Eastern Long Island have produced the some great catches of Blackfish this fall. 3lb, 4lb and 5lb blackfish are not uncommon. A few fine fish from our friends at Eastern LI Sportfishing Charters "Nautic Lady"
This week leading up to Veterans day didn't disappoint with Striped Bass action along the surf. Many fish are being hooked and released on the south shore beaches from Shinnecock Inlet in the Hamptons to Jones Beach in the west. The most fish are in the 20-30 inch class but a few keepers are mixed in. You do have to work for the keepers though. The ratio from short to keeper is about 10:1 Diamond jigs and Jecks bucktails have been the best choices during the day. At night the bite has been good as well. Use Jecks bucktails and swimming plugs such as sp minnows and mag darters at night. For some better fish try getting on a boat and fishing in about 60 feet of water. Some keepers up to 20 pounds have been sticking around on the sand eels and the bunker pods.
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Blackfish have been sticking close to the shore. Even though the water has been fairly warm, jigs and rigs baited with green crabs have both been doing very well. Patchogue locals went hunting for some shore-bound Blackfish on the North Fork this week. They were able to put together a limit of fish up to 18" . The fish were responding well to both the jigs and the rigs.
A couple of tips when blackfishing...Always bring extra rigs, jigs and sinkers. Losing them is inevitable. They will either get caught in the rocks or a larger fish can break you off when they run for the rocks. Also you want to use a rod that is fairly heavy so that you can yank the fish out of the rocks. Try using a reel with a higher gear ratio. This would help you gain leverage on the fish. Use at least 40 to 50 pound braid on that reel. Bring along at least 2-4 dozen crabs if you plan on fishing for a bit. If the bite is hot you will be going through bait quickly.
West Lake has been stocked this fall with some nice sized brown trout. They have been hitting most small tins as well as nightcrawlers fished under a float. Try for them in the early mornings when they are most active. If the conditions allow give a "fly a try". They will be more than willing to go after a streamer.
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