BLUEFISH BLITZ CONTINUES
Bluefish- The blitz continues with excellent reports coming in daily. Narrow bay at smiths point beach continues to produce sizable bluefish every day. Most anglers having success with A17 and A27 size Diamond jigs with green or white tails. Poppers and other lures such as sp minnows and darters have been successful as well. The Moriches and Fire Island inlets have also shown plenty of fish using the same lures.
The Local Docks have been showing plenty of good fish with a very consistent bite. Bluefish, Blowfish and kingfish have also started to make there way to these docks. Targeting Blowfish and kingfish, using a small hook and some clam works wonders. Don't underestimate the fight and taste of Sea-Robins. Fun to catch and fine to eat.
Fluke- the fluke bite continues to heat up, with good fish being pulled from Moriches and Shinnecock bay as well as Narrow Bay. The best way to target these fish is a simple hi-low rig using either a squid and spearing combo or gulp bait in white, pink or chartreuse which have been producing the most. Bucktails are also a favorite choice of fluke anglers which are available in all sizes and colors. Shinnecock canal has also been holding a good amount of these flat fish.
Striped bass- the bass bite is heating up with many fish being pulled up around Shinnecock and Moriches with some mixed in with bluefish schools at narrow bay as well. Most fish seen have been short or slot size. A popper in white or yellow or a sp minnow or dater in the same pattern has shown success. Bucktails in white or yellow with a jig strip on the end is an old reliable lure.
Porgies- The porgy bite continues to remain hot with plenty of fish being pulled from the North Shore. Some of the best spots are Cedar Beach, port Jeff harbor and Wildwood State Park. All have shown an excellent picking of healthy size porgies. The best way to target these fish is a simple porgy rig with clam or sandworms. The Shinnecock Canal has started to show a good mix of porgies also using clam. For those who want more of a challenge for these fish a blackfish jig with a piece of clam will provide a fun challenge.
Crabbing- The surprise this past week was the sudden increase in crabbing activity. Nice size and quantity. It should only improve over the next couple of weeks. 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.
Freshwater-West Lake and Great Patchogue Lake have had plenty of bass and sunfish fish pulled up with some trout still around. the best ways to get these fish is a small lures or a plastic worm rigged Texas Rigged Worm or wacky. live shiners or night crawlers are also an excellent choice.