Striped Bass fishing has stayed strong this week. Clams have been producing in the Inlets and in the cuts, lots of shorts but a good amount of keepers mixed in.
Drifting Bunker in the inlets has also been very effective with most fish being are keepers. Fishing the Bunker pods off of Fire Island “has heated up this past week” with large fish over 35 lbs being reported.
Bluefish catches have slowed this past week with the fish being more sporadic. size of the fish are in the 4-5lb range. There is still a fair amount of Blues around just not the abundance we had earlier in the spring.
When targeting Bluefish look for the birds working the schools of bait. This is usually a good indicator that predator fish are feeding on bunker or a bait ball. Try casting any top water plug or using a "tin" like a A27 or A17 with a tube will also produce.
Fluke fishing has been “hit or miss” with reports of some quality fish coming in from both the fire island and Moriches inlet areas. While at times fishing can be spotty, every tide seems to produce a few fine fish. the trick is to be ready and not give up during the slower periods.
We have heard reports of fish being taken outside of shinnecock inlet in the 75-80 foot range. With the weather finally cooperating and the water temperatures on the rise its only a matter of time before things should get more consistent. Squid, Spearing, Smelts or Berkley Gulp (Imitation bait) are all fine choices. Using a “Hi-Lo” rig can be more productive with surprising results. Give it a try, you’ll see what I mean.
Porgy fishing on the North Shore and in the Peconic's has been the mainstay this year with quality and quantity catches all season. Sandworms or cut clam are the baits of choice with small pieces of squid also being effective. Use either a #2 or #4 Porgy hook on a tandem bottom rig with the lightest amount of weight you can get away with. (2-4oz on the average)
Even though it is early in the season we have had the first reports of Blue Claw Crabs in some of the local creeks, its only a matter of time before the local docks should be producing. Remember the size limit on a Hard Shell Blue Claw is 4 1/2 inches across the shell (Soft Shell 3 1/2 inches). Using box traps baited with Bunker is the most effective way to catch Crabs early in the season.
if you’re using an overnight trap in the creeks or estuaries of Long Island; There are a few new regulations . Check it out: Click Here.
Surf Report: Anglers casting from the shore have scored with Bass Assassins, SP Minnows, and Jigs with a red or white Fat Cow Jig Strip attached. Pablo, from the shop, and his friends concentrated their efforts on Shinecock Inlet this past week. The guys reported that there is no shortage of action. Striped Bass and Bluefish kept theses guys busy for hours. The tides do matter: The Last hour of the incoming and first two hour of the outgoing were the most productive. Joe Baggs Bucktails, Mega Shads and Tsunami Shads have all been effective lures. Were sending this NEW exploratory angling group to Smith Point next week for a hands on fishing report. We want you to know the best techniques and tackle to "catch fish and NOT just go fishing."
If you’re fishing The local docks, Patchogue's Mascot Dock, is still producing Bluefish. using either Bunker or Mackerel chunks are “Luring in” fish and tempting them to bite the hook. Blues range in the 4-5lb class.
Freshwater fishing continues to be active. Your best bets is to try Great Patchogue Lake , Gibbs Pond in Nesconset and West Lake in Patchogue.
When targeting Large Mouth Bass the lures of choice are small floating Rapalas, Senko style worms. Small top waters poppers or swim-baits are suitable options. Try Hulla Poppers or Snagg Proof frogs.
Tip: When fishing with rapala lures you just want to cast around the grass edges” of the lake or pond and reel in very slowly.
If your choice is to bait fish then you want live shiners or nightcrawlers. If you’re fishing with bait don’t be surprised if you hook into and nice sized perch or bluegill. If you’re using Shiners, this particular bait will attract the prime predators of the area, Pickerel or a “Bucket Mouth” Bass. Either bait can be used with a number 6 eagle claw hook and a float (about 2’ above the hook).
Ron's Recipe's...It's not fish week
STUFFED WILD TURKEY BREAST ON THE GRILL- Butterfly (split in half but not all the way through) a Boneless Skinless Turkey Breast, use only the meat from one side of the Breast bone. Stuff with Cornbread Stuffiing and roll together.
Cover the breast completely with strips of bacon and hold it together with toothpicks. Put in the center of the grill and cook at low indirect heat only using the side burners on the grill. If using coals keep them to the sides of the grill as well. Cover the grill and cook between 45 minutes to an hour depending on the size of the Breast.
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