August Fishing Forecast: From Snappers To Tuna • Inshore And Offshore Report • Fish Facts • Shark News

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Striped bass action has been slowing down due to the warmer water temperatures lately, Surfcasters and Boaters are finding these fish a little more picky than normal but still plenty of fish around! For lures that been working excellent are sp minnows, darters, and super strike swimmers are working well (also Diamond jigs during the day have been very productive). Try focusing your fishing the last 2 hours of incoming and first 2 hours of the outgoing tides for a more productive day.

On the boats clam chumming has been very productive (Circle hooks are required) or working the pods of bunker, the pods are seeing bigger fish but not all pods have been holding fish, WATCH OUT FOR THE SHARKS ON THE PODS ! be sure to bring extra gear just incase.

Offshore reports have been good with species like bluefin tuna, yellowfin tuna, Cobia, mahi and even wahoo all being caught in our waters.

Giant bluefins have been spotted as close as 50 ft from the shore. Further out yellow fin and bluefin have been caught around the combria wreck area. The waters have been very warm making yellowfin very abundant around the Texas towers and Hudson canyon. The best way to catch tuna would be methods like trolling with wide trackers and spreader bars. Jig and popping is another great way to catch tuna.

Off long beach.  Friend of the shop Dana brought in 58 lb Cobia caught off Long Beach today this fish was caught on a live bunker. Cobia can be found in our waters this time of year and provide a great fight and better eating. Another patchouge local reported today that he landed a 70 lb pound wahoo on the combria wreck.This wahoo was caught while trolling a plug. Wahoo aren’t common in our waters but during the summer they can be found off shore in our waters.  Mahi mahi have also been caught in recent weeks with fishing catching them on buoys and other floating debris

The local wrecks and reefs also contain, LingflukeCod and many other species of fish. This style of fishing you want to have a simple top & bottom rig tipped with clam bellies. If you don’t prefer bait try fishing Berkley Gulp. If the wrecks get too crowded but you don’t want to head in for the day, try scouting around for objects floating in the water such as Bouys, crab pot markers, or a wooden pallet. If you stop around those you could find yourself catching mahi-mahi. Now if you want to hit another style of fishing,  sale around and look for signs of life such as big pods a bait, whales, birds and sea turtles. If you find these try trolling offshore lures in those areas. If you’re lucky enough you could hook up with anyone of the tuna family. REMINDER:  When shark or tuna fishing, a federal permit is required. (permit is for the boat and NOT an individual angler)

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Bluefish were feasting on small sandeels. Anglers using Charlie Graves tins  were "hooking up" every cast. This large amount of Bluefish is nice to see. Hopefully they are still around for the fall!!

For larger bluefish our inlets like Moriches and Shinecock Inlet  have still been holding plenty of large blues . Crew member Pablo reported plenty of good sized bluefish up to 8lbs while snap jigging in the Shinecock inlet. Along the beaches bluefish have also been caught in places like smiths point and Robert Moses.

Crabbing is getting better and better by the day .Coming up on this next full moon  should be very good. The shop is stocked with nets, traps and baits used for crabbing. For any of these types of fishing try docks such as Patchogue's Mascot Dock , at the end of south ocean ave, Pine Neck Dock in East Patchogue or Sandspit Marina dock right across from Mascot dock.

Snappers have been reported at Local Docks and are growing more and more every day. You can see them chasing small spearing and peanut bunker along the bulkhead. They can actually be caught using a sabiki rig or very small casting lures. Also small snappers make a great fluke bait but remember that the limit this year is only 3 per person. Tackle Tip: Snapper Rod & Reel Combo ,Spearing works excellent for these little toothy fish this time of year on a small snapper hooks or even a Chester flounder hook with a bobber.

Lures for snappers include spinners and snapper poppers, snappers are attracted to fast moving shiny lures that cause a disturbance in the water. Which makes poppers and spinners perfect choices.

 Also at the docks, blowfish and kingfish using clam, squid or sandworms will do the trick. These fish are Fun to catch and great to eat.

Fluke fishing has been seeing a a slight up rise, boats are seeing result outside of the inlets in deeper water between 30-60ft or drifting around the wrecks. Most of the fish are on the smaller size but keepers are hovering around the 19-20" mark but some larger doormats have been in the mix. Bucktails and fluke rigs tipped with large local squid or spearing and various gulp baits. Moriches inlet and Shinecock Inlet  are also seeing some action. Try focusing efforts around the last 2 hours of the incoming and the first 2 of the outgoing.

Update: Fluke fishing in the moriches bay and inlet has been on fire in recent days with anglers catching plenty of keeper fish. Patchogue locals are reporting fish in the 9lb and 10lb range while drifting the bay near great gun. These fish were both caught on nuclear chicken pattern gulp. Closer to the inlet in the east and west cut plenty of fishermen are reporting full limits. The most common way people have been getting fluke has been buck-tails with either squid, spearing or gulp. When fishing bucktails in moriches bay a 3/4 to 1.5 oz buck tail is the perfect size due to the shallow water found in most of the bay. Most fishermen have had the best luck fishing the incoming tide, this is because the incoming tides brings in plenty of cooler water which fluke love. Shore bound fluke fishing has also been great in this area with many fishing along the inlet at Cupsogue and Smith Point County Park .

Triggerfish:  •Size Limit: None •Bag Limit: No Limit •Season: All Year. 

Triggerfish feed on sandworms, squid, and clam. They have sharp teeth and a tough skin. Excellent eating.  Triggerfish are found around rocks and inlets.

TACKLE TIP OF THE WEEK: Often seen as a "fun  fish" Sea robins are much more than that, one being a very delicious table fair ( the tail is full of white meat !) and excellent bait for fluke and sea bass !! Using their white under bellies as strip baits tipped on a bucktail or hi-low fluke/sea bass rig

Sea bass , continue to be very productive on the Artificial Reefs outside the inlets! Using piece's of clam on a Hi-Lo rig over some structure is all you need to catch a limit of fish. Clam chumming will also be a key factor in increasing you catch . Sea Bass jigging has become more popular in the community, plain single hook diamond jigs , hammered gold or hammered silver are very popular many tip these baits with squid strips or spearing increasing your chances at bigger fish and a shot at a nice fluke hanging around !!

Porgies , have been numerous in the long island sound and south shore. Sandworms, Clam , and Squid are equally working very well. The north shore between Port Jefferson and Wildwood State Park, Cedar Beach has been the spots to fish . Also the Shinnecock Canal/Inlet is another good place to target these fish with the chance at a nice triggerfish.  Triggerfish like to hug the structure, so try fishing along the wall of the canal or along the rocks at the inlets.

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Local lakes are showing great results. The Largemouth Bass fishing has been good with multiple fish per outing. Bass are being caught on a variety of baits like live shiners and nightcrawler. Lures like top water frogs, ribontail worms, jigs and small poppers are all getting "bites". However live shiners will always catch. Pickerel will also hit the same baits and tackle intended for bass. They are great entertainment why the bass fishing is slow.
The panfish are great to target too. if you just want to catch a "boat load" of fish, a small piece of nightcrawler and a float will catch any blueguill, perch or crappie in the area. They are great sport on ultra light tackle.
If you want to do some night time fishing, then walleye are good to target. they will hit slow retrieved lures like crankbaits, jerkbaits and swimbaits. They have big gold eyes are very sensitive to light, so don't shine your flashlight on the water or you'll scare them.

The freshwater location of the week is Connetquot River State Park . The park if renowned for exceptional trout fishing in all times of the year. The park has its own hatchery and provides the river with great sized brown, rainbow and brook trout. The conneqout river is fly fishing only but waders are permitted . The park does require a payment and reservation upon visiting but it is worth the trip. There is a lake available for fishing within the park with boats available for rent. This lake can be fished with both fly and spinning equipment. The lake contains bass as well as trout. If you are new to fly fishing or just looking for a new hobby, here at the shop we offer an excellent variety of fly fishing equipment such as rods, maxxon fly reels and cortland line and tippets. We also have a great selection of both fresh and saltwater flies. If you are unsure about fly fishing and need some guidance our shop members are all experienced fly fishermen and would be happy to provide helpful tips and advice. A license is required. 

All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.

The park does require a payment and reservation upon visiting but it is worth the trip. Fishing at the park is available all year round and from April to September fly fishing is available Tuesday to Sunday with 3 sessions available which are 8am-12pm, 12pm-4pm and 4pm to sunset . From October to March there are only two sessions which are the 8am-12pm and 12pm-4pm slots.

Fly fishing rental: If your are new to fly fishing or looking for a new hobby and would like to try to fish conneqout state park, here at J and J we now offer fly fishing equipment rental. This rental includes a rod and reel with line and a tippet and is ready to fish, the fee is 20 for 4 hours and will cover the duration of your 4 hour session at the park. We also have a variety of flies that are available for purchase.

Fish Facts


This weeks fun fish is the sun dial. Sun dial are a close relative of fluke and look very similar. Sun dials are slightly more round than fluke and tend to be much thinner. These fish can be caught the same way as fluke by using buck tail rigs and bait like gulp, squid and spearing. Sun dials also provide a great meal and can be compared to chips, due to their thin and crispy texture when fried.

Attached are lists of some the "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. (PDF)

Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.

You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors.  To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. )  Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00. 

Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register  online- click HERE.   There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:

It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed.

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