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Crabbing Is Fantastic!! • Labor Day Fishing Forecast • The Local Docks Have Plenty Of Action

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Crabbing has been hot down at the Local docks. Just remember that to keep crabs they must be 4.5 inches from point to point on the hardshells and 3.5 inches from point to point on the softshells.  The limit is 50 per day per person. Traps and nets are both producing.  Bunker and mackerel are the baits of choice. 

Some good docks to try for snappers have been Patchogue's Mascot Dock at the end of south ocean ave, Pine Neck Dock and blue point dock (Brookhaven Fishing Piers. You can use either snapper spearing fished under a float, or a small tin such as a kastmaster or a hopkins. The snapper poppers have been working well too.

The shop was recently involved with the patchogue medford library fishing clinic. which was hosted at the local Patchogue's Mascot Dock. It was a great way to show the kids how to fish and educate them about the water. They were kept busy catching snappers, kingfish, blowfish and crabs for most of the clinic hours and some said the would gladly do fishing again.

The inlets are loaded with many different fun fish. Triggerfish (filleting Tiggerfish) have been taking clam and squid in close to the rocks. Porgies are in the mix too. Some small Striped Bass have been running along the rocks picking away at clam baits. Quite a few cocktail bluefish blitzes are popping up. The first confirmed reports of Bonito have hit Shinnecock Inlet. They are hitting small tins and epoxy jigs. Unlike Albies, Bonito are great to eat.

Fish Facts:  Bonita

Size Limit-Bag Limit-Season: No Restrictions.   If you are fishing from a pier or boat, you can catch them with Deadly Dick lures. Yes, they are good to eat and are a delicacy to some. A family it shares with is mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel. 

Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF)


Fluke fishing in the bays has been steady. Plenty of action with the shorts and keepers too.   A lot of sea robins are mixed in too. They have been making it difficult to get the baits down to the fluke at times. Don't forget that they make a good meal too. Pablo and Zeppi, from the shop, took a trip off the Miss Montauk on Thursday and scoured with several keeper Fluke to 5lbs. 


Freshwater
long islands lakes and ponds are very active. This stormy weather has let the water cool down a bit so the fishing has picked up. For the bass anglers, live shiners are still doing great, but lures are getting a lot of bites as well. topwater poppers, weedless frogs, swim-baits and  Texas Rigged Worm worms are all catching. Early morning and late evening are the best times to go. Also after a midday storm, the fishing can be fast pace. Anglers are catching pickerel, crappie, perch and big bluegills. Which all can be found on most of the islands lakes, ponds and rivers, such as Great Patchogue Lake Artist Lake and Forge River.

 Read more "Stories and Reports" from J&J Sports Blog Posts: Click Here 

Just a reminder. You do need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE….
Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll sign you up or click HERE to register online. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed. 16yrs and older are required to register.

Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM 

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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