Snappers Are In-Trigger Fish Bite Has Started-Sea bass Fishing is Hot

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Snappers have shown up at the local docks!! They are still on the smaller side but large enough to be hooked on a small piece of spearing or a small kastmaster. Try the new Mascot dock, harbor crab dock or the blue point docks out.

Off the coast of Montauk, large Striped Bass remain populated in the rips. We heard of fish over 40 lbs being landed. Most fish are falling to eels or Porgies but fishing bucktails can be an effective method too.   South shore inlets are another good option. Fishing clam will give you the best chance of success. Inlets have been the most productive. You typically don’t catch large fish on clam but you can string together good numbers of smaller sized bass for a good days fishing.
Reviewing this past week, the north shore of long island, produced large Stripers over 30 lbs. Find and fish the schools of bunker roaming throughout the sound. A popular technique remains the “snag and drop” method. This has been working well in 70-90 feet of water. (“snag and drop” Snag a bunker and send it down. The bait can be re-rigged with a sinker for faster results)

Fluke fishing in south shore bays has stay better than the ocean fishing. Still many Shorts are around with the occasional keeper(s) coming over the rails. Light bucktails jigs tipped with gulp or spearing are accountable for most of the action. Hi Lo rigs drifted along the bottom are enticing Fluke too. Working the incoming tide has again been the key to better action. fishing improves on the incoming tide as cooler water enters the bay.

For more quality fish; Montauk still remains the best bet. A lot of fish over 5lbs have been hitting the decks off the point.

Porgies and Seabass have been steady in the sound. Focus efforts on rocky structure. Good catches have been reported anywhere from Smithtown bay to Mattituck Inlet. Clams , squid and sandworms are all fine baits. Note: Sandworms will produces a greater number of Porgies.
The south shore wrecks are seeing a pick at seabass too. Hit the wrecks with clam or squid and a #2 beak hook and enjoy.
Heading east? Montauk has its share of nice fish too. Seabass up to 6 lbs were reported.

Triggerfish have shown up at Shinnecock and Moriches inlets. Pieces of clam on a #4 hook is a rig of choice. Try fishing the incoming tide to better results. Triggerfish are tricky to filet but the efforts are well worth the reward. They are a very good table fare. (I use a utility knife, cut around the edge of the fish, rip off the skin (you may need a plier) and then fillet.)

West lake and Patchogue Lake haver been good locations for Largemouth Bass. Rubber worms or topwater imitation frogs, fished at first light or right before dark can give you some great action. Fishing
live shiners have been most effective.
Connetquot state park has still been active for fly fishermen. fishing for Rainbow or Brown Trout.   Wolly buggers, dry flies and beadhead nymphs are good flies to use.

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