Striped Bass fishing has turned on along the south shore, most fish are in the teens but larger fish are being caught as well. The fish are feeding on sand eels and have been aggressive. Diamond jigs with green tubes, Kastmasters, SP Minnows, and larger Storm Shads have all been landing fish. For anglers using bait clams during the day and eels at night have been the baits of choice.
The Blackfish season has started off well with keeper sized Tog being caught along the local south shore Inlets and Jetty's, the north shore and out east. Green Crabs whole or cut in half after removing the legs fished on a bottom rig or blackfish Jig will do the trick.
Sea Bass fishing has been good along the south shore reefs and wrecks with limits of larger fish now being caught. Out east in Montauk reports of fast limits of large fish up to 5 lbs. have come in. The fish have been biting on squid as well as clam baits fished on a 2 hook hi-lo rig. Some of the deeper spots have produced an occasional Cod as a by-catch to make things interesting.
Porgy fishing has taken a back seat to Sea Bass and Blackfish of late but fishing has remained strong for anglers targeting them. This years Porgy season has been good from the start and is a great fall back if other species aren't cooperating. From a boat or from the shore sandworms, clams or squid will all work fished on a bottom rig with #2 or #4 Porgy hooks with a sinker.
Striped Bass have been spread throughout the south shore from The Hampton beaches all the way to Jones beach. The main bait-fish holding the bass have been sandeels. Some shad and squid have been spotted along the surf line as well. During the day the use of diamond jigs can be quite effective. After dark sp Minnows, mag darters and needlefish are perfect to use. Most of the fish have been ranging from 12-18lbs with the possibility of one over 20lbs. Fish in the 30's are not out of the question either. I watched one beached and released Wednesday night on a needlefish.
The north fork has maintained a steady bite of Striped Bass for the past week or so. The fish have been mostly schoolies with a keeper mixed in. White bucktails have been the go-to. Day blitzes have been common so look for birds working on white bait. A few casters also mentioned the False Albacore have stuck around on the north fork of the island. The usual small tins have been working for them, Deadly dicks, kastmasters, diamond jigs.
There has been plenty of action on the local lakes for anglers taking advantage of the fall stockings of Trout. Small gold or silver kastmaster or phoebe lures have worked. If you rather use bait nightcrawlers will do the trick. Check the DEC website for the local fall stocking schedule. The Bass have been aggressive with the water temps cooling down and the lakes starting to transition, try using a crankbait or swimbait along any structure or weed bed, this should provoke a strike. This is also a good time to fish live Shiners for bass, fish them with or without a float. Panfish are also active and will hit small spinners and beetle spins as well as small pieces of worm on a #6 eagle claw hook fished under a float.
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