UPDATED Fluke Fishing Forecast • BREAKING NEWS: CRABS ARE IN!!! • Big Bluefish Are In!! • Great South Bay Weakfish • Lots and Lots of Bass

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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: Big 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 had 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 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


Wreck of the week
This weeks featured wreck is the Mattituck reef. This artificial reef is located 2.37 miles northwest of the Mattituck inlet and is around 50 acres in size and has depths up to 100ft. This reef is made up of undeveloped material including concrete blacks and wood posts. Fish pots are banned at this location under NYS law. This reef provides anglers with excellent fishing opportunities for species like porgy, sea bass and pollock. This best way to fish this location would be to drift along the bottom using bait like clam or squid using clam chum is an excellent idea at this spot. Lures like tubeless diamond jigs are great for this location as well and will work great for sea bass too. See more info NYSDEC Artificial Reef Guide (PDF)

 Just in: Anthony Drummond landed a 7lbs Fluke from Great South Bay

 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. Ocean Beach continues to see keeper fluke (currently 19" then 19-1/2" on Aud 2nd) 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.

Just In....James Cogger  Caught a nice 23 1/2" fluke from shore near bellport bay.  Caught on teaser rig with 1/2oz bucktail tipped with gulp

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 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.  

Great Patchogue Lake also known as mill pond is located right in patchouge and is one of the best lakes in the area. Great Lake contains excellent fishing for bass, pickerel, crappie and perch.Shore fishing is productive but limited.If you are able to use a kayak or boat it is a great choice. This lake can be fished from both the front and back side with shore access along the roe blvd bridge. The best way to fish this lake would be bait like live shiners or night crawlers. Lures will also work great with spinners, senkos and top water baits like poppers and jitter bugs all producing great results.

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Knots to Know

Crabbing- continues to improve.  Traps and nets are both producing but traps and doing a little better during the day and netting these critters is better at night.  Bunker is a great bait and so is mackerel.

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