March Fishing Forecast-Rons Recipe-Connetquot River State Park Update

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we have had some nice weather lately and the warmer conditions gave anglers an opportunity to fish the local lakes.  West Lake and the Great Patchogue Lake have been active with perch and trout.  Using nightcrawlers, small vibrax lures, and kastmaster have all been productive.

Fly fisherman have also taken advantage of the nicer weather and ventured out to Connetquot River State Park  ( Freshwater Licenses is required ) for Rainbow and Brook trout. You can find fish to 20" . nymphs, wolley buggers and streamers are all producing. 

the store is stocking up on many of the fly fishing products to to use for an enjoyable day at the park. So stop down. Open 7 days. .

Brackish water has seen action with white perch and "holdover" striped bass. it’s been Pretty impressive that there have been reports of bass to 28".  Most fish have been caught on small bucktails and nightcrawlers, while targeting white perch.  No matter what the regulations are for stripers, in NY state they can be targeted in the closed season, but must be released.

Joshua Phoenis with a nice white perch

Cabin fever report- This past week Ron from the shop went out for a winter south shore Cod trip out of Shinnecock inlet. The boat had steady action all day on Cod, Pollack and a few Ling fishing in 200 ft. of water. Most of the fish were caught bottom fishing using fresh clam drifting and at anchor but a few nice sized Pollack were caught by an angler using a jig. Everyone on the boat was able to catch fish and go home with a few keepers.

Marinade Recipe- This is a great marinade that I use for grilled or baked Sea Bass fillets. I have also used this marinade on Boneless Chicken Breasts, Striped Bass fillet, Boneless Pheasant Breasts and Venison Backstraps. Combine the following-1 cup of Soy Sauce, 1 cup of Honey, 2 tablespoons of ground Ginger, 2 tablespoons of Sesame Oil, juice of one lime and a teaspoon of crushed wet Garlic. I also add a small amount of Black Pepper to taste. Because of the amount of sodium in the Soy Sauce you will not need to add any salt. Whisk the ingredients together until the honey breaks down in the marinade. Marinade your Sea Bass in the refrigerator for about 45 minutes to an hour. I also will baste some of the marinade onto the fillets while cooking. Serve the Fillets with Wild Rice and some stir-fry vegetables, enjoy!

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Just a reminder:  All anglers -16yrs and older -Fishing for saltwater fish species in the marine and coastal district are required to enroll in the saltwater marine registry or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.

You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors.  To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. )  Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00. 

Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register  online- click HERE.   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.

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