Crazy Fishing: Spanish Mackerel- Bonito And Cobia • Summer Fishing Update

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 Fluke fishing continues to produce keeper sized fish all over the island. Moriches bay and inlet have both been showing good keeper sized fish with some over 5 lbs.

The incoming tide has been the most productive. The best lure to use for fluke would be a spro bucktail and gulp. For those who favor bait fishing squid and spearing is the ideal combo. When using a bait a simple fluke rig or high low rig will do the trick. Shinnecock bay as also been showing a good variety of fluke well over the regulation. Weak fish have also been caught around ocean beach in the great south bay and the Peconic bay as well. The best way to target these fish would be squid strips and pink gulp.

 Bass and bluefish have remained steady throughout the summer with slot bass and large bluefish being consistently caught. Due to the new moon striped bass fishing has been excellent recently and will continue for the next couple of week as the weather changes. Montauk has been on fire with tons of bass being caught both in and over the slot limit. To target these fish plugs such as sp minnows and darters will work great. swim shads are also very effective. Dimond jigs are also good, the white and green colored tail are very productive. If you like to fish with bait, clam, bunker and mackerel are all great options. Be sure to remember when fishing bait use circle hooks because of the current regulations

Mixed in with the bass in the inlets are small Bluefish, Spanish Mackerel and Bonito.

The Atlantic Spanish mackerel is a migratory species of mackerels that swims to the Northern Gulf of Mexico in spring, returns to south Florida in the Eastern Gulf, and to Mexico in the Western Gulf in the fall. Wikipedia- EXCELLENT EATING


Our local wrecks have also been on fire with good reports of keeper sea bass and porgy. Ling have also been prevalent and will be mixed in with the species. In order to catch these fish all you need is a simple high-low rig with a small piece of squid or clam.

From the Patchogue's Mascot Dock  to the North Shore beaches  you can find a variety of our favorite summer fish. snappers, blowfish, porgy and triggerfish. The best local docks right now would be the mascot, Corey Beach docks and the Brookhaven Fishing Piers on the north shore. On the south shore snapper and blowfish are most prevalent. On the north shore porgy's will be the target. To catch all these fish a high-low rig with a piece of clam or squid is best and a 1 to 3 oz sinker will be most effective.

Crabs can also be found in large numbers at all south shore docks. The best way to catch them would be crab traps and a piece of bunker. While crabbing at night use a flashlight and a net.

We have some scattered reports of Bonito around the south shore inlets. Opposite of Albies, They are excellent eating. I can vouch for this myself. Fish for them the same way though small tins or Joe Baggs epoxy jigs and reel fast on light tackle setups. Tip: If you do stumble across them be sure to bleed and ice them right away. One of my favorite methods to cook them is a quick sear on the grill.

Fish Facts:  Bonito

Size Limit-Bag Limit-Season: No Restrictions.   If you are fishing from a pier or boat, you can catch them with Deadly Dick lures. Yes, they are good to eat and are a delicacy to some. A family it shares with is mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel.

Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Facts Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF)

Attached is an additional list of more "Fun Fish Facts-2 Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF) Updated

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 As the weather begins to change, freshwater fishing is getting better. Our local lakes such West lake Great lake and Swan lake are all great places to catch both panfish and bass. The best way to catch panfish would be a small hook with a bobber and a piece of night crawler. For bass bait will work but lures such as poppers, senkos and crankbaits all are excellent options.


Fish Facts:

Size Limit: 37” • Bag Limit: 2 Per Day • Season: All Year. Fine to eat. Cobia can be caught using bucktail jigs, or small plastic crabs or fish type lures. cobia can also be caught using eels.


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