10-1/2lb Fluke: Sean Gallagher: Moriches
The Snappers are in!!!!!!.These baby blue fish are flooding our Local docks ,harbors and Marinas this time of year chasing the schools of peanut bunker and spearing,while most of them are small at the moment they are growing rapidly by the day.They can be found at any our our local docks and marinas, small rivers around structure, from captree to monatuk. A snapper popper,spinner or a small piece of spearing will do the trick.
If snappers aren't your thing, those same docks are still filled with plenty of blowfish and kingfish both are great eating and can be caught easily with a small size hook such as from a porgy rig tipped with clam and small sinker.
Moving into the bays such as Moriches or the Great south bay monster Fluke are still being caught. Patchogue local, Sean Gallagher, landed a 10-1/2lb Fluke from Moriches some on bucktails tipped with Berkley gulp. while others are being bailed by a simple traditional fluke rig tip the the combination or squid and spearing. green or White rigs seem to be producing more fish.
Sea Bass fishing has also remained good. Lots of short fish but the keepers are there if you stay with it. Sea bass rigs with small rubber squid skirts tipped with either fresh clam, squid or spearing will get these aggressive fish to bite.
There are many reports of Blue Claw Crabs at the docks and back and creeks of Great South Bay. Traps have produced better than site crabbing with a net but that will certainly improve over the next few weeks.
Blue Claw Crab Dip Recipe:
After steaming, clean 8-10 large Blue Claw Crabs putting the meat in a glass bowl, be careful to remove any small pieces of shell. Add 1 package soft cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of Old Bay, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic (wet), and 1/2 0f a white onion finely chopped. Mix thoroughly, cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes. serve with Ritz crackers. ...More Recipes
On the North Shore fishermen are doing very well with porgies and sea bass around rock piles and heavy structure. Sound fluke fishing is producing fish, some fishermen from both boat and beach have had some early morning luck with nice striped bass chasing small bait. your best bet is small soft plastics or small tins.
Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the holiday and tight lines. (PDF)
This week saw decent action on the surf fishing front. All of it was schoolies but this is nothing to complain about. The back bays hosted the majority of the fish with smaller sized swimming plugs being the lures of choice. The addition of a teaser can increase your chances of "hooking up." The last two hours of the incoming and first few of the outgoing are the most productive tides.
An alternative to surf fishing for Striped Bass and bluefish is to target porgies and triggerfish. A simple high-low bottom fishing rig with the proper sized sinker (2-6oz) is perfect. For bait you can use clam, sandworms or squid. The jetties at both Shinnecock and Moriches inlets host a nice population of these fish this time of the year. Be sure to bring extra rigs though; Rocky structure makes snags more common.
Local lakes are showing great results. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been good with multiple fish per outing. Bass are being caught on a variety of baits like live shiners and nightcrawler. Lures like top water frogs, ribontail worms, jigs and small poppers are all getting "bites". However live shiners will always catch. Pickerel will also hit the same baits and tackle intended for bass. They are great entertainment why the bass fishing is slow.
The panfish are great to target too. if you just want to catch a "boat load" of fish, a small piece of nightcrawler and a float will catch any blueguill, perch or crappie in the area. They are great sport on ultra light tackle.
If you want to do some night time fishing, then walleye are good to target. they will hit slow retrieved lures like crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits. They have big gold eyes are very sensitive to light, so don't shine your flashlight on the water or you'll scare them.
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