Locally, Blowfish seem to be making a comeback on the south shore. Clam or squid is the preferred bait. Small hook light rod and light weights are the ticket. Any dock from Patchogue's Mascot Dock to Sayville will work.
This past weeks fishing has been surprisingly good despite the weather. Fluke fishing continues to build with both sides of the tides producing keepers and a lot of shorts. Most tides will produce at least one or two flurries of action. Squid and Spearing or Gulp fished on a Spro Bucktail with a teaser have been sucessful. When using Gulp if the water is "stained" or dirty try using chartreuse colored Gulp it seems to produce better under these conditions.
Mike Graniello stopped by the shop to weigh-in an impressive 41lb Striper that fell to a Bunker Spoon while trolling in 25-30' of water off of Fire Island Inlet
Bunker pods continue to provide action in the ocean with a mix of large Striped Bass and Bluefish harrassing the pods. However, most action is coming off of the smaller bunker pods. Anglers fishing for Bass are "snag and drop" fishing or trolling Mojo Rigs and Bunker Spoons on the outside around the pods. Patchogue locals scored three 30 pound class fish with one pushing 43 pounds using this method. Large bass that were on the pods have moved east towards Moriches and Shinnecock. Eels are accounting for bass at night in both inlets. Fresh Clam has also been producing however the size of the fish tend to be on the smaller side with an occasional keeper mixed in with the shorts.
Porgy action continues to be hot on the north shore and in the peconics. Sandworms and Fresh Clam are the baits of choice but small pieces of Squid will also work and will last on the hook longer.
For fun, grab some clam and fish the shallows for blowfish and kingfish, both are easy to catch will provide lots of fun and are great to eat.
Bluefish are under the birds at dawn and dusk. Using Diamond Jigs with a red or white tube or Pencil Poppers are your best bet.
While Weakfish are still active off of Ocean Beach time and tide matter. Drifting sandworms or casting small jigs can produce some fine fish.
Andy from the shop with an impressive 38-5lb Bass
If Surf fishing is yore thing, then Shinecock Inlet is the place to be-Bluefish have provided some action on the open beach with anglers using tins with a red or white tubes and popping plugs are a great lure when fish are on the surface. Look for the birds and try a super strike lure or tsunami popping lure. For the bait fishermen the choice during the day has been Bunker chunks or Fresh Clam with live Eels working at night.
Bergall Size Limit-Bag Limit-Season: No Restrictions. Fine eating. A bergall or cunner is a saltwater fish found living on or near structures. Bergalls are pesky bait stealers, and anglers who target them use small hooks.They can be distinguished from the Blackfish by their pointed snouts. Bergalls feed on sandworms, squid, clam or anything else.
Freshwater Report- live shiners have been catching yellow perch, big brown trout, large mouth bass and pickerel. Depending on what lake you're on. - With Largemouth season now in full swing anglers have been reporting success on the local lakes and ponds. Try topwater fishing in the early morning hours using a weedless frog in and around the pads. After the sun gets up switch over to a weedless rubber worm.
Connetquot River State Park fishing is still the place to be for big rainbows and brown trout. Try using wooly buggers or big dry flies. Check out our expanded fresh and saltwater flies.
Recipe- Kevin's Poached Striped Bass
1-Cut a half a stick of Butter into slivers and layer in the bottom of an aluminum pan.
2-Pour a half a cup of white wine into the pan.
3-Sprinkle a table spoon of Basil over the wine.
4-after patting dry place 2-3 lbs. of Striped Bass fillets in the pan.
5-Make sure the fillets are skinned, free of bones, and have had all the red meat removed.
6-Sprinkle a table spoon of Paprika, 2 table spoons of Adobo seasoning and 2 table spoons of unsalted Italian seasoning evenly over the fish.
7-Cover the top of the Fillets evenly with the remaining half a stick of butter cut into slivers.
8-Cover the pan with aluminum foil and place in an oven pre-heated to 400 degrees for 15 minutes.
9-After 15 minutes uncover the fish and cook for an additional 5-8 or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 165 degrees.
10-Serve with Italian bread and enjoy.
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