Seabass season is finally here, now is the time for catching some of these tasty fish. Using piece's of clam on a Hi-Lo rig over some structure is all you need to catch a limit of fish. However I like using a small white squid tube attached to my hooks, topped with either fresh clam or a squid strip. Not only will the Squid tubes attract the Sea bass it also increases your shot of landing any Fluke that might be hanging around. Sea Bass are aggressive feeders, if you locate structure holding fish, you can also target them using jigs, this method will likely produce bigger fish.
Local docks are seeing blowfish and kingfish! #9 hook and a piece of clam will do the trick. Fun to catch and great to eat.
Smaller Blues are still being caught in the inlets. Mostly during the day. The choice of lures for the Bluefish are diamond jigs and bucktails. Cast slightly down tide and retrieve at a medium speed for best action. Ive also gotten a few reports of blues on the north side of Montauk within the last week.
Sea Bass season has just opened and like expected limits are coming easily. You can only keep 3 fish right now so if you plan on catching some sea bass be sure to have some fluke setups ready to go afterwards. Clam strips, squid and gulp are the choice baits for them.
Fluking is staying good in Shinnecock and Moriches Bays. The cuts of the inlets are good locations to focus in on. Hi Low rigs are favorites of mine. Fish with either gulp or squid and spearing on them. Focus around the higher parts of the tide. The key is to have clean moving water.
Porgy fishing is giving family's and avid anglers great chances at catching fish. The north shore between Port Jefferson and Wildwood State Park has been awesome spots to fish at. Also the Shinnecock canel is another good place to wet a line. The usual Clams and Sandworms are the best baits.Try fishing around high tide. It seems the the fish have been more active then.
Sea Robins are mixed with the fluke and anglers should remember that these "fun Fish" make a great table fair. we attached a recipe above for them.
Pre-Heat your oven to 350. While doing this saute 2 onions and a yellow pepper in Olive Oil, a pat of Butter, a teaspoon of crushed Garlic, and a teaspoon of Sugar. After the Onions and pepper are sauteed (about 4 minutes) add a 1/2 cup of white wine and bring to a boil. Rinse your Sea Robin Fillets in cold water and pat dry. Place them in a baking dish and pour the Sauteed Onion, Pepper and White Wine mixture over the fish and cover with foil. Place the baking dish in the oven for 20 minutes. After baking take the excess fluid from the pan and mix with 2 table spoons of flour and a 1/3 0f a cup of shredded mozzerella cheese, mix until the cheese melts and pour over the fish. Serve and enjoy.
This week continued with a nice pick of Striped Bass up to 30lbs in the inlets. A lot of fish are around the slot size of 28-35 inches so its not out of the question to take one home for the table. Mostly Shinnecock and Moriches inlets have been the places to be. Heavy Bucktails and Shads have been getting most of the bites. I like using jecks bucktails in combination with a fat cow strip. Tsunami shads are another preference of mine as well. Both sides of the tide have been productive.
Crabs are starting to show . some good results at the Local Docks making it worth the time to go for them. They should be rolling in heavy this next month or so.
Those in pursuit of Freshwater fish have many options still. The live shiners make a great bait for targeting sluggish Largemouth bass hanging around vegetation. Use nightcrawlers to target smaller fish such as bluegill and yellow perch. West Lake and Great Patchogue Lake have both been active. Bring along some nightcrawlers, shiners or rubber worms to cover everything.
Size Limit: 37” • Bag Limit: 2 Per Day • Season: All Year. Fine to eat. Cobia can be caught using bucktail jigs, or small plastic crabs or fish type lures. cobia can also be caught using eels.
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