Cooler weather increased activity for surfcasters.
This past weeks surf activity seemed to be heightening with more and more reports with each cooling day. The sand beaches have been active with schoolie bass and a occasional cocktail blue. Tins, Poppers, small bucktails and swim shads are the best bets for some morning action. If bait fishing is preferred, then you can't go wrong with clam or bunker chunks fished in the beach troughs. The chunks will pull some really nice fish this time of year....so be ready. Montauk is very lively with all kinds of acton: stripers, blues, albies and bonita have all made their presence and opportunities for some all day. Also , with the mention of Ablies they are sure to be around all south shore inlets and beaches in the next day or two. These speedsters are awesome light tackle action and will hit small metal jigs like deadly dicks, 007 diamond jigs and small soft plastics on jig-heads. They can be very picky on certain days so pack a variety of jigs in various colors and sizes. the fall run seems to be getting its start so get out there and go fishing.
This past weeks fishing was hot. All local lakes had great action and great catches. The bass and pickerel are very active
due to the cooling temperatures. If “bait & wait” is your choice then live shiners are a sure thing, a 2 foot section between the shiner and float should be ideal to keep the bait above the grass beds. The possibility of catching a nice yellow perch or a fat catfish is not out of the question too.
Lures are also an option: For bass and pickerel, swimbaits, shallow diving crank-baits, Senko style worms and jigs are all productive lures. If panfish are the quarry then a nightcrawler is all that is needed. Hereto, if you want to go artificial then a 1/16oz marabou jig in black or green and small floating rapalas will all get attention from any hungry panfish (they're always hungry).
Fish Chowder Recipe
Sauté 2 cups of chopped onion, 1 celery stalk, and 6 mushrooms in olive oil in a large pot until onions are opaque. Add 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of diced potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 2lbs of white fish Filets (cod, striper, fluke etc..), 1lb of raw Shrimp and 1 can of chopped Clams then simmer for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl mix together until smooth 1 cup of clam juice and a half a cup of flour, stir in to soup and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with Old Bay, Salt and Pepper. Remove from heat and and stir in two 12 oz cans of evaporated milk. Top each bowl with crumbled cooked Bacon, and a dash of Sherry and serve. More Ron's Recipes: Click Here
Striper fishing has been better at night using eels by the local inlets.
Some fish are still being caught during the day mostly using fresh clams and clam chum. Later into September, water temperatures should start to decrease and the bite should improve. Striper fishing in Montauk has remained good with the boats reporting nice catches of quality fish on eels and by trolling tubes on wire.
The Fluke bite has been mixed with some days more productive then others.
Most days will have a good bite at some time during the incoming and outgoing tide. Inside the bays the ratio of shorts to keepers is higher with more sea robbins then outside the inlets in deeper water.
Sea Bass fishing has remained good with steady actions on the local reefs.
Clam, squid, spearing and gulp will all work.
The sea bass limit is now 7 fish per angler with a 15" size limit.
When using a tandem or hi-lo rig don’t reel up after hooking the first fish,
wait a second or two and chances are you will double up.
Porgy fish has remained steady and has been the go to fish all season on the north shore and in the peconic's.
Clam and sandworms are the bait of choice but squid will also work and will stay better on the hook.
The local docks have provided excellent crabbing.
Snapper fishing has also remained good with most days providing steady action.
Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM
Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311
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