Locally you can try Snappers at the dock. They are plentiful and very aggressive. Small tins as well as small spearing pieces fished under a float will work great. Give any of the local docks a shot. They all have been quite good. The snappers seem to be in the 5"- 7" range. Bottom fishing can give you a chance at catching a blowfish or kingfish in these spots too. Small pieces of clam or squid are good baits to go with for these fish.
The summer doldrums have arrived once again. Some small Stripers can be taken on clam bellies fished around the inlets. Occasional keepers are in the mix.
Going into the week Fluke fishing remained a solid bet for good action. The bays still produced. Cool incoming water seems to trigger a fluke bite. Focus efforts around sandbars and drop-offs in the bay. Fluke love to sit on these holes and ledges and ambush baitfish as they pass by. Spearing, squid
or gulp all are excellent offerings and a hungry Fluke will have no problem resisting any these baits. Also, the ocean fishery is picking up and showing promise for some sizable fish. some boats that ventured beyond the inlets were able to find fluke biting in anywhere from 30-60 feet of water. Captain Mike was one of those boats. He reported 6 keeper sized fluke using sea robin strips as bait.
As a note: If heading north, Zeppi from the shop Fished Mt Sinai Harbor last week off a kayak and landed a few short Fluke with one keeper size fish for dinner.
For North Shore fishermen, Porgies have been providing great action. These hard fighters have been ferocious. Clam pieces and sandworms will have no problem getting you some bites. A lot of shore bound fishermen have been heading to rocky point or wading river area and are having good luck. Any rocky area on the north shore of long island has potential to hold Porgies.
Sea bass are holding out on the wrecks off Moriches and Shinnecock. Ron from the shop fished the reef off Moriches last week and hooked into many Sea bass. Two of them ended up being keepers. His bait of choice was clam strips.
All around the docks have been good numbers of Blue Claw Crabs. Quite sizable at this point in time, Many customers have been taking advantage of this. Hand-traps, Overnight traps or bunker or Mackerel chunk on a string are all remain great crabbing methods.
Hitting the lakes with nightcrawlers and shiners are the best “bait” choice for this time of the year. West lake and Great Patchogue lakes are offering mighty fine fishing. Most of it consists of Largemouth Bass but the occasional Pickerel or Yellow Perch.
Captain Joe Paradiso from the ”Nautic Lady" stopped in to give us a East End report. Small Striped Bass are dominating the area and providing plenty of action. Sea bass is hot and heavy with fish that can top the 6lb range. Fluke fishing is fair with scattered fish taken around “Gardiners Island." However, don’t underestimate the power and fight of BIG Bluefish. They have been active and ready for hook and line action. Most of these monster Blues have been taken around Orient Point and Plum Gut.
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