As far as Striper fishing goes, it remains more on the slower side in our local waters. Shinnecock inlet to Fire Island inlet are seeing a pick
at bass after dark on eels. however, Montauk has been seeing some better results from the boats using live eels and legal sized Porgies.
Surfcasting for bass has been a pick as well for the dedicated "casters."
Schoolies up to 30 inch fish can be picked away at along ocean beaches as well as bay shorelines. Don't expect to catch a lot but if you put the time in you can land yourself a few nice fish. Good lures to stick with are Sp Minnows, Mag
Darters, Redfins, and small bucktails.
Despite the slowness in bass fishing, one type of fishing has just heated up. Land based Shark Fishing. Yes you read that right. These are not your typical dogfish either. Were talking about sharks that can exceed 100 pounds. Go prepared and expect a battle. Before I go on further just be aware that this is strictly catch and release. Do not remove the sharks out of the water and please use
circle hooks. Equip yourself with at least a 10ft rod that can throw up to 6oz plus.
bait, as well as, a reel in the 6000 class or higher. 50lb braided line being ideal. A good rig to use is a 10/0 circle hook attached to a 2 foot wire leader. Above that you should run a 3 foot shock leader of 80lb mono. On the mono portion of the leader you should include a fishfinder snap. This is where you will clip on a pyramid sinker (anywhere from 3-6oz). I found that if you need to use larger than a 6oz weight then the conditions are too extreme. Chunks of Bunker or Mackerel will do just fine. Also be careful with these sharks, they do have sharp teeth. Either have a long pair of pliers or be prepared to cut the leader.
Going for Porgies remains a solid choice. Porgies are plentiful in the sound as well as in the ocean on structure. You want to focus your efforts around rocky structure in the sound. For best results use either clams or sandworms. Bloodworms are also another excellent alternative bait. A simple hi-lo rig is all you need to have.
Chumming the waters with clam chum will increase your odd of having constant action. This is great sport for the whole family.
Snapper have been running wild at all the docks. These 'mini blues" have been
harassing schools of spearing and peanut bunker. Lures of choice would be any small tin. Snappers are not picky so don't over think it. Snapper Poppers work great too. If you are in the mood to just throw bait, then spearing below a float will do just fine.
Kingfish have also made a showing at the docks. Using a porgy rig with small hooks is the way to go. Clams or squid are the best choices of bait. These fish are a great table fair so it may be worth your while going after them if you enjoy eating fish.
Blue Claw Crabs have populated the docks also. A bucket of crabs make a great tasting meal. Bunker attached to the end of a string or crab traps are a way to fill the bucket. For night crabbing get yourself a strong light that can spot crabs from a distance and a 6' or greater net. Have fun!!!
Weakfish have made a showing in our bay locally in the past week. Early mornings have been the time to go. Don't expect any monsters. Most of the fish are in the 12-20" range. If you use things like small soft plastics, small diamond jigs tipped with sandworms, and small bucktails then you have a shot at picking a few when you find them.
Going Freshwater Fishing you will have a shot at catching some bluegills, yellow perch and largemouth bass. Nightcrawlers will work for all
species. If you want to just target bass then I suggest you fish a weedless soft plastic lure or a rubber frog. It would be wise to fish around
areas in the water that see shade. Dawn are dusk are also the most productive times too.
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