"Hot" Summer Fishing Continues • MARK YOUR CALENDAR:37th Annual Snapper Derby • Knots To Know

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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 DockCorey BeachPine 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.

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Fluke fishing has stayed the same for the most part this week. As far as action goes, the bays have been productive. Plenty of shorts to go around with some very nice keepers in the mix. You will also have plenty of Sea Robins to weed through also. Bucktails and fluke rigs are the best bets. Both gulp, and spearing/squid combos are producers. 
The ocean fluke fishing has produced some bigger fish. Fishing around the Artificial Reefs will not only produce some fine fluke but there are many opportunities to catch a variety of other fish too.  Sea bass, ling and more can be had for taking.
Porgies are all over the North Shore beaches.  Anywhere with a rocky shoreline will hold them. Both sandworms and clams make great bait. The south shore inlets  have porgies and triggerfish in them as well. They seem to be a little larger in size.
Striped Bass fishing is a little slow right now with the warmer water temperatures. Night time tides are your best bet for them when the water cools down. I also like fishing the incoming tide if possible. Focus attention around inlets also. Don't be surprised if you hook-up with a cownose ray.

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.

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

Attached is an additional list of more "Fun Fish Facts-2 Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF) Updated

Local lakes are still providing action in this summer heat. Great Patchogue Lake has put up some nice Largemouth Bass and pickerel. Most fish are all being caught with live shiners or soft plastic worms. Panfish are hitting nightcrawlers or small plastic grubs on a jig heads

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