Striper fishing shouldn’t disappoint with this weeks full moon tides. The local inlets are still holding fish with Clams and Bunker working during the day and Live Eels scoring at night. When fishing the inlet areas the, start of the incoming tide, with cooler clean water, seems to increase activity. Later in the day, night and early morning hours when, their is less boat traffic and less heat, also improves your chances for catching fish. For bigger Bass the “east end bite” has remained intense with the reports out of Montauk consistently having Bass in the 35-40lb range. YES!! with bigger fish mixed in.
Fluke fishing in the bays has been hit or miss with plenty of shorts mixed in with fish in the keeper range. Moriches and Shinnecock bays are still producing some quality fish but the chance of catching a keeper increases outside the inlet in the deeper water (70+ feet of water.) This will be more likely as we head into August. Note: When in the bay having an adequate drift is the key. TIP: if needed “bump the boat in and out of gear” to keep an adequate flow or movement of the bait. If you find that you are constantly getting weed or grass on your rigs move your boat and start a new drift. Sometimes all in takes is moving 50 yards to get out of the weed line. Also remember When fishing in the ocean try to get a few snappers at the dock before heading out (Try keeping them alive in the live-well.) Live Snappers make great bait for double digit Fluke.
Snapper fishing on the Patchogue's Mascot Dock has been good, providing great action for anglers off all ages. Using a shiner under a float, casting a snapper popper or casting a small tin will all work. Don't forget to bring a crab trap and crab net with you, some nice Blue Claws have been reported on the docks as well. Bait your hand trap with Bunker and check every now and then while your Snapper fishing.
Sea Bass fishing has been good, finding bottom structure is the key. Staying away from the crowd and finding even a small rock pile or other debris on the bottom can provide some quick action. Fresh Clam, Spearing and Squid will all work for Sea Bass.
Every now and then Sea Bass fishermen will hook into a doormat Fluke, keep that in mind when setting the hook and fighting your fish.
Porgies are on the North Shore and in the Peconic Bays and still providing steady action. Sandworms and Fresh Clam are working equally well. Tip: If on a boat and the fish are on the smaller size try moving around going into deeper water. It goes against conventional thinking but when it comes to Porgies don’t be afraid to leave fish to find fish, it might be worth your while. Shore anglers can change things up as well, if you are catching only small fish on Clam switch to Sandworms or pieces of Squid. Sometimes all it takes is changing things up to increase the quantity or quality of what you are catching.
Popular North Shore spots are Wildwood State Park and Mattituck Inlet
Despite the warm summer conditions fishing has proven to stay hot for resident Striped Bass and Bluefish. The back of the inlets have been productive places. The fish are mostly targeting smaller baits such as sand eels and spearing. It would be a good idea to use smaller thin profiled swimming plugs: like the Sp Minnow and smaller Mag Darters. The addition of a teaser may help greatly. Try investing time around the last few hours of the incoming tide and the first few hours of the outgoing tide. Tip: Another tell tail sign that you are in the right location is you will see plenty of bait in the water. Try Smith Point County Park The open sand beaches will also hold a good resident population of Striped Bass. The same lures will be ideal for catching these fish too.
If you are looking to tangle with Bluefish you can either try fishing the inlets during the day with bucktails and tins. What to try Montauk?? You can usually find blues running the north side of the lighthouse. First few hours of the outgoing always being an ideal tide.
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Mixed bag for the grill. The dog days of summer can provide some species of fish to keep things interesting. While fishing the Moriches reef for Sea Bass and Fluke their were reports of Ling being caught too. Not a pretty fish but great to eat! Triggerfish have been reported in the Shinnecock canal, these scrappy tropical looking fish can be caught using Sea Bass and Porgy Rigs baited with Squid or Clam and are excellent eating.
Blowfish are another bottom fish that are usually caught by Porgy fishermen, this once abundant fish have rebounded in recent years and is another fish that makes great table fare. (Old timers referred to Blowfish as "Chicken of the Sea”.) Kingfish can be caught off the local docks and bays when bottom fishing over sandy bottom in the summer, they can reach sizes of up to 3 lbs and are another fish that are good to eat.
The action on the freshwater front has been holding up well this week. Great Patchogue Lake was one of the prime go to spots. Many Patchogue Locals that fish live shiners reported back that the action was consistent. Many Large Mouth Bass (Black Bass) are in the 1-2lb range with an occasional 3lb plus fish. Early morning or sunset are the times fish can be most active. (Photo: Zeppi shows off his trophy LM Bass. 6lbs++++...Caught and Released)
Patchogue Local, Uncle Steve visited Connetquot River State Park during the week for a afternoon fly fishing session. He reported back that the fishing was great. The whole time he had consistent action on an array of different flies. Streamers, dry flies, and bead headed nymphs all catching their fair share of fish. Another customer and Patchogue Local, who visited the park on a different day reported back saying that the action was good but he had to cycle though many flies to find the right one. A white streamer finally did the trick. This shows that not every day is the same. Sometimes the fishing requires a little extra effort to tune into what is working the best.
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MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Don’t forget about this years 35th annual snapper derby being held at Mascot Dock. This event will be taking place on Saturday, September 1st. Two different divisions are going to be open this year. The
first will be taking place from 1:00- 2:00PM for ages 6-15 and the second will be from 2:30-3:30PM for ages 16 and up.
Entry fees will be collected at the dock and are going to be $5 a person for the 6-15 and $10 for the 16 and up. Prizes will be awarded to 1st fish caught, biggest fish caught and most fish caught for each age group! BYOP only. The shop will be providing bait, buckets and the prizes. For any questions please contact Patchogue Recreation at 631-475-4302