FINS Fire Island National Seashore
Striped bass fishing has picked up and maintained itself nicely over the last week. Fish are both being taken in the inlets as well as the ocean. Anywhere from Shinnecock to Robert Moses has had good numbers of fish.The larger fish being reported have been in the 20 pound class while most fish are schoolie to just legal size. In the inlets, bucktails tipped with either a white curly tail or a uncle josh number 70 pork-rind or rubber shads such as tsunami and al gag shads have done well . If you would rather try your luck on the beach, then I would use plugs such as sp minnows, bombers, darters, and needlefish at night and diamond jigs or bucktails during the day. With the decent amount of sandeels around, the use of a teaser will help greatly. The fish have not been too picky about colors. If you must choose one though, use a color that mimics either a sand eel or a bunker. The reason for this is these are the two dominant baitfish in the water at the moment. A side note, surf sharpie Andy "hi-hook" Torre Managed to land some weakfish on fins. He said that without a teaser you couldn't touch a fish.
Boats have been doing well with bass too. They have had sucess diamond jigging in anywhere from 30-80 feet of water. For the boats drifting the inlet, eels, clam, or bunker will all pick fish. Moriches and Shinnecock both have been productive. The majority of the boats have been heading out to the ocean looking for the birds (diving on bait.) Most pods of bait either have gator blues or striped bass on them. A47 diamond jigs will get you down deep enough and fast enough to be effective.
Blackfish can be picked off the wrecks in the ocean and around the bridges as well. This week had many reports of blackfish up to 18" being taken. Green crabs on either a blackfish rig or a jig will work well. If you are shorebound then ne need to worry. Any of the inlets will hold a decent number of sizable blackfish in close to the rocks. The key is to fish only slack tides. As the current picks up, you will find it harder to hold bottom making fishing more difficult.
As the lake waters keep cooling down an increase in trout activity is very likely. Small live minnows, nightcrawlers and small gold lures will all work. These fish will all be holdovers and will give an excelent fight on light tackle. Breaking News....The local lakes have been stocked!!!...
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