Snapper blues are In!!!. Recent reports indicate the "baby" blues have arrived.. They're small and are found in the back bays and creeks. Many are mixed in with small bunker schools. Small hooks, small lures are what's needed. They grow fast and should be good to keep in about 2 weeks. Give it a try!!!
Striped Bass fishing is in full summer mode. Fishing has been good by the inlets with clam and bunker working during the day and live eels working at night. The Bunker pods have moved further east and some large fish can still be found on them. Breaking News!! Big Bass have showed up in Montauk, the next few weeks should only get better.
Fluke fishing has heated up with the hot weather. Moriches bay has been very productive with the area of Hart's cove producing some nice keepers. Spearing and Squid Strips or Gulp fished on a Spro Bucktail, set up with a teaser hook, has proven to be very effective. The Shinnecock area has had quality fish both inside the bay and outside in 65-75 feet of water. When fishing in the ocean try using some larger spearing and small squid on a hi-lo fluke rig. Tip: You can substitute a sinker with a heavier bucktail and a teaser.
Sea Bass fishing has been very good outside on most any bit of bottom structure that you can find. Clam or squid fished on a tandem rig will do the trick. Reminder: There is a 3 fish limit with a 15 inch minimum size. This goes up to a 7 fish 15 inch limit on September 1st.
Bluefish are being caught outside the inlets mostly by Bass fishermen trolling tubes and umbrella rigs or by anglers fishing eels. Smaller fish and scattered reports from anglers fishing in the south shore bays. They can also be found in the Peconic Bays jigging with tins.
Porgy fish has stayed consistent on the North Shore and the Peconic Bays from both the beach and from a boat. Fish have been on the smaller size the last few weeks but by catches of Blowfish, King fish, Weakfish and Sea Bass have kept things interesting. Either Fresh Clam or Squid fished on #2 or #4 porgy hooks will do the trick.
Blue Claw Crabs have been reported from the local docks and creeks. The shop is fully stocked with a variety of traps, nets, bait and whatever you may need to go crabbing this summer.
The South Shore inlet areas are still producing Bass and the occasional Bluefish. Try using Fresh Clam or Bunker during the day and eels either Live or rigged with a jig head at night. There is plenty of sand eels in the water holding the fish close to shore, try using some darter plugs or a narrow tin like a “Deadly Dick” when throwing lures during the day. Try a white bucktail rig tipped with either a white or red “Fat Cow Jig Strip” at night. Montauk and the area around the lighthouse has come alive in the last week, now is the time to head east and give it a try.
With the weather staying hot fishing has been more productive in the early morning or evening hours. Large Mouth Bass have been aggressive hitting top water plugs before the sun gets to high. Later in the day, switch to a plastic worm (Texas style rig…that makes it weedless) slowly fishing the heavy cover. During the day live shiners have been very effective on both Bass or Pickerel fished with or without a float. For consistent action nightcrawlers fished with a float will get you panfish and the occasional Bass or Pickerel.
Great Patchogue Lake has been one of the places providing consistent action. The lakes thick grass cover gives fish the shade they need to thrive in summer heat. TIP: Here to Just go “weedless” and bump up the line weight when going after them so you can pull fish from the weeds and not loose all your tackle. Even after dark this lake has been known to surrender LM bass to willing anglers.
Matt's tackle tip... When the bite gets tough during the summer heat try using bait, especially after dark. Bunker or clams will attract an array of species along the surf-line. A fishfinder rig with the proper size pyramid sinker is the best tackle to use for this fishing method. NOTE: Have a pair of long hook removers handy also. Sandbar sharks are known to prowl the beach this time of the year too. If landed they must be released. Shark Regulations (PDF)
Baked Stuffed Clams-Put 1/2 cup of water in the bottom of a steamer pot, place 18 washed hardshell clams in the top, cover and bring to a boil. The clams will pop open from the steam, about 8 minutes. Turn off and put to the side. In another pot sauté a cut up white onion and 2 cut up red peppers in olive oil and a teaspoon of crushed wet garlic. When onions and peppers are done (about 5 minutes) remove from heat and add the clam juice/water from the bottom of the steamer pot (strain through a cheese cloth removing all sand), the cut up clams (after removing them from the shell, save the shells) and 1 box of stop top classic stuffing. Mix thoroughly. Clean the empty clam shells splitting them in half. Fill the clam shell halves with the stuffing mixture and put on a baking sheet. Sprinkle some grated parmesan and Italian bread crumbs on the clams and bake in the oven at 350 for 25-30 minutes. Click here to see a complete menu of Ron's Recipes
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