Andrea Talks Weakfish • Easy Snapper Recipe • Freshwater Fishing Update • Fall Fishing Forecast

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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. For bigger fish head out east to Montauk. the boat action has remained steady drifting live baits and trolling tubes with wire line.

We had reports of Fluke being caught inside the inlets around 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. With the heavy surf and tides there haven't been many reports from outside the inlets. Outside of Shinnecock Inlet had been 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.

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 Port Jeff 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.

Seabass 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. Keep in mind that,  On the south shore,  Blackfish will reopen on October 15th with a 4 fish 16" limit.

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 local creeks 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.

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.

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. 

Easy Snapper Recipe:
Snappers are a tasty fish and are best prepared using simple ingredients. Snappers around 10"s are the perfect size to cook. After gutting the fish remove the head and tail then scale the fish. Wrap in tin foil with a pat of butter or olive oil and seasoned with a small amount of Garlic Powder (NOT Garlic Salt) and a small slice of lemon. Cook on your BBQ grill for about 5-6 minutes at high heat flipping the wrapped tin foil packet half way through. Adobe seasoning, Old Bay or any of your favorite seasonings can be substituted for the Garlic powder, remember less is more with this recipe you don’t want to overpower the taste of the fish.

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

There were sightings of Albies just before the heavy seas approached our area.  We're confident that as the remnants of  the storm dissipate, the Albie action will improve.
Posted by Go Fishing on Friday, September 18, 2020

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