THE ALBIES ARE HERE!! We got are first reports of Albies (False Albacore) arriving in the Shinnecock area signaling the start of the fall fishing season. Try casting a Deadly Dick or a small diamond jig with a fast retrieve when a school of these fast moving fish are in range.
With the weather cooling down and the effects of hurricane Florence now gone, Striped Bass fishing should pick up around the local south shore inlets. Reports of a few Bass and some small Bluefish being caught around Moriches and Shinnecock inlet. Reports of larger fish being caught around Jones inlet and "out west."
The boats that had been able to get out at Montauk have reported large amounts of bait in the water; so try to mix things up until you find what works. If your thing is bait & wait you normally only fish fresh clam. However this time of year; its time to try using some bunker or live eels too.
If lures are what you normally use, change them frequently until you find the best match for what the fish prefer. When the fishing is great anyone can catch, when things are slow it pays to experiment.
The Bays have been producing some fish though mostly shorts and Sea Robbins are what's being reported.
Porgy fishing has remained good along the north shore and into the Peconics using a two hook Porgy rig with either #2 or #4 Porgy hooks baited with either sandworms or fresh clam. With catches of Kingfish , Blowfish and the occasional Weakfish also being landed.
Sea Bass have been steady when conditions make it favorable to get outside to the local reefs and wrecks. With Blackfish set to open in a few short weeks on 10/15 a Sea Bass/Blackfish trip should make for a lot of tasty fillets for your freezer, check out the recipe section on our website.
The local docks and creeks are still producing quality sized Crabs and Snappers. This Crabbing season has been one of the best in the last few years and the Snappers now being landed are of a larger size too.
Baked Blackfish. In a small pot mix the following ingrediants at a low heat: 1 stick of butter, 1 Teaspoon dill, 1 Teaspoon parsley, 2 Teaspoons Minced garlic, and 1 tablespoon lemon Juice. Put 4-6 Blackfish Fillets coated with olive oil in a baking dish surrounded by canned cooked small potatoes and pour the mixture from the saucepan over it, sprinkle with seasoned bread crumbs and add sliced white onion pieces over the top. Place in a pre-heated oven at 400 degrees and cook for 15 minutes or until the fillets are flaky. Read more of Ron's Recipes
Largemouth Bass, Pickerel and Panfish have all been active on the local ponds and lakes due to the cooling temperatures as we head in to fall. Try fishing topwater plugs and swim baits early in the morning when the fish are most active. Work the shoreline varying your retrieves working your lure all the way back to your boat or the shore. Later in the day slow things down and slowly work a weedless worm or frog over the pads or by shoreline structure. Fishing live shiners under a float will also provide steady Bass and Pickerel action on most days.
Nightcrawlers fished with or without a float will offer up a variety of panfish and catfish while still landing the occasional Bass. If you fish out of a small boat, canoe, or kayak with an electric motor try slowly trolling a jointed plug or shallow diver around the shoreline. This method will catch a variety of fish; Bass, Pickerel, Perch, Crappie, Trout and even Catfish. It will also help pinpoint the area where fish are most active and the lures that are most effective.
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