This past week didn't see much action with Striped Bass. A couple of smaller fish were caught by both the surf and the boat fishermen. Not much has been heard when it comes to quality fish. The boat guys have been finding luck drifting clams or bunker chunks in the inlets while those fishing from the surf have been able to have some success casting bucktails and rubber shads off the jetty or minnow style swimming plugs in the back bays. The outgoing tides seemed to outproduce theincoming tides this week.
The large schools of Bluefish continue to roam the back bays and the inlets. Good sized schools have also managed to make their way to montauk. Fish up to 15 pounds are not uncommon. These fish are very aggressive. A 'ton" of fun. Most things you throw at them will work. Some of these lures are bucktails, diamond jigs, poppers and charlie graves tins. Chunks of mackerel or bunker fished on the bottom will also be very effective.
Fishing for Fluke still continues to be on the slower side. The bays have seen a pick at fish with the occasional keeper on gulp as well as squid and spearing. The eastern end of the island, such as Mattituck, Greenport and Montauk are seeing a slow start but have produced a trophy sized fish every once in awhile. The water is still a bit chilly. As it warms up we should see an increase in action.
Going for Porgies still seems to be a sure way to get some action. The Porgies are big and the action is hot. The North Shore, Peconics, Orient and south shore wreaks are all holding fish. Using clams or sandworms will both see equal results.
It's also a good bet to get some scup off the south shore "rock piles"and wrecks. Also, plenty of sea bass with them too. Sea bass now opens June 27th.
Lakes throughout the island are all seeing good results with Largemouth Bass and Pickerel fishing. Soft plastics are working well or topwater lures such as frogs. Using baits such as live shiners or night crawlers can also be very effective.
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