This weeks surf reports were very eventful. Ablies showed in good numbers on both the north and south shore inlets as well as out east in Montauk. These speedsters are a blast on light tackle and can be taken on slim jigs like deadly dicks, 007 diamond jigs and any other shiny offering you can throw at them. Small bass have been on the sand beaches taking green diamond jigs, bucktails, swim shads and top water poppers. These fish are great fun for some early morning to all day action. Small bluefish have been mixed in as well and will hit the same kind of offering intended for bass. If you want to try and pull some bigger fish try soaking bunker chunks, this is a great way to catch some "just keeper" size fish and larger.
Over this past week we’ve heard amazing reports of stripers off of Davis Park on the inside and offshore, under the bunker pods with a diamond jigs. Cupsogue Beach County Park is coming back with a good report of a lot of slot sized stripers using a jecks bucktail, brighter the color the better the bite! Out of Fire island Inlet there was a good bite by the bunker pods also but for the best bite head more east!
A couple of Tackle Tips when blackfishing...Always bring extra rigs, jigs and sinkers. Losing them is inevitable. They will either get caught in the rocks or a larger fish can break you off when they run for the rocks. Also you want to use a rod that is fairly heavy so that you can yank the fish out of the rocks. Try using a reel with a higher gear ratio. This would help you gain leverage on the fish. Use at least 40 to 50 pound braid on that reel. Bring along at least 2-4 dozen crabs if you plan on fishing for a bit. If the bite is hot you will be going through bait quickly.
Patchogue local, Steven Barton stopped in to report that Snappers are still at the local docks. We have also heard that crabbing is still excellent at the moment.
Stripers and Blue are starting to show at all the inlets and those using clam or drifting live bait are having great success. Any of the bridges will also hold fish in the evening through out the night and early morning.
Weakfish are not out of the question this time of year as well, they can be caught with squid strips, clam and artificial’s such as bass assassins and gulp baits. If you want to venture out in the ocean then bass and blues can be found along the beaches, trolling is a great way of locating fish.
Bottom fishing is excellent as well. Jumbo Porgies and "knob-head" Sea bass are all sure bets along with Triggerfish, Ling and Cod. If you see a lot of bird play there might be a chance that are false albacore, try casting jigs or vertical jigging for some light tackle fun.
This past weeks fishing has been great. All the local lakes are active with all kinds of great catches. This time of year is good to target some of the larger bass and pickerel that the lakes have to offer. If wanting to employ artificial tactics then large swim baits, crank baits, jigs and spinnerbaits will all get hits. If bait & wait is your thing then large live shiners fished under floats will produce as well. The best thing is to fish the baits around structure like weed beds, laydown trees and any rock structure. Panfish are also a good bet this time of year and will hit a variety of bait and lures. Nighcrawlers are good for bluegills and pumpkinseeds, lures such as spinners and small grub jigs will catch larger perch and crappie. Another interesting species to target are the walleye that inhabit only two of Long Islands lakes , which are Fort pond in Montauk and lake Ronkonkoma. They are best targeted at night or low light conditions. A three inch curly tail grub, floating rapalas and small swim shads will work great.
• 2 lbs. Cod Fillet
• 3-4 Peeled White Potatoes
• ½ White Onion
• 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlic
• Salt and Pepper (to taste)
• Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)*
Pre-Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with olive oil and the crushed garlic. Cut the peeled Potatoes into slices and spread them out in the baking pan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the onion and spread out over the Potatoes. Drizzle more olive oil over the Potatoes and onion. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cut the Cod Fillet into serving size portions 6-8 ounces making sure that all bones and skin have been removed. Pat the fillets dry with a paper towel. Take the potatoes out of the oven and lay the Fillets in the pan spooning the Potatoes and onion over the top. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the Fillets if needed. Sprinkle some Red Pepper flakes to taste and put back in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the Fillets. The Cod will be White and Flaky when done.
* You can also use Lemon and Pepper seasoning if you don’t like it spicy.
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In This Issue: First Evidence of Lake Trout Natural Production in Lake Erie Boat Launch Construction Underway on Oneida Lake Wading Safety - Cold Water Guidance Lake Erie Open Lake Angler Survey Update - September 2022 Fisheries Staff Spotlight - Geof Eckerlin, Aquatic Biologist We wanted to share a rare, unique opportunity for our subscribers to check out a recently published article, "Evidence of lake trout ( Salvelinus namaycush) natural reproduction in Lake Erie" from the Journal of Great Lakes Research.