More reports have been coming in on Blue Claw Crabs being caught on the local docks and creeks. While cleaning fish I saw 2 large Crabs fighting over a Striper skin I had just thrown in the water at Forge River. A hand trap baited with Bunker or a hand-line with either squid or chicken 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.
Over the past week Striper fishing has stayed consistent by the inlets. With clam and bunker working during the day and live eels doing the trick at night. The Beginning of both tide changes seems to be the period of best results.
(Tip: The fish really are responding to the clear clean water at the start of the incoming.)
Even with the warmer water temperatures Seals can still be spotted hanging around Moriches Inlet, this is probably due to the large amount of bait in the area. we are also seeing an abundance of sand eels and bunker in the area too. This is probably what the Bass are feeding on. Bait, popping lures or tins are best to use in order to target these fish. Looking for a trophy fish? the big Stripers are still being landed outside the inlets, find the bunker pods and you’ll find theses fish.
Seabass 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.
Not much to report on the Bluefish front. Anglers fishing the bays will get an occasional fish but most are now being caught by anglers using jigs on the North Shore or trolling wire in the ocean. Tip: With the warmer weather, if you do land a Bluefish now and intend on keeping it you, must handle it properly. The reason Bluefish sometimes get a bad rep, as table fare, is because they are not handled properly. As the weather gets hot Bluefish will spoil quickly. Bleed and ice the fish as soon as possible. They will make a fine meal with a little care. Check out the recipe section for ideas on how do prepare and serve fresh Bluefish.
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.
Porgy fishing has remained good on the North Shore and in Peconic Bay. The size of the fish has trended down somewhat. Try going with smaller hooks on a Hi-Lo rig and using cut squid on at least one of the hooks. This will not only help you lose less bait but you might be able to land a few Blowfish or Kingfish as well.
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 Shinnecock inlets. There have also been reports of action out east slowly starting to pick up around Montauk. While fishing during the day has been okay, the action has improved at night with rigged eels (live or dead) producing. Check out Matt’s video and his way to rig an eel. This is a productive method for boat or surf fishing.
Zeppie's Freshwater Fishing Report for this week. On Tuesday I went out on my kayak at Great Patchogue Lake and had good results. The bass were very active and hitting just about anything I threw at them. I was mainly focusing on the back of the lake where all the grass has grown to the surface of the water providing good ambush and hiding spots for both bass and pickerel. My plan for the day was to fish the open pockets on the grass mat with weedless frogs such as Scum frog lure or senko worms. The strikes were explosive and sometimes startling because the fish would hit right next to the boat. The day started out good with a one pond bass on my second cast which fell to a senko worm. the next few fish all to a Scum frog lure. I must have missed a half dozen fish too as I was working my way threw the grass fields.
Nightcrawlers are doing fine on the panfish but live shiners are a bait if you wish to target Pickerel or Large Mouth Bass.
Ron's Recipe-Steamed Blue Claw Crabs
In the bottom of a steamer pot (double pot) pour 2 oz's of water and 2 oz's of light beer (the rest of the beer is for the cook). Add a table spoon of Old Bay to the liquid and bring to a boil. Put the top part of the pot on top of the bottom and put in 8-12 live Blue Claw Crabs belly down. Sprinkle a 1/4 cup of Old Bay over the Crabs and cover the pot with a lid. Steam for 12-15 minutes, the Crabs should be bright red when done. Serve with a stick of melted butter mixed with 1/2 a teaspoon of wet crushed Garlic. Pick the Crabs and dip the meat in the melted butter and garlic. One tip when handling the Crabs live and when hot after steaming use a pair of tongs. Enjoy! For a complete list of "Ron's Recipes"...Click Here
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