In this week of fishing we're happy to report that the local docks have been active with kingfish and blowfish. Clam and sandworms have been the most effective baits. No need to cast far, the fish are right off the dock. Using a little bit of chum helps too. Also, we have gotten our first report of small snappers this week too. They are too tiny to catch on a hook but, people have been spotting them.
Crabbing has also been good. With a little bit of effort, you can put together a nice meal for dinner.
One thing about triggerfish (besides an excellent fight) they are a fine meal. In my opinion they are one of the tastiest fish you can catch. Just remember to have a good knife when filleting them. They have tough skin that can be compared to leather.
Matt's Recipe For cooking triggerfish: My favorite method is the grill. Lay the filets in tin foil with lemon, lime, salt and pepper. Enclose them so the juices remain inside. Cook on low heat until cooked throughout. They will grill up quickly but this method will almost insure that you wont dry out the fish. Serve on a bed of rice with your favorite beverage
The inlets are holding a nice amount of striped bass. They are more active during the night but can also be caught during the day. Bucktails and rubber shads are the ideal lures to use. The best spots to fish have been Shinnecock and Moriches inlet. The sand beaches along the south shore are good places to cast some bait. My preference would be either fresh bunker or clam. My favorite rig to use, in combination with these baits, is a fish finder rig.
Fluke fishing has also been good around Shinnecock and Moriches inlet. High water would be the ideal tide for better results. Squid and spearing baits seem to have a slight edge over the gulps this week. Fish this combination on the back of a bucktail or a fluke rig.
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Seabass was consistent this week. The south shore wrecks provided good action and gave anglers a good shot at limiting out. The North shore held some seabass but, you have to weed through the porgies to get to them. Clam and gulp are the best baits for seabass.
Another great week for porgy fishing on the north shore and the south shore. The local wrecks outside of Moriches and Shinnecock Canal held plenty of porgies. You can use either clam or sandworms for bait. If you want to try from the beach, try Wildwood State Park, Rocky Point or Mt Sinai Beaches.
Freshwater fishing has been giving the Patchogue locals plenty of fun. The local lakes and streams are holding lots of trout and panfish, that can be caught on night crawlers. For largemouth bass, try weedless frogs or weedless rigged worms. If the lake isn't too weedy you can try live shiners fished under a float.