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.
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.
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.
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.
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