BREAKING NEWS!!! Striped bass in the surf. They're on sandeels. Tins (A27, A47, with tubes...Any color) will produce fish. Shinnecock to Demo. Most South Shore beaches have fish. Fish range from 15-20lbs
With colder temps and shorter days things seem to be on the move. The bite has been picking up but it seems to be a majority of smaller bass with an occasional keeper in the mix. The daytime shift has had good results on the sand beaches with small swim shads, green tube diamond jigs and popping plugs being the ticket. The bait guys are doing well with soaking clams or sticking to chunking and pulling larger fish.
On the night shift the south shore has more of the quantity than the quality with multiple fish a night as the norm but an occasional larger linesider in the mix.
To the east like Shinnecock to Montauk there have been the better fish from just keeper to mid twenties. All this action has been on needlefish, sp minnows, darters and live eels.
The north shore has had its pick of fish with fishermen using the same offerings as you would on the south shore but you just scale down the tackle and lure size for better bites.
Despite colder temps the lakes are still very active. The lakes like West lake and Yapank Lake have received their annual fall stockings so there is always something biting. These trout can be caught on a variety of artificial as well as bait. In-line spinners, phobies, small rapalas and kasmasters are all excellent lures and will keep u catching. If you want to bait fish then half a nightcrawlers or a ball of powerbait will do the trick. Large mouth and pickerel are also very active and will hit lager bait like crankbaits, swimmbaits, super flukes and live shiners. Panfish are still around but seem to be less active, but will still take a nightcrawler or curly-tail grub. If you want to target something a bit different then try fishing at either Lake Ronkonkoma or Fort Pond in Montauk for some Walleye. These critters favor low light conditions so overcast days or night time is best and they can be taken on rapala x-raps, bass assassins, curly-tail grubs and bait such as a hole nightcrawlers of live shiners. Dont be surprised if you hook into other interesting creatures like jumbo perch, monster crappie or a football small mouth, as they all inhabit theses lakes as well.
By Felicia Scocozza
Late summer through mid-fall is the perfect time to get in a few last shots at crabbing. In many coastal communities at this time of year you’ll discover seasonal residents have left, the kids are back to their earlier bedtimes and you now have the place all to yourself! What better time to scoop up the prime ingredient for a tasty chowder that really hits the spot on a chilly night.
No doubt you’ll find this recipe a winner. Using local corn gives it a special sweetness, but the store-bought variety will suffice if growing season is behind us. The same goes for the blue claws; fresh is best but lump crab meat will do in a pinch.
Although you can use bacon or any other smoked or cured meat in this recipe, we use venison summer sausage, which crisps up beautifully and doesn’t add as much fat. If using bacon or another fatty meat, you may want to remove some or all of the rendered fat and add additional olive oil before sautéing the vegetables.
The following recipe was inspired by The Barefoot Contessa’s Lobster Corn Chowder recipe. The super smooth crab-based version provided here offers portions generous enough to share with friends – but you might not want to!......Read Recipe
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