Our area has been seeing some great Striper action. Locally in the great south bay stripers up to 15 pounds have been harassing schools of peanut bunker. Boat fisherman have been able to spot the birds working on schools of bait anywhere from Patchogue to Heckscher. Thats just what Dave Terry and 10 year old Nick Terry did when they brought in some nice stripers up to 15 pounds Caught just off Patchogue docks. All the inlets as well as the ocean have been holding fish too. Drifting eels at night in the inlet has been productive. By day, clam bellies and bunker chunks will work well. If you can get out into the ocean then just look for birds diving and you best bet will be to jig those fish.
Surfcasters have seen good action with Bass too. Places like Shinnecock, (Cupsogue County Park), Smiths Point, and Robert Moses have all been fishy. Many caught are between 24-30 inches but they are plentiful. Effective lures recently have been bucktails, diamond jigs, poppers, darters, and swimmers. It is not unlikely to see a 20-30 pound fish caught between the smaller ones. Make sure the hooks are sharp and the knots are all well tied because you could hook into a cow at any moment.
Blackfish have been coperative for those trying for them. North Shore rock piles and south shore wrecks have held some impressive tog up to 10 lbs. Green crabs have been working good along with blackfish jigs.
West lake has been stocked for about a week and a half now. The trout are starting to spread out from where they were originally placed. Small gold kastmasters, spinners, nightcrawlers and flies are all producing some fine fish. Some of these trout stocked are up to 15 inches! Trout man Tony, is at it again. He brought in a hefty specimen on wednesday. 14.5 inches! Great job Tony, keep up the good work!!
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