Just in. May 8th..... Blues have started showing up at the Patchogue's Mascot Dock !! Patchogue locals reported a few fish in the 10lb range. Bunker or Mackerel is a fine bait or try a popping plug.
Some nice striped bass are being caught right now throughout the Great South Bay. Some of the Patchogue locals, reported Patchogue's Mascot Dock had a few schoolie sized Striped bass, roaming around. The bass assassin has been very effective in landing these fish. If you plan on using bait you should bring sandworms, clams and bunker.
Fishery Regulation Updates
As some of you may have heard, there is talk of a new emergency striped bass slot size regulation of 28-31 inches that is poised to go in to effect. BUT NOT YET!!!
As of right now this is only a dictate from the Atlantic State Marine fishery Commission (ASMFC).
The current regulation of 28-35" slot size stays in effect until New York state approves this rule from the ASMFC. Currently NYS has until July 2nd to ratify this proposal.
However, until a decision is finalized by the NYS DEC the current slot of 28-35 inches will remain in place.
Breaking News: Bluefish invade the south shore. Patchogue Locals are weighing-in blues to 14-1/2 lbs!!. Bunker is a fine bait. Popping lures or tins work well too.
Reports of some nice Weakfish have been caught at Smith Point bridge, Shinnecock Canal and the Peconic Bays. Small soft plastics and swimming plugs like the sp minnow, redfins and mag darters are all great choices. These fish have been caught during incoming water so try to focus on the higher points of the tides.
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Fluke season opened with a bang and already people are doing very well at Robert Moses State Park, Shinnecock and the Peconic Bays. Try drifting whole squids for more keepers. Gulp baits do a great job too. Try them on the end of a bucktail.
the North Shore and the Peconics have been very successful with Plenty of porgies being caught, enough to fill the coolers."within limits" Sandworms and clam are the baits of choice.
Down at West Lake , trout have been fairly active on warmer days. Using small lures or worms under a float has been effective. Don’t overlook using a fly. Warmer days will trigger a hatch that could make for a great bite.
Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
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