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Striper’s are off Patchogue dock!!! North Folk Fish Blitz and More

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The big news of the week is that Striper’s are off Patchogue dock!!! With “bait fish” still in the bay and Bass on the hunt…that’s a perfect combination for the “‘2017 Great South Bay Bass Blitz.” Clam or small shad lures will probably do the trick. 20lb fish have been landed but a bunch of smaller fish are the mainstay of this bay fishery.

The north fork of the island continued to produce an excellent bite that consisted of albies, bass and blues. For bass many day blitzes
were taking place off the various points. Whitebait was the main baitfish in the water. The fish had no problem taking topwater poppers and tins. Most of the fish were right around keeper size but a few over 20lbs were reported.

Along the south shore the results for the week were rather slim. Some decent fishing was heard of to the west but our local beaches remained a bit quite. A typical night could consist of a couple fish up to 32"

Boats fishing the fire island area are having success using clam/chum during the day with plenty of keeper Bass to go around. After dark drifting eels in the inlet and around the bridge is getting plenty of action with the possibility always of a bigger fish.
Some small blues remain inside the inlets having no problems taking tins casted to them.

Blues have been mixed in with the bass on the north shore. Mostly the same lures that you would use for bass are being used for blues. Some of the choppers have been dropping the scales right around the 20lb mark.

Surprisingly Albies have still been sticking around. Most of the action has been taking place up on the north fork. They may of been pushed out with this last storm but if any decided to stay try throwing deadly dicks at them. That seemed to work best.

Porgies can be had as any of the usual north shore rocky areas. Port Jeff, Mt sinai, wading river and rocky point are all good places to go to.  Clams have had the edge over sandworms this past week.

Blackfish are been picked away at off rock piles on the north shore. The south shore has blackfish hanging onto the various Wrecks off Moriches and Shinnecock. Green crabs have been excellent bait. Use the small ones whole and cut the larger sized ones in half or quarter them. Fishing a blackfish jig is also another fun and effective method of going after these fish.

Over at West lake in Patchogue the recent stocking of Brown trout has given anglers consistent action with fly fishing, throwing small spinners and tins as well as dunking nightcrawlers.
We are expecting another stocking to take place this month. Live shiners have also kept the interest of Largemouth bass locally. One customer fished great Patchogue lake earlier in the week and had a few bass up to 3 lbs with them.

Hey Joe O here reporting from upper lake-Yaphank. I targeted trout this week making out really well with over a dozen trout. Some were small and some were decent sized fish over 14" and chunky. My main bait was wax worms and dough ball which i made from scratch. Thomas lures were productive then once it warmed up- mid day- it seemed that the trout preferred live bait and dough balls. tight lines


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