Stripers around the south shore inlets have been feeding on “white bait” (looks like an opaque spearing. It’s an ok bait to use if fresh but doesn’t hold up well after freezing) . Moriches and Shinnecock have both been holding good populations of fish around the rocks.
Clam Belly’s can be drifted during the day and eels can be drifted at night for good results. Most of the fish are around 30" but fish up to 25lbs have been reported in the inlets as well. Shore-bound casters have been picking up Bass on bucktails along the jetty rocks. Most of this fishing is being done after daylight hours.
Cocktail Blues have been fairly active in all the inlets spread along the south shore. Diamond jigs and bucktails are the best methods for catching.
False albacore (Albie’s) have invaded Moriches and Shinnecock, crashing on whitebait. Small profile lures are key to getting a hookup. Try a small “Deadly Dick”, diamond jigs or "Bass Assassins" rigged on a lead-head.
It seems that the incoming tide has been more productive than the outgoing. Patchogue Local’s (It’s the NEW Montauk) was able to beach several of these Albie’s from the rocks of Shinnecock last week.
Montauk is still home to a lot of schoolie sized bass with a larger one coming up once in a while. Bucktails and small swimming lures, fished after dark, are doing producing most of the action. In Montauk the blues can be found along the north side. These “choppers” are all over topwater lures (popping plugs.) Lots of action!!!
The last weeks of Fluke Season (ends Sept. 21st) are now coming up. If you have not had your fill yet; there is still time. The final fall fishing for Fluke can be exceptional.
The Patchogue locals, fishing the open beach at smith point county park produced Fluke from the shore. Several were landed and measured 28.”
The bay in shinnecock seemed to be another good location to try this week for Fluke. Another Patchogue Local fished west of the bridge with squid and spearing for a couple of Fluke reaching the 25" mark.
Porgies (Scup) are consistently active off the north shore. Try areas like Rocky Point, Mt Sinai, and Wading River. Rocky areas are always best and will hold the most fish. Baits of choice include sandworms, squid or clam necks. Hi-Low rigs are usually best for Scup . The jetties on the south shore have porgies close into the rocks. Try using a lighter sinker to avoid less hangups in the rocks. Same baits will do the trick. #1, #2 or #4 size hooks will do fine.
South shore Sea Bass have been on the smaller side but keepers can be culled. However, The ocean wrecks are holding the bulk of these fish. Patchogue Locals had a couple of keeper sized fish off Moriches during the week. Clam or squid will do the trick. Sea bass have a large mouth so a #1/0 hook is fine to use.
Snappers have been in thick at all the local docks. Blue point was reported to have had some excellent fishing. Pine Neck has also been another good place to try out. Spearing fished under a float is one good way to catch them. Another is small "kastmasters or sidewinders lures" retrieved in with the occasional twitch of the lure.
Ronny (from the shop) reported Crabbing is fantastic. He reported that they were vicious and taking the snapper bait off his hook on every cast. Traps baited with bunker would be a great way to catch these guys. Or, walk the docks with a net in hand for some fast paced action. Fall is a great time to go crabbing. They’re getting bigger and loaded with sweet meat.
Our local Freshwater lakes active with Large Mouth Bass. Patchogue Locals have been using live shiners. Fishing them under a float around the edges of Lilly pads can be absolutely deadly