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Jun 18, 2019 9:50 AMPublication: The East Hampton Press & The Southampton Press

Tuna, Striped Bass On The Move

Jun 18, 2019 10:01 AM

More struggles on the fishing scene this past week—some caused by the weather, some not.Stiff winds truncated the opportunities for both beach and boat fishermen at times, and when the wind did let up, the fishing was not at its best—though there were bright spots.

The inshore tuna bite continued to be one of the high points. Bluefin tuna ranging from 30 pounds to more than 300 pounds are passing by within 20 miles or so of the coastline, and even small boat fishermen are catching them when the wind lays down the seas long enough to allow access.

A big temperature break on the edge of the continental shelf also has the long range crews champing at the bit to get over the horizon, but there have been few weather windows (this Tuesday was the best chance in over a week, so a lot of overnight boats are probably just getting back to the dock when this column goes to print).

Striped bass provided a few good opportunities this past week. One body of fish moved east along the South Fork on schools of bunker last week, and a few boats that got on them brought in decent sized fish, though nothing like the parade of cows from late last June.

Fluke fishing has been something of a struggle with the big swells that have been rolling through the ocean lately. The Montauk sharpies have managed to scratch together some decent catches, regardless, but Shinnecock boats have been wrestling with slow ocean fishing. The bite in the shallow inside the bay has been off and on, but when it’s on, some nice fish have been caught with very light tackle in water as shallow as 4 feet.

Porgy fishing continues to be reliable in the Peconics if you are just looking for fish for the frying pan, and a few weakfish have been caught in the Shinnecock Canal.

Catch ’em up. See you out there.

Ducks Unlimited Family Day

Ducks Unlimited and Suffolk County will host their annual Greenwing’s Family Day at Hubbard County Park in Flanders this Saturday, June 22, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. The folks from DU will organize a wide range of hands-on hunting and wildlife related outdoor activities for young hunters on the grounds of the former Flanders Gun Club.

Admission is free.

Possibly Harmful Fuel Warning For Boaters

The Boat Owners Association of the United States has issued a warning to boaters to beware of filling their gasoline engines with E-15 gasoline, because it can damage marine-grade engines.

The Environmental Protection Agency has lifted a traditional ban on the sale of E-15 gasoline in the summer months this year, so Boat U.S. has warned boaters to beware of the lowest priced gas at the pump for filling up their boat’s gas tank.

Though not widely available, the high-ethanol content gasoline is barred from use in non-emission controlled engines like lawn mowers and boat motors and Boat U.S. says it can also damage boat motors.

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