The 39th Annual Patchogue Village Snapper Derby will be held on Saturday August 27th, from 1-2PM at Patchogue's Mascot Dock. Bring your own fishing pole, J & J Sports- Patchogue Fishing Center will supply bait and bucket.The derby is available to kids ages 6 & up! Call the Patchogue Recreation & Parks Department at 631-475-4302 with any questions!
Nice reports this week from down at Patchogue's Mascot Dock, Corey Beach, Pine Neck Dock and other Brookhaven Fishing Piers. Crabs are nice size, Snappers are starting and getting bigger by the day. Patchogue local, Tony Montefusco, reported that snappers and a variety of baitfish are being caught in the Patchogue River. Tip: work a small kastmaster on a light tackle setup for snappers.
If you want to go after the kingfish try using a hi-low rig on the bottom baited with pieces of clam. This same method can land you some nice Blowfish too. Fun to catch and fine to eat!
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If you have the chance to get out crabbing this week I suggest you give it a go. Crabbing can be extremely productive in July and August. the shop has all the nets and trap for crabbing in stock. Traps and nets work well. Bunker and mackerel make a fine bait.
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Fluke fishing has stayed the same for the most part this week. The bays have been productive as far as action goes. Plenty of shorts to go around with some keepers in the mix. You will also have plenty of Sea Robins to weed through also. Bucktails and fluke rigs are the best bets. Both gulp, and spearing/squid combos are producers.
The ocean fluke fishing has produced some bigger fish. Fishing around the local wrecks will not only produce some fine fluke but there are many opportunities to catch a variety of other fish too. Sea bass, ling and more can be had for taking.
Cole Headed out to Combria wreck out of Shinnecock and had Bluefin Tuna on poppers. Lots of yellowfin and life around the bracardi. Saw plenty of dolphins, whales, and sharks.
For those offshore guys fishing for Shark and Tuna, a consistent spot has been the Combria wreck out of Shinnecock. Don't forget a permit is required for Tuna and Shark fishing. https://hmspermits.noaa.gov/permitList
When fishing many of these wrecks, the bottom fish can also vary from large Porgies to Ling and Cod.
Fish Facts: Ling
Ling may not be the most attractive fish in the sea but - as a member of the cod family - it can be made to be absolutely delicious! Caught off local wrecks. 1/0 Hook and clam bait will "do the trick"
Follow the trends with: warmer water temperatures
Porgies are all over the North Shore beaches. Anywhere with a rocky shoreline will hold them. Both sandworms and clams make great bait. The Shinecock Inlet , and many other inlets, are also producing porgies and Triggerfish. They're fun to catch and great to eat!
Striped Bass fishing is a little slow right now. Night time is your best bet for them when the water cools down. I also like fishing the incoming tide if possible. Focus attention around inlets also. Patchogue locals have reported the schoolie action is still good along the bay side of Moriches. They have been taking small swimming plugs fished slowly.
We have some scattered reports of Bonita around the south shore inlets. Opposite of Albies, They are excellent eating. Fish for them the same way though small tins or Joe Baggs epoxy jigs and reel fast on light tackle setups. Tip: If you do stumble across them be sure to bleed and ice them right away. A popular method to cook them is a quick sear on the grill.
The Lakes and Ponds are Hot 🔥 and so is the fishing
Meinda With A 6lb LM Bass-Caught Using A Live Shiner-East End Lake
Local lakes are still providing action in this summer heat. Great Patchogue Lake has put up some nice Largemouth Bass and pickerel. Most fish are all being caught with live shiners or soft plastic worms. Panfish are hitting nightcrawlers or small plastic grubs on a jig heads. Patchogue locals discovered some great night time fishing at Gibbs Pond. Anglers managed to catch (and released) a half dozen LM Bass on lures. Anglers also reported using jigs, poppers and swim-baits. The biggest fish going 5lbs.
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Surf Action was very interesting this past week. Sharks dominated a lot of the interest this week on beaches from Smith Point County Park all the way to Fire island. Bunker on wire leadered hooks will catch these hard fighting monsters. some species being caught are the brown shark and even some threshers!
Don't let the closing of the beaches discourage you, a short walk to the water can offer some oppertunites for some serious fishing. Bluefish are still very aggresive from the south shore beaches all the way to Montauk. Poppers, tins, and chunks of bunker will produce.