Striped Bass reports slowed this week. It may be due to the lack of fishermen focusing on Striped Bass but I’m willing to bet that if you were to clam chum fish the inlets you could manage to hook into a few.
On the brighter side Montauk seems to still be holding some quality stripes. Vinny Lijoi proved this by heading out off the point this week with live eels and landed several big bass pushing 40lbs. The guys who work at the shop have been proving that surf fishing for bass isn’t a lost cause either. They took some fish from Shinnecock bay this past week working a combination of small swimming plugs and live eels.
Matts Surf Report Recap...
I remember a few years back me and a few friends of mine used to have good success working a local south shore beach during the month of August. Most of this fishing consisted of tossing tins and dragging
them through troughs. The bait present was most likely small sandeels or spearing. Most of the fish were between 20-27" but in 2 hours worth of casting we would be able to rack up about a dozen fish a person.
Not bad for the month of August. This past week I decided to follow up on this logged report. When i arrived at the beach before first light I was greeted with a 10mph SW wind. The ocean was still rolling from stiff winds the night before. Looked potentially good. I imagined hungry Striped bass feeding on small baits in the white water. The result of my first cast with a 1 oz white bucktail was weed. I went
on for next hour and a half moving and casting trying to locate cleaner water. Every spot I tried resulted in the same thing. At this point I decided to check out the bay side. I ran into one caster who told me he worked the beach very early before first light. He had better luck than me, saying he managed one blue and a nice fluke on something that looked like a 7" Rebel. After that quick chat I headed to the bay side. Tons of spearing. The water looked clean and fishy. I had about and hour left of incoming tide. Almost every cast resulted in a Sea Robin. Can’t seem to get away from them this year. After casting and working different
pieces of water with a bucktail I finally landed one short bass before packing it in.
During the day I kept thinking to myself that the water I saw in the morning on the bay side had to have fish feeding after dark. Too much bait for them not to. So that night I headed back with a half dozen eels and small plugs in my bag. I shot right out of work with Giuseppe from the shop and when I got down, water the just trickling in still. Bait was present. It was perfect. The bright moon over my head is
typical not my favorite to fish but I was determined to hook into something. My GSB1081M paired with a Van Staal 200 loaded with 30lb power pro was the right setup for this. After 45 minutes of
casting my first hit came from a small bluefish that severed my eel in half. After a few casts with half an eel I swapped it out for a fresh lively one. A few casts in I got smashed, dropped the rod tip and
slammed the hook. Right away I knew I got a solid hook set so I was not worried about losing the fish. After a quick fight, I dragged a healthy looking 33" fish up the bank. The tide had just turned and I
looked over to see Zeppi doubled over fighting something with some size behind it. "Damn" I said to myself. "This kids going to be talking sh*t now about how he caught something bigger than me" Well after a drawn out fight he beached a stinky dogfish, had a good laugh about it and sent it on its way. After another 45 minutes of casting without a tap we decided to move down about a 1/4 mile. Right away we could hear them popping in front of us. We both tied on small plugs since the current was moving too hard for a live eel. My plug of choice was a bone colored SP Minnow. Within my first few casts I got
a good hit and set the hook. The fish was only on for about 3 seconds before it shook off. 15 Minutes later I got another hit but not as hard as the last. It was a quick bump and I couldn’t get a hook set on it. A short while later we called it a night due to the amount of bugs harassing us. Next week were heading back again with bug spray to see what a different portion of the tide has to offer. Stay Tuned!!
Fluke are present in the bays but still are outnumbered by the many sea robins. Shinnecock and Moriches both can be good when you can get away from the robins. Try working different areas. Some may hold more fluke. Incoming tide seems to be the best bet and as it gets closer to high tide the action seems to get better. Sand eels, Squid and Spearing are all great choices for bait. One notable catch of the week was by Bob Harrison (Cover Photo) with a Fluke weighed into the shop just over 8 and a half pounds. He landed this fish in 50 feet of water off shinnecock inlet. Bob also noted that the fishing was pretty consistent
in the ocean with more fluke than sea robins. When the weather permits it, fishing the ocean can pay off quite well.
Sea Bass also has been ok off Moriches and Shinnecock. Keeper sized fish are being taken on clam strips and squid on the various pieces of structure scattered throughout the ocean.
Sea Bass can be found in the sound too. Smaller than south shore wreck sea bass but still some keepers to bring home for the dinner table.
Let's not forget the North shore Porgy action. It continues to preform well. This is a great opportunity for boaters and shore bound anglers to get into some fine action. Port Jefferson, Wading River and Mattituck have all been productive for anglers.
Boaters should find some structure and they’ll do fine too. Clam, squid, sandworms are all fine baits.
Snappers on the south shore, north shore, east and west are at your favorite local docks and creeks and are in good numbers. Most are 6-8." Small Spearing fished under a float, snapper poppers, and small tins are great choices for targeting these little blues. Try locations like harbor crab dock, Mascot dock, Pine neck dock or Bluepoint dock.
Crabs were slightly smaller this week but still plenty of keepers to fill the buckets. Most creeks and docks all are holding crabs. Traps loaded with bunker or mackerel will do the trick.Old fashion scooping at night with a net and light are also great methods.
Pablo from the shop has been hitting the local freshwater holes and is having good luck fishing early morning for Pickerel and LMBass. Soft plastics fished weedless have been effective. Live shiners are doing well also. Nightcrawlers fished under a float will be perfect for panfish and yellow perch.
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