Fishing for Stripers has been picking up. The action off the south shore beaches has been consistant. Its been a steady pick of bass up to 15lbs on swimming plugs after dark. Sp Minnows, Mag darters,and bucktails are working well. At first light a pick of bass on tins and small topwater plugs has also been reported. In the inlets the use of bucktails as well as weighted rubber shads has produced a decent amount of fish at about the same size class. After dark boats have been drifting eels along the inlet rocks for good success.
Bluefish have been running in and out of the south shore inlets. Most of the are only up to about 5lbs. Bucktails and tins will do an excellent job catching them. On the north shore larger blues have invaded the harbors. They have been feeding heavily on bunker. Topwater lures fished at dawn and dusk have been most effective. Try going with super strikes, cotton cordells or gibbs.
False Albacore made a huge showing at Shinnecock this past week after the storms. The came into the inlet feeding heavily on white bait crashing in close to the rocks. Most casters had multiple hookups. Using small tins was the trick. Another good tip was to skim the jigs along the top quickly.
Blackfish season has just opened and we have already received reports of fish being caught. The seas were very fishable, which worked out great for the boaters. Moriches seemed to have a good opening day. Fishermen were about to land many keepers using green crabs as bait. Fish up to 7 pounds reported. The wrecks off Shinnecock provided boats with some decent opening day fishing too. We will be fully stocked with green crabs, blackfish rigs and jigs through the season.
Seabass is always a safe bet. Fishing south shore, north shore east or west, Seabass have been a fish worth catching!! Simple hi-lo rig with clam or squid will "do the trick". And they are delicious!! Note: Anglers are reporting lots of Triggerfish around too.
A nice body of Weakfish have shown themselves in the bay out here in front of patchogue going westward. Fish the channels and holes with sandworms either on a diamond jig or weakfish rig. Using small soft plastics rigged with a jighead can be very effective on weakfish too.
Don't forget that Snappers are still around!! And Kingfish too are at the local docks.
The freshwater crowds have been heading out still in search of largemouth bass. Most are coming in and leaving with live shiners as bait. The reported back that the fishing was good. The bass averaged 1-2 lbs. Perch and Bluegills have been active as well. Nightcrawlers fished under a float have worked just fine. Try out West Lake or Great Patchogue Lake. Also don’t forget to take advantage of the Connetquot River State Park for fly fishing for trout. With the cooler water the fish should be feeding quite well now.