As the bunker sticks around in our local waters so do the Striped Bass. Stripers remain well populated throughout our bays and oceans. Most anglers have been very sucessful fishing the areas from Moriches to Fire Island. The average size of the fish still tends to be in the 26"-32" range but some boats that have been chasing the bunker pods in the ocean are landing some beautiful fish exceeding 30lbs.
Hot plugs off the beach this week have been darters, bottle plugs, sp minnows, bucktails and rubber shads. Some daytime fishermen have also been having
luck with topwater lures in colors of blue, white and yellow. Also try your luck with a west end tin. A customer's are reporting good results off smiths point beach using "tins". Our area has also seen a small run of Weakfish along the beach. Some surf fishermen have been picking up a few weaks in the 18"-22" as a plesent surprise on striped bass plugs. Bluefish have been far and few in between but the ones around all seem to be double digit gators. A few more blues have been hanging around the Fire Island area.
Blackfish along the south shore has been consistent with action. Boats are going out and are able to pick many shorts with some keepers mixed in. Shorebound rock fishermen are also having luck with the tog off the jetties. Green crabs have been the bait of choice. Some boat fishermen have also been doing well on the rock piles off port jefferson and rocky point.
Local West lake is still giving up plenty of brown trout from its recent stocking. Nightcrawlers are working excellent. Some of the other local
lakes are giving anglers a shot at hooking up with a largemouth bass. Many are using the live shinners with great sucess.
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