Reminder the fall Blackfish season opens on October 11th for the north shore and the 15th for the south shore. The shop will be fully stocked with Blackfish Jigs, Rigs, Hooks and Green Crabs.
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Resident summer Stripers are also present in and around both Shinecock Inlet and Moriches inlets, consisting of some schoolie sized up to keeper sized bass. bucktails and small swimming plugs have been getting productive. Active periods have been right before and after the slack tides.
We have had several reports that daybreak were producing Bluefish at Shinnecock with Most of the fish caught were under 5 lbs. However there are a few larger ones that were in excess of 10lbs.
Diamond jigs and bucktails fished close to the bottom is what worked best. Moriches inlet is also holding a good population of cocktail sized blues during the day. Using tins like hopkins and kastmasters are the best ways the catch these fish.
As the Fluke season comes to an end fishing has been steady in the bays and Ocean. Shinnecock and Moriches both being good places to focus efforts. East and West cuts of Moriches are seeing a lot of attention. Fishing close to the high tide has given anglers best action. Bucktails and fluke rigs are perfect for use. Preferred colors, white and green, seemed to have an edge. One more helpful tip is to fish a rig with a little bit of flash material in it. This can sometimes give you the edge you'll need to catch the attention of more fish. Popular baits this week were, spearing and squid strips. Another good tip is to use sea robin strips.
Sea Bass have been found around the same places as porgies. Ocean wrecks and Artificial Reefs off Moriches and Shinnecock are holding keeper size sea bass. When targeting Sea Bass a hi-lo rig baited with clam strips is the preferred method.
Anglers continue to report Weakfish from the Patchogue docks and the Great South Bay. The fish were all between 15"-20." Soft plastics on a jighead are a productive way to fish for "weakies."
Snappers at the local docks have been nice size. Most are around a 11-12". Tons of fun on light tackle rods. Spearing fished a few feet under a float is an excellent way to catch these fish. Another fun method is to use small tins like kastmasters and sidewinders. Try locations such as Pine Neck, Patchogue's Mascot Dock and Blue Point's Corey Beach.
Crabbing has been good along all the local docks too. Traps, hand-lines, and walking the docks with a crab net have all been good ways to get crabs into the buckets.
Local lakes are giving our customers steady action. Most fishing freshwater are using live shiners. This is such a productive method, some anglers have been coming back the same day for more bait.
Those that are going with nightcrawlers are finding a lot of action with the Bluegills and Yellow Perch. West Lake and Great Patchogue Lake (AKA-Patchogue Mill Pond) are places to try.
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