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Blackfish and Sea bass -Green crabs are the bait of choice for the blackfish and clam for Sea bass. A good early season tactic for Blackfishing is Jigging for them. It is a fun and exciting way that produces fish. Use different jig weights depending on the current and depth of the water.
The Blackfish season has started off well with keeper sized Tog being caught along the local south shore inlets and Jetty's, the north shore Brookhaven Fishing Piers and out east. Green Crabs whole or cut in half after removing the legs fished on a bottom rig or blackfish Jig will do the trick.
fishing has been good along the south shore Artificial Reefs
and wrecks with limits of larger fish now being caught. Out east in Montauk
reports of fast limits of large fish up to 5 lbs. have come in. The fish have been biting on squid
as well as clam baits
fished on a 2 hook hi-lo rig
. Some of the deeper spots have produced an occasional Cod
as a by-catch to make things interesting.
False Albacore showing up in good numbers on the north fork's Hortons Point and are being caught on deadly dicks,and small diamond jigs. A tip is the faster you reel the better chances are that you will catch. Shinnecock Inlet had a good showing of the albies last week too.
We had a nice body of weakfish in on our south shore as well. Nothing of tremendous size. Most of them were 3-5lbs. Patchogue locals were able to get into some at the smith point area bayside. Anglers reported that they were having best luck with white bass assassins rigged on a jighead.
Porgy fishing has taken a back seat to Sea Bass and Blackfish of late but fishing has remained strong for anglers targeting them. This years Porgy season has been good from the start and is a great fall back if other species aren't cooperating. From a boat or from the shore, clams or squid will all work fished on a bottom rig with #2 or #4 Porgy hooks with a sinker.
Striped Bass fishing has turned on along the south shore, most fish are in the teens but larger fish are being caught as well. The fish are feeding on sand eels and have been aggressive. Diamond jigs with green tubes, Kastmasters, SP Minnows, and larger Storm Shads have all been landing fish. For anglers using bait clams during the day and eels at night have been the baits of choice.
have been spread throughout the south shore from The Hampton beaches all the way to Jones beach. The main bait-fish holding the bass have been bunker. Some shad and squid have been spotted along the surf line as well. During the day the use of diamond jigs
can be quite effective. After dark Joe Baggs swarter lures, mag darters and needlefish
are perfect to use. Most of the fish have been ranging from 12-18lbs with the possibility of one over 20lbs. Fish in the 30's are not out of the question either.
The north fork
has maintained a steady bite of Striped Bass for the past week or so. The fish have been mostly schoolies with a keeper mixed in. White bucktails
have been the go-to. Day blitzes have been common so look for birds working on white bait. Anglers also mentioned the False Albacore
have stuck around on the north fork of the island.
Lures to use are Joe Baggs epoxy jig, Deadly Dick Lures, Charlie Graves Lures and Shimano Coltsniper Lures.
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There will be plenty of action on the local lakes for anglers taking advantage of the fall stockings of trout
. Small gold or silver kastmaster or phoebe lures
have worked. If you rather use bait nightcrawlers
will do the trick. Check the DEC website for the local fall stocking schedule. The Bass have been aggressive with the water temps cooling down and the lakes starting to transition, try using a crankbait or swimbait along any structure or weed bed, this should provoke a strike. This is also a good time to fish live Shiners
for bass, fish them with or without a float. Panfish
are also active and will hit small spinners and beetle spins
as well as small pieces of worm on a #6 eagle claw hook
fished under a float.
Recipe: Seafood Gumbo
In a large pot stir together 1 cup of flour with 1 cup of canola oil. Use a wooden spoon when stirring so you dont damage the finish on the pot. Cook over a high heat stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Reduce heat to medium and cook for another 8-10 minutes while stirring. Add in 2 large chopped yellow onions, 3 stalks of chopped celery, 1 chopped large green pepper and 1 cup of chopped green onions. Cook and stir for another 5 minutes then add 4 cups of chicken broth, 8 cups of water, 4 cups of sliced ocra, 2 tablespoons of paprika, 2 teaspoons of oregeno, 2 tablespoons of salt and 1 teaspoon of pepper. Bring the entire mixture to a boil then reduce the heat to a simmer and cook for another 10 minutes while covered. Add in 1 lb. of cleaned peeled and deveined medium raw shrimp (no tails), 2 lbs of small bay scallops, 1 lb. of cooked andouille sausage cut into 1 inch pieces and 12 little neck clams (clean the shells before using). Add in 2 tablespoons of Cajun seasoning and simmer until the clams open. Serve over white rice with hot sauce (optional).
When preparing this recipe its a good idea to pre-cut all of the onions, peppers, and celery. Have the shrimp and clams cleaned, the sausage cut up and all of the other ingredients out and ready to go. The rice can be cooked in a seperate pot when you have added the seafood to the gumbo and are waiting for the clams to open.
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