Plan Your Thanksgiving Weekend Fishing Trip…...It Should Be Fantastic!

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Approaching Thanksgiving the weather continues to stay on our side with many warmer than usual days. The fishing has not slowed down either. 

Schools of Striped Bass and Bluefish have been roaming our south shore harassing bunker pods. This has given surf and boat fishermen many
great fishing opportunities. Matt and Anthony from the shop were able to get out this week and score with bass into the mid twenties. They reported that yellow swimming plugs had the edge over anything else. Customers have also been coming in reporting some great topwater action that is happening during the day. The stretch of beach from Moriches inlet to the breach has offered an excellent opportunities.
Also if you plan a daytime fishing adventure, is would be a good idea to carry a few kastmasters with you. They seemed to be taking some fish too.
Those heading out on boats are finding best luck searching for bunker pods (Frequently found outside the inlets.) Either casting rubber shads or poppers around them can be deadly. Some larger fish in the upper 20's are being landed using the "snag and drop" method.

Not only have the bass been plentiful, but so have to bluefish. These are not your typical Bluefish though. Most are well over 12lbs with some dropping the scales down to the 20lb mark!! One regular customer reported that the gator blues were so thick and aggressive that they broke his reel. (We at J&J like to hear that.) Try fishing pencil poppers and tins, such as charlie graves or kastmasters for the blues. The have been reported roaming the beach from Shinnecock to Robert Moses.

Blackfishing off the south shore has been good when the boats can get out of the inlets. Fishing structure in 80-100 feet of water will give you a good shot. Most have been heading out with green crabs and the results have been good. Jigs tipped with green crabs are working well too.
The north shore the rock piles off Mt. Sinai and Rocky Point are holding good number of blackfish. Dont be afraid to move a few times in a trip until you can really dial in on them.

If freshwater's your thing, West Lake has produced its share of Bass and Trout. Live Shiners are a "killer bait." Don't underestimate the power of a nightcrawler too. Lost of panfish around to keep you entertained.


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