The past week saw a flurry of action for surfcasters down at the local docks. One particular customer was local Jorge Pagan who happened to land himself an impressive catch of a 22lb Striped Bass on a clam. A few other casters working the sunrise happened to hookup with fish from 25"-32" on topwater lures and rubber shads. Mascot, bluepoint, west sayville and Corey beach docks all being locations with reported activity. Bridges and the backbay are also holding some fish. Mainly schoolies but a few keeper sized fish are in the mix.
Inlets are rather active and the sand beaches have seen a few small fish.
The north shore harbors and open sound has had some nice action... Schoolie bass have been taking topwater poppers and small rubber shads.
Boats have had some luck to the west. Fire island inlet area is seeing some decent bass fishing. Clam chumming during the day and eeling at night. Many keepers with some fish up to 20 lbs being landed. Boats also working the Great South Bay anywhere from Bellport to Patchogue to Sayville have been finding pods of peanut bunker being harassed by schoolie bass up to keeper sized bass. Rubber shads such as storms and Tsunami are perfect for use. Super strike poppers work great for this also.
Photo: Super angler and Patchogue local, Mark Wrobleski with a 17.10lb Bluefish....Caught off of Fire Island Inlet.
Blackfish have kept boaters busy on both the north shore around Rocky Point, Mt Sinai, and Port Jeff as well as the south shore off Moriches and Shinnecock. The keeper to throwback ratio has gone down but still plenty of action going on. Green crabs fished on either rigs or jigs are working perfect.
Porgies remain in the mix still. You can pick them up on most blackfish trips. Just use clam instead of the crabs. A basic Hi-Lo rig will be perfect for them.
The warmer days have been great for freshwater fishing. Using live shiners have been deadly for largemouth bass. Most of the weeds in the lake have died off so it makes for easier fishing. West lake still has a nice population of brown trout.
the local lakes were stocked again this past week. Using nightcrawlers is a easy and effective way to catch them. Small kastmasters or spinners can be great to use also.