Winter Fishing Forecast •Brown And Rainbow Trout • Cod, Pollock, Haddock, Jumbo Porgies And Weakfish.• Rons Recipes: Baked Cod And Potatoes

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As the the north winds and cold weather sticks around, the fishing does not stop here on the island. Cold water fishing only gets hotter as the winter months go on. 

On the freshwater side of the island. If you're fishing from the shore line, kayak, or small boat, you can find yourself chasing down some of the islands sought after Brown and Rainbow trout. Most lakes on the island were stocked this past fall or early winter.

Artificial baits such as Berkley's power baits, trout nuggets and doe balls in pink yellow or any bright colors, help attract these fish. Small gold or sliver kastmasters or phoebe trout spoons work too.    If live bait is more your way of wishing, get your hands on some nightcrawlers or line shiners and and small size 6 or smaller hook and these fish will go crazy for that too. Tackle tip: Light Tackle rod and reel combo such as a 5 or 6 foot light action fast tip rod, paired up with a 2000 up to a 3500 size reel is a good match for winter freshwater fishing.

This winter '2022: J&J Sports will be introducing personalized fly fishing instructions and demonstrations. Each class is limited in size. Classes will start February 1. Reservations are required. Instructions include: Knots to know, flies for the season and lake, tackle tips: rod, reel and line combinations. Then we'll take you down to the local lake for a hands on demonstration. As the season advances, we'll make reservations at
Connetquot River State Park for a fly fishing adventure on one of the east coasts premier fly fishing preserves. Call 631-654-2311 for reservations or email us at (NYS Freshwater License is required for participants over 16yrs old)
The $50 fee will be redeemable toward in store credit (including a seasonal freshwater license of $25.00).............intruso habla español

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If you like to try your hand at tidal creeks or rivers white perch is a good way to go. Much like trout fishing you will need a smaller size rod and reel. Nightcrawlers on a small hook. If you fancy more for artificial baits 

then give Berkley's minnow grub a chance. Fishing those on a matching 1/8oz jig head will help bring in a good amount of healthy fish. small curly tail soft plastics in a bright color will work too. Slowly jigging these through the water column will produce fish. 



If freshwater is not your thing and if you find yourself on a local charter boat, these boats are targeting big winter cod right now. Many of these boats seem to be hanging around local wrecks and producing Cod, PollockHaddock, Jumbo Porgies and Weakfish too.  Medium heavy conventional tackle, is what you will be looking to use. Simple high low rigs tipped with fresh clam bellies always do the trick. If you are looking to increase your chances for a catch try putting a florescent jelly worm on your hook as well. 

Dressing warm is always a must this time a year. With Temperatures normally in The high 30s and low 40 during the day  you will want to layer up and make sure you have a good pair of gloves.  

Rons Recipes: Baked Cod And Potatoes
• 2 lbs. Cod Fillet
• 3-4 Peeled White Potatoes
• ½ White Onion
• 2-3 Tablespoons Olive Oil
• 1 Tablespoon Crushed Garlic
• Salt and Pepper (to taste)
• Crushed Red Pepper Flakes (optional)*
Pre-Heat your oven to 425 degrees. Coat the bottom of a baking pan with olive oil and the crushed garlic. Cut the peeled Potatoes into slices and spread them out in the baking pan, season with salt and pepper to taste. Cut the onion and spread out over the Potatoes. Drizzle more olive oil over the Potatoes and onion. Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cut the Cod Fillet into serving size portions 6-8 ounces making sure that all bones and skin have been removed. Pat the fillets dry with a paper towel. Take the potatoes out of the oven and lay the Fillets in the pan spooning the Potatoes and onion over the top. Drizzle more olive oil on top of the Fillets if needed. Sprinkle some Red Pepper flakes to taste and put back in the oven for an additional 10-12 minutes depending on the thickness of the Fillets. The Cod will be White and Flaky when done.
* You can also use Lemon and Pepper seasoning if you don’t like it spicy.

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