Large Blues have spread themselves from one end of the island to another. The Gators have been pushing upwards of 15lbs. Smiths Point bridge area has been hot this past week. Most anglers have been using tins as well as topwater lures to hook up. Local docks from Bellport to Sayville have also been producing fish on bunker and mackerel chunks.
Stripers have been mixed in with the blues and have been especially hard to get to when the blues are on the feed. If you can get away from the blues you will have a good shot at some bass. Keeper sized fish can be picked on swimming plugs, bucktails and soft plastics. Moriches and Shinnecock bay are both good locations to try. Bait fishermen using clam and bunker are seeing good results too with the bass.
We have not heard much on Flounder this week due to lack of effort but this is a great time of the year to head out and try. Sandworms and clam are good baits to use. Chumming will also greatly increase your odds too.
The Porgy action has started to heat up on the North Fork with decent action and quality size fish in the Peconic’s since the opener. Sandworms and clams work well with Squid also being a good choice for bait. Chumming should help hold the fish as well. Some Weakfish are also being caught by Porgy fisherman, as well as the occasional Fluke. FLUKE OPENS Wednesday 5/17/17.
The freshwater action has been good with mixed reports of Trout, Pickerel and endless amounts of panfish in the local lakes.
Tony Montiphusco came in the shop the other day with a nice 17” brown trout caught on a Kastmaster lure. With Largemouth Bass being out of season (Largemouth Bass Opens the first Saturday in June) anglers are finding pickerel to be the next best alternative. Live shiners or artificial’s are the ticket to catching theses “Freshwater Torpedo’s”.
It is no secret now that the Connetquot River State Park Preserve and hatchery, located right off sunrise highway is up and running again.
Fly fishermen from around the island have been frequently taking advantage of the morning and afternoon sessions that the park offers. $20 will give you 4 hours of fishing in one of the most beautiful locations on long island. The river is stocked from beats 1-16 with rainbow, brook and brown trout.
Some of the fish released in the river are over 5lbs, so be ready to put your skills to the test. Aside from these monsters most trout range from 14"-18"
The park is Fly Fishing Only: An ideal fly rod set-up is a 4wt-6wt rod with matching reel and fly line.(The rod indicates the appropriate fly line to use) Top it off with a 6x tapered leader. That’s what I typically use but I wont hesitate to bump up to 5x leader if I’m targeting bigger fish.
Many different Flies” will tempt trout here. Some of my favorites are streamers and bead head nymphs are: Mickey Finn, Muddler Minnow, Wolly Bugger.
Give this hidden long Island gem a shot. Its one of those places you can never get tired of….Enjoy
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