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August is "Hot" and so is the Snapper Fishing and Crabbing

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Snappers at the Patchogue river as well as Blue Point and Pine Neck docks are feeding hard. Snapper poppers, small tins, and snapper spearing under a float are some good options to go with. In these same spots you can find good amounts of Blue Claw Crabs too. Crab traps filled with bunker as well as chicken on a string will work excellent.

The Fluke action has be holding up fairly well but its been tough to find some bigger fish. Especially in the bay. It is not uncommon to go through 20 shorts in the bay until you can cull a legal sized fish. If you are in search of some larger fluke then I suggest you try the ocean. I recommend from 50-90 feet of water. Fluke rigs, fluke balls, and bucktails are all catching. Try using gulp or a spearing/squid combo as bait. Also don't rule out using live snappers as fluke bait. Sometimes a live snapper can entice a bigger fluke.
Our cover photo is of Idi and Pablo with a pair of keeper Fluke taken from Shinnecock.

This week Striper fishing was a pick. The inlets are holding some resident fish but overall the fishing has been on the slower side.  Your best bet would be drifting clams during the day and using live eels by night. Incoming tides are producing more than the outgoing.
Surfcasters are having a tough time as well. We received a couple of reports that a few casters were able to manage several shorts from the north shore as well as the backside of Moriches. With all the spearing around it would be a good idea to match the hatch with a small spearing like teaser fished in front of a small swimming plug. Any sp minnow, mag darter, redfin, or rebel would be ideal. This action should only get
better as we head into September a the waterstarts to cool.

The typical ocean wrecks off Moriches and Shinnecock are holding a healthy amount of Porgies and Seabass. Clams are the go-to bait right now. An ideal day would be to try and catch your limit of Seabass and then give ocean Fluke a chance. Porgies are also still abundant. South or north shore will find you a bunch of Porgies. sandworms for bait. Chum can help as well.

The local freshwater fishing seems to be keeping anglers busy. Largemouth bass can be landed on live shiners, artificial worms and topwater lures. Your best best is to try for them at either dusk or dawn. Focus your efforts around structure such as downed trees, lilly pads and the shadow lines of the lake. Other species in the lakes like Bluegill, Perch, and Crappie can be landed on baits like nightcrawlers and
small artificial grubs.Use light tackle,this will provide great action.


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