"Fish away your Coronavirus Fears"
Reports of Striped Bass have been getting better almost every day now. We are finally seeing the break in the weather that is needed to get the season really going. Still lots of schoolies are being caught around the bridges and creeks but not mixed in are some larger legal fish to keep. Most of the fish are being caught on baits like sandworms and clam. If you want to try fishing lures id suggest using bass assassins, small bucktails, sp minnows and mag darters. The fish seem to be larger at night also.
Weakfish are starting to make a showing in our local area. Some fish are being caught in the bay on sandworms drifted along the bottom as well as small soft plastics on a jig head. With the warmer temperatures they will start to feed more often.
Fluke season opens. The fish are already here so you will have a good shot at catching them when the season opens. Typically a good place to start in the early season is the Peconics. The shop is fully stocked with spearing, squid and fluke rigs too. Curbside service available. Phone orders and internet orders accepted too.
Clam, sandworms or squid are all great baits to use for Porgies. Try using a little chum to increase your odds of catching. The Peconic Bays as well as the north shore both are great locations to try out. Porgy season is all year!!
We received reports of the first Bluefish in Long Island waters. Some good early season spots to try are Robert Moses State Park beaches, Local docks and the Smith Point County Park ( Bridge.) Try using some bunker or mackerel. If you want to use lures, diamond jigs, poppers and bucktail all do a wonderful job catching bluefish.
If freshwater fishing is "your thing", then try the local lakes. West Lake and Great Patchogue Lake have a variety of panfish: perch, bluegills, to keep it entertaining. Nightcralers are a fine bait. Trout can still be taken from west lake. the March stocking is still providing some nice brown and rainbow trout. Hereto, nightcrawler or live shiners are the baits of choice.
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