Fluke fishing has been better as of late around the local south shore inlets and cuts with a lot of shorts being caught with the occasional keeper mixed in. A combo of Squid and Spearing or gulp fished on a Spro Bucktail and teaser rig have been working well. There have been reports of larger fish being caught out in the ocean by Shinnecock as well as Moriches in 70-80 feet of water, try using larger smelts and/or whole small squid fished on a Fluke rig with the lightest sinker you can get away with.
Striped Bass fishing has been better the further out east you go with daily reports of big fish being landed in the rips off of Montauk ( Frisbees) using live eels or trolling tubes with wire line. Schoolie Bass with a few keepers are still being caught around the local south shore inlets. Fishing at night or early in the morning with live eels or clam chumming during the day is probably your best bet.
Porgy fishing on the north shore and in the Peconics has been great with sandworms or squid being the baits of choice. Use a porgy rig with either #1 or #2 porgy hooks and a light weight. When on a boat use a chum pot with tubes of frozen clam to keep the fish around the target area. At this time of year the fish tend to be a little smaller then earlier in the year, if you find yourself missing a lot of hits try going to a smaller #4 hook and using squid for bait.
With the warmer water temperatures in the bays heading out of the inlets and fishing the cooler ocean waters is a good option at this time of year. A recent trip bottom fishing on one of the the local reefs produced a variety of fish and plenty of action. Using Hi-Lo rigs with with small white rubber squids baited with either squid and spearing or clam produced plenty of Sea Bass, mostly shorts with a few fish making the 15" limit. This rig tipped with spearing and squid also produced a few Fluke with one keeper over 20" and some cocktail sized Blues. Baited with clam some Ling and some large Porgies were also caught. Keep in mind Sea Robbins, Dogfish and the occasional Skate will also be in the mix, but the rods will be bending and you won't be board. When drifting the reef be prepared to lose a rig or two so have some extra tackle on board.
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"
The Local Docks continue to have steady action on Blowfish using small pieces of either squid or clam fished on the bottom with a light sinker. Crabbing has improved steadily with traps and drop lines baited with bunker working well. Snapper fishing started and should improve steadily in the upcoming week or two with more and larger fish being caught.
We receive numerous questions on how to clean a blowfish. We posted this video before but worth repeating. Enjoy!
Triggerfish has been picking up in our area. As the water temperature increases we are seeing more triggers come through our inlets. Moriches and Shinnecock Inlet both have a solid population of them right now. The key is to have some sort of moving water. A simple hi low rig pitched in close to the rocks is all you need to do. Use either clam or squid as bait for them. My advice is to use a heavier rod. When hooked, triggers will bolt towards and type of rocks to free themselves. A stiff rod will be able to yank them out.
Some small stripers are holding in the inlets. The number one bait for targeting them is clam right now. Try some on a fish-finder rig.The fish are smaller in size but they can be plentiful.
Small bluefish are still running up and down the inlets. Use small tins or bucktails to catch them. For larger blues, head to Montauk and throw either topwater lures or tins to get a strike. The beginning of the outgoing has been the best tide for them.
Recipe-Crab and Shrimp boil
Use a large 8-10 gallon pot on propane burner or stove. Fill about halfway with water, 12 ounces of your favorite beer, 3 Lemons cut in quarters, a heaping tablespoon of crushed Garlic, 3 large white onions with the skin removed cut into quarters, and 5 tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning or a packet of Zataran's crab boil. Bring to a boil then add 2 lbs. of baby red potatoes, about 2 lbs. of kielbasi or smoked sausage cut into 1-2 inch chunks and 6 ears of corn broke in half. After boiling for about 20 minutes add 12 Blue Claw Crabs, 18 littleneck Clams and one lb. of large raw shrimp shell on. After the Crabs and Shrimp have turned red and the clams have opened up drain all the fluid from the pot and if your eating outside dump the remaining contents on to some newspaper spread out on a picnic table. If eating inside put the contents of the pot into large aluminum pans and serve.
Freshwater Report: This weeks report was on the quiet side. The midday temperatures have made the fishing quite difficult. Bass anglers are trying to beat the heat by fishing either early morning or in the evening. Shiners are still catching very well and weedless soft baits are also getting bites. Senkos, frogs and ribion worms ( Texas Rigged Worm style ) are all great for catching so summer "bucket-mouths."
Night fishing is another great way of getting on some nice fish and the same lures and bait used for day time fishing will suit well after dark. Just bring extra bug spray and wear long pants.
The panfish seam not to be bothered by the heat and are good target during the day. they will hit bait are artificial. put near them and are great for the kids. Another good summer species to target in our long island lakes and ponds are the common carp. they can be caught with pieces of corn, bread ball Or spearing! on a small number 4 hook. Heavy chumming the area to increase your chances of a hook up.
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