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Another week of great fishing in the ocean, bays and off the beaches and docks of Long Island. The Striped Bass fishing is in full swing. Party, charter and private boats are getting in on the action between Moriches and Fire Island inlets from 20 to 60 feet of water. Either Diamond Jigs or ava jigs the bass, when they are feeding on sand eels or you can try your luck at snagging bunker (off the many ocean formed bunker pods) in a method called snag & drop. Both methods have been yielding many fish but snagging bunker has seen more consistent big fish.
Surf fishing has been great as well. Anglers have been focusing around Smith Point County Park and Shinnecock Inlet for bass and are getting good numbers of small to medium sized fish using diamond jigs, needlefish or bucktails.
The use of a teaser is helping. Getting double headers is not uncommon when fishing with a feathered of plastic teaser above the lure.
Don't underestimate the Local docks for some exciting Bass action too. The 18-24' fish have been sought after throughout the Great South Bay. Plenty of action, lots of fun but not many keepers.
The North Shore is seeing some bass blitzes too along the shoreline. Like the south shore many of the fish seem to be smaller but still a lot of fun on proper tackle. The albies have been mixed in with the bass so be sure to carry some Joe Baggs Resin jigs in your bag too.
Shore-bound Blackfish has been productive for those trying. This time of the year they tend to be in close. Keepers and shorts are mixed together. They have been taking green crabs and Blackfish Jig. Try north shore rock piles or the south shore inlets for them. They will usually be hanging very close to structure. Stock up on extra rigs and jigs! Losing them is very common when blackfishing. Tackle Tip: One way around losing the entire rig is to tie a lighter piece of monofilament with a sinker loop for the sinker loop. Usually when you get snagged in the rocks its the sinker that will get hung up. This method enables you to get back the hooks from the rigs without snapping off everything.
The east end of Long Island has a smorgasbord of fish. Cod, Sea Bass, Striped Bass, Porgies, Bluefish and Blackfish. Jigs worked well and bait did fine too. This fishing trip is a fair predictor of what to expect next month. Good fishing will continue!
In the freshwater scene. The lakes are pretty active. The live shiners are a great option if you just want to cast a line out and sit and wait. A float, a number 1 hook and a live shiner are great combo to catch bass, pickerel, perch and crappie. Night crawlers will get you the other panfish of the lake like bluegills, pumpkinseeds and perch. Artificial lures like curly-tail grubs or spinners will get bite from a variety of lake species.
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