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Patchogue locals had a good pick of schoolie striped bass in the back bays. Shinnecock Canal, most bridges and docks too have fish. Using light tackle with small soft plastics and bucktails makes for a more exciting catch.
The local dock in Patchogue ( Patchogue's Mascot Dock ) is starting to see some life with bluefish and bass. Our first confirmed reports came in during the week of a couple of big Bass were landed on top water lures. In about a week the areas should be loaded and they will be hitting lures and bunker chunks aggressively.
May 1st is the opening day for Fluke in New York. Preliminary reports have been good. Predictions are that it's going to be a spectacular opening. So, A couple of fluke rigs and a spearing-squid combo will "do the trick" and hopefully bring home a 10lb doormat. Some good places to start are Shinecock Inlet and Moriches bays (Narrow Bay.)
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Now, if you're eagerly awaiting the first signs of porgies, you don't have to wait. They too are here and are humongous. I have already heard of porgies topping 5lbs!!! Peconic bays are the first location for these early tasty treats.
Spring Clam Chumming for Bass
Spring is a great time to chum for Striped Bass using Clam Bellies. When chumming for Bass off of your boat you will need to anchor up current of a bridge piling or in a cut near an inlet or off of a sandbar next to deeper water, moving water is a must. Drop a block of frozen clam belly chum off of the side of your boat in a weighted chum cage or pot. Try to get the pot as far to the front of your boat as you can so the line on the pot doesn't interfere when landing a fish. Use a medium heavy boat rod with a level wind reel, I prefer mono line in 30 lb. test but you can use braid. Use a fish finder clip on your line tied to a barrel swivel with a 6/0 or 7/0 circle hook with a 36 in. leader of either 50-60 lb mono or flourocarbon.
Cast a full skimmer clam behind your boat out into the chum. You will need anywhere between a 5 and a 10 oz. bank sinker to hold bottom depending on how much current you are fishing. When the fish hit they will take the bait and run, when using circle hooks just reel until the line is tight.
When fighting the fish you will also be fighting the current thats why I prefer a heavier rod. Land the fish as fast as you can so if it is released it will be less stressed. When clam chumming for Bass the action can be fast and furious at times so if a fish is hooked get a line out there as fast as you can after that first fish is landed.
Some trout are still being picked at West lake. One customer bought some of our live shiners and used them to land two large sized brown trout. Over at Great Patchogue lake soft plastics rigged weedless can be fished around the weeds to target Pickerel. Use live shiners as well in the open areas for big Pickerel as well. Just a reminder, Largemouth Bass season is catch and release using artificial lures.
Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.
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