In this week of fishing we're happy to report that the Local Docks have been active with kingfish and blowfish. Clam and sandworms have been the most effective baits. No need to cast far, the fish are right off the dock. Using a little bit of chum helps too. Also, we have gotten our first report of small snappers this week too. They are too tiny to catch on a hook but, people have been spotting them.
Crabs Are In!!! Try any of the Local Docks and here are multiple ways to catch them and all can be very successful. Using a flashlight and crab net at night while walking the dock is a tried and true method. The crabs will cling to the dock and pilings and can be scooped up when you see them with the light. Walking the shallows or drifting in a small boat with a light and net will also work well. Having an extendable net can be very beneficial. Sometimes having one will make those far out of reach crabs easier to reach.
Trapping Crabs in a commercial style trap baited with either Bunker or Mackerel is a great way to get a bunch of Crabs. Check your local regulations before using one of these traps. Commercial style traps must be fitted with a Turtle restricter. These traps have a bait compartment, after going in the crabs can't get out.
crab traps baited with Bunker or Mackerel are always good to use especially when snapper fishing. Throw them out and pull up and check every few minutes while fishing. These traps allow the crabs to come and go freely so they must be pulled up repeatedly. This type of trap usually has a bait compartment, if it doesn't the bait must be attached with a wire or zip tie in the center of the trap.
Weighted throw lines are lines with a small lead weight and a ring that you can attach Bunker, Squid, Mackerel or even chicken to. Toss out the line leaving some slack in it. When the crab starts eating the bait the line will start to get tight. Slowly retrieve the line hand over hand and scoop the crab as it gets to the surface.
The size limit on hardshell Blue claw Crabs is 4 1/2 inches point to point on the shell (not the claws) with a limit of 50 crabs per person per day. The size limit on soft shell Blue Claw Crabs is 3 1/2 inches point to point. If you are fortunate enough to catch a few soft shell crabs do not put them in your bucket with the other crabs, they will eat them.
The way to tell the difference between a male and a female crab is to look at the underside of the crab. A female crab will have a V shape or christmas tree shape and the underside of a male crab will have the shape or a Y. Female crabs also have red tips on their claws. All females with egg sacks most be released. The underside of a female crab will have a brown or purple sponge on it if it has eggs.
Blue Claw Crab Dip Recipe:
After steaming, clean 8-10 large Blue Claw Crabs putting the meat in a glass bowl, be careful to remove any small pieces of shell. Add 1 package soft cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of Old Bay, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic (wet), and 1/2 0f a white onion finely chopped. Mix thoroughly, cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes. serve with Ritz crackers. ...More Recipes
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One thing about triggerfish (besides an excellent fight) they are a fine meal. In my opinion they are one of the tastiest fish you can catch. Just remember to have a good knife when filleting them. They have tough skin that can be compared to leather.
Recipe For cooking triggerfish: My favorite method is the grill. Lay the filets in tin foil with lemon, lime, salt and pepper. Enclose them so the juices remain inside. Cook on low heat until cooked throughout. They will grill up quickly but this method will almost insure that you wont dry out the fish. Serve on a bed of rice with your favorite beverage
The inlets are holding a nice amount of striped bass. They are more active during the night but can also be caught during the day. Bucktails and rubber shads are the ideal lures to use. The best spots to fish have been Shinecock Inlet and Moriches inlet. The sand beaches along the south shore are good places to cast some bait (Circle hooks are required) . My preference would be either fresh bunker or clam. My favorite rig to use, in combination with these baits, is a fish finder rig.
Fluke fishing has also been good around Shinnecock and Moriches inlet. High water would be the ideal tide for better results. Squid and spearing baits seem to have a slight edge over the gulps this week. Fish this combination on the back of a bucktail or a fluke rig.
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Seabass was consistent this week. The south shore wrecks provided good action and gave anglers a good shot at limiting out. The North shore held some seabass but, you have to weed through the porgies to get to them. Clam and gulp are the best baits for seabass.
Another great week for porgy fishing on the north shore and the south shore. The local wrecks outside of Moriches and Shinnecock Canal held plenty of porgies. You can use either clam or sandworms for bait. If you want to try from the beach, try Wildwood State Park, Rocky Point or Mt Sinai Beaches.
Freshwater fishing has been giving the Patchogue locals plenty of fun. The local lakes and streams are holding lots of trout and panfish, that can be caught on night crawlers. For largemouth bass, try weedless frogs or weedless rigged worms. If the lake isn't too weedy you can try live shiners fished under a float.