Bluefish action along the South Shore Bays and inlets really heated up this past week with some double digit choppers being weighed in. Tins with red or white tubes attached are easy to cast and will always work when bluefish are in the area. The local docks are also producing fish with bunker or mackerel chunks working best. It's always recommended to use a wire leader when fishing for bluefish.
Striped Bass has continued to be solid and keeps getting better as the water warms up with the better weather. The Smith Point County Park area has been producing as well as the local South Shore inlets and cuts. Bass Assasins, SP Minnows and Mag Darters have all been producing fish. The Bass have been feeding on bunker, so chunking fresh or frozen bunker chunks has also produced bass.
The last couple of season's porgy action on the North Shore and in the Peconics has been solid all season. This year is no exception with the season having a red hot start. A Tandem Porgy rig with #2 or #4 porgy hooks baited with either clam or sandworms have been producing. Squid pieces will also work well. If you are on a boat uing a chum cage with a log of frozen clam chum will hold the fish for a more consistant bite. When porgy fishing use the lightest amount of weight you can get away with while still holding the bottom.
Fluke fishing has been steady in the Peconics off of Shelter Island with a combination of squid,spearing or Gulp tipped with spearing fished on a Hi-Lo fluke rig doing the trick. Most fluke trips have been producing a keeper or two.
Fluking in the South Shore Bays has also picked up with shorts mixed in with an occasional keeper. Small Spro Bucktails and a teaser hooks tipped with either Gulp, Spearing or Squid have been working in the bays. Every tide seems to produce at least one flurry of activity so, be patient and wait for it.
On the Freshwater side, fishing has picked up with the weather finally cooperating. At the local ponds trout have been hitting on Nightcrawlers fished under a float and small gold Kastmaster lures.
Connetquot River State Park has been producing steady fly action on trout with some quality fish being caught everyday.
With the Largemouth Bass season still a week away, pickerel have been providing plenty of action when fishing live Shiners with or without a float next to weedbeds and structure.
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f you catch one of these critters... Be careful: The stargazers are a fish that have eyes on top of their heads. They also have a large, upward-facing mouth on a large head. Stargazers are venomous; they have two large venomous spines situated behind their opercles and above their pectoral fins. This species may also cause electric shocks. They have been called "The meanest things in creation".