🦃 Thanksgiving Week Fishing Forecast • On The Surf Fishing Report • Blackfish or Turkey For Thanksgiving?

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Striped Bass
For boats some great Striped Bass fishing continues along our ocean beaches in 50-90 feet of water. The main bulk of the fish have set up between Moriches and Jones inlet. A lot of teen sized fish are coming up but it is not uncommon to have some fish to 30lbs plus on any given trip. The method of choice for going after these fish recently has been "jigging" them. Diamond jigs in sizes from A-27 up to A-67 have been the ticket.

On The Surf
Along the shore surfcasters are finding much success with schoolies and small keepers. We have reports from Shinnecock, Moriches, Robert Moses and Jones beaches. Most of the fish have been schoolies with a few keepers mixed in. Sand eels along the surf-line have still been the bait fueling the bite and keeping the fish in close. For day fishing casting and retrieving diamond jigs have been effective. At night casters have been switching over to plugs such as the super strike needle fish or Sp minnows. The addition of a small teaser can bump up catching odds also.

It seems that the bluefish have been much less common compared to striped bass. Although they can be found mixed in with the bass going after the jigs on the boats. A few of the larger fish have been weighted in at over 15lbs.

Weather permitting, Blackfish are showing up in good numbers along the south shore. Green crabs fished on hi-lo rigs are a fine set-up. Along the north shore you can find similar luck with the same rig set-up or using blackfish jigs. Small rock piles or bottom debris anywhere from Rocky Point  to Orient Point  will produce with good results. No monsters but plenty of keepers to go around. Note: Blackfish regulations vary from south shore to north shore.

Fall temperatures have cooled down the lakes and have sparked a nice little trout bite over at west lake in Patchogue. Locals have been out targeting the recently stocked Brown Trout with good luck. Spinners have been getting play along with small kastmasters. For the fly fishermen any type of streamer has been doing well.  Live shiners are still doing well with Largemouth Bass. This past week, several Patchogue locals using live shiners reported  bass up to 2lbs. The shop will continue to carry this bait throughout the fall and winter months.

Happy Thanksgiving

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As always, thank you again for your ongoing support, and all the best this holiday season!

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