July 4th Fishing Forecast • Blue Claw Crabs • Sea bass • Surf fishing Report• And More....

Posted by Bryan Reissig on

Sea bass season is finally here, now is the time for catching some of these tasty fish. Using piece's of clam on a Hi-Lo rig over some structure is all you need to catch a limit of fish. However I like using a small white squid tube attached to my hooks, topped with either fresh clam or a squid strip. Not only will the Squid tubes attract the Sea bass it also increases your shot of landing any Fluke that might be hanging around. Sea Bass are aggressive feeders, if you locate structure holding fish, you can also target them using jigs, this method will likely produce bigger fish.

Porgy fishing is giving family's and avid anglers great chances at catching fish. The north shore between Port Jefferson and Wildwood State Park  has been awesome spots to fish at. Also the Shinnecock Canal is another good place to wet a line. The usual Clams and Sandworms are the best baits.Try fishing around high tide. It seems the the fish have been more active then.

Sea Robins are mixed with the fluke and anglers should remember that these "fun fish" make a great table fair.

Fluke fishing by the inlets and in the bays has been pretty productive, with the Shinnecock area producing some fine catches both inside and outside the inlet. When fishing outside, in the deeper water, try using some larger spearing on your teaser hook and a whole small squid on your bottom hook. You may just land a double digit trophy.

Weakfish are active from our local waters. Patchogue Bay to Ocean beach are productive areas.  usually while Fluke or Porgy fishing.  Truly a nice surprise!  Same baits apply.  Sandworms, clam or squid will all do well. Tip: Try a nightcrawler on a small tin. It's an old times trick that works great for "summer weaks"

Patchogue locals are reporting some bigger blues taken while using topwater lures (Tsunami Lures or Super Strike Poppers)   from Shinnecock bay to ocean beach this week but for the most part the bluefish action consists of smaller cocktails running the inlets hitting tins (Like 007, A27 or Charlie Graves Tins and bucktails. If you prefer bait, try a chunk of Bunker while fishing with a bottom rig.

Local docks are seeing blowfish and kingfish! #9 hook and a piece of clam will do the trick.  Fun to catch and great to eat.

The Northern Puffer is known to most as the blowfish :
• Size Limit: No Restrictions • Bag Limit: No Restrictions,
• Season: All Year. Excellent eating!!
Blowfish feed on sandworms, squid, and clam.
"puffs up" into a ball in self-defense by inhaling air or water



Crabs are starting to show . some good results at the  Local Docks making it worth the time to go for them. They should be rolling in heavy this next month or so.

A hand trap baited with Bunker or a hand-line with either mackerel or bunker should provide you with plenty of action. Check out the recipe section on how to make steamed Blue Claw Crabs.

Locally: Try Patchogue's Mascot Dock  and use a hand trap baited with bunker, this is a pretty good way to capture these tasty critters.

Reminder: hard shell Blue Claw Crabs must be 4 1/2 inches across the shell to keep and all females with a dark sponge on their bellies (eggs) should be returned to the water immediately. 

Surf Report
Bass fishing has been good from the surf this past week with some nice fish being caught on both bait and lures in the areas around Moriches and 
Shinecock Inlet . There have also been reports of action out east slowly starting to pick up around Montauk.

Those in pursuit of Freshwater fish have many options still. The live shiners make a great bait for targeting sluggish Largemouth bass hanging around vegetation. Use nightcrawlers to target smaller fish such as bluegill and yellow perch. West Lake and Great Patchogue Lake have both been active.  Bring along some nightcrawlers, shiners or rubber worms to cover everything.

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