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Local Docks
Patchogue's Mascot Dock  are still giving the locals plenty of fun fishing. The snappers are getting bigger by the day. They are hitting snapper poppers, tins and snapper bait. You can try Mascot dock, Pine Neck Dock or Corey Beach dock. Blowfish have still been active down at the docks. I like to use clam on a double hook rig. Be ready for the bite though, these fish can be bait stealers. Zeppi from the shop reported that kingfish were active down at the dock. A lot of small ones but a few better sized ones mixed in too. They were taking the clam on the blowfish rigs. 
Crabbing continues to be a popular Long Island activity.  The South Shore's Great South Bay has provided locals and visitors alike with some of the finest Blue Claw crabs around. It's a fun filled day (and evening) for the entire family. Fun to catch and great to eat!  Traps and nets producing: preferred baits are bunker or mackerel chunks. At night, bring a flashlight and try "site crabbing" using a 6' or 12'  net.  Enjoy!

PDF of the local/Monthly tide chart for your convenience. (will open in new window) Thanks for Looking!!


We have had some mixed fluke reports this week. Patchogue locals have been saying plenty of action with a few keepers mixed in. However its almost too hard to get down to the fluke with the amount of sea robins in the bays. Either way its great action and keep in mind that sea robins are a good table fare too. Squid and spearing combos are perfect to use on either a hi low rig or a bucktail. The spots im getting most of my reports from are both Shinnecock and Moriches areas behind the inlets. Try fishing the last of the incoming tide ;This cooler ocean water is making the fish most active.
Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF)

Striped Bass
Striped bass fishing is a bit slower this time of the year when it comes to catching something to bring home for dinner. I myself like to switch gear over to light tackle catch and release. The bays are filled with plenty of small fish that will have no problem hitting a small popper, soft plastic or swimming lure. Montauk is still surrendering some resident cows to boaters using eels off the point.

The north shore ( Brookhaven Fishing Piersof Long island seems to be inundated with Porgies. All the rock plies from Wildwood State Park going east have been getting reports of fish. Plenty of keepers to bring home for the dinner table too. Sandworms and Clam are the best baits to use for them. The south shore inlets also have some Porgies. They seem to be bigger too. Use a heavier spinning rod that gives you the ability to "yank them out of the rocks."  

Surf Report
The surf scene has held steady recently. Plenty of small fish can be caught around Moriches and Shinecock Inlet  on small buckatails and lures. For larger fish head east to Montauks rocky south side and toss a live eel or darter for the best chance at a mid-summer cow.
Bluefish are making spotty appearances around our islands east end. Montauk being a good spot to try for them. Topwater lures at dawn and dusk are good bets. Some of the fish have been going over ten pounds.
The shop is still stocking live shiners ever week. Patchogue locals have been stopping in purchasing a couple dozen every time out. They said that the open areas of the lake (with no weeds) are where the shiners work best for Largemouth bass and Pickerel. The best method is using a shiner fished under a float. Live nightcrawlers fished the same method have been catching panfish. Use light tackle for the most fun with these fish. Another good option for Largemouth bass is weedless frogs fished around lilly pads at dusk and dawn.

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