Striped Bass can still be found around the local inlets during the day using fresh clam and at night using live eels. The warm water temperatures have been making it a little tough but putting in the time can pay off. Montauk ,while not as hot as a few weeks ago, is still providing flurries of quality fish with some up to 40 lbs! More consistent action had been reported around Block Island because of slightly cooler water temps.
Fluke fishing has picked up outside the inlets with a better keeper ratio then in the bays. Fluke Rigs topped with long Squid Strips and Large Spearing are the traditional baits but larger Spro Bucktails with a teaser and Gulp have also been working. Quality fish appear to be in the deeper water, with reports of fish being caught in depths of 70-80 ft off of Moriches and Shinnecock inlets.
Bluefish have made a comeback in the last 2 weeks and can be found in the deeper bodies of water in quantity. Action increases the further east that you go. They can be a frustrating for the Bass guys losing half of an eel while drifting but if you want to target them they can provide some great action.
Sea Bass fishing has provided some "lock and load" action on the local reefs, the only problem is culling through the large amount of short fish that are around. Larger Sea Bass were reported off of Montauk with a better keeper ratio. These super aggressive fish have not been picky, taking pretty much whatever they are offered: squid, spearing, clam, cut up Sea Robbins or whatever else you decide to use. Don't be surprised at the variety you get when targeting Sea Bass, a recent report from outside Shinnecock inlet had anglers landing Mackerel, Porgies, Ling, Whiting and Fluke.
The Local docks have been producing some quality snapper fishing now that the fish are getting a little bigger, this will only improve as we get further in to august. Snapper poppers, small tins and bait fishing with small spearing under a float all will work. If you have a small boat you can slowly troll the local creeks with a light spinning rod and a small tin, the action can be non stop.
Crabbing has remained steady with a nice pick of legal sized Blue Claws around.(4-1/2 inches across the shell)
Offshore has provided some good Shark fishing, on a recent trip to Montauk, fishing on his fathers boat, Kody Tirpack caught his first shark. The 9ft thresher that only took him 20 minutes to land.
Action has stayed steady this week for surf fishermen. The back bays are holding a nice population of resident schoolie stripers. Every once in a while, a keeper will find its way into the mix. Moriches and Shinnecock bays are good areas to focus around. The main forage fish is small spearing and sand eels. Again this weeks "go to lures" should have a smaller thin profile. A teaser rig can work to your advantage.
If its a larger fish you wish to go after, using live eels around the slack periods of the tide is an effective method. Let them swim down to the bottom and the retrieve slowly. Tip: A hit will feel like several sharp taps on the rod. Let the fish take the eel before setting the hook.
Reports of Bluefish have been coming from the Shinecock Inlet. Smaller ones mostly. For a shot at bigger blues head all the way to the end of the island. Montauk that is. The north side of the lighthouse has been seeing schools of blues running back and fourth on the open beach. Some double digit slammers are also in the mix. Topwater lures and tins are the best lures to use at this time of year. For more information; The Fisherman article: Montauk's North Side Surf, NY
A nice alternative species to target this time of the year are Porgies. A simple double hook rig with clam or sandworms baited on it works great. Shinecock Inlet and Shinnecock Canal have been hotspots. In addition to catching Porgies, a Triggerfish may find its way to your bait. They are excellent eating. In my opinion better than porgies. The only downside to this "toothy critters" they are a little tougher to filet. With a little patience though its all worth it. A serrated knife makes the first cut easier. After that you can move back to the regular filet knife to finish the job.
The nice thing about freshwater fishing is that is doesn't require a siginificant amount of time to go down to the local lakes and "wet a line." Patchogue locals have been coming in reporting some nice summer action in these lakes. Uncle Steve stopped down and told us about the nice rainbow trout action he had while fishing Swan Lake. Worms and flies worked the best. Largemouth Bass action has been decent over at Great Patchogue Lake . I would suggest going weedless. The aquatic growth in the lake can make the fishing quite tough this time of the year. Weedless frogs fished around dawn can be deadly and lots of fun. Soft plastic worms rigged weedless style ( Texas Rigged Worm) also can be used near heavy cover to catch bass. If you can find open water try using live shiners. Fish them on a single hook under a float. Slow lathargic bass will not resist these.
Another reminder that Connetquot River State Park is fully open to fly fishing. Despite the heat the bite stayed hot. Paul from the shop took a trip to the river last saturday and confirmed this. He fished site #12, and caught over a dozen fish. Most of the fish were taken on nymphs and streamers. His words were "Darn, I left them biting"
Recipe by Felicia Scocozza
The beauty of this recipe is a unique sauce combining chimichurri with tomato salsa to make a new topping for your tasty porgies (scup). The chimichurri salsa
should be prepared first so the flavors can marry (or hook-up) for at least ½ hour in the refrigerator. The porgy is rolled in a simple cornmeal mixture and pan-fried in vegetable oil. You’ll find this recipe incorporates a variety of summer flavors – making porgy a perfect choice as the main ingredient. While there appear to be a lot of steps, prep time is reasonable at roughly 30 minutes. The chimichurri topping, by the way, also works well with many meats and pork.
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