Summer 2020: Fishing Through The Pandemic....Labor Day Fishing Forecast...Bryan's Fishing Report 8/23/2020

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The 37th Annual Patchogue village snapper derby will be held on Saturday 8/29! Bring your own fishing pole, J & J Bait and Tackle will supply bait and bucket.The derby is available to kids ages 6 & up! Call the Patchogue Recreation & Parks Department at 631-475-4302 with any questions!

Nice reports this week from down at Patchogue's Mascot DockCorey BeachPine Neck Dock and other  Brookhaven Fishing Piers.   Crabs are nice size, Snappers are getting bigger by the day and were hearing some decent kingfish reports too. I myself like to work a small kastmaster on a light tackle setup for snappers. If you want to go after the kingfish try using a hi-low rig on the bottom baited with pieces of clam. This same method can land you some nice Blowfish too. Fun to catch and fine to eat!  

If you have the chance to get out crabbing this week I suggest you give it a go. Crabbing can be extremely productive coming off the full moon in August. the shop has all the nets and trap for crabbing in stock.

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Fluke fishing has stayed the same for the most part this week. The bays have been productive as far as action goes. Plenty of shorts to go around with some keepers in the mix. You will also have plenty of Sea Robins to weed through also. Bucktails and fluke rigs are the best bets. Both gulp, and spearing/squid combos are producers.  Patchogue local,  Adam Zaharatos 11 years old caught his first big fluke last week East cut of moriches inlet 7lbs 10 oz while fishing with his pop pop

The ocean fluke fishing has produced some bigger fish. Fishing around the local wrecks will not only produce some fine fluke but there are many opportunities to catch a variety of other fish too.  Sea bass, ling and more can be had for taking.

Fish Facts: Ling

Ling may not be the most attractive fish in the sea but - as a member of the cod family - it can be made to be absolutely delicious! Caught off local wrecks. 1/0 Hook and clam bait will "do the trick"

Follow the trends with:   warmer water temperatures

Porgies are all over the north shore beaches.  Anywhere with a rocky shoreline will hold them. Both sandworms and clams make great bait. The inlets along the south shore have porgies in them as well. They seem to be a little larger in size.

Striped Bass fishing is a little slow right now. Night time is your best bet for them when the water cools down. I also like fishing the incoming tide if possible. Focus attention around inlets also. Andy from the shop reported the schoolie action is still good along the bay side of Moriches. They have been taking small swimming plugs fished slowly.

We have some scattered reports of Bonita around the south shore inlets. Opposite of Albies, They are excellent eating. I can vouch for this myself. Fish for them the same way though small tins or Joe Baggs epoxy jigs and reel fast on light tackle setups. Tip: If you do stumble across them be sure to bleed and ice them right away. One of my favorite methods to cook them is a quick sear on the grill.

Attached is a list of some "Fun Fish Around Long Island." Most are edible and plentiful too. So enjoy the summer and tight lines. (PDF)

The Lakes and Ponds are Hot 🔥 and so is the fishing

Local lakes are still providing action in this summer heat. Great Patchogue Lake has put up some nice Largemouth Bass and pickerel. Most fish are all being caught with live shiners or soft plastic worms. Panfish are hitting nightcrawlers or small plastic grubs on a jig heads. Andrea from the shop, did some night fishing at Gibbs Pond  and managed to catch (and released)a half dozen LM Bass on lures. Andrea was using jigs, poppers and swim-baits. The biggest fish going 5lbs.

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Don't forget to include, names, location and details (when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….) comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

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