Eddie Burke with a pair of 19" Fluke
Boat fishermen are still seeing decent results targeting Striped Bass on the bunker pods. The south shore from fire island to Moriches is seeing bass into the mid 30s being picked off these pods while pods on the north shore from cranes neck to
Eatons neck is seeing similar action with 40 lb class fish reported.
The Montauk boats are picking away at nice fish up front too. Eels and chunks are doing the job. The surf fishermen are having a tough time though. A few fish are getting picked from the inlets and open beaches as well as north shore shorelines. Nothing worth mentioning. This is usually how is gets this time of the year.
If you want to really test your tackle you can try targeting sharks and rays off the local beaches with bunker or mackerel chunks. I suggest you use a wire leader with a 8/0-10/0 sized hook on a fishfinder rig.
The Fluke fishing was decent this week on the south shore. A customer of the shop reported several shorts with keepers up to 24" in Moriches bay on bucktails tipped with gulp swimming mullets. Both sides of the tide were producing. The trick was
to just have moving water.
Fishing on the wrecks has been consistent. Porgies and Seabass are both filling the coolers. Clams on a hi-lo rig will do just fine. Chumming always helps prolong and intensify a bite too.
Porgy fishing on the north shore has been good too. Your best bet is to bring both clams and sandworms and see which is working better on that particular day.
The snappers off the local docks are growing larger by the day. They are just about at the size where they can hook themselves on a small tin or snapper popper. They also make excellent fluke bait if they are the right size.
Remember the limit is 10 fish if they are under 12"
Crabs have been making a good showing this year too. We have all nets,
traps and lines you would need for crabbing down at the shop.
If you want to hit the lakes, the try to focus your efforts around the sunrise or the sunset periods of the day. This is when the lakes will be cooler and the fish will be most active. It is not uncommon to catch fish well into the night either so don’t overlook that possibility. Try using topwater weedless lures, Weedless rubber worms, nightcrawlers,and live shiners.
Hey john, It's Joe O. been out of action for awhile due to the fact I've been fishing up north by Rahway River in tuxedo New York. Made out with some nice white suckers and and bass. Sometimes it's worth going other places, even though it's a little further. Its about a hour and a half away but also been seeing a lot of good carp action in the river. However, no bites or takers.
on the local side in Patchogue I'm still catching some good Bass on some wacky worm rigs and mostly in afternoon
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