Offshore Report • Shark And Tuna Requirements • Inshore Report • Snappers Are Making A Showing

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Shark and Tuna Fishing? A Permit is Required: 
Big game fishermen have been heading out to the ocean on the hunt for big tuna. if you are so lucky to find some of the schools of bait out past 30 miles you should find the big bluefin or yellow tail thrashing through the bait. If your not so lucky to find the bait, keeps your eyes out for things floating in the water such as kelp beds, driftwood or miscellaneous material. Fish such as mahi-mahi, find such things as shelter, but for fishermen it could be the hook up of a life time. Two Patchogue locals found these fish about 11 miles off shore under a floating tote.

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Permit Descriptions: All owners/operators of vessels in the U.S. Atlantic Ocean, Gulf of Mexico, and Caribbean must obtain a federal permit to recreationally or commercially fish for regulated Atlantic HMS (sharks, swordfish, tunas (bluefin, bigeye, albacore, yellowfin, and skipjack), and billfishes (recreational only; white and blue marlins, sailfish, and roundscale spearfish)

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The Local Docks continue to have steady action on Blowfish using small pieces of either squid or clam fished on the bottom with a light sinker. Crabbing has improved steadily with traps and drop lines baited with bunker working well. Snapper fishing started and should improve steadily in the upcoming week or two with more and larger fish being caught.

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Crabbing continues to be a popular Long Island activity.  The South Shore's Great South Bay has provided locals and visitors alike with some of the finest Blue Claw crabs around. It's a fun filled day (and evening) for the entire family. Fun to catch and great to eat!  Traps and nets producing: preferred baits are bunker or mackerel chunks. At night, bring a flashlight and try "site crabbing" using a 6' or 12'  net.  Enjoy!

Fluke fishing has been better as of late around the local south shore inlets and cuts with a lot of shorts being caught with the occasional keeper mixed in. A combo of Squid and Spearing or gulp fished on a Spro Bucktail and teaser rig have been working well. There have been reports of larger fish being caught out in the ocean by Shinnecock as well as Moriches in 70-80 feet of water, try using larger smelts and/or whole small squid fished on a Fluke rig with the lightest sinker you can get away with.

Striped Bass fishing is a bit slower this time of the year when it comes to catching something to bring home for dinner. Tackle Tip: switch gear over to light tackle catch and release. The bays are filled with plenty of small fish that will have no problem hitting a small popper, soft plastic or swimming lure.

Porgy fishing on the north shore, in the Peconic Bays and on the south shore at Shinecock Inlet  has been great with sandworms or squid being the baits of choice.  The north shore ( Brookhaven Fishing Piersof Long island seems to be inundated with Porgies. All the rock plies from Wildwood State Park going east have been getting reports of fish. Plenty of keepers to bring home for the dinner table too. Use a porgy rig with either #1 or #2 porgy hooks and a light weight.  When on a boat use a chum pot with tubes of frozen clam to keep the fish around the target area. At this time of year the fish tend to be a little smaller then earlier in the year, if you find yourself missing a lot of hits try going to a smaller #4 hook and using squid for bait.

With the warmer water temperatures in the bays heading out of the inlets and fishing the cooler ocean waters is a good option at this time of year. A recent trip bottom fishing on one of the the local reefs produced a variety of fish and plenty of action. Using Hi-Lo rigs with with small white rubber squids baited with either squid and spearing or clam produced plenty of Sea Bass,  with a plenty of fish making the 15" limit. This rig tipped with spearing and squid also produced a few Fluke with one keeper over 20" and some cocktail sized Blues. Baited with clam some Ling and some large Porgies were also caught. Keep in mind Sea Robbins, Dogfish and the occasional Skate will also be in the mix, but the rods will be bending and you won't be board. When drifting the reef be prepared to lose a rig or two so have some extra tackle on board.

Fish Facts: Ling

Ling may not be the most attractive fish in the sea but - as a member of the cod family - it can be made to be absolutely delicious! Caught off local wrecks. 1/0 Hook and clam bait will "do the trick"

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Triggerfish has been picking up in our area. As the water temperature increases we are seeing more triggers come through our inlets.  Moriches and Shinnecock Inlet  both have a solid population of them right now. The key is to have some sort of moving water. A simple reg pitched in close to the rocks is all you need to do. Use either clam or squid as bait for them. My advice is to use a heavier rod. When hooked, triggers will bolt towards and type of rocks to free themselves. A stiff rod will be able to yank them out.

Some small stripers are holding in the inlets. The number one bait for targeting them is clam right now. Try some on a hi low circle hook rig.The fish are smaller in size but they can be plentiful. 

Bluefish are still running up and down the inlets. Use small tins or bucktails to catch them. The beginning of the outgoing has been the best tide for them.

Recipe-Crab and Shrimp boil
Use a large 8-10 gallon pot on propane burner or stove. Fill about halfway with water, 12 ounces of your favorite beer, 3 Lemons cut in quarters, a heaping tablespoon of crushed Garlic, 3 large white onions with the skin removed cut into quarters, and 5 tablespoons of Old Bay Seasoning or a packet of Zataran's crab boil. Bring to a boil then add 2 lbs. of baby red potatoes, about 2 lbs. of kielbasi or smoked sausage cut into 1-2 inch chunks and 6 ears of corn broke in half. After boiling for about 20 minutes add 12 Blue Claw Crabs, 18 littleneck Clams and one lb. of large raw shrimp shell on. After the Crabs and Shrimp have turned red and the clams have opened up drain all the fluid from the pot and if your eating outside dump the remaining contents on to some newspaper spread out on a picnic table. If eating inside put the contents of the pot into large aluminum pans and serve.

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Freshwater Report:  This weeks report was on the quiet side. The midday temperatures have made the fishing quite difficult. Bass anglers are trying to beat the heat by fishing either early morning or in the evening. Shiners are still catching very well and weedless soft baits are also getting bites. Senkos, frogs and  ribion worms ( Texas Rigged Worm  style ) are all great for catching so summer "bucket-mouths." 
Night fishing is another great way of getting on some nice fish and the same lures and bait used for day time fishing will suit well after dark. Just bring extra bug spray and wear long pants.
The panfish seam not to be bothered by the heat and are good target during the day. they will hit bait are artificial. put near them and are great for the kids. Another good summer species to target in our long island lakes and ponds are the common carp. they can be caught with pieces of corn, bread ball Or spearing! on a small number 4 hook. Chumming the area to increase your chances of a hook up.

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Just a reminder. You do need to register before saltwater fishing. It's easy and it's FREE….(The registry is NOT required for crabbing in NY Waters)
Stop down at  J & J Sports  and we'll sign you up or click HERE to register online. There's nothing worse than getting a ticket just because you went fishing. Have a smart phone? Here's an idea:
It's a good idea to "snap a shot" of your license so it's always with you in case of loss or its destroyed. 16yrs and older are required to register.

Send your reports, photos or your favorite fish recipe to: REPORTS@JJSPORTSFISHING.COM

Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

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