We are starting to hear more reports of bluefish at the local docks. Bluefish have also appeared around the bays and inlets. People are still catching bluefish at Smith Point County Park and Cupsogue Beach County Park off the beach. Using a diamond jig has been doing very well. Super strike poppers have been very effective . For the Local Fisherman , all docks have been seeing these "yelled eyed devils "roaming around. Chunking with Bunker or Mackerel and popping plugs have been the most effective.
Some nice striped bass are being caught throughout the Great South Bay. Some of the Patchogue locals reported Patchogue's Mascot Dock had a few slot sized Striped bass. If you plan on using bait then sandworms, clams and bunker are the key baits. Local Boaters are Reporting fish right outside the Patchogue River , many of these anglers are using small swim shads , Bass assassin , Poppers and Tins.
Reports of some nice Weakfish being caught at Smith Point bridge, Shinnecock Canal, Peconic Bays And at our local docks!!. Small soft plastics and swimming plugs like the sp minnow and mag darters or soft plastics are all great choices. These fish have been caught during incoming water so try to focus on the higher points of the tides.
Fluke season opened with a "pop" and already people are doing well at Robert Moses State Park, Shinnecock Inlet and the Peconic Bays. Try drifting whole squids for more keepers. Gulp baits do a great job too. Try them on the end of a bucktail.
Once again Porgy fishing has been very productive. If you want quality and quantity, go to the North Shore or Peconic Bays also you can find porgies at Shinnecock Canal and local south shore inlets. A mix of clams and sandworms has been very effective, with people reaching their limit in no time. If on the boat, Chumming will help extend the bite and keep the fish in your area longer.
With the weather staying hot fishing has been more productive in the early morning or evening hours. Largemouth Bass have been aggressive hitting top water plugs before the sun gets to high. Later in the day, switch to a plastic worm ( Texas Rigged Worm…that makes it weedless) slowly fishing the heavy cover. During the day live shiners have been very effective on both Bass or Pickerel fished with or without a float. For consistent action nightcrawlers fished with a float will get you panfish and the occasional Bass or Pickerel.
Great Patchogue Lake has been one of the places providing consistent action. The lakes thick grass cover gives fish the shade they need to thrive in summer heat. TIP: Here to Just go “weedless” and bump up the line weight when going after them so you can pull fish from the weeds and not loose all your tackle. Even after dark this lake has been known to surrender LM bass to willing anglers.
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Just a reminder. All anglers 16yrs and older are required to register for saltwater fishing or purchase a license for freshwater fishing in New York State.
You need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE for NYS residents and all visitors. To fish our local lakes and ponds, a Freshwater License is required. Basically, a NYS resident, Freshwater License, is available to purchase for a days fishing ($5.00) a week ($12.00) or a season (one year from date of purchase for $25.00.-Senior [70 or older] $5.00. ) Additional discounts are available for active military, disabled vets and more...... Non-Resident Freshwater Fishing Licenses are also available for a fee from $10.00-$50.00.
Stop down at J & J Sports and we'll issue you a licenses or marine registry. To purchase a license or register online- click HERE. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
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