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South Oyster Bay

haven’t started up the boat yet but have talked to others while kayaking half a dozen times in the last 2 or 3 weeks and the consensus is that fluking has sucked so far in this area. I did get this 25" this morning, the only bite for me and never saw the nearby boaters use a net. One short while paddling five miles yesterday makes this lady fluke a stroke of luck today. It took a green Gulp shrimp on a homemade buck. I am thinking this post belongs in the kayak fishing forum ( ? )
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Nice fish. I bounced from Flax Pond to Crab Meadow. A bunch of shorts. So far on 6 trips I caught 8 keepers with 6 taken on one tide. So Ive had a good bite for about an hour! Traditionally this is one of my best weeks of inshore fishing. I hope he tradition continues.
 

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Would gladly trade one 25" for even just 3 keepers. I hope that this season down here isn't as bad as last year. Very few, from what I have gleaned, had more than just a few keepers, and even the number of shorts last year seemed less than the norm. Some will differ, but I trust the guys at Causeway and especially Bill Wichey at Combs and they said the same as a couple of my neighbors who are true sharpies, that last year stunk. I even had a hard time catching snappers for the barbecue last year compared to usual. After Sandy I expected a decline, which we got, but so many years later ?
 

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Skunked this morning but only had time to put two hours in during the incoming. Nice thing about yakking- don't feel committed to spend the day like when I use the boat. I need to add the sad fact that besides 3 keeper fluke, two of which just made it, and a single 16" weak, I have only caught one sea robin and three short fluke. Maybe I will see more action if I get the boat wet.
 
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In 11 paddles, have come home with three fluke and three weaks. Considering I only paddle from about 8am to 11am, fish exclusively with Gulp, and only locally, I consider myself fortunate and hate to admit that is already more keepers than I had in 2018. Some really crummy weather coming up if one can trust the forecasts. still haven't readied our boat.