Striper surf fishing has been keeping fishermen busy at the inlets and open beaches. Bucktails tipped with jig strips and heavy shads have been doing the trick for the inlets. For the open beaches mag darters, sp minnows and super strike darters are getting plenty of action. A lot of schoolie sized fish have been roaming around. It is typical to get some keepers too while targeting stripers.
As for the boat fishermen clams fished around the inlets have been yielding some keeper sized stripers. Nothing much on bunker pods yet but were keeping our eyes open for them. Captain Mike fished Moriches this week with sandworms for 3 keeper bass and several cocktail sized bluefish.
Bluefish have been active at the south shore inlets. Not much as far as size goes but they are plentiful during the day. The north shore harbors have been loaded with bunker that has attracted plenty of bigger sized blues. Some of the fish are over 15 pounds. Large topwater lures have done the best job at getting hits. The bigger super strike poppers, gibbs pencils and yo-zuri pencil poppers are all perfect to use.
Blackfish and Seabass have been a slow pick this week do to the high seas. For those that were able to escape, they were rewarded with some fish. Green crabs are the bait of choice for the blackfish and clam for Seabass. A good early season tactic for Blackfishing is Jigging for them. It is a fun and exciting way that produces fish. Use different jig weights depending on the current and depth of the water.
False Albacore showing up in good numbers on the north fork of the island being caught on deadly dicks,and small diamond jigs. A tip is the faster you reel the better chances are that you will catch. Shinnecock inlet had a good showing of the albies last week too.
We had a nice body of weakfish in on our south shore as well. Nothing of tremendous size. Most of them were 3-5lbs. Pablo from the shop was able to get into some at the smith point area bayside. He said he was having best luck with white bass assassins rigged on a jighead.
Freshwater fishing has been holding up well. Zeppi from the shop has been picking away at holdover trout on nightcrawlers. Yellow Perch have been actively feeding too. Largemouth bass fishermen are still favoring live shiners as bait.