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Fluke opens Tuesday May 1st
Breaking News: Striped bass hit the beach. Fish have been reported from Smith Point County Park beach to Patchogue's Mascot Dock . Anglers have reported tacking fish on sp minnows, diamond jigs and shads.
Over the past week, Striped Bass were reported from anglers venturing out for the season opening. The 2023 season and fishing has been excellent in our local waters with slot fish found on both the north and south shore. Reports have come in with many slot and over slot fish being caught in the Great South Bay around bunker pods . Bass fishing at our local docks such as Patchogue's Mascot Dock and the West Sayville Dock has also produced with bait such as clam and sand worms. Bunker has also been a effective bait for bass, both live and chunked bunker will work. If you prefer to use artificial lures, plugs such as poppers and darters have worked well. Small soft plastics with a jig head will also work.
WEEKEND UPDATE: Cole (from the shop reported) Fish everywhere in the bay right now. Went out with my friend nick and had many fish on bunker as well as bucktails, swim shads and top water.
We've also had reports of some Flounder being caught, Sandworms and heavy chumming with mussels seem to be the keys to success. Smith point bridge, Quogue Canal are good spring areas to try.
On the Blackfish front, fishing has started to pick up as the water temps increase. Clam seems to be the bait for this spring season. Keep in mind the spring season is a 2 fish 16" limit and closes on April 30th!
Another favorite of anglers, Weakfish have begun to pop up in our local waters. Weakfish are similar in appearance to a sea trout and provide fun fishing and an even better meal. The best way to catch these fish would be a jelly worm rigged with pink gulp. A great bait for weakfish would be clam or squid strips.
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Porgy fishing has begun to produce with fish being caught along our North Shore and Peconic Bays . The best bait to use for porgy would be sand-worms or clam on a small bait rig with a size one or two hook.The best places to target porgy would peconic bays, Wildwood State Park and cedar beach both located on the north shore.
"TACKLE TIP OF THE WEEK" from Andy at the shop "try to downsize on the lures and baits you throw small quarter or half ounce jig heads with small soft plastics is perfect to use this time of year , remember elephants eat peanuts " he said.
On the Freshwater side lakes are fully stocked for the second time this month West Lake is the place to be seeing more trout rising around dusk , this stocking includes the addition of yearling rainbow trout. Anglers have been successful using small gold or silver tins like a Kastmaster fished with a slow retrieve or using Nightcrawlwers and "Dough baits" like powerbait or trout pellets fished on a float with a small hook. In the mix yellowperch have been also picked off on the same baits while trout fishing