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THE ALBIES ARE HERE!! We received the first reports of Albies (False Albacore) arriving in the Shinnecock area signaling the start of the fall fishing season. Try casting a  Shimano Coltsniper jigs Deadly Dicks,  Joe Baggs Resin Jigs, with a fast retrieve when a school of these fast moving fish are in range.

Breaking News: These Patchogue locals fished just outside the Patchogue River in 5ft of water. Weakfish were coming to the surface to feed on their baits.  The largest fish tipped the scale at 6lbs.

We have had more reports of Fluke being caught inside the inlets. Shinnecock and Moriches as well as by the breach west of Smith Point County Park . While most of the fish have been shorts there have been some keepers mixed in. Spearing Squid combo's or Gulp fished on a Spro Jig with a white or green teaser have been productive.  Outside of Shinnecock Inlet are producing bigger fish with a better keeper to short ratio and less Sea Robins. Weather permitting the fish had been caught in 70-80 feet of water using larger spearing with squid or Fluke belly strips, whole small squid or live snappers.

Fluke Fishing around our area has been heating with many anglers catching fluke just outside bayport and bluepoint near bouy 34. The usual hot spots like moriches bay (Narrow Bay) and Shinecock bay have still been holding a surplus of both keeper and short fluke. A great alternative bait for fluke would be peanut bunker, if you can use a cast net you can catch plenty of bait and they are a favorite of fluke. Other baits like squid, spearing and gulp are still working quite well . As the weather begins to turn we should be seeing a huge push of big fluke right in our waters, typically the fall brings hundreds of hungry fluke as they migrate south for the winter.

Striped Bass fishing around the local south shore inlets has picked up in the last week with reports of fish being caught in the inlets as well as the surrounding cuts. Most of the fish being caught are schoolies but there are keepers in the mix. The start and end of both tides are more productive with the night bite being better then during the day.  Fresh Clam will work during the day. Bluefish action has continued at the south shore inlets . the boat action has remained steady drifting live bait and trolling tubes.

The bass bite continues to progress with more anglers reporting fish in our inlets like Moriches and Shinecock Inlet . Most fish have been caught at night using bait like live eels.  Eels are an excellent bait for bass and blues because all of these migrate at the same time making eels an important food source for traveling bass and blues. Fishermen have also said that the incoming tide has produced the most and biggest fish.

Weakfish are making their fall showing.  Small profile baits used for bass have been catching  weakfish too. Fish have been reported in sizes from 15" up to 7 pounds. The Peconic Bays and Great South Bay have been the most productive areas.

In the recent weeks local fishermen have reported a great weakfish bite right here in the Great South Bay. Bouy 34 and 35 have both been holding plenty of keeper weaks. Fishing for weaks is very similar to fluke fishing and requires many of the same baits and Rigs. Bait like squid strips and gulp are a great choice for these fish. If you are fishing gulp it’s best to use white and pink color’s because both patterns are a favorite of these fish.

Anglers have reported that the Great South Bay from moriches to the fire island inlet has been loaded with cocktail sized bluefish. Most of there fish are between 12 and 18 inches and are the perfect eating size. This is all due to the thousands of peanut bunker that have recently pushed in to our bay. The best way to catch this sized bluefish would be bait like small spearing and lures like Kastmasters and snapper poppers. Larger bluefish have also been seen in the moriches and Shinecock inlet

Fun fish: This weeks fun fish is the Bonita. Bonita are a seasonal visitor in our waters and are a close relative of tuna. They could be caught using lures like diamond jigs and deadly dicks. Bonita have recently been caught on the fire island reef with most fishermen using jigs.

Fish Facts:  Bonito

Size Limit-Bag Limit-Season: No Restrictions.   If you are fishing from a pier or boat, you can catch them with Deadly Dick lures. Yes, they are good to eat and are a delicacy to some. A family it shares with is mackerel, tuna, and Spanish mackerel.

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Fish Chowder Recipe
Sauté 2 cups of chopped onion, 1 celery stalk, and 6 mushrooms in olive oil in a large pot until onions are opaque. Add 4 cups of chicken broth and 4 cups of diced potatoes and simmer for 10 minutes. Add 2lbs of white fish Filets (cod, striper, fluke etc..), 1lb of raw Shrimp and 1 can of chopped Clams then simmer for 10 minutes. In a separate bowl mix together until smooth 1 cup of clam juice and a half a cup of flour, stir in to soup and simmer for 1-2 minutes. Season to taste with Old Bay, Salt and Pepper. Remove from heat and and stir in two 12 oz cans of evaporated milk. Top each bowl with crumbled cooked Bacon, and a dash of Sherry and serve.  More Ron's Recipes: Click Here

Porgies have been fairly active on the Wrecks. Pieces of clam
fished on the reefs off Moriches or Shinnecock can give you good results. On the north shore, rock piles off of the  Brookhaven Fishing Piers all the way out to Orient can produce greater numbers and larger sized fish. Using a hi-low rig is a fine method to catch these fall favorites. The rocks at both Shinnecock and Moriches also producing some fine catches of Porgies. Some are topping the 2lb mark!!  A small piece of clam or sandworm a few feet off the rocks is the targeted area for some great fall action.

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Sea bass fishing has remained good though there is a ton of smaller fish to cull through to get to your keepers. The fish have been aggressive with Spearing, Squid Strips, and Clam all catching fish. 

This weeks Artificial Reefs  is the McAllister grounds reef located 2.8 miles south of Long Beach and is an artificial reef made up of old concrete pieces. This reef has great fishing for sea bass, porgy , mackerel, albies, cod and red hake. The best way to fish this location would be bait like clam or squid. Clam chumming is another great option for this spot and will bring fish to you. If you prefer lures tubeless diamond jigs are an excellent choice. Since this reef is in deeper water a 4 or 5 oz jig may be the best option.

On the local docks Crabbing has stayed “hot” with plenty of large male Blue Claws being caught. Remember the size limit is 4 1/2 across the shell, anything smaller must be returned back to the water. Any female crabs with eggs must be returned as well, they can be identified by a brown sponge on their underside. 

Snappers are chasing bait in all the l Local docks  and are being caught off all the docks. The Snappers have gotten larger and have been hitting shiners fished under a float, Snapper poppers, and small tins.

Our local docks like mascot, Corey Beach, sayville, beaver dam and pine neck are still holding plenty of snappers, blowfish, crabs and even king fish. The best way to catch all of these fish would be long shank hooks with clam. If you prefer to use lures small spinners and snapper poppers are a great choice. 

Blowfish continue to treat angler to some fine fishing through-out Long Islands shores.  Fun to catch and fine to eat.

The Northern Puffer is known to most as the blowfish :
• Size Limit: No Restrictions • Bag Limit: No Restrictions,

• Season: All Year. Excellent eating!!
Blowfish feed on sandworms, squid, and clam.
"puffs up" into a ball in self-defense by inhaling air or water




Before The Storm-Big game fishermen were heading out to the ocean on the hunt for big tuna. if you are so lucky to find some of the schools of bait out past 30 miles you should find the big bluefin or yellow tail thrashing through the bait. If your not so lucky to find the bait, keeps your eyes out for things floating in the water such as kelp beds, driftwood or miscellaneous material. Fish such as mahi-mahi, find such things as shelter, but for fishermen it could be the hook up of a life time. Two Patchogue locals found these fish about 11 miles off shore under a floating tote.........Hopefully, they'll stay around after Lee passes....

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Cooling weather has all lakes on the feed. Expect all kinds of action from Bass to Pickerel as well as all kinds of panfish. Although there is still an immense amount of grass it is still fishable. If you want to go for the variety of fish in theses lakes then nightcrawler's are an idea baitl. Anything and everything will eat them. The best setup for nightcrawler is a small float, a foot to two foot leader and a small number 8 or 10 hook. This is sure to get bites from perch, bluegill, pumpkinseeds, crappie, bass, pickerel and maybe even a carp.

The freshwater spot of the week is the Carmans River. The Carmen’s river is located in Shirley and provides excellent fishing for many species such as largemouth and stripped bass, carp , crappie, panfish and trout. This river is stocked with brown trout twice a year and there is plenty of county and state access points to fish. The best bait for this river would be night crawlers and live shiners, both of these baits can catch all of the mentioned species. The river also provides great opportunities for kayaking and hiking.

Targeting Bass?? If your preferred method is artificial lure, then you cant go wrong with a senko worm rigged Texas style. Another method is to use large swimbaits “fished very slow.”  This will get hits from some very impressive bucket-mouths this time of year. 

Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM

Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

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