Yes, Blueclaw crabs are in!!!
Fishing for Stripers was consistent again this week. Inlets held a good amount of bass into the slot size and some even bigger. Mainly bucktails and rubber shads are being used to catch them. You can catch them during the day but the Bluefish around make it tougher to get to them. If you try at night you odds increase for hooking into a striper. The bays are loaded up with Stripers too. Try around your local bridges for a good shot at them. I like using small Soft plastics on a jig head. Focus around the lights of the bridge. The fish seem to gather in these areas.
Bluefish are still sticking around all over the inlets of the island. The fish are ranging from 2lbs to over 15lbs. Anglers are mostly using tins like diamond jigs and Charlie Graves to target them. A couple of good sports to try are Moriches and Shinnecock inlets. It seems like closer to high tide is seeing more action with them. Smith Point County Park is getting a few fish too. Anglers are using poppers to target them here. Try fishing the higher tides at this location too.
Fluke fishing was off to a slower start but its starting to pick up now. Moriches and Shinnecock bays are starting to see more fish enter them. The key has been fishing the structure and dropoffs that they are sitting on. Using squid, spearing or gulp will get you bites. I like to tip the back of lighter bucktail jigs in the bays with gulp for Fluke. Aqain the best tide to fish seems to be the last of the in and the beginning of the out. The Shinnecock Canal is also seeing some keeper fluke come up.
Porgies are providing anglers with great action along the north shore beaches and the peconics. Clams and sandworms are the ideal baits for them. Most people are using the double hook or high low rig to target them. If your on a boat, using some chum will help out also.
Another nice surprise this year is the amount of blowfish around in our area. The local dock is seeing a nice amount being caught on squid and clams fished straight down on the bottom. The Shinnecock Canal or the Local Docks has been another hotspot. Some really big blowfish have been caught. Blowfish also make a great table fare.
If you want to try some fly fishing, Connetquot River State Park is open for that. The fishing has been consistent. The fish are responding well to wolley buggers, nymphs and dry flies. Right up the road at west lake the fishing has been very good too. Just a reminder that Largemouth bass season opens up again this Saturday.
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