Michael "Salty" Fogg surprised us all with a 16lb Albie that he caught 19 miles off of Fire Island inlet
Striped bass action has been on the upswing with many anglers seeing bigger fish moving in. Surfcasters are finding luck during the day using clams (Circle hooks are required) on the. Many of these fish range from 24"-30" fish . For lures that been working excellent are sp minnows, darters, super strike swimmers are working well .NOTE: Daimond jigs during the day have been very productive). Try focusing your fishing the last 2 hours of the incoming tide and first 2 hours of the outgoing for a more productive day.
Blues have been plentiful in the south shore inlets ranging from 5lb-10lbs still around ! Fire island, Moriches, Smith Point County Park and Shinecock Inlet have been the "go to spots" for anglers for these yellow eyed devils. For my local anglers The docks (Patchogue's Mascot Dock , Bluepoints Corey Beach and Sayville Dock) are still seeing some blues coming up on bunker or mackerel chunks. Fish ranging only between 3lb-6lbs
Fluke fishing continues to be improve slowly . Boats have been hitting the fluke grounds hard and seeing some results . Most keepers are hovering around the 19-20" mark but some larger doormats have been mixed. Bucktails and fluke rigs are seeing equal action. Most popular baits are spearing, squid, and various gulp baits. Moriche Narrow Bay and Shinnecock bays are also seeing some action. Try focusing efforts around the last 2 hours of the incoming and the first 2 of the outgoing.
Seabass Opens, June 23rd and fishing is Fantastic!! The first reports are incredible with anglers catching their limit with HUGH fish. Inlets and wrecks will not disappoint.
The Porgy bite continues in the long island sound and south shore inlets . Sandworms, Clam , and Squid are equally working well. Using clam chum can help keep the fish in your area during a bite. The tide has not had much of an effect on the fishing but it would be wise to fish during the moving portions of the tide. A simple hi-lo set up is the "go to rig" for Porgy fishing.
Sea Robbins and Blowfish are also catching anglers attention. They are fun to catch and fine to eat. See the full list of "fun fish" around Long Island.
Weakfish remain a constant all around as the season progress. From surfcasters and boat fishermen doing equal numbers ,fish ranging from 2lb-6lbs still around ! Many of this fish have been taken on small swim shads, tins, as well as bucktails tipped with gulp. For my bait fisherman clam ,squid or sandworms have been the ticket.
This week has produced some good reports of crabbing. Traps and nets are both producing but traps and doing a little better during the day and netting these critters is better at night. Bunker is a great bait and so is mackerel.
New York State has thousands of miles of shoreline that provide abundant crabbing opportunities (including the Hudson River). Catching crabs can be accomplished by using baited crab pots that are set and checked frequently. Be sure to review the Crab Pot Regulations (link leaves DEC's website) before setting your crab pots. Another method of crabbing is to simply use a baited hand line to lure crabs to you and a dip net to capture the crabs. Please clear your lines and dispose of them properly at the end of your trip to prevent unnecessary pollution in our waterways.
RON'S SEAFOOD RECIPE: Pesto Sea bass
1-Lightly coat 6-8 trimmed small Asparagus stalks with olive oil and place on a piece of aluminum foil. T
2-Then season lightly with salt and pepper.
3-Place a a skinned boneless Sea Bass filet on top of the Asparagus
4-Spread Pesto over the top of the Sea Bass
5-Add a tablespoon of diced tomato on top of the pesto, cover SeaBass.
6-Sprinkle grated Parmesan cheese and Red Pepper flakes (optional) on top.
7-Fold the aluminum foil over everything making a sealed foil packet.
8-Place on a hot grill and cook for 20-30 minutes (depending on the size of the filets) covered. Flip the packet once halfway through. The filets will be white and flaky when done.
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