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"Gear up" For Surf Fishing Season…Freshwater On Long island (The Hidden Treasure)

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Jo-Ann Displays a fine LMBass…Yup, Caught right here on Long Island

The beginning of September brought us high winds and rough water due to hurricane Hermine. Lucky we were not hit as bad as originally predicted and the beaches remained in fishable conditions. Boats were back at it again only a short while after the storm passed. Throughout the duration of the storm most anglers were very restricted in what fishing they could do. Boat fishermen could not get out. The surf crew managed to hit certain spots along the south shore and pick away at some schoolies. Also despite the north east winds that Hermine brought, Montauk remained fairly quite with only a handful of bass picked. Hopefully we see different result in about 3 weeks from now. The shop is now geared up for 2016 fall run. With the amount of bait I have recently observed in our waters I could see this year being a banner one. This is the time to gear up. Its important to have the right lures for the right situations. We have you covered. Currently we are stocked up with surf fishing lures,rods, reels and terminal tackle. You can come down to the shop for some great tips and suggestions from a crew that hits the surf hard or you can see us at our booth on September 14th at the Huntington Hilton in Melville. Remember to send your fall run pictures to reeldeals@gmail.com for a chance to be featured on our website or facebook page. Be safe and tight lines.

The fluke fishing remained consistent up until the storm. All the south shore bays were seeing a steady pick at fluke with keepers in the mix. The typical squid and spearing combos were doing the trick. If your fishing the shallow waters in the bay, using a hi low bucktail rig is the way to go. Some customers have netted live peanut bunker around the docks beforehand had experienced some great results with a couple customers about to fill a 5 fish limit. Remember, this years fluke season will be going until September 21st. This is the time to get out. The fishing can be
excellent up until this date. Both the bays and the ocean will be holding plenty of fish.

Porgy fishing on the north shore has still been consistent. most people are going to rocky point and Port Jefferson. The bait of choice has been sandworms and clams. Most anglers have been reporting fish between 12-15 inches and are bring back a pail of fish home for dinner.

Snapper fishing is still going strong. most fish are around 10-12 inches around our local docks. your choice of bait should be spearing. if you want to use lures, snapper poppers are a great choice with fin strike #800 being my personal choice. other lures that will work just as well are kastmasters, johnson sprite, sidewinders,and krockodile. With patchogue dock still under construction other docks you can go to are pineneck,blue point dock, and sandspit.

The blue claw crabs also are active as these docks too. Some are coming back reporting full bucket in one outing. Traps with bunker or mackerel as well as just scooping with nets at night is working very well. Try one of our overnight traps if you dont want to put as much time in.

Striped bass fishing is starting to show signs of life. Nothing crazy yet but its better than nothing. Your best chance, this time of year is at your local inlet. if your fishing from shore bucktails would be your best lure to choose. If your fishing the beach with bait your best choice would be fresh clam if your able to find it.

Lakes also remained a good choice during the week. Live shiners accounted for many hookups as well as nightcrawlers. Shop regulars reported back saying he had a ball catching bluegills in West lake (that is located just West of the shop.) Mickey, a shop regular landed himself a 3lb bass on live shiners with other respectable fish caught the same trip. Nice job guys!


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