Fluke, porgies and ‘Snapper Derbies’

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By Jimmy Kallenberg

The fluke fishing in the Western Sound was great this past weekend. The Manhassset Bay Sportsmens Club had their fluke tournament on Sunday with the first place fish topping the scales at seven pounds.

A good amount of fluke along with porgies are being caught at the points between Kings Point and Glen Cove. Some have been caught on the north side of the Sound.

Pictured with his uncle Bryan and sister Brook is Tyler holding a nice 20 inch flattie. They had a half dozen other fish up to 18.75 inches. 19 inches is the legal size.

Snappers, snappers and more snappers! They are everywhere. They are in all the shallows and this is the time of the year that towns and clubs have their annual snapper derbies. Two big ones I know of are Glen Cove’s Prybil Beach annual derby this coming Saturday morning and North Hempstead’s at the Town Dock in Port Washington on the morning of Saturday the 26th.

I was going to give some information on sea bass but I’m going to hold off and will write about something I strongly believe in; support your local businesses, they support you!

I get my weekly fishing reports from friends, but mostly from our local bait and tackle shops. Blaise at Duffy’s Bait & Tackle in Glen Head gives me helpful and accurate information from Hempstead Harbor and points east.

Johnny Thompson at Atlantic Outfitters in Port Washington gives me valuable reports from Manhassset Bay to Hempstead Harbor, and Moris and Mike from East Coast Fishing in Little Neck give me up to date and accurate reports from Throgs Neck to Great Neck.

These guys are all experts in their fields. They employ others and all give back to their communities in other ways, too. All are there to offer you the customer full and courteous service at a fair price.

Whatever cost savings you might be able to track down online or at one of the big box stores won’t match the value you get from their expertise and knowledge of the local waterways.

These guys also support local youth teams, schools and special area events. I encourage you to support the local fishing/bait and tackle shops that support us so well.

Remember: Always practice safety when on the water!

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