Andrea Talks Weakfish • Fish Chowder Recipe • Freshwater Fishing Update • Fall Fishing Forecast

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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: Kenny Combs and Alex Segarra, Limited out on Fluke using peanut bunker.  These Patchogue locals  fished just outside the Patchogue River in 5ft of water. The fish 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.

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 baits and trolling tubes with wire line.

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.

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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 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.

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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 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.

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

 

 

Freshwater
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. 

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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