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Old 07-21-2020, 09:38 AM
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Started on the hempstead reef on sat for what seemed like all short sea bass and fluke. Moved out to the cholera where it paid off for us. The 3 of us limited out on sea bass, nothing huge running 15-17 inches, a few porgies and ling and then some macks showed up to keep it interesting so we bailed a few of those before they were gone.
Ride in at the end of the day had bunker being blitzed by bluefish but we were just too tired after being out there for 9 hrs.
Also saw what looked like 6-8 foot mako or blue shark about 30 yards off our stern
Old 07-21-2020, 09:49 AM
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Originally Posted by GetReel View Post
Started on the hempstead reef on sat for what seemed like all short sea bass and fluke. Moved out to the cholera where it paid off for us. The 3 of us limited out on sea bass, nothing huge running 15-17 inches, a few porgies and ling and then some macks showed up to keep it interesting so we bailed a few of those before they were gone.
Ride in at the end of the day had bunker being blitzed by bluefish but we were just too tired after being out there for 9 hrs.
Also saw what looked like 6-8 foot mako or blue shark about 30 yards off our stern
That bunker was most likely getting harassed by sharks!

Sunday about 5 miles off the beach we ran into 1000's and I literally mean 1000's of blacktips, browns (sandbar), and who knows what tearing up bunker.

It looked like a scene from Nat Geo and something I've never seen before. Football fields of boiling water with massive splashes, fins slashing through the water, fish smacking the side of the boat. I've heard about the blacktips coming up north this time of year but never seen it, water is very warm so anything can happen.

I have some video but not sure how to post it here.
Old 07-21-2020, 10:06 AM
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Very cool . Would love to see some video.
The one bunker we did put down after snaggin it definitely had a bluefish bite taken out of it
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Originally Posted by Willyk9 View Post
That bunker was most likely getting harassed by sharks!

Sunday about 5 miles off the beach we ran into 1000's and I literally mean 1000's of blacktips, browns (sandbar), and who knows what tearing up bunker.

It looked like a scene from Nat Geo and something I've never seen before. Football fields of boiling water with massive splashes, fins slashing through the water, fish smacking the side of the boat. I've heard about the blacktips coming up north this time of year but never seen it, water is very warm so anything can happen.

I have some video but not sure how to post it here.
Put it on Youtube or Vimeo then post the link
Old 07-21-2020, 12:49 PM
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Let's see if this works.

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Old 07-21-2020, 01:21 PM
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not for me
Old 07-21-2020, 02:22 PM
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Nope try re-posting the link
Old 07-21-2020, 02:34 PM
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Probably this:
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Yes, thanks!
Old 07-22-2020, 05:02 AM
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Cool video.

I fished out of FI Inlet on Tuesday from about 6-8PM, Original plan was to run out and try to find some Mahi, but got sidetracked as a rode past bunker pod upon pod getting hammered by sharks. I could not pass this up and stopped and threw some different pieces around the pods, eventually teasing a 3-4 foot shark to folllow a swimmer I was using to the boat. No touches but fun.

After doing that for a while I bagged the Mahi plan and did some bottom fishing around the FI Reef, ended up with good action, bunch of short fluke, some large porgies, some keeper fluke To 20 inches and seabass to 19 inches. Kept one fluke and a seabass for the table. Home by 830, nice night, nice ride home.
Old 07-22-2020, 07:26 AM
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these blacktips will hit poppers. have had success with the std mantis/striker tackle style 3oz, 6” styles. just don’t forget the wire leader.
Old 07-22-2020, 01:37 PM
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Did find some Mahi today. About 10 off. Found a floating laundry basket with fish on it.
not much debris out there. Need few days of good south and SW wind to blow some stuff inshore.
FI reef was dead
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Originally Posted by Willyk9 View Post
That bunker was most likely getting harassed by sharks!

Sunday about 5 miles off the beach we ran into 1000's and I literally mean 1000's of blacktips, browns (sandbar), and who knows what tearing up bunker.

It looked like a scene from Nat Geo and something I've never seen before. Football fields of boiling water with massive splashes, fins slashing through the water, fish smacking the side of the boat. I've heard about the blacktips coming up north this time of year but never seen it, water is very warm so anything can happen.

I have some video but not sure how to post it here.
Saw the same thing. Massive schools of bunker about 5 miles out off the FI lighthouse. Caught a couple shorts and a sandshark. Here's a short clip of our day.


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Old 07-24-2020, 12:52 PM
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all that bunker and nothing to catch under it
saw the same thing last sunday
nice video
Old 07-24-2020, 04:46 PM
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Headed out of FI on tuesday headed to cholera banks. Landed one 20 inch sea bass practicly under a lobster pot then picked through shorts for the next few hours.

Hit the FI reef on the way back. Had a decent amount of fluke to 18 inches a few short seabass and some nice sized scup.

Not the day we hoped for but could have been much worse
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All,
Great info posted on this thread! I'm not new to boating just not that familiar with boating and fishing in the GSB and FI areas.

1) Navigating to FI from the 2nd Wantagh bridge: Instead of going through the SBC, how do I get to the East-West Channel? Is the EW Channel well marked? Speed restrictions? Depth? Anything in particular to watch out for?

2) Is there a way to clean a transducer that has algae on it without taking the entire boat out of the water?

Thanks in Advance!
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Originally Posted by northern_exposure View Post
All,
Great info posted on this thread! I'm not new to boating just not that familiar with boating and fishing in the GSB and FI areas.

1) Navigating to FI from the 2nd Wantagh bridge: Instead of going through the SBC, how do I get to the East-West Channel? Is the EW Channel well marked? Speed restrictions? Depth? Anything in particular to watch out for?

2) Is there a way to clean a transducer that has algae on it without taking the entire boat out of the water?

Thanks in Advance!
1). E-W Channel basically runs parallel to the mainland, tmarked by reds and greens until you get to Babylon/Robert Moses Bridge then it ends basically off the Babylon Pool. From there you go through the bridge and can pick up #6, and Dickerson Channel (you will be heading SE) toward West Channel where the intersection of West and Dickerson is noted by the "WD" bouy. From there follow the bouys- if you are going to Kismet/Lighthouse you bear right, if you are going further east then pick up the bouys going that way- when in doubt get behind a FI Ferry.

2). Where is the transducer? Transom? Just scrub it with a brush will take off the heavier growth
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Also you may try the Amityville channel east of W2. they are in the process of placing poles, makes it a little easier to get to the bay
no 5mph zones
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Lines off 6am Couldn’t asked for a calmer day on the ocean today and beautiful weather. However the trade off was not getting any bites. Even shorts were scarce at AB. Radio chatter all over sounded the same everywhere even at Cholera. Went back to the Bay West of the school and had tons of action including 2 keeper Fluke. Back at the dock at 11am.
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Originally Posted by limshady88 View Post
Lines off 6am Couldn’t asked for a calmer day on the ocean today and beautiful weather. However the trade off was not getting any bites. Even shorts were scarce at AB. Radio chatter all over sounded the same everywhere even at Cholera. Went back to the Bay West of the school and had tons of action including 2 keeper Fluke. Back at the dock at 11am.

Im not sure how to take this report. LOL
Weatherman and NOAA screwed me again. NOAA and were saying E winds and seas 3-4 so I left the boat home and jumped on a friends who doesn't go out the inlet
When I saw the inlet this morning I couldn't believe how flat it looked at 6 am. Still couldn't persuade capt landlubber to make the trek so we fished inside for a bunch of shorts. I imagine there was ZERO drift out there?

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