October Prime Time Fishing • Fluke Ends With A Bang • Whats Ahead For Fall Fisherman

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With a mix of fall and summer weather we had this past week the fishing has been quite enjoyable. The boat fishing has been great with the fluke bite picking up inside the bay, making for a good way to end the season. Most are doing their well with hi-low fluke rigs aka "chicken Rigs" and bucktail teaser rigs. Most are tipping their hooks with squid strips and spearing as well as gulp grubs. 

Mike Capone, while out fishing on his boat with friends around the fire island inlet netted him self some nice keeper fluke. the biggest coming over the rail weighing in at 5 pounds with his smallest at 3-1/2. he spoke about fishing bucktails with Berkley's famous Glup in a white with an orange pattern. while drifting and jigging fishing was a knock out. Don't Forget to get your last minute fluke trips in with the season ending on September 30th. 

Bottom fishing is excellent as well. Jumbo Porgies and "knobhead" Seabass are all sure bets as well as Triggerfish, Ling and Cod. If you see allot of bird play there might be a chance that its false albacore, try casting jigs or vertical jigging for some light tackle fun. 

Ablies showed on both the north and south shore as well as out east in Montauk. These speedsters are a blast on light tackle and can be taken on slim jigs like deadly dicks, 007 diamond jigs and any other shiny offering you can throw at them.

Small bass have been on the sand beaches taking green diamond jigs, bucktails, swim shads and top water poppers. These fish are great fun for some early morning to all day action.

Small bluefish have been mixed in as well and will hit the same kind of offering intended for bass. If you want to try and pull some bigger fish try soaking bunker chunks, this is a great way to catch some "just keeper" size fish and larger. 

Snappers are still at the docks along with crabs, which is still excellent crabbing at the moment. 

Weakfish are not out of the question this time of year as well, they can be caught with squid strips, clam and artificial’s such as small bucktails, bass assassins and gulp baits. 

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Andrea Reports: In The Surf, the bite is picking up. The sand beaches from the hamptons all the way to robert moses has had there share of bass and bulefish action. There is alot of bait like mullet, snappers, bunker and big spearing so pretty soon i suspect there will be really good fishing along the south shore. Most are catching their fish on swimming plugs, poppers, tins and swimshads. Day and night time action are pretty good with more bass and bigger bass being pulled at night and bulefish and schoolies being caught at first light and last light. 

Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF) 

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This past weeks fishing has been great. All the local lakes are active with all kinds of great catches. This time of year is good to target some of the larger bass and pickerel that the lakes have to offer. If wanting to employ artificial tactics then large swim baits, crank baits, jigs and spinnerbaits will all get hits. If bait & wait is your thing then large live shiners fished under floats will produce as well. The best thing is to fish the baits around structure like weed beds, laydown trees and any rock structure. Panfish are also a good bet this time of year and will hit a variety of bait and lures. Nighcrawlers are good for bluegills and pumpkinseeds, lures such as spinners and small grub jigs will catch larger perch and crappie. Another interesting species to target are the walleye that inhabit only two of Long Islands lakes , which are Fort pond in Montauk and lake Ronkonkoma. They are best targeted at night or low light conditions. A three inch curly tail grub, floating rapalas and small swim shads will work 


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