Kevin Dunton displaying a 6lb Fluke from Montauk
Porgy fishing has remained steady. Porgies on the north shore and in the Peconic Bay region have not disappointed anglers the entire season. Sandworms, fresh clam or squid on a #2 or #4 porgy rig using the lightest sinker possible are all you need to bring home dinner.
The inlets are still holding slot bass and good sized bluefish. Most of these fish have been caught on both bunker chunks and diamond jigs.
Trolling, jigging, with a tin or simply looking for the “birds chasing bait” and casting an assortment of plugs will do the trick.
Quality keeper Fluke can still be caught in the bays but you have to be patient getting through the shorts and sea robins. Fishing seems to have picked up outside the inlets in the Moriches and Shinnecock areas. Try mixing up the baits and different color combinations on your bucktails and Berkley gulp bait. In the Ocean use larger presentations like whole squid and smelts or Snappers. (snapper produce live or dead). Breaking News • From Fire island inlet: Jack Slater weighed in a 5.5lb Fluke aboard the "High Moon"(cover photo)
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In Moriches both the east and west cut are holding keeper sized fluke on the incoming and the flood tide.
In Shinecock, fluke fishing is doing well with fish over 5lbs being caught. Trigger fish and porgies have been all over the inlet with good size fish being reported. To target these fish a high-low rig with clam or sand worm will work great.
The Local Docks are in full summer mode with Snappers and Crabs keeping everybody busy. The Snappers are starting to get larger and have been readily taking small Shiners fished under a float as well as snapper poppers and small tins. Crab traps baited with bunker or mackerel are a proven method for catching blue claws. walking the dock with a net has produced a good amount of crabs too with the quality and quantity getting better in recent days.
Sea Bass fishing has also remained productive. Sea Bass rigs with small rubber squid skirts tipped with either fresh clam, squid or spearing will get these aggressive fish to bite.
Striped Bass fishing has slowed down with higher water temps but fish are still being caught at the local South Shore Inlets. Fresh Clam has been effective during the day while the bunker is the choice bait at night The cooler cleaner water at the start of the incoming tide has produced fish in the teens with an occasional larger fish mixed in. Big Stripers are still being caught on the east end in Montauk although the action has slowed a little.
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Tip of the week: Take care of you and your catch.
With the hot humid weather of summer upon us its important to take care of yourself as well as your catch. Be sure to bring plenty of water with you to stay hydrated, use sun screen, and to wear proper clothing: hat and sunglasses. If you intend on harvesting your catch bring a cooler with plenty of ice to keep your fish out of the sun and cold. Its also a good idea to bleed your fish, this will also help preserve your catch and make for a better eating experience. Crabs while hardy, should be kept in a bucket without water out of the sun and covered with a wet (saltwater) rag. While fishing or crabbing bait should also be kept out of the sun and either covered with a wet rag or in a cooler with ice.
This week saw decent action on the surf fishing front. All of it was schoolies but this is nothing to complain about. The back bays hosted the majority of the fish with smaller sized swimming plugs being the lures of choice. The addition of a teaser can increase your chances of "hooking up." The last two hours of the incoming and first few of the outgoing are the most productive tides.
Sharks In The Surf
South shore beach and boat fishermen are continuing to catch Sharks! Check out the regulations. Some of these animals need to be released quickly and unharmed.
An alternative to surf fishing for Striped Bass and bluefish is to target porgies and triggerfish. A simple high-low bottom fishing rig with the proper sized sinker (2-6oz) is perfect. For bait you can use clam, sandworms or squid. The jetties at both Shinnecock Inlet or Moriches inlets host a nice population of these fish this time of the year. Be sure to bring extra rigs though; Rocky structure makes snags more common.
With all the heat we have had over the last week, a more pleasurable time to fish would be after sunset. the local lakes seem to come alive after dark, with topwater plugs like jitterbugs,frogs, buzz-baits and swim jigs. anything that vibrates or pops will improve your chances of catching in the august heat. color choices; a simple rule is “dark colors on dark nights light colors on light nights.”
The mid day fishing is somewhat slower but can also be productive. Daytime fishing on hot summer days try targeting species like pickerel, bluegills, pumpkinseeds, and yellow perch. Baits like live shiners and nightcrawler’s will prove productive. A “simple lure” is also a fun way to target lake panfish. Tip: The summer perch will be found in the deeper parts of the lakes and ponds so if targeting them use a longer leader so it sits just above the weed beds.
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