Marcelo and Matt after a productive surf outing
Reports of good Striper fishing have been coming in from the Moriches area. Boats drifting the inlet during the day have had good luck using clam and sandworms as bait. The inlets are filled with schoolie sized fish with “keepers” in the mix. After dark you will have a shot at a better sized fish by drifting a live eel. Fish are feeding on both sides of the tide but from my own observations it seems that the incoming tide has a bit more action.
Surfcasters are finding their share of fish too. Most shore casting is being done after dark. Inlets have been pretty consistent. Most are tossing rubber shads and bucktails tipped with a trailer such as a curly tail or fat cow bait strip. Back bay shorelines are still seeing some fish cruising around. Small swimming plugs are also working. Sp Minnows, Mag Darters and Redfins will all suit your needs.
Bluefish have been holding in the inlets. Your best bet for the blues would be to fish during the daylight hours, Tins and Bucktails will work perfectly. Bait too (Bunker or Mackerel) is always a good choice.
Montauk is still holding a large amount of blues. They range from 8lbs-19lbs! Bluefish can be taken anywhere from the “south side” all the way up to the “north side”. Topwater lures do a great job at enticing a blue into a strike. Some favorites are gibbs, cotton cordell and super strike.
Fluke fishing has been alright. If you can choose between the north and south shore, go with the north. Fishing out of areas such as Huntington, Port Jeff, Mt. Sinai,Wading River and Mattituck have produced some nice fish greater than 19”. South shore bays are holding their share of fish too but it requires a little more effort to find the fish and land a keeper. Bucktail/teaser rigs baited with either gulp or spearing are working well. Regular fluke rigs drifting along the bottom can land you some quality fluke too.
Porgies are active along all north shore beaches. Some fish have been reported on South Shore Wrecks and inlets too. Clams or sandworms on a hi-lo rig is a productive way to fish for this “fine table fare”. Note: Chumming is a great way to keep the action going for a long time.
Local lakes are staying active for the Freshwater crowd. Live Shiners have still been number one for the bass with nightcrawlers doing productive and a fine substitute when the shiners are not available. Rubber frogs and weedless rigged rubber worms are doing good when worked around structure and aquatic plant growth. Fishing dawn and dusk have been the best times and produced the most action. Cannon, West and Great Patchogue lakes have all had reports of fish this past week from our customers.
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