Coming off the May new moon we have seen a nice influx of action around the island. Blues are becoming more consistent anywhere from Smith Point County Park to Robert Moses State Park They are taking tins and top water lures. For bait, bunker and mackerel chunks are perfect. Most of the fish are ranging from 8 to over 15 lbs.
Striped Bass are getting more numerous in our bays and along our beaches. This week saw a few more keeper sized fish come up. "Caster's" have been throwing swimming plugs like SP Minnows and Mag Darters while the boats have been using clam for good results. Smith Point Bridge area has had a nice population of fish. The back bay of Moriches is also another location that will give you a solid chance of some bass action. Striped bass continue to build with larger fish being reported almost daily. Bass-Assassins, live bait and bunker chunks have accounted for quality fish.
With Fluke season open for a few days, we are now seeing some nice first week action. Boats drifting in Narrows Bay are doing well with numbers and some keepers to make things interesting. In the Peconics the fishing has been good so far. A couple of fish, approaching 10lbs, have been boated the previous days. The fish are falling for the old squid and spearing combo either fished on a bucktail or a plain fluke rig. Gulp baits have doing a good job catching fish also.There are also some fluke reported in Moriches Bay on the last of the incoming tide,
Big Porgies are hitting hard in the Peconics. Many boats are doing quite the bail job using clams on a High Low Rig. Chum will help you bump up your numbers for sure. Don't be surprised if a weakfish does find its way to your porgy offering though. A few weakfish have been reported as a pleasant surprise while targeting Porgies.
Down at the local lakes Panfish and Yellow Perch are keeping the locals busy. Nightcrawlers and small jigs are working best. A few fly fishermen have been able to nymph some of these fish when the wind allows them to. Great Patchogue Lake is still seeing some good pickerel fishing along the weed-lines with live shiners and soft plastics. Pickerel remain active in the local lakes and are taking spoons or spinner baits. Panfish are a good option for the kid's, using a worm under a float will work well.
Sea Robin's Show At Local Docks-Great Fun And Good Eating Too...More Fish Facts:
Sea Robin: Size, Bag, Season: No Restrictions.
Sea Robins feed on sandworms, squid, clam and will take lures too. Fun to catch and fine to eat.
•Size Limit: 10”• Bag Limit: 3 Per Day
•Season: 7/16-5/14 Toadfish feed on sandworms, squid, and clam. Although they are edible, oyster toadfish are rarely eaten because they are ugly and slimy.
Hickory Shad: • Size Limit: No Restrictions • Bag Limit: 5 • Season: All Year…Anglers catch hickory shad with small jigs, inline spinners, flies, and other lures
The Northern Puffer is known to most as the blowfish :
• Size Limit: No Restrictions • Bag Limit: No Restrictions,
• Season: All Year. Excellent eating!!
Blowfish feed on sandworms, squid, and clam.
"puffs up" into a ball in self-defense by inhaling air or water
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