The recent full moon we are coming off of seemed to bring schools of larger Striped Bass
throughout the island. Fish up to 35 pounds have been reported for both surf and boat fishermen. Surf fishermen who have been throwing plugs are finding luck with lures such as darters, bottle neck swimmers, sp minnows, and bucktails
. With the overwhelming amount of
bunker around recently the colors yellow and white have been smart choices. For more picky fish a fresh bunker chunk will sway most odds into your favor for a hookup. Not much has been reported off the oceanfront yet but the bays as well as inlets from fire island to shinnecock are all holding good populations of stripers.
If you are looking to get into some exciting topwater action then Bluefish
is the way to go. Blues have been ranging anywhere from cocktails to 15 pound bruisers. So be ready for a battle. They have not been picky either. Any topwater plug will work excelent. Some favorites are creek chubs, cotton cordells, and super strike poppers.
Chunking bunker will also almost garuntee a hookup.
open for over a week now we have gotten the word of several large fish landed exceeding 10 pounds! Some hot spots are shinnecock bay, the peconics and the north shore. Bucktails tipped with gulp, squid or spearing
have all been working great. The addition of a teaser anywhere from 12"-18" above the bucktail will increase your hookup ratio too.Porgies
in the peconics have but abundent. Some porgys have been going up to 4lbs on the scale. Clams and sandworms have both been doing just fine on a simple porgy rig.
Local freshwater anglers are still finding great sucess at local west lake and great patchogue lake. Nightcrawlers will catch you a nice mixed bag of fish. This includes yellow pearch, brown trout, rainbow trout and bluegills. Remember that largemouth bass still cannot be targeted until the first saturday in June.
We weighed in several Weakfish take from ocean beach this week. 5+lbs and a 9.8lb weak were taken on sandworms.
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