The Striper fishing stayed solid this week. Plenty of schoolie action in all of the inlets kept surfcasters and boaters busy. Clams seemed to get the best action during the day. Getting well over a dozen fish in a trip is very common. A good supply of chum helps too. At night the boats have been doing well with eels. Less fish but the odd of catching a nicer fish are increased. Some fish over 30lbs have been taken from the inlets recently. Heading out in the ocean can produce some fine bass too. Find the bunker pods and fish them with a freshly "staged" bunker fish. This is one of those fine fish that can be found using this method.
A Patchogue local reported some bigger blues taken while using topwater lures (Tsunami Luers or Super Strike Poppers) from an ocean beach this week but for the most part the bluefish action consists of smaller cocktails running the inlets hitting tins (Like 007, A27 or Charlie Graves Tins) and bucktails. If you prefer bait, try a chunk of Bunker while fishing with a bottom rig.
Fluke fishing had plenty of action in the south shore bays. Moriches and Shinnecock did not lack shorts by any means. Fluke rigs and light bucktails tipped with either spearing, squid or gulp did well. TIP: Go as light as possible with the weight and still be able to maintain contact with the bottom. Focus on drop offs behind the inlets. If you decide to head east; The Peconics still have some quality fluke ranging in the 3-7lb range. The Patchogue's Mascot Dock also had a few fluke come up from bottom fishing. Some were quite close to keeper size.
Porgies are loaded along the sound beaches. Both shore bound fishermen and boat fishermen are getting in on the action. A few local spots have been Mt Sinai, Rocky point and Wildwood State Park. Use sandworms and clams for these fish.
The Local Docks in Patchogue remain loaded with blowfish. (or Pufferfish) These fish are very easy to catch and if you keep some they make a tasty meal. TIP: Keep it simple and use a small hook (#7 or #8) or rig baited with either clam or squid. Check out this video on how to clean a Blowfish. It's a simple and easy way to prepare these fish for the oven.
Ron's Recipe for Blowfish (Chicken of the Sea).
Clean the Blowfish by removing the head, guts and fins and then skinning, what is left is a piece of white meat with a bone down the center that looks like a chicken drumstick. Cover the bottom of a skillet or frying pan with olive oil and bring to a high heat. In a mixing bowl combine a 1/2 cup of Cornmeal, 1/2 cup of Flour, 1 tablespoon of Old Bay, and 1/2 teaspoon of Cayenne Pepper.
In another dish whisk together 1 Egg and 1 cup of Buttermilk. Dip the Blowfish Tails in the Egg and Buttermilk then roll in the seasoning mixture. Put the tails in the hot oil and fry until golden brown and crispy. Remove the blowfish tails from the oil when done and drain on a paper towel. Serve with fresh Lemon and Tartar sauce. Read more of Ron's Recipes...CLICK HERE
Yes, there are reports of Blue Claw Crabs at the docks and back and creeks of Great South Bay. Traps have produced better than site crabbing with a net but that will certainly improve over the next few weeks.
Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the holiday and tight lines. (PDF)
Did you know that there are 500 lakes and ponds on Long island? Photo of a "caught and release" 4lb Largemouth Bass taken using a live shiner from one of these local lakes. Note: A freshwater license is required. Stop down at the shop J & J Sports and we'll sign you up or click HERE to buy one online.
Patchogue Local "Mickey"
Local lakes are showing great results. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been good with multiple fish per outing. Fish to 5 1/2 pounds are being caught on a variety of baits like live shiners and nightcrawler. Lures like top water frogs, ribontail worms, jigs and small poppers are all getting "bites". However live shiners will always catch. Pickerel will also hit the same baits and tackle intended for bass. They are great entertainment why the bass fishing is slow.
The panfish are great to target too. if you just want to catch a "boat load" of fish, a small piece of nightcrawler and a float will catch any blueguill, perch or crappie in the area. They are great sport on ultra light tackle.
If you want to do some night time fishing, then walleye are good to target. they will hit slow retrieved lures like crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits. They have big gold eyes are very sensitive to light, so don't shine your flashlight on the water or you'll scare them.
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