Snappers and crabs are at the Patchogue Mascot Dock....Sandspit Marina....Corey Beach....Pine Neck Dock and many other creeks through out the Great South Bay. Both of these species are very easy to catch and provide a great meal. Snappers can easily be caught using a snapper popper with or without a spinner. Small bait hooks with a long shank and a small piece of clam or spearing. Remember that snappers are just juvenile bluefish and have the same regulations while fishing.
Crabs can best be caught using a net or a simple trap. The best bait to use would be a piece of frozen bunker.
Long island fishing continues to heat up with a recent push of both warm weather and water. As many know shark fishing has been excellent with thresher sharks up to 450lbs being caught all around the island in the ocean. The best bait for these fish would be bunker or mackerel, either whole or chunked. Large thresher sharks can provide a great fight and an even better food source but when handling these fish beware of there large tails because they cause damage if hit.
Sharks In The Surf
South shore beach and boat fishermen are continuing to catch Sharks! Check out the regulations. Some of these animals need to be released quickly and unharmed.
Bass and bluefish have slowed downs slightly in our bays due to the warmer water temperatures, however these fish can still be found in the South Shore Inlets and ocean. These fish can be targeted by using bunker or mackerel. Artificial lures are a great alternative. Poppers, darters and swim shads are all great options. For a quick tip when fishing in the ocean be on the look out for blitz's of birds and large schools of bunker because both bass and blues will be feeding on them.
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Fluke fishing continues to produce with great reports of keeper fish all over the island with Moriches Inlet ...Narrow Bay.... and Shinecock Inlet holding lots of good sized fish. The best way to catch fluke would be squid and spearing. Bucktails and high-low fluke rigs are also good options for these flat fish.
Black sea bass fishing has been good as well with fish being caught at all of our local wrecks and Artificial Reefs. For best results clam bellies on a high-low rig seabass rig will do the trick. Be sure to remember the new updated regulations for these fish 16 inches at 3 fish a day.
Bottom fishing is also doing well with porgy, triggerfish, blowfish and kingfish. To catch these fish a simple high low rig with clam and sand worm will be great. Sinkers of up to 2 to 3 ounces will do the job. Most of these fish can be caught in both the local docks, Shinecock Inlet and many North Shore beaches.
The action on the freshwater front has been holding up well this week. Great Patchogue Lake was one of the prime go to spots. Many Patchogue Locals that fish live shiners reported back that the action was consistent. Many Large Mouth Bass (Black Bass) are in the 1-2lb range with an occasional 3lb plus fish. Early morning or sunset are the times fish can be most active. 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.
MINIMUM SIZE Total Length: 14"
DAILY POSSESSION LIMITS (Number of Fish): 15
OPEN SEASONS: All Year
- Spanish mackerel have a greenish back with silver sides and belly.
- They are covered with very tiny scales.
- They have yellow or olive green oval spots all over. These spots distinguish Spanish mackerel from cero mackerel, which have yellow-gold streaks along their midline.
- Spanish mackerel can be distinguished from king mackerel by their smaller size and the absence of the lateral line that drops abruptly below the second dorsal fin.
- They migrate as the seasons and water temperatures change.
- Along the Atlantic coast, Spanish mackerel spend the winter off Florida and move northward to North Carolina in early April and to New York in June. As waters cool later in the year, they return south to Florida waters.
- Spanish mackerel must be landed with their heads and fins intact.
Spanish mackerel, an especially good eating finfish, produces an attractive plate-size cutlet or an essentially boneless fillet. Mackerel can be fried, baked, poached, grilled, marinated, smoked and barbecued—it is considered by some to be the best barbecue fish in the South Pacific and Asia.
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