We have some wonderful Striped Bass fishing going on right now. Plenty of fish are being caught throughout the Great South Bay, the north shore and the south shore. Some of the Patchogue locals reported that Mascot dock had a few schools of schoolie sized Striped bass roaming around.
Patchogue local Gene said he released a keeper out of the mix. Small soft plastics and smaller sized swimming plugs were the ticket. If you are throwing bait you should bring sandworms, clams and bunker along. No sign on the Bluefish yet but that cant be too far away.
I also heard a few reports of some nice Weakfish being caught in the bay. try Smith point bridge and narrows bay. Small soft plastics and swimming plugs like the sp minnow, redfins and mag darters are all great choices. Try to focus on the higher points of the tides.
Fluke season opened up Friday and already people are doing very well at Fire Island, Moriches bay and the Peconics. Try drifting whole squids for more keepers. Gulp baits do a great job too. Try them on the end of a bucktail.
Pogries boats on the north shore and the Peconics are also heading out with success. Plenty of keepers to fill the coolers. Sandworms and clam pieces are the baits of choice.
Down at the lake, the trout have been fairly active on the warmer days. The two main choices are either worms under a float or using small lures. Don’t overlook using a fly. Warmer days will trigger a hatch that could make for a great bite.
This weeks recipe
Half Shell Clams on the grill or in the oven- Open clams and spread them out on the grill or a cookie sheet if doing them in the oven. Drizzle oliove oil on the clams and then sprinkle on chopped onion, crumbled cooked bacon bits, and some italian seasoned bread crumbs. Close grill and cook for a few minutes at high heat. If doing in the oven put the tray on the top rack and broil for 2-3 minutes.