Striper action during this last half of June has been much better than the first half. Some nicer fish are starting to show up along our south shore. Boat fishermen are drifting the inlets with either clam or sandworms and are doing very well with schoolie fish up to "keeper" sized bass (28”).
Larger fish are being taken on the bunker pods starting to show up in the ocean. Still most of the pods are a little west of Patchogue. Working the inlets after dark with live eels is proving to be key for the guys targeting fish over 20 lbs.
Fire Island, Moriches and Shinnecock inlets are all excellent areas to target large fish.
The shore crowd is getting a good share of action too. Throwing clam, and eels from the open beach, has been a consistent method for "hooking up" with fish in the 20-32" range (and above).
I too have had a good week using rigged eels. Landed a 45lb Striped Bass from Shinnecock inlet.(photo)
With a presence of sandeels on the beaches (from Moriches to Montauk) using slim profile lures like diamond jigs, needle fish, imitation sand eels and sp minnows are a good choice of lures. Bucktails, with rubber shads attached, are producing some fine fish too.
One Regular customer reported non-stop Bluefish action along the north side of Montauk point. Tins like a Hopkins or Charlie Graves lures worked great. However, he also noted that other anglers were having no trouble getting the "Blues" to take top water lures. Some blues have also been reported off the Smiths Point bridge area. They range from cocktail size all the way up to 8lbs. Inlets are containing some schools of blues too. Outgoing and incoming water have both provided some action. While fishing the inlets, a heavy tin and bucktail, (using the right technique) could produce some fine Bluefish in the high teens.
Since last week, South shore Fluke fishing has seen an improvement. The sand eels in the bay are sparking the bite. The fishing action at Moriches and Shinnecock have been good for the last 2 hours of the incoming and the first 2 hours of the outgoing. Small Bucktails tipped with either gulp, squid, spearing or sand eels will entice some Fluke. Fluke rigs in green and white color are also doing quite well.
On the North Shore; the Port Jeff and Wading River areas, are seeing great Fluke action but are lacking keepers. For larger Fluke most boats have been heading to Mattituck and eastwards.
Porgy Fishermen have been doing well along the North Shore, anywhere from Huntington all the way out to Mattituck. Look for structure that will hold Porgies and use chum to keep the action flowing . Moving water is the most important thing. Sandworms and clam are both working equally well.
The local freshwater lakes are seeing some good action with live baits such as live shiners and nightcrawlers. The low light morning and evening hours have been best for action. Topwater lures like rubber frogs can be worked effectively around Lilly pads and downed trees for some aggressive hits. Weedless rigged "senko worms" can also be worked for success.
The first report of Blue Claw Crabs was received this week. "It's Starting!!!" and crabbers are doing well. Bunker or Mackerel are great baits to use in traps or hand-lines.
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