Fishing for Striped Bass has been hit or miss. Sometimes they are on the feed and some days its just a pick of fish. Shop employee Ron did well a few
days back clam chumming Moriches for bass up to 33." One other regluar customer reported a few fish off the local docks up to 28" caught on
Surfcasters have been having luck fishing the bays with small swimming plugs and fishing the inlets with bucktails and rubber shads. Shinnecock bay and inlets have been most productive. Most fish are 25-32" but some larger fish can be found in between.
Bluefish have thinned out in the bays. The docks are seeing a fish or two coming up on chunks. The best bet for getting into some blues recently has been around inlets. Fire island, Moriches and Shinnecock are all holding blues anywhere from cocktail size to over 10 lbs. Try the bay side of Smith Point County Park,It has been productive too. You can use baits like bunker or mackerel chunks or lures like diamond jigs or bucktails.
Fluke fishing has picked up both in Moriches and Shinnecock bay. One customer headed out into Moriches and was able to obtain a Fluke limit on gulp baits with bucktails. The North Fork of long island is still seeing some good action too with some larger fish being taken on bigger baits like whole squid or large spearing. Bucktails and fluke rigs are both working well.
See my recent video on a popular fluke rig that I like to use.
A few stray reports of Weakfish reports continue to trickle in. Small soft plastics such as bass assassins rigged on a leadhead continue to work.
If you're looking for Porgies action, head east,north or south. North shore beaches are starting to produce nice size porgies. Mt Sinai, Rocky Point, Wading river are all starting to produce. The east end/ Peconics are still producing fine numbers of porgies. With a 2-3 pounder still possible. South shore inlets and reefs, are starting to show signs or life too. Clams, sandworms and squid are the baits of choice.
The main focus of freshwater action for the next few weeks will be Largemouth bass. The best choice of bait would be either live shiners, or if you chose to go artificial, then rubber worms or small topwater lures. The bass should be very active right now being that they just finished spawning and they’re looking for panfish.
With that said, panfish are also very active, being that they are now chased by 3-5lb LM Bass. Half a nightcrawler or small trout lure are the best bet to catching some very large and aggressive bluegills. Trout are still somewhat active and willing to take an assortment of fly’s, worms or gold color lures.
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