Big Bluefish Are In!! • Fishing And Boating Newsletter (MRAC Reports)• Memorial Day Fishing Forecast

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 Big Bluefish are in! The choppers invaded the local docks from sayville to bellport this last week. Mackerel and bunker chunks are both working very well. A simple fish-finder rig with wire leader will work great. The blues are willingly hitting topwater lures too. Poppers are drawing aggressive strikes. Some favorites lures are bucktails, super strike and cotton cordell. West End-Charlie Graves Tins are working well also for those who want to try something different.

 Surf Report: Monster Blues hit the bleaches of Smith Point County Park and through out the Great South Bay.  Patchogue's Mascot Dock is one of the "locals" favorite spot to fish for these BIG FISH.

BLUEFISH!!  The Big news this past week has been the arrival of ravenous Bluefish in substantial numbers. Catches are being made along the South Shore docks and inlets ( in the Smith Point and Moriches Inlet area.) with reports of large "choppers" weighing in at the 10-12 lb range.
 Birds are always a dead giveaway of bluefish feeding on the surface. This is an opportunity to use topwater plugs.
NOTE: Bluefish are notorious “tackle busters” it’s a good idea to pick up some wire leaders, a couple of dollars can help save you a substantial amount of cash in lost lures.

Pablo Report: reported that the Striped Bass bite has been phenomenal these past weeks from the Surf. I went out this past week to Shinnecock and did a "Happy Dance" with bass to 33"'s With the amount of bunker in the water matching the hatch is key . Swim Shad’s , bucktails and bass assassins are a must in the tackle bag . Early mornings and Dusk have been seeing success on getting a top water bite as well so make sure to carry some Poppers ! The Night bite has been improving as to seeing fish up to 25lb ! At the inlets , when planing a trip make sure to look at tides focus on the last 2 hours of the incoming and the first 2 hours of the outgoing or vice versa .

This week the Striped Bass fishing was very good. Lots of small bass are being caught around the bridges with some bigger ones mixed in. The inlets are starting to yield some fish at night as well. By the bridges using small soft plastics on jig heads seems to work best. Small swimming plugs are working well also. In the inlets bucktails fished near the bottom have been working best. Some casters have been using swim shads too.

Cole report: Cole reported that the local bass fishing was fantastic. Boating fish up to 36" taken on live bunker. USING a circle hook. These catches were right out of Patchogue River.

 The daytime has had a lot of bluefish roaming the inlets. To catch blues heavy diamond jigs or tins and bucktails are the main lures used. The smiths point bridge has been seeing a run of blues as well. Most of the fish are being caught on topwater poppers but tins are working as well. 


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 Weakfish catches have been reported from the Quogue Canal canal to Fire island Inlet.  Fish have also been reported in the Smith point area and in Narrow Bay by Moriches.  Occasional a few Weakfish fish are being picked up by porgy fishermen on the North Shore and Peconic Bay area too. Anglers have been successful using pink or white rubber shads tipped with a whole sandworms. Squid Strips fished on a hi-lo rig, when drifting, can also be very effective when targeting Weakfish. Try this method in areas where you won't get too harassed by schools of hungry Porgy's. If this happens put on some Porgy hooks and take advantage of some great fishing fun.


 Porgy fishing has been awesome in the Peconics.  Many of the fish being caught are jumbos. Great on the grill! Our favorite baits for Porgy are sandworms, clams and squid. Using some chum will also make the fishing a lot better. The go to rig for Porgies is a double hook rig

 Fluke fishing has improved a lot this week with the warmer temperatures. The Smith Point County Park  bridge area has seen plenty of action with keeper sized fish up to 6lbs. Those fish are going after spearing, squid and gulp. Bucktails and fluke rigs are both very effective.  To target a doormat try using a bigger bait such as a whole squid.

 The local lakes are still seeing nice amount of trout being caught from the recent stockings. Small spinners and kastmasters are what most people have been using. Either try West Lake  or Upper lake Yaphank. Just a reminder that right now it's "catch and release" for largemouth bass until June 14th, using artificial lures only.  

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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:

It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.

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Marine Resources Advisory Council Meeting Rescheduled: June 7

The Marine Resources Advisory Council (MRAC) scheduled for Tuesday, May 23, at 2:00 pm is being rescheduled for Wednesday, June 7, at 2:00 pm. The meeting will be held at Stony Brook University, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences, Room 120 Endeavor Hall, Stony Brook, NY. The meetings are open to the public, and members of the public may address MRAC on marine resources issues.

Details on how to listen to the livestream of the meeting are available on DEC's website. Attendees joining the livestream online or by phone are limited to listening only. A complete agenda for the meeting will be available on MRAC's website before the meeting.

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