Fluke fishing has been picking with some fish up to 5 lbs. being reported outside of Shinnecock Inlet. The active ares are out past the sea buoy in 75-80 feet of water. Inside the bays has also produced but you have to work through the shorts to get to your keepers. Daven fished the east cut of Moriches using Sandeels, fluke rigs and buicktails having plenty of action catching shorts. This time of year with water temps around 80 degrees you have to be patient waiting for the bite, the fish are there and will feed at different times of the tide. Try mixing it up using a variety of baits and colors with your rigs and bucktails. When you find a one that works it will usually remain productive (until next time.) Besides bait and rigs, presentation is a key, you have to have proper drift. TIP: If there’s no drift try slow trolling by bumping your boat in and out of gear. If its too fast use a sea anchor to slow you down, a bucket tied to a rope will do the trick.
Striped Bass are still being caught on clams during the day in the “cuts” at the local inlets. Eels are working at night, either drifting off of a boat or casting from the shore. Don't be to concerned, eels will work fished either dead or alive.
Out east in Montauk the fishing has been hot and cold with some days producing quick limits of Bass and other days where you have to put in your time. Drifting live eels has worked but trolling tubes with wire line has been the standard.
Sea Bass continue to provide plenty of action for anglers fishing outside the local inlets. The further east you go the quality and quantity seems to improve. Squid, clam or spearing will all work fished on a 1/0 double hook tandem Sea Bass. Keep in mind that the current limit of Sea Bass is 3 fish per day will increase to 7 fish per day on September 1st. The size limit will remain the same at 15". The Sea bass season runs until December 31st.
Porgy fishing has been very good all year on the North Shore and in the Peconic’s, on a boat and from the shore. Sandworms, Clam or Squid fished on #2 or #4 hooks with a sinker are all you need. Using tubes of clam chum, when anchored, will keep the fish under you.
There are also reports of anglers catching a mixed bag of critters while "bottom fishing." Blowfish, Kingfish, Weakfish, Triggerfish and more are all for the taking. Reports are widespread; Peconic Bays, Shinnecock Canal, Moriches and the Great South Bay area have all reported a smorgesbog of activity. Most anglers are using a sinker with a #2-4 hook, tipped with sandworms, clam or squid.
The Local docks are all reporting good Snapper fishing and Crabbing. (The Federal Fishing Registry is NOT required for crabbing.) Summer Fun Fishing tip: Snappers, like their parents, “Bluefish”, are veracious feeders and can provide steady action. This type of fishing can keep "kids" occupied for hours. Snappers like shiners, sand Eels, or peanut bunker, so if you see bait in the water, it's a safe bet that the snappers will be around as well. A #5 snapper hook and float, fished with a shiner works great.
If you want to cast, use either a snapper popper or a small tin like a Kastmaster lure, both should provide plenty of action. Bring along a crab trap and net, if there's a break in the snapper action, there should be crabs around to continue the days activity. Tip: of the day, don't keep your crabs and snappers in the same pail, you'll wind up with some well fed and happy crabs.
Matt’s Surf Report
Decent reports came in this week for those who headed out surf fishing. For Stripers it was mostly night time action. The days seemed to be a little too hot. Around Shinecock Inlet and Moriches inlet are great spots to try. The best offerings are small swimming plugs. Sp Minnows, Mag Darters, and Bucktails, will all do the trick. Using a teaser can help greatly because of all the small baits around. Focus on the higher parts of the tide. The last two hours of incoming water are perfect.
Small sized Bluefish can be found roaming the inlets during the day. Try using small tins or bucktails for them. Montauk also has some blues running along the shore. Some larger ones can be caught on topwater lures. Don’t overlook Fluke fishing from the shore. The open beach as well as the back bays will hold a nice amount of fluke with some keepers mixed in. My favorite method is to cast and retrieve a high low rigs baited with gulp.
The local lakes are providing good opportunities for anglers to have a shot at catching fish either early in the day or later in the evening. If using bait you can't beat a half (or whole nightcrawler) over at West Lake for Bass or Yellow Perch. Using weedless frogs or soft-baits can be just the trick to entice some Largemouths over at Great Patchogue Lake.
Focus around the weed cover. This tends to be the area in which most fish will seek refuge from the hot weather. Small panfish, such as Buegills or Sunnies, will be more than willing to take tiny pieces of nightcrawler fished under a bobber. Trout fishing slowed in the hot weather. It might be tricky to get them to feed. You can try fishing over at one of the local rivers where cooler running water will keep the fish a little more active. Some of these rivers are, Carmens, Swan river or Connetquot State Park . Note: Connetquot State Park is fly fishing only. There is a fee of $25 fee for four hours of fishing.
MARK YOUR CALENDAR: Don’t forget about this years 35th annual snapper derby being held at Patchogue's Mascot Dock. This event will be taking place on Saturday, September 1st. Two different divisions are going to be open this year. The
first will be taking place from 1:00- 2:00PM for ages 6-15 and the second will be from 2:30-3:30PM for ages 16 and up.
Entry fees will be collected at the dock and are going to be $5 a person for the 6-15 and $10 for the 16 and up. Prizes will be awarded to 1st fish caught, biggest fish caught and most fish caught for each age group! BYOP only. The shop will be providing bait, buckets and the prizes. For any questions please contact Patchogue Recreation at 631-475-4302