Despite the summer heat the Fluke fishing has stayed very good. Some quality fish are being caught inside the bays still. One notable catch was by Riley Needleman in Moriches bay. The Doormat dropped the scale down to 9.5 lbs. Shinnecock bay has also yielded some nice catches by the inlet and west of the bridge. Along with the keepers is no lack of short fish for action either. I like the bucktail/ teaser combo but fish are being caught on simple rigs too. Gulp, squid and spearing are all working very well. Try fishing the cooler incoming water this time of the year.
Our Local docks species have been keeping customers active this past week. KIngfish and Blowfish are still being caught along the bottom on small hooks baited with either clam or sandworms. No need to cast far, the fish are right in close.
The snappers are growing more and more every day. You can see them chasing small spearing and peanut bunker along the bulkhead. They can actually be caught using a sabiki rig or very small casting lures. Also small snappers make a great fluke bait but remember that the limit this year is only 3 per person.
Crabbing is getting better and better by the day .Coming up on this next full moon should be very good. The shop is stocked with nets, traps and baits used for crabbing. For any of these types of fishing try docks such as Patchogue's Mascot Dock , at the end of south ocean ave, Pine Neck Dock in East Patchogue or Sandspit Marina dock right across from Mascot dock.
We receive numerous questions on how to clean a blowfish. We posted this video before but worth repeating. Enjoy!
Striped bass has become mainly a night fishing event. The inlets are still holding some resident fish but they are a little lethargic and tough to catch. Clam works best this time of the year tempting them to strike. Montauk still offers a shot at a cow bass. Surfcasters should focus on Montauk's rocky south side with eels or darters if searching for a trophy fish. O the other hand, boat fisherman have been drifting the rips with eels to produce some fine fish.
The North Shore has been producing some nice porgy fishing for shorebound anglers. You shouldn't have a problem finding fish at any beach from Wildwood State Park going east. Bring avariety of baits; clams and sandworms if you decide to go. Sometimes they will key in on one bait more than another. south shore inlets are holding Porgies too. Try to fish close to the slack tides. When the water starts moving it becomes hard to keep contact with the bottom. Some triggerfish are mixed in with the Porgies. They are tough to fillet but the effort is well worth it. Triggerfish eat the same bait as Porgies and can be caught on the same hook. ( filleting Tiggerfish )
Looking for a summer treat? Take a look at some of Ron's Recipes.
Blue claw Crab dip:
After steaming, clean 8-10 large Blue Claw Crabs putting the meat in a glass bowl, be careful to remove any small pieces of shell. Add 1 package soft cream cheese, 1 tablespoon of Old Bay, 1 teaspoon of Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of crushed garlic (wet), and 1/2 0f a white onion finely chopped. Mix thoroughly, cover and refrigerate for 45 minutes. serve with Ritz crackers.
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