The Local Docks are seeing plenty of snappers, that are big enough to catch. Small pieces of spearing and tiny tins casted and retrieved are the things being used to catch them: remember that the limit this year on bluefish and snappers is only 3 per person.
With the striped bass moving to colder waters to the north, anglers turn to the Local docks for some light tackle fun. the docks here in Patchogue are seeing good size kingfish along with basketball size blowfish. people everyday are coming into the shop asking the crew how to catch these fish. They are very easy to catch, all you would need is a simple small hook, Tackle tip: Chesterton hook, size 9 or 10 (flounder hook) on a top and bottom rig, or pick up a porgy rig, then add a small sinker to the bottom and bait the hooks with clam belly and you are all set to catch the small game fish. these fish also are good for eating.
Patchogue Locals have reported that they did quite well with blowfish at Blue Point dock/Corey Beach too. They used a combination of clams and squid to catch them.
Blues have been plenty full in the south shore inlets. Mainly cocktails this time of year. Fire island • Moriches • Smith Point County Park and Shinecock Inlet have been the go to spots to get into the action.
The local wrecks have been the places to fish during the summer months. Sea bass, Ling and Cod have all been reported. Squid or clam should do the trick. 1/0 or 2/0 hook with a 4-5oz sinker is the tackle of choice. Don't be surprise if a Fluke hits that bait too.
Minimum Size Limits: 37"
Possession Limits: 2 per day, per person
Seasons: All year
The North Shore has seen good porgy action, with a lot of sea bass mixed it. if you are fishing from the boat, head out to a sandy bottom or one of the many sandbars in the sound with a Jeck's, or Spro bucktail tipped with squid and or spearing and you have the best set-up for fluke.
Down at Shinecock Inlet and Moriches inlets triggerfish have been cooperating with anglers fishing for them off the rocks. The use of a hi low rig baited with either clam or squid is perfect to use. Remember to use a rod and reel combo with some power. When hooked these fish will dart into the rocks instantly. You have to beat them before they beat you.
Fluke fishing has stayed fair in the bays. Plenty of short action with some keepers in the mix. Patchogue Locals, reported plenty of shorts in Moriches with 3 keepers. A lot of sea robins mixed in too. The bait of choice was spearing with squid strips. Shinnecock has been offering some good fluke fishing too in the ocean, about a mile off. A better short to keeper ratio as well. Try large sized smelts or spearing for a good shot at a bigger fish.
Summer Weakfish continue as the season progress, plenty of fish from 2lb-4lb. Surfcasters and boat fishermen doing equal well, Many of these fish have been taken on small swim shads, tins, as well as bucktails tipped with gulp baits. For bait fisherman clam, squid or sandworms have been the ticket
On The Surf: Striped Bass fishing at the south shore inlets is mostly schoolies this time of the year and they are being caught on clam. Once in a while a keeper sized fish will come up too. For larger fish you should give Montauk a go.
The local lakes are a little choked with weed but if you can get down past them with a weedless rig or topwater frog you can expect some bass. Try early mornings and late evenings for best results. The fish become more active at these times.
Try something new: Here is a listing (and links) of some of Long Islands 500 lakes and ponds to try. Enjoy!
• West Lake • Swan Lake Info • Carmans River • Bubble Falls • Caleb Smith State Park • Argyle lake • Southards Pond • Belmont Lake • Upper lake Yaphank • Southaven Park • Connetquot River State Park • Lake Ronkonkoma • Great Patchogue Lake • Gibbs Pond • Artist Lake • Fort Pond, Montauk
Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.