Some trout are still being picked at West lake. One customer bought some of our live shiners and used them to land two large sized brown trout. Over at Great Patchogue lake soft plastics rigged weedless can be fished around the weeds to target Pickerel. Use live shiners as well in the open areas for big Pickerel as well. Just a reminder, Largemouth Bass season is now closed until the first saturday in June.
Porgy fishing opened on May 1. Zeppi at the shop, reported some luck with catching porgies, schoolie stripers and an occasiinal keeper along with weakfish and some bluefish. Using clam is the bait of choice. Using soft plastics, small bucktails, SP-minnows and Mag-Darters have proven to work as well. Pablo from the shop has also reported bass being caught at Smith's Point and Patchogue Dock. Some keepers in West Sayville on bunker chunks has been reported as well.
Small schoolie bass are all over the bay with some weakfish around. More weakfish activity was reported at Ocean Beach, fishing the a.m. is your best bet! For some flounder activity fish Dickerson's Channel using mussel's and worms with a heavy dose of chum for good results. School sized stripers are running the bay with some keepers in the mix. Bucktails and Bass-Assassins are your best bet.
The local dock in Patchogue ( Patchogue's Mascot Dock ) is starting to see some life with bluefish and bass. Our first confirmed reports came in during the week of a couple of big blues landed on top water lures. In about a week the areas should be loaded and they will be hitting lures and bunker chunks agressivly. Zeppi from the shop went down to the dock recently too and was able to land a nice fat bass just shy of keeper size on one of the new "mini" cotton cordell pencil poppers we got in.
Spring Clam Chumming for Bass
Spring is a great time to chum for Striped Bass using Clam Bellies. When chumming for Bass off of your boat you will need to anchor up current of a bridge piling or in a cut near an inlet or off of a sandbar next to deeper water, moving water is a must. Drop a block of frozen clam belly chum off of the side of your boat in a weighted chum cage or pot. Try to get the pot as far to the front of your boat as you can so the line on the pot doesn't interfere when landing a fish. Use a medium heavy boat rod with a level wind reel, I prefer mono line in 30 lb. test but you can use braid. Use a fish finder clip on your line tied to a barrel swivel with a 6/0 or 7/0 baitholder or circle hook with a 36 in. leader of either 50-60 lb mono or flourocarbon.
Cast a full skimmer clam behind your boat out into the chum. You will need anywhere between a 5 and a 10 oz. bank sinker to hold bottem depending on how much current you are fishing. When the fish hit they will take the bait and run, reel down and set the hook hard if using bait holder hooks, if using circle hooks just reel until the line is tight.
When fighting the fish you will also be fighting the current thats why I prefer a heavier rod. Land the fish as fast as you can so if it is released it will be less stressed. When clam chumming for Bass the action can be fast and furious at times so if a fish is hooked get a line out there as fast as you can after that first fish is landed.
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