Breaking News: The first reports of Blue Claw Crabs has been reported at the local docks.
Fluke fishing stayed good this week. Some awesome action has been taking place in both Shinnecock Inlet and Moriches bays. A lot of it has been shorts but if you don't mind that you will have plenty of action the whole time. If you are persistent you can pick through the shorts and cull a few keepers. Bucktails bounced along the bottom are doing great. Bait them with either spearing, squid or gulp. Go as light as possible for the most fun. I I like a light spinning rod paired with a 3000 sized spinning reel.
This week we saw some consistent action with Striped Bass along the ocean from Smith Point County Park to Shinnecock. Most surfcasters were throwing swimming plugs like sp minnows, darters and bottle plugs. The inlets have been holding plenty of fish as well. In the inlet the key is getting down to the fish tight to the bottom. Most have been tossing heavy bucktails and swim shads to hook up. A lot of small fish are in the inlets but mixed in are some large. We heard of a few fish better than 30 lbs coming up.
The boats searching for the pods of Bunker didn't do well for most of the week. Winds made it tough to spot pods and it seemed like there was a lack of them as well. Pauls cousin Mike Graniello did get out earlier in the week and manage a cow Striped Bass over 40 lbs on a mojo rig though.
Porgies have been hot all over the sound. A few spots that have been go to are Mt Sinai, Port Jefferson, Rocky Point and Wildwood State Park. Any sort of rocky structure will be perfect to hold Porgies. Top bait have been clam or sandworms. A little bit of chum never hurts either.
Early Sunday morning reports have indicated (as expected) phenomenal Sea bass action throughout the south shore with the larger fish harvested from ocean wrecks and structures. Clam is a fine bait, squid works well too.
Mixed with the bass in the inlets have been plenty of bluefish. Mostly cocktails with the larger ones going about 8 lbs. They have been hitting diamond jigs throughout the daylight hours. Montauk had some nicer sized blues roll in along the north side of the light. Some fish were over 10 lbs and have been hitting topwater lures aggressively and taking Charlie Graves tins when things were slower.
Plenty of "Fun Fish" around to keep people busy. Triggerfish moved into the canal over at Shinnecock. They are scrappy fighters and make excellent table fare, but can be a challenge to fillet.
Blowfish have invaded the island. Both the north and south shore has been filled with them. They are fun to catch and fine to eat! They are often called chicken of the sea. My go to rig and bait for them is a two hook rig with small hooks baited with pieces of squid. Locally try Patchogue's Mascot Dock. Bergalls have ben roaming the banks of the Shinnecock Canal too. They make a tasty meal also. if you can catch a half dozen or so of them. Some say they taste better than blackfish. Plenty of Sea Robins are all over the island. They will take almost any bait you put in front of them and are known to make great fish tacos.
The lakes have continued to produce Large Mouth Bass, panfish, perch and crappie. The number one bait for the lakes is still nightcrawlers and shiners. Best times to hit the lake are early mornings and right before dark. Work the outside weed patches and structure and vegetation. Try Great Patchogue Lake for a shot at a nice largemouth over that can exceed 5lbs.
Andrea decided to try and get away from the crowds in the surf this weekend so he decided to target some Walleye over at Lake Ronkonkoma. The night started off fast with a few fish straight away, up to 16 inches. All fish were falling to slowly retrieved jerkbaits. Color did not seem to matter. As the night when on the fish seemed to get bigger. By the end of the night he had 16 fish between him and a buddy, along with a unexpected carp catch to add to the session. The biggest fish coming out to about 4lbs
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