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.
If your willing to brave the weather, and find your self on the north shore before April 30th, give blackfish a try. Clam or green crabs tipping your hooks make for a good bait to catch blackfish around rock piles.
Next Monday (May 4th) is the opening day for Fluke in New York. Predictions are that it's going to be a spectacular opening. Why such a good prediction? Because the commercial fleet is tied up at the docks. They are considered an essential business, during the coronavirus shut down but there is a very small market for their products. Mainly because most restaurant are closed or providing a limited menu.
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Now, if you're eagerly awaiting the first signs of porgies, you don't have long. They too are expected to be humongous. I have already heard of porgies topping 5lbs!!! Peconic bays are the first location for these early tasty treats.
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.
Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM
Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. Call (631) 654-2311
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