The Chilly Fishing Forecast 🎁 Holiday Gift Guide

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Striped Bass fishing is staying strong along the south shore beaches. Smith Point is still loaded with fish up to 27" with a keeper mixed in every so often (28"). The main lures of choice are bucktails, diamond jigs (A-17T) and Hopkins lures. At night, a thin profile lure like the sp minnow are doing well. Using a teaser about 2 feet in front of your lure gives you a shot at a double header.

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Some bigger bass seem to be holding in the bays around Smith Point County Park  and  Robert Moses State Park. Eels have been the bait of choice for these fish. Either drifting on a boat or casting from the shore into the deeper channels has had proven results. A teen sized fish is a "reel" possibility but we also heard of fish over thirty pounds being taken.

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Quite a surprise this year is the fantastic Blackfishing that has been going on around Long Islands north and south shore. the north shore ( Brookhaven Fishing Piersof long island is doing quite well. Blackfish Jigs like JOE BAGGS TOGZILLA (LAY PERFECT) JIGS or JOE BAGGS BLACKFISH/TOG JIGS (2 PER PACK) BANANA STYLE have been hot with rigs doing well also. I myself have been experimenting with the jigs for great results. They are very easy to use. TIP: I direct tie my jig to 4 foot length of 60-80 pound leader material. When baiting a jig both a whole small green crab or a piece of a crab work. I do give the edge to the piece of crab though. It seems to give off more scent in the water. This can be beneficial if the fish are being picky, which Blackfish are know for. Although if they are feeding don't hesitate to put a whole crab on. My biggest fish of last week came on a whole crab on the jig. 

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Holiday Gift Ideas

With the holidays approaching its the perfect time of the year to start thinking about some gifts for the anglers in your family. Maybe a quality scale such as a Boga Grip made to handle and weigh your prized catches. Or why not some hand tied fin strike fluke rigs as a stocking stuffer. The fishing along the south shore beaches has been hot as of recent. Start stocking up for next years bite with some Jecks Bucktails or Charlie Graves-West End tins. Two of my favorite lures so far this season.
If you cant wait for next years false albicore run grab some "Joe Baggs" resin rigs. They cast extreamly well and the single hook feature makes unhooking fish a breeze.
Another worthy product from the Joe Baggs line is his Blackfish Jigs Available in the TOGZILLA Style or the traditional BANANA Style. These jigs provide you a new fun and easy way to target Blackfish. Available in an array of colors and different sizes.
As of recent the weather has taken a turn. It has become quite cold out very quickly. The shop has the perfect answer to this. AFTCO hydronaut bibs and jackets will keep you warm and dry on the water and fishing year round. This foul weather gear was voted one of the best products at this years Icast fishing show. I have to say from first have experience that this clothing is top notch stuff only made to withstand the harshest of conditions.


If you were just getting into the sport of surfcasting and are ready to upgrade your equipment take a look at the Lamiglas and St. Croix line of rods. Both companies are top of the line, providing excellent customer service as well as a top notch product.  Avid anglers give these companies two thumbs up. This weeks managers suggestion is the LAMIGLAS GSB10LS 1-3 OZ.. Price $449.99 LOCAL PICK-UP ONLY. CALL FOR DETAILS 631-654-2311.  

This is a 1 piece rod, ask about our free home delivery. ( Limited Areas-Suffolk County-11772) 


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