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Jigging for Striped bass continued to stay productive into this week. Boats are fishing a few miles off Shinnecock, Moriches, and Fire Island. One report said that many of the fish were set up in about 65 feet of water. Larger sized Diamond jigs have accounted for most of the action. Some larger fish are still around with reports of bass up to 40 pounds.
Drifting the inlets at night with live eels has also been a good way to catch fish. Again Shinnecock and Moriches are good spots to try.
Some big Bluefish have shown themselves in the ocean mixed in with bass feeding on the sand eels. Patchogue Local, Mark Wrobleski, weighed in a 16lber on Thursday that he took off of Fire Island.
In The Surf things seemed to stay active. All the sand beaches from Shinnecock going west to Jones have been holding a good population of bass from schoolie sized up over 30lbs. Thursday morning we had a 31lber weighed in by Tom Redmond from Shinnecock. The fish was caught on a green tube diamond jig.
All the fields at Robert Moses beach have been consistent with fish up to 20 lbs.
The north fork has had a lot of schoolies feeding in close on whitebait. A good choice for catching these fish would be a white bucktail.
Blackfish have still been "chewing" well at south shore wrecks and north shore rock piles. Green crabs fished on either a jig or a double rig has been effective. Patchogue locals, Chris and Mark did well out of Orient earlier on in the week with a limit of Blackfish taken on green crabs.
West lake is still doing well with the recently stocked brown trout. Most of the fish will hit a small kastmaster or even a nightcrawler fished under a small float.
Largemouth bass have remained active too. Customers have been using live shiners to target bass in the local lakes with success. No monsters but some respectable 3lb fish have been landed.