On the wrecks and reefs the sea bass and blackfish fishing is still hot. Most of this fishing is done some deeper water now due to cooling water temps. 40 to 80 feet of water has been the best places to look, anglers fishing with rigs and jig are doing evry well with green crabs. With the jigs, it is a different way of fishing, which lets you use lighter tackle. The blackfish jigs are well suited for targeting ocean blackfish, due to the quality components they are made of they a can pull some bulldog tautog out of the wrecks.
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Long Island has a smorgasbord of fish. Cod, Sea Bass, Striped Bass, Porgies, Triggerfish, Bluefish and Blackfish. Jigs worked well and bait did fine too. what to expect next month: Good fishing will continue!
In the bay, it has been pretty good with striped bass and bluefish action. The weakfish have become a little more spotty and are more prevalent around the Robert Moses State Park area. Most bass are being caught with clam chumming methods or drifting live baits like, bunker or kingfish. I even heard of some guys using live blowfish as bait and are good very well. With the live baits a three way rig, with a 7/0-9/0 hook is the perfect setup to present the baits properly.
The blackfish season is officially open on the north shore and the south shore. Blackfish are a great challenge to any angler and provide an excellent fight. The best bait to use for blackfish would be clam or green crabs. When fishing with green crabs it’s best to cut them up in to pieces by removing the legs and cutting them in half, so be sure to bring a good pair of shears on your next blackfish excursion. The best places to catch blackfish would be places with structure or rocks like inlets or wrecks. The best way to fish green crab would be to use a blackfish jig and let it bounce along the bottom.