Snappers Are In!!! Sea Robin's-Fun to catch and fine to eat-Guest Chef Recipe

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Snapper blues are In!!!. Recent reports indicate the "baby" blues have arrived.. They're small and are found in the back bays and creeks. Many are mixed in with small bunker schools. Small hooks, small lures are what's needed. They grow fast and should be good to keep in about 2 weeks. Give it a try!!! The shop is fully stocked with Snapper poppers, hooks, floats, small tins, and bait for the upcoming Snapper invasion.

At Patchogue's Mascot Dock crabbing has steadily improved. A hand trap baited with Bunker or a hand-line with either squid or chicken continues to provide you with plenty of action.

Striped Bass fishing has been steady by the area inlets with clams and bunker working during the day and live eels working at night. Most fish are schoolies and teen size fish with the occasional larger fish being landed. The east end has stayed hot with large "cow bass" taking up residence in the rips around Montauk, Bass over 40 lbs have been reported.

Fluke fishing has got a much needed jump start with the warm temperatures the last few weeks. The area inlets and bays have been producing with the areas around Hart's Cove and the west cut in Moriches as well as Shinnecock east and outside of Shinnecock inlet being productive. Further east out in Montauk some double digit Fluke were reported in the past week.
(Note: If you hear/read of a 2 week closure on Fluke fishing, This pertains to commercial Fluke fishing ONLY, and DOES NOT apply to recreational anglers.)

Sea bass season has remained consistent with plenty of action on the area wrecks. There have been plenty of shorts but if you put in your time, getting a 3 fish limit will be no problem. Sea bass make for some great eating. Tandem rigs tipped with either clam, squid or spearing will do the trick, hooks dressed up with small rubber white or pink squid skirts have been very effective.

Bottom bouncers are still doing well with Porgies on the North Shore and in the Peconic Bay area, using sandworms, fresh clam, or squid. The variety of species being caught have included Blowfish, Kingfish, Sea bass and the occasional summer Weakfish. For those targeting Weakfish; reports from the Peconic Bay region have been coming in of some steady action of fish in the 20 inch range.

Surf Report
Early morning and evening tides have been productive for Stripers and Bluefish in the areas around Moriches, Shinnecock and Fire Island inlet.
Anglers have been reporting an abundance of sand eels in the water have been keeping the fish around. Diamond jigs are a great lure to throw during this summer season.

The east end has started to produce some bigger fish around Montauk point. Night tides are a bit more favorable than the day tides although the day tides can produce some good bluefish action along the north side of the point.

Freshwater Report
Anglers fishing the local ponds have been doing well on Largemouth Bass using live Shiners (fished under a float.) This method has also worked well on Pickerel.
For steady freshwater action Nightcrawlers fished with or without a float using a #6 eagle claw hook will land you pretty much anything that a lake or pond has to offer; Bluegills, Crappie, Perch, Catfish, Pickerel and even Bass.



Sea Robins feed on sandworms, squid, clam and will take lures too. Fun to catch and fine to eat.  Size, Bag, Season: No Restrictions.


Guest Chef  Recipe:
Recipe from Outdoor Tom Enterprises, Inc.
This recipe by Felicia Scocozza incorporates fresh herbs you may already have growing in your garden and can be made from leftover or poached fish (instructions included). Great for sandwiches, delicious in lettuce wraps and scrumptious on crackers, it's tasty, refreshing and the perfect light lunch if served cold on a sultry summer day.
To see the full recipe, click  here.

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