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The Local docks continue to see some fine snapper fishing. Lures or bait are both a productive way to catch these little critters. it’s a fun for the whole family.
Also at our local docks, blowfish and kingfish have been abundant . The best way to catch these fish would be a small hook and a small piece of clam or spearing. A Flounder style hook will work just fine.
Striped Bass reported from Shinnecock, Moriches and Fire Island inlets with reports of Bass being landed off the beach in the Davis park area as well.
In the Great South Bay there has been a surprising run of Weakfish in the last few weeks. Drifting and slow jigging a small tubeless single hook diamond jig tipped with either squid strips or spearing has been very effective with some anglers having success with Gulp as well.
Fluke have been mixed in with the tide-runners as well using this method. While most of the Fluke have been short their have been some impressive keepers mixed in. Keep in mind Fluke Season closes on October 9th.
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Albies are starting to make an appearance at the south shore inlets. Action on the incoming tides has let to some good fishing. The hot lures of the week have been Shimano Coltsniper jigs, Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs Resin Jigs,
Crabbing on the Local docks has produced both quantity and quality. Nice catches of large male Blue Claws were reported with most crabbers throwing back the smaller keepers and only keeping the bigger crabs to eat. Traps baited with Bunker, lines with either Mackerel are doing fine. Or waking the dock with a crab net will all work.
Sea Bass are also very active with larger fish moving on to the nearby wrecks and structure. The limit on Sea Bass through the end of the year is 6 per day and that will continue for the rest of the season. The size limit has remained the same at 16 inches. Sea Bass are very aggressive and will take either Clam, Squid or Spearing. For a shot at some larger fish try jigging with a A27 or A47 tubeless single hook Diamond Jig. When bait fishing or jigging offshore Reefs and structure you will also have a shot at larger Porgies, Ling (Red Hake) and the occasional Codfish. So if your looking to fill your freezer with some tasty fillets for the winter, now is the time to go.
Plenty of cocktail blues down at the inlets as well. They have actively been feeding on mullet. small tins , and kastmasters have all been working well. Some schoolies bass have been in the mix too. TACKLE TIP: Try using a bucktail to get down under the blues for some of those bass.
Don't overlook the possibility of catching some large porgies down at the inlet. They have mainly been taking sandworms and clam. These are some of the largest ones ive seen the whole year. The North Shore is still loaded with them also. A little bit smaller but many around. They have been less picky, taking clam, sandworms and squid.
If you enjoy crabbing, try and get down to the docks at least one more time. They are still around and are rather big this time of the year. Patchogue's Mascot Dock , Pine Neck Dock and Bluepoint ( Corey Beach) are all good ones to try out.
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There are a few different types of baitfish in the surf this year. Usually this can be a good sign for the fall ahead. One of the baits in the bays has been sandeels. With sandeels around we could most definitely bank on some good fall fishing as far as action goes. When I know sandeels are in the water ill throw thin profile baits such as ava jigs, thin profile Charlie Graves tins and super strike needlefish.
Another exciting fall baitfish that we can possibly see this year is bunker. These fish have a tendency to move at times but if you can find them you have a shot at some large stripers. when trying to match a profile of bunker, Super Strike cast darters, bottle plugs, and large poppers. Usually the colors yellow and white to be most productive with this. TIP: On the south shore of long island look for the "north winds." Bunker tend to head straight into the wind so that would end up putting them on out south shore beaches.
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