MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Don’t forget about this years 37th annual snapper derby being held at Patchogue's Mascot Dock . This event will be taking place on Saturday, August 28th '2021. Ages 6 & up between 1:00- 2:00PM.
Entry fees will be collected at the dock and are going to be $5 a person or $8.00 per team of 2. Prizes will be awarded to 1st fish caught, biggest fish caught and most fish caught for each group! BYOP only. The shop will be providing bait, buckets and the prizes. For any questions please contact Patchogue Recreation at 631-475-4302
Nice reports this week from down at Patchogue's Mascot Dock, Corey Beach, Pine Neck Dock and other Brookhaven Fishing Piers. Crabs are nice size, Snappers are getting bigger by the day and were hearing some decent kingfish reports too. Try working a small kastmaster on a light tackle setup for snappers. If you want to go after the kingfish try using a hi-low rig on the bottom baited with pieces of clam. This same method can land you some nice Blowfish too. Fun to catch and fine to eat!
Crabbing can be extremely productive coming up to the full moon in August. the shop has all the nets and trap for crabbing in stock.
We have some scattered reports of Bonita around the south shore inlets. Opposite of Albies, They are excellent eating. Fish for them the same way though small tins or Joe Baggs epoxy jigs and reel fast on light tackle setups. Tip: If you do stumble across them be sure to bleed and ice them right away. A favorite method to cook them is a quick sear on the grill.
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.