It’s the fourth week of June and a few big striped bass are still holding over in the bays and harbors. Scouted two areas this week just to feel them out and one trip on the North Shore landed me a 35-pound pound 44-inch striped bass on a Tube-and-Worm combo. The next day I went to scout a fluke area on the south shore and landed a 47-inch, 40-pound-plus striped bass on a bucktail and Gulp intended for fluke! Aside from those two bass there are still many to be caught in the bays, vertically jigging wrecks with a good amount of current, or trolling tube-and-worm combos in marshes and boulder fields are the way to go for leftover stripers.
Fluking remains excellent with all of my charters catching at least two keepers and some many more. We have been exclusively fishing just buckails and Gulp! with the larger fishing consistently falling around 23 inches. Fluking has picked up quite a bit in Staten Island as shorts dominate the action right now, but there is a much larger quantity of fish around at the moment. The weekends weather has supposedly cleaned up the back bays quite a bit and they may be worth the time to fish as long as the water quality remains clean.
I haven’t caught a bluefish all week and dropped a very nice weakfish boatside on Thursday’s trip after landing that big striped bass on a bucktail. Still seems like the batch of spring fish is scattered and we haven’t seen the typical arrival of summer weaks just yet.
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