It seemed that the high winds we had last week kept most boats at the dock or at least in the bay. Tuesday and Wednesday the direction of the blow went to a stiff Northeast. With the NE winds, In combination with a low pressure system screams good fishing. With that in mind I headed to Montauk. The first night I had a handful of small fish. Determined that they would show up I made the trip back out the next night with friend Sal. The south side was basically unfishable due to the sweep. As daybreak came I ran my 4x4 over to the north side where I was greeted once again with high surf but a more fish-able headwind. We suited up with waders and surf top and headed into the wash. First cast and a few crank of the reel and my rod doubled over on a fish. I landed a healthy schoolie sized bass.
Resident summer Stripers are also present in and around both Shinnecock 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.
Fluke 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 sandeels, spearing and squid strips. Another good tip is to use sea robin strips.
(Riley Needelman 7yrs old , Moriches bay , 11lb Fluke, caught on squid and spearing)
Sea Bass have been found around the same places as porgies. Ocean wrecks off Moriches and Shinnecock are holding keeper sized sea bass. When targeting Sea Bass a hi-lo rig baited with clam strips is the preferred method.
Zeppi reported Weakfish from the Patchogue river. 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, Mascot and Blue Point docks.
Crabbing has been good along all the local docks too. Traps, hand-lines, and walking the docks with a 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. Pablo from the shop also reported that his brother has been having good luck fishing rubber worms on many of the local lakes for Largemouth Bass. West Lake and Patchogue Mill Pond are places to try.
THE FISHERMAN SURF FISHING SHOW & WORKSHOP
Date: September 14, 2017 ¦ Time: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
Featuring seminars by Crazy Alberto Knie, surf guide Bill Wetzel, young gun Matt Broderick, Al Gags of Al Gags Lures, and Fred Golofaro. More than 70 surf fishing related vendors, including all major manufacturers, plug makers, tackle shops and surf guides. Free goody bag of tackle to first 500 attendees and free raffle ticket for great surf fishing related prizes, including rods, reels and surf fishing accessories.
Huntington Hilton Hotel
598 Broadhollow Road (route 110)
Melville, NY 11747
Admission: Adults $20; Children 16 And Under $15
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