[dropcap]J[/dropcap]uly is here. It is the start of the yellowtail snapper spawning. There are numerous schools of yellowtail around Long island. This spawning period creates a large aggregation of fish such as big grouper, cubera snapper and kingfish. The spawning often takes place on the Continental Shelf. One of the best schools is located on the southwest side of Long island where the Continental Shelf drops from seventy feet to thousands of feet. It can be a lot of fun to anchor on top of the edge and chum for yellowtail and kingfish, as well as take the opportune moment to get in the water and spear a world record cubera snapper or grouper. With a consistent chum line, the yellowtail will float close to the boat and you can simply drop a bucktail jig with a piece of squid to them. There are a lot of bar jacks that come around the boat and can be caught for live bait to catch a kingfish or big cubera. With the wind tailing the boat towards the drop off, it makes for the perfect opportunity to fly a kite right off the back of the boat. This often is a deadly technique to catch the kingfish. Yellowtail fishing can be a perfect family outing where the wife and kids can enjoy calm seas and a tight line. Make sure to bring some ingredients to make a fresh yellowtail ceviche right on the boat and enjoy with a few cold beers. Tight lines and safe fishing.