The first good shot of action usually involves the mullet leaving the bays through the inlets into the ocean. This migration can trigger some nice action along our south shore beaches as well as Montauk.
Typically when fishing the mullet run its a good idea to have blue colored
plugs. Poppers and kastmasters work well for daytime use and darters as well as swimshads can get you some night time action.
An outgoing tide in combination with northeast winds will always help the mullet leave. In the past week or so we have seen a steady pick of bass along our beaches. The last hour of the in and the first of the outgoing have been most productive. Tides like this that line up with dusk and dawn are best to fish.
Working a popper under these conditions can be very effective. Bucktails can also land you some fish. It is important to read the beach for structure. When you are able to locate these areas, the amount of action you see will increase greatly.
Blues have been mixed with the bass. All the inlets from shinnecock to Fire Island are holding decent amount up to 10 lbs. Tins, buckatails and poppers are all good choices for bluefish.
The hard fighting false albacore have also shown up around the south shore inlets. The best time so target these little tuna is on
incoming water. The may push as far back as the bay side of the inlet. An array of tins will work for thew “albies” but a few popular favorites
are deadly dicks and diamond jigs. Also another effective was to hook up with an albacore is to fish a teaser behind a hookless plug. If you are handy with the fly rod then you should give that method a good try. Fighting an “albie” on the fly can be very exciting.
For the fluke fishermen this is your last shot. In a few days this years summer flounder season ends. For some areas this can be an excellent time to fish. The bays are still loaded with plenty of fluke as well as the oceans. Try fishing in 50-90 feet of water
with big baits like squid or spearing. Bucktails can be very productive along with fluke balls. Gulp bait along with plain spearing is also a good choice.
Fishing the wrecks off the south shore is continuing to see good numbers of porgies along with sea bass. Squid strips with chum is the way to go. For seabass you can also try a hi- low rig tipped with gulps.
The freshwater fishing has been giving those going out good action. Many are using live shiners and are reporting back with great results.
Let's not forget the snapper run. They're getting sooo big, We'll need to call them Bluefish. The usuall spots will produce however, John Masem just reported They've been sporadic at Pine Neck. Spearing or snapper poppers will produce some nice fish.
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