Summertime bass action continues to hold up fairly well. Inlets are holding a decent amount of Striped Bass in the keeper size range. Clams are working well by day and most fish taken at night have fallen for eels. You can also try clam chumming areas such as the back of inlets and around bridges. Fish have also been holding up well in the rips off of Montauk Point if your willing to make the trip.
Bluefish can be found in the local inlets right in with the bass. Bunker, Mackerel are all fine baits
Fluke fishing in both the bay and the ocean is producing a lot of action with several keeper sized fish not uncommon. Recent hotspots have been Shinnecock bay, Bellport bay (by the new inlet) and the ocean off Shinnecock and Moriches. Try your luck in the ocean with bigger baits for a trophy sized Fluke.
In the bay you will have success with bucktail/teaser setup along with
fluke rigs by dragging them on the bottom. Baits such as berkley gulp, spearing, squid and fluke belly have all been doing well.
If you can catch yourself some live snappers for bait, don't hesitate to give them a try. A lively snapper fished on the bottom will always entice a Fluke to strike. Remember the limit for snappers is 10 fish per person.
Porgies and Seabass can still be picked in the ocean as well as the sound. The hot weather has slowed the action a bit but as the water temperature cools again we should see an increase in the action. Clam strips will catch both species but if your looking to go after just Porgies then I would suggest you try sandworms on a hi-lo rig.
Snappers at the local docks are very aggressive. You can try snapper bait, 2 feet below a float. Try enticing a Snapper to bit, try something along the lines of a snapper popper, or a lure like a kastmaster, small hopkins or even a silver side-winder.
All local docks and rivers have been holding healthy populations of snappers. Some "hot spots" are pine neck docks, bluepoint docks and patchogue river.
Crabs are at all these locations too. They are lively critters!! Crab cages and bunker bait on a string have both been working excellent.
Freshwater fishing at the local lakes this week was keeping some anglers busy. Some customers came in and reported that bass were
falling for artificial worms as well as live shiners. Bluegill and sunny's were providing fun for the kids (and adults too.) Using a small piece of nightcrawler below a float will work perfect for them. Our front cover photo, this week, is of Christian salinas with a 2-2 LM Bass, from Patchogue lake.
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