Fishing ties, barbecue utensils and Derek Jeter jerseys all make great Father's Day gifts. Still, nothing makes a bigger splash with fishing dads than a day spent on the water with family. If you are planning to head out with Pop this weekend, the timing couldn't be better because fluke, stripers, porgies and blues are all in good supply. Here's a fishing forecast to help make your trip one that Dad never forgets.
West End:Target stripers and fluke in Jamaica Bay between the Cross Bay Bridge and JFK Airport. Hit the linesiders early with live bunker and follow up with bucktails for the summer flatties.
In the Debs Inlet area, look for big linesiders around bunker schools right outside the inlet. Capt. Joey Leggio and crew had several to 36 pounds on bunker and trolled spoons early in the week while Joe Masone drilled a 41.5-pound monster that measured 50.5 inches long!
West End party boat fans should give fluke a shot on Freeport's Capt. Lou Fleet, or the Super Hawk out of Point Lookout. The latter scored exceptionally well with keepers to 7 pounds Tuesday, and again Thursday. Bank fishermen can cast for fluke from Green Island Park or the Jones Beach Piers.
South Shore:Fluking remains decent from Fire Island Inlet to the lighthouse, said Rick Latorre of the Captree open boat Capt. Whittaker. Neil Delanoy on the Laura Lee has seen fast action and a steady pick of keepers for RSA sea bass trips at the Fire Island ocean reef.
Private boaters should be able to score with fluke immediately east and west of Robert Moses Bridge while striper sharpies can quietly work the same stretch after dark to nail cows to 40-pounds on live eels. A few big weakfish can still be found deep within Great South Bay. Matt Martin used his kayak and a green Spro bucktail to drill a 30-incher off Davis Park on Sunday.
On Moriches Bay, expect solid fluking on rising water and spearing-tipped bucktails from buoys 12 to 17 and 27 to 29. There have also been encounters with stripers and bruiser blues in the East and West cuts. Let diving terns alert you to the action.
North Shore:Hit Matinecock Point, Smithtown Bay and Mount Misery Shoal for fluke this weekend. Huntington's James Joseph fleet has been hammering the summer flatties on half-ounce bucktails in just 7 to 10 feet of water. Porgy action has been solid outside Hempstead, Port Jefferson and Huntington harbors in 20- to 30-foot depths.
To the east, summer flatties and bluefish are west of Mattituck on Roanoke Shoal, and a few have begun to skirt area beaches as well. Porgies are numerous near jetties and groins, and in 25-foot depths.
East End: Search for stripers and blues early in the morning at Shinnecock Inlet, and for fluke on bay flats between Ponquogue Bridge and buoy 9. The ocean bite for summer flatties hasn't started here just yet, although it is now hitting stride in Montauk.
On the North Fork, huge porgies and bluefish still infest Peconic Bay between Jessups Neck and Rogers Rock while fluke action has been decent off Greenport. Consider the Greenlawns a sleeper spot for both porgies and summer flatties. Serious striper fans should head for Orient Point to drift bucktails.