Reminder the fall Blackfish season opens on October 11th for the north shore and the 15th for the south shore. The shop will be fully stocked with Blackfish Jigs, Rigs, Hooks and Green Crabs.
Surf fishing continues to be active. The entire south shore from Jones Beach to Montauk is loaded with small bass. "Blitzes" have been popping up around the island almost every day. The fish have been feeding on "rainbait" , mullet and bunker. Some of the blitzes can be quite exciting to see.
The south shore bays/inlets are filled with mullet too which are fueling the bite. For day fishing try jecks bucktails, . ava jigs, Charlie Graves tins and yo-zuri surface cruisers. If you going out at night in search of "cow bass" I would go with mag darters, sp minnows, storm shads or super strike bottle plugs. Fish close to the inlets and keep an eye out for mullet in the surf.
I heard of some larger bluefish in Montauk too during this past week. They were taking the same lures as the bass. The south shore inlets have a good concentration of smaller blues that were hitting anything from tins to bucktails.
Typical these fish have been showing in the evenings and early mornings while it's not unusual to see large schools of fish aggressively chasing mullet and other bait fish clear out of the water.
I haven't heard any reports of surf caught weakfish, but the boats have been producing very well in the great south bay. your best bet is anywhere from Sayville to Bayshore. Most are catching smaller fish but there are a few over 20". They have not been too picky like weakfish sometimes can be. Any small soft plastic lure rigged on a light jighead are working well. Some guys are drifting single hook diamond jigs with a squid strip or sandworm on the back with good results.
Patchogue local Anthony Costa reported good fishing during the week off of Browns river in about 10 feet of water. He was using the squid strip and ava jigs diamond jig method to catch these fish. He ended up bringing one home for dinner.
Locally, Pablo and Andrea also scored with schoolie bass and a few weakfish while fishing during the evening off of Patchogue's Mascot Dock. They used bucktails and bait for an enjoyable evening of some great fishing.
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As the Fluke season comes to an end, I had a few reports come in from the south shore inlets, Fire island, Moriches and Shinnecock. Surprisingly I did get reports of fluke from the guys targeting weakfish in the great south bay. They were landing some every trip on the diamond jigs tipped with squid strip. It was a mixed bag of shorts and keepers however, a great deal of fun.
Albie's continue to provide furious action along the south shore inlets. Not a good eating fish but you can't beat the fight. Shimano Coltsniper jigs, Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs Resin Jigs, and small tins are the lures of choice.
Kingfish are in abundance at the local docks. Anglers targeting snappers were surprised at the amount of kingfish landed during the day. Clam or sandworms are the baits of choice. A #6 hook and a 1 oz sinker is all you'll need to catch these tasty critters.
Talking about snapper blues; yup, there are still plenty around. When the weather changes, these mini blues will head for the inlets, so go and enjoy them while the fishing is good.
It's worth repeating : If you enjoy crabbing, try and get down to the docks at least one more time. They are still around and are rather big this time of the year. Patchogue's Mascot Dock , Pine Neck Dock and Bluepoint ( Corey Beach) are all good ones to try out.
If your fishing trip takes you to Shinnecock Inlet or Shinnecock Canal, you can target Porgies, Blowfish, kingfish and Sea Robbins. All fine table fare and fun to catch. Squid, spearing, sandworms or clam are all fine baits to use.
If your trip takes you to Smith Point County Park, the surf is active with bass and small bluefish. Day trippers can use tins, bucktails or bait (bunker) to target these gamefish.
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