October Fishing at It's Finest

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Some excellent Striper fishing is taking place around our island right now. Between inlets, beaches and back bays, you have many different
options. Shinnecock, Moriches and Fire Island inlets are all holding good amounts of Stripers up to 30 lbs. Bucktails, swimshads and casting swimmers have
been the ticket to hooking up. You will find that both sides of the tide are producing fish. Give the sand beaches a good shot too. Reports are
saying that baits like mullet and sand eels are in close with teen class stripers feeding on them. Swimming plugs like an sp minnow or mag darter
are good choices after dark while a diamond jig or popper are wise to use during daylight hours.
Anthony from the shop managed to get out
this week to Shinnecock inlet and bucktailed up a few teen sized fish.

Bait fishermen chunking the open beach have had some luck as well. Bunker
chunks have accounted for some fish up around 20lbs off the sand. Clam bellies are pulling some smaller sized fish.

Blackfish is off to a nice start. Those going out hitting the wrecks and rock piles are taking home a good amount of keeper tog. Green crabs
are working very well. Give blackfish jigs a shot too. Its a different method of blackfishing that can be very effective as well as fun. All
you have to do is tip a jig with a piece of crab and jig it on structure.

The local dock are still holding a nice population of cocktail blues that can be caught on small tins, poppers or bait. While going for cocktails,
some anglers are hooking up with schoolie bass too. This is a nice surprise. Don’t be surprised if you pick up a Fluke but remember that season is closed.(to bad)

Lake fishing have been good too. West and Great Patchogue lakes are giving freshwater anglers a good shot at some quick action. Sunfish, perch
and largemouth bass are keeping fishers entertained. A good choice of bait would be either nightcrawlers or live shiners.
One impressive catch this week was make by Hunter Willy and his gang that consisted of JT Keefe and TJ Schmit. The landed themselves a fat 5Lb Bass. Nice job guys.

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