Now with Blackfish set to open along the south shore on October 15th and October 11th on the North shore indicates that a fall bottom fishing trip for all three of these tasty fish should help fill your freezer. The shop will be well stocked with a variety of bait and tackle for all your needs.
Fishing for Striped Bass and Bluefish has picked up along the local south shore inlets. Clams during the day and Live Eels or bunker fished either, live or rigged, at night. The fish have been feeding on the abundance of sandeels that are around, anglers using an A17 or A27 tins with a green tube have reported success. All signs point to a good fall and will improve as the nights get longer and the water temps drop.
Striped bass are all over our island right now and in particular the inlets. Both moriches and Shinnecock inlets have been loaded with bass up to 40 pounds. This bite has been late a night with the incoming tide. Most anglers have had success on bucktails with jig strips, white bucktails have been the most productive with anglers using pink, red or green jig strips. The best way to fish a bucktail would be to cast it out and let it drift once it hits the bottom.When fishing moriches or Shinnecock a 3 to 4 oz bucktail is your best bet because in these areas the current can move very fast When night fishing at the inlet it’s crucial that anglers have the right gear including waders and korker boots. Live bunker on a circle hook was the bait & tackle of choice. (Reminder: Article (Circle hooks are required)
The Fluke is officially over on October 9 so anglers are getting ready to get their last licks until next spring. Fluke fishing in our local bays like moriches, fire island and Shinnecock have been lights out. Typically this time of year we see plenty of keeper fluke and tons of shorts. The smiths point and fire island bridges have been holding plenty of keeper fluke with plenty weakfish in the mix as well. Lures like bucktails with gulp or squid strips is a great choice for these fish
As we wait for the gator blues to come in for the fall our local rivers and bays are loaded with snapper blues around 10 to 15 inches in size. While these fish aren’t huge they are great eating and can provide a fun fight on light tackle. When looking for these fish from a boat it’s best to keep an eye out for birds working the water which usually means there is bait underneath and of course bluefish. The best way to catch these fish would be small lures like spinners and resin jigs.
The seasons False Albacore run has not disappointed, runs of fish have been reported off all the local South Shore Inlets as well as the Montauk area. Pablo (from the shop) along with other members of his family, all had success fishing Shinnecock inlet for these speedsters. Pablo suggests using a Joe baggs Albie Jig
We have had a report or two of some nice Weakfish over 20 inches being landed in Peconic Bay region, on the east end of the Long Island Sound and in the Great South Bay region. Drifting a Hi-Lo rig baited with a squid strips should put you on fish. Tip: Use a light to medium spinning rod with the least amount of weight needed. Weakfish can be spooky and are most active in the early morning hours before the sun gets to high and there's an increase in boat traffic.
Bottom fishing has continued to be hot with both Sea Bass and Porgies cooperating most of the season. Patchogue Local came in and weighed a nice 5.1 Sea Bass that he caught fishing outside of Moriches inlet on one of the Artificial Reefs
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The action at the Patchogue's Mascot Dock and local creeks has still provided plenty of action with some really nice sized Blowfish and Blue Claw Crabs. This year has been the best in the last few years on both so take advantage before it ends.
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This years Albie run has been strong with fish hitting small tins like Deadly Dick's casting them off the south shore inlets. The schools (when not broken up by the boat traffic) will work there way back and forth along the jetties and within casting range. Be patient and let the fish come to you. Anglers have reported lots of bait in the surf including huge schools of sand eels that the Bass and Blues have been targeting. Casting a tin with a green tube or Bucktails has been providing steady action on some smaller Bass and Blues. Bait fishing with clam or bunker chunks has also worked with some Bass in the teens being landed. There have been a few reports of fish being landed on bucktails at night in the Shinecock Inlet and Moriches areas as well.
October is a great month to get in on some of the best Largemouth Bass fishing of the season. The fish will all be on the feed getting ready for the winter months, so the time to fish is now! The fish will generally be active throughout the day but early morning and evenings are best. Artificial lures are a great way to get in on the fall action, so if "cast and crank" is your thing then swimbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits will all get attention.
Top water is also an option but this works better on the warmer days of fall. If you are willing to "bait and wait" then you cant beat a large live shiner fished on a float rig. Don't be surprised if you hook into a gator pickerel, jumbo perch or slob crappie while trying your luck for largemouth. The panfish like blueguills, pumkinseeds and perch are also still active and they can't pass up a nighcrawler suspended under a float. Small plastic grubs, hair jigs and trout magnets will also produce very well too.
The Connetquot River State Park has been great, with anglers averaging half a dozen or more trout per outing. They have been taking dry flies, nymphs and streamers like woolybugers and epoxy bait fish (yup. that's a fly too). These fish are seeing less pressure this time of year being most of the crowed is targeting saltwater species of fish.
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