Labor Day Fishing Forecast • Summer Weakfish • September Sea Bass • Bottom Fishing Bonanza • And More....
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A mixed bag of family fishing fun continues along the south shore!! Snappers have been all around our Local docks, with people catching them on almost everything. You cannot go wrong with spearing, paired up with a float and a #4 or 5 snapper hook. Small spoon/tin lures such as kastmasters, or snapper poppers work well. If you're bottom fishing, it's Blowfish and Kingfish that will take your bait. Clam or squid or lugg worms will all produce.
Fluke fishing around Moriches bay has been steady. More keepers are being caught with "shorts" in the mix. Here is a tip, if you are targeting a “doormat” fluke, head out to the reefs. Anglers have reported catching fish up to 10 pounds! These fish have been getting caught on Berkeley gulp, spearing and squid strips.
Sea Bass fishing on the local Artificial Reefs, outside the inlets, continues to provide steady action. Clam, squid or spearing fished on a Hi-Lo rig with small white or pink rubber squid skirts and 1/0 hooks have been productive. Sea Bass-Size Limit: 15"-3 Per Day: 6/23-8/31 7 Per Day: 9/01-12/31
A summer surprise has been the increased number of weakfish being caught through-out the great South Bay. Hi-lo rig, tiled w said should do the trick. Sand worms or Lugg Worms are also productive. Summer weaks are in tge 2-4lb range but every once in a while a 4-6lb weakfish has been landed.
If you are in the mood for some crabs, head out to Patchogue's Mascot Dock or Pine Neck Dock . The bays have been loaded with them, as reports of BIG blue claws have been getting caught. Catch enough and it will make for a good dinner.
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Clam and bunker have been doing well for Striped bass, as the bite continues at the inlets. Andy from the shop reported that the night after the "big storm" fish were biting. All slot fish with this 16lb fish taken on tsunami storm shads.
Porgy fishing has been doing good all summer long on the North Shore, however Reports of big porgies and triggerfish and Sea Robins have been caught at Moriches and Shinnecock Inlet. Incoming tides are best, while baiting your hooks with sandworms or clams on #2 or #4 hooks with a 3 or 4 ounce sinker.
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Sharks and Cownose Rays- Sharks and rays are still the way to go if you are looking to get the rod bent and see some serious "drag screams." Reports have been coming in of both species being landed on the beach topping 50 pounds. A chunk of bunker or mackerel fished on the bottom will work well.
Remember to use steel leaders and circle hooks when targeting sharks.
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The local lakes are providing good opportunities for anglers to have a shot at catching fish either early in the day or later in the evening. If using bait you can't beat a half (or whole nightcrawler) over at West Lake for Bass or Yellow Perch. Using weedless frogs or soft-baits can be just the trick to entice some Largemouths over at Great Patchogue Lake.
Focus around the weed cover. This tends to be the area in which most fish will seek refuge from the hot weather. Small panfish, such as Buegills or Sunnies, will be more than willing to take tiny pieces of nightcrawler fished under a bobber.
Trout fishing slowed in the hot weather. It might be tricky to get them to feed. You can try fishing over at one of the local rivers where cooler running water will keep the fish a little more active. Some of these rivers are, Carmens, Swan river or Connetquot State Park . Note: Connetquot River State Park is fly fishing only. There is a fee of $25 fee for four hours of fishing.
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