Snappers at the local docks are providing much fun for those of all ages. They’re growing daily and quite a few of them around. Snapper poppers, spearing and small tins are doing very well with these baby bluefish. Good Spots to try have been Mascot, Harbor Crab, blue point and pine neck docks. They seemed to be feeding on the large amounts of Peanut Bunker in the rivers.
Crabbing this season has been great. Much better than the years past. customers have been coming in and reporting great results and able to land several large blue on an outing. Matt from the shop decided to follow up on these reports and managed himself 15 nice blueclaws in an hours worth of time by just scooping them along the local dock pilings. The bunker on a string method is still a
sure way to entice some crabs. Handtraps are doing a good too.
Striper reports were limited this week. It was either lack of anglers targeting bass or a lack of fish in our area.. If you do want to try and target Stripers, Id
Suggest fishing the backside of any inlet on the last 2 hours of the incoming tide with whole clams in combination with chum.
Note: Traveling east, a few customers still reported picking good sized bass in the montauk rips on live eels.
It seems that a lot of locations where Fluke usually lay have been infested with aggressive Sea Robins. The Fluke are in the bays in good numbers but the main issue is getting baits down to them before a sea robin finds it. My cousin Vinny did so by finding some 5 keeper sized fluke along with many shorts fishing shinnecock. Incoming tide using bucktails and gulp seemed to do the job. Also since the influx of sea robins a few customers have decided to take them home and cook them up. They turn out to be a tasty fish comparable to a porgy.
A 1/0 hook with clam or squid on any local south shore wreck can produce some fine Sea bass. Fish in the 4lb range are not uncommon.
Porgies seem to be one of the only things in play right now along the north shore. Areas off of Mt Sinai, Rocky Point and Port Jeff are holding good amounts of fish. Chumming up the waters can trigger a nice spark in action. Using clam pieces and sandworms are perfect baits.
Sea Bass can also be mixed in with Porgies giving anglers a nice surprise at times. Clams have the advantage over the sandworms for the sea bass.
Pablo from the shop went Freshwater Fishing at Great Patchogue Lake last week and reported great results using live baits as well as artificial. Nightcrawlers accounted for the Perch and Bluegill hookups and Rubber worms and bass assassins enticed Pickerel and Largemouth Bass.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Don’t forget about this years 34th annual snapper derby being held at Mascot Dock. This event will be taking place on Saturday, September 2nd. 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
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