July 4th Fishing Forecast....Special Holiday Hours-Open Early, Close Late

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Rich Broderick with a 15lb Bass from Moriches Inlet 

If your boating this weekend and your looking to do some Striped Bass fishing the best bet is to work the high incoming and outgoing tides around Moriches and Shinnecock inlets. Drifting clams will give you the best chance of success. After dark, working the same tides with eels, will give you a good opportunity for some larger fish. Most of these fish are in the 10-15lb range, but some larger fish over 25lbs are holding as well. A few scattered bunker pods have also been roaming off the beaches in the stretch between Moriches and Fire Island inlet. Most of the pods will be void of Stripers or will only have Blues feeding on these bunker. However, that will change soon. We weighed in a bass this week which tipped the scale to 23 lbs.

The surf crowd continued to find some action this week. Many of the fish were on the smaller size but a few pushing 20lbs were able to be culled. Working the inlets with Bucktails and soft plastics seemed to be the best bet for consistent action. Also some of our customers have been having luck with the new "mega shads" that just arrived this week. Rigged on a jig head and worked like a bucktail, this soft plastic can be deadly for Striped Bass. The open beaches from shinnecock to Moriches have been holding some stripers too. Sp Minnows, Mag Darters
and small bucktails are being fished off the beaches with good results. Once you find these fish on the beach, chances are more are around.

Pablo, from the shop, shows how it's done.  And says that Matt's not the only one that can catch Bass.


Fluking on the south shore has seen moderate action. Working the incoming tides will give you the best opportunity. Moriches and Shinnecock bays have also had good results. Try working the cuts and channels in the bay with light bucktails tipped with either gulp, squid or spearing. Anthony, Brian (On leave from the Marines) and Matt, from the shop, managed to get together and fish Moriches bay last week. The outcome was a few dozen shorts and 2 "keepers". As the tide got higher they noted the action increased.

Montauk, on the other hand, offered some excellent Fluke fishing.
reports were that fish were caught up to 6 pounds. Bucktails with squid and spearing were the number one choice.

Seabass opened on Tuesday and is off to a good start. Make that a great start! Many boats worked several wrecks and had no problem obtaining limits of 3 fish at 15". Clams were the number one choice with gulp helping to put some Seabass on the boat too. Hi-Lo rigs with a sinker is all the tackle that’s needed. Most reefs and wrecks off Shinnecock, Moriches and Fire Island are all producing keeper size Sea bass along with a porgy or two.

For hot Porgy action, it's the north shore for best results. A #1 porgy hooks with red bead appears to be the "ticket". Baits vary, sandworms, squid and especially clam will produce plenty of action.

Blue Claw Crabs are in!! Get a net or trap, a piece of bunker bait and enjoy the action. Zeppi, from the shop, culled a dozen nice crabs from his "over night" trap.(They made a great meal.)   Docks are also producing. Mascot Dock or Bluepoint pier are fine areas.

Freshwater fishing is still very active. Large Mouth Bass are hitting swim baits and top water poppers. Trout are still around and a nightcrawler will do fine.
freshwater shiners can produce a plethora of fixed species. Give them a try. And lets not forget panfish. Bluegill, Perch and Sunnies are all for the taking.
West Lake and Mill Pond in Patchoge are two places to try.

Send your reports (or your favorite fish recipe's) to:

don't forget to include, names, location and details 
(when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….)
comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

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