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September is Albie time. Coming to a local inlet or beach near you "reel" soon!!
Right now our bays and inlets are filled with bluefish in all sizes with inlets holding fish up to 12 pounds and the bays holding more cocktail sized fish. This is all due to an influx of bait like spearing in our waters. Spearing is a favorite of bluefish especially the smaller cocktail sized fish. A great way to catch these smaller fish this time of year would be light diamond jigs like a one or 2 ounce diamond jig because they represent the bait there eating extremely well and also it’s always smart to use smaller baits for smaller fish.
Fluke fishing has gotten better and will continue to improve as the fall season approaches. There are plenty of fish being caught in Shinnecock Inlet and Moriches bays but the keeper ratio has also improved.
Fluke fishing continues to excel in our local waters like the moriches, Shinecock and Fire island. Anglers are still reporting plenty of fluke in shallow water while most have said there is more shorts then keepers, there is more than enough fish for constant action.
Locals report that the Great South Bay Are Inundated With Summer Weaks!!!
The quality of fish has picked up further east with some big fish being reported in the Montauk area too. As we get into September larger baits seem to be the way to go with even smaller fish being caught on Smelts, Spearing and Squid Combo's or even whole Snappers.
Sea Bass action has remained steady on the local Artificial Reefs and the East End Montauk and Orient and the South Shore Reefs As of September 1st the limit has increased to 6 per day and that will continue for the rest of the season. The size limit has remained the same at 16-1/2 inches. Sea Bass are a very aggressive fish and will hit on a variety of Baits; Squid, Spearing, Clam and even pieces on mackerel will all work. If you don’t want to use live bait, Gulp and even small jigs will also work.
The Weakfish bite has picked up in the Peconic Bays with mostly "Summer Weaks" in the 16-22 inch range being caught. There have been a few larger fish in the 5-6 lb range being landed as well. Drifting a traditional Hi-Lo rig baited with Squid Strips is very effective. If you want to dress this up a little you can add either a small white or pink rubber shad to your hook and then top it off with a Squid Strip. The key is the drift, too little and you'll be constantly harassed by Porgies, too fast and you won't be able to get your bait down to the bottom.
Weakfish have also been reported throughout the Great South Bay as these summer weaks push in to our waters.The best way to catch these vampire fish would be bait like squid strips or gulp preferably white or pink because it’s seems to be a favorite of these fish.North Shore and in the South shore Inlets all year. This past week is no different. While the size of the fish seem to be generally smaller the action has stayed hot. Fresh Clam and Sandworms are the baits of choice but small pieces of Squid will also work. If you get a lull in the action be patient they'll be back, or just try a different spot chances are you'll find fish. On the "south side" Mixed in with porgies are triggerfish. Fun to catch and great to eat!. Same bait as targeting pories will do fine for triggerfish.
Snapper action has been great on the Local Docks. The fish have gotten larger and have been very aggressive in all the local creeks feeding on baitfish. Small Spearing fished under a float a Snapper Popper or a small tin are all you need to catch fish.
Also at our local docks, blowfish and kingfish have been abundant . The best way to catch these fish would be a small hook and a small piece of clam or spearing. A Flounder style hook will work just fine.
Crabbing on the Local docks has produced both quantity and quality. Nice catches of large male Blue Claws were reported with most crabbers throwing back the smaller keepers and only keeping the bigger crabs to eat. Traps baited with Bunker, lines with either Mackerel are doing fine. Or waking the dock with a crab net will all work.
Fun Fsh: This weeks fun fish is the Bonita. Bonita is a member of the tuna family and are a seasonal visitor in our waters. Bonita are typically found mixed in with the schools of albacore. The best way to catch Bonita would be lures like diamond jigs and deadly dicks.
The freshwater scene is still good with many of the local lakes being very active. Largemouth Bass and Pickerel are a sure bet and will crash any artificial that you throw at them. Frogs, 10 inch worms and swim-baits will all get noticed and pull very nice fish. However... bait is also excellent this time of year too. Shiners and nightcrawlers are sure to do the trick.
If you want to just sit back and relax then panfish is a great option. Nighcrawler’s will do very well if you want to catch all kinds of panfish. However, if you want to try artificial lures then a 1" curly tail grub or a small 1/8th ounce kastmaster will catch big perch and "slam" crappies.
The lake of the week is Fort Pond in Montauk. Fort pond is an excellent lake and contains a variety of species not commonly found on our island. This lake has both Waleye and small mouth bass which both make for an excellent fight and a challenge. The best way to catch these fish would be lures like rapala jerk Shad’s and senko worms. This lake also has fish like largemouth bass, crappie, perch and sun fish. Bait like live shiners and night crawlers will work excellent at this lake.
Date: September 22, 2022 ¦ Time: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
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