We saw a nice uptick in Striped Bass action this week. Matt and Zeppi from the shop have been pounding the surf for great results. Many fish over 20lbs and Zeppi takes the cake with an extremely impressive 48-lber. Good work Zep! A lot of fish have been staging in the inlets but the beaches are loaded with fish too. If you choose to fish an inlet try using heavy rubber shads as well as bucktails. Look for rips and dropoffs. I like to fish around the higher portions of the tide. Last of the in and beginning of the out. When fishing on the beaches try using swimming plugs like super strike darters, bottle plugs, sp minnows, mag darters and redfins. Look for some deeper water closer to the beach. Usually the fish are sitting in that waiting to ambush prey. Montauk has also been seeing some fish running along its north and south side. Pretty much the same plugs that work along the sand beach will work in Montauk too. I myself always like to throw darters in Montauk. Bucktails are another necessity in Montauk.
Blues can still be picked in the inlets. Most of the fish are smaller but once in a while a bigger fish over 10lbs is caught. Diamond Jigs, Hopkins and Bucktails are all perfect for catching the bluefish.
Fluke fishing has been improving in the bays with the increased temperatures. Shinnecock and Moriches are two great bays to try. A lot of the fish are right around the keep size of 19" and are falling for gulp , spearing and squid. The most common method for targeting fluke is the high low rig with either a bucktail/teaser or two teasers.Try fishing around the higher points of the tide for the best success.
Plenty of "Fun Fish" around to keep people busy. Triggerfish moved into the canal over at Shinnecock. They are scrappy fighters and make excellent table fare, but can be a challenge to fillet.
Seabass opened on June 23rd. With the amount and quality of fish caught and released this past spring, this should be a pretty good opening week. The shop is well stocked with Seabass tackle and all your necessary bait. As the reports start coming in we'll pass them along.
Porgy fishing continues to stay hot in the Peconics and the north shore. Almost all anglers going in search for them are coming back with buckets full. The main baits are sandworms and clam. You can try areas like Rocky Point, Mt Sinai and Riverhead. The Peconics have a nice amount of Porgies in them still but the use of a boat will help you get to them easier. Focus on areas like Jessups neck and Greenport.
The Local docks are keeping our customers busy with plenty of blowfish and kingfish. The rig I set people up with is a small double hook rig fished on the bottom with clams, sandworms or squid. No need to cast far these fish are right off the dock. And don't forget some great crabbing. Patchogue locals are also seeing impressive numbers of large crabs with many soft-shell crabs in the mix. Bunker is a fine bait. Traps or nets will do fine
At the lakes the fishing has been productive. West Lake, Great Patchogue Lake and Swan Lake (Info) are all producing some nice largemouth bass. Weedless rigged rubber worms and top-water frogs are the go to choices of lure. Some holdover trout from the last stocking are still biting too. Use nightcralwers or small kastmasters for them.