"Labor Day" Weekend Fishing Forecast...Extended Weekend Hours

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The surf scene has been quite lively lately, with mixed reports of Striped bass, Blues, Fluke and Bonito all making there presence along the south shore inlets. Trying for Bonito? Small tins, flies, teasers are the most productive way to fish for these fish. This is the fish you want for the barbecue too. Great tasting!!!

The Striped Bass action has been mostly at night with
 live eels, small plugs and bunker chunks producing results. There is also a large influx of small fish around on both the North and South shore that are feeding heavily on small baits like spearing, bay Anchovies and sandeels. A small slim profile lure like a "deadly Dick" or “SP Minnow” is best to entice these small but feisty schoolie bass. 

Around the inlets there is a good possibility to catch a couple of cocktail bluefish. The most productive time is at first light or the evening sunset. Poppers or diamond jigs will do the job.

Fluke fishing has been good over the past few days. However, you must first pick through the searobins. Finding the right areas and picking through the smaller Fluke, anglers have had no problems bagging their limit of fish.
Try the ocean fishery for larger fish. Squid , spearing, gulp and even live snappers are key baits to target these larger doormats. Outside Shinecock inlet or Moriches inlet , (50' of water) and Montauk have been areas for these fish. reports of fish up into the 10lb+ range have been reported.

Weakfish have been reported from Ocean Beach.  Mark Wroblesky weighed in a "Tide-Runner" that toped the scales at 5-2oz.  A white "Fin-S-Fish" in white,  did the trick.

Sea Bass, Porgies and Triggerfish have been plentiful, fishing any south shore wreck are hot spots for these fish. The North Shore too has been producing many porgies and even triggerfish. Most of these fish have been caught on fresh clam , squid strips , and sandworms. the seabass are right around the keeping size and make for a great meal .

Triggerfish have been reported all over the south shore. these fish typically like to hang around heavy rock structure like inlets and wrecks .

Snapper fishing is heating up at all the local docks, snapper poppers, small spearing ( shiners) small lures and even peanut bunker are catching these baby blues.
while snapper fish don’t forget to bring your crab net and traps. Blue Claw Crabbing has been a steady pick. Bunker and mackerel have been the baits of choice for these Blue claws.

Also, While down at the dock don’t be afraid to try bottom fishing for some Blowfish and Kingfish. Here too clams , squid and sandworms are all fine baits. A small #9 chestertown hook and a 1 or 2 oz sinker is all you need.

Freshwater continues to be active and produce surprisingly good results for Largemouth bass. Fish to 3-4lbs are not uncommon. West lake is producing well locally. Patchogue Lake is also showing good signs of action. Bass and Panfish are a likely combo when you use live shiners as bait.

South shore beach and boat fishermen are continuing to catch Sharks! Check out the regulations. Some of these animals need to be released quickly and unharmed.

From the offshore scene: Kirk and Gina Fey stopped in to weigh a pair of Mahi-Mahi that Gina managed entire while fishing  structure around the Coimbra wreck

Don’t forget about this years 34th annual snapper derby being held at Mascot Dock. This event will be taking place on Saturday, September 2nd. Two different divisions are going to be open this year. The
first will be taking place from 1:00- 2:00PM for ages 6-15 and the second will be
from 2:30-3:30PM for ages 16 and up. Entry fees will be collected at the dock and are going to be $5 a person for the 6-15 and $10 for the 16 and up. Prizes will be awarded to 1st fish caught, biggest fish caught and most fish caught for each age group! BYOP only. The shop will be providing bait, buckets and the prizes. For any questions please contact Patchogue Recreation at 631-475-4302


Call for extended Labor Day hours  (631) 654-2311

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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