Once again Stripers have invaded our local bays in Patchogue. Boaters and shore bound anglers anywhere from Bellport to Blue Point are landing Stripers every day. Many of the fish are ranging from 26"-35" The main bait fueling this bite is peanut bunker. Best bets would be to use storm swim shads or topwater lures. Most fish have been spotted harassing bait pods so it would be a good idea to look for these or the birds diving on the water. Try to focus efforts around daybreak or sunset.
Boats drifting all the inlets have also had good luck. Eels were working well at night with the larger fish. Smaller fish were aggressively hitting rubber shads and bucktails. During day light hours, clam have been a good choice.
Surfcasters have been hitting fish also. We haven’t heard much east
of Shinnecock but the local areas such as Moriches, Smiths Point and Fire Island are holding nice pods of Stripers. Some fish up to 30Lbs have been landed. Effective plugs for the beach this time of the year are Darters, Bottle Plugs, Sp Minnows, Mag Darters and bombers. (Low light hours such as dawn and dusk are best times to fish topwater lures). Just a note: Not sure what color to pick, “Yellow is the color” of choice.
With Blackfish season open for about a week now we have gotten many good report of blackfishing from north to south shore. The usual structure
is holding plenty of fish. Ocean wrecks are holding good numbers too. Green Crabs have been the key. A plain rig or a jig will both work excellent.
Freshwater fishing has been giving anglers a good shot at fish too. The cool down of the lakes resulted in a nice Bass bite. Many have been opting
out for the live shiners due to the great results they produce. The shop gets about a shipment a week at this point so come down and get some.
Nightcrawlers have also been working well with the panfish as well as the perch. Trout have also been stocked at various locations again.
Check in with the DEC for more info.
don't forget to include, names, location and details
(when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….)
comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311