed in on the drift.
There also has been some bluefish at Jessups on the incoming tide. Look for birds and breaking fish. Small tins have turned the trick. There are larger bluefish at Gardiner’s and Plum Gut. Porgies are biting, but are mixed in size from Jessups to Cedar Point. After you find them, throw the anchor and put the chum over.
Locally fluking is slow with a few shorts. Some keepers are being taken east of Gardiner’s Island in the deep water. The best fluking seems to be in the ocean, both at Montauk and Shinnecock. There are seabass mixed in with the fluke in the ocean. Surfcasters have been catching some striped bass on the ocean beached — use clams and tins. An occasional bluefish and weakfish are mixed in.
Boaters have been traveling to Plum Gut or the Race on the night tides for larger bass. Clamming has been good and crabs are showing up.