Officially the season is now open for spring blackfish and winter flounder. Due to the poor weather (that does not want to cooperate) not many anglers have been able to give blackfish a good shot yet. Hopefully we see "spring" this upcoming week. Remember the regulations are: Bag* two fish - Size* sixteen inches.
Flounders should be awakening from the mud soon too. We had customers head east to Moriches and west toward fire island. The only action that I heard of was from the Fire island inlet area where Henry Looper was able to bag his limit of two flatties with the help of mussel chum and sandworms. As the water warms flounder fishing should become a lot better.
The first confirmed reports of Striped Bass came in this week too. Western bays are holding a good population of stripers. Mainly schoolies sized fish but a 28" sized fish in the mix is not out of the question. For this go with swimming plugs like sp minnows, redfins and mag darters. The local rivers and creeks also host a nice resident population of Stripers that seem to have awoken. Once again all schoolies but with the proper tackle they are a blast. Try to downsize on the lures and baits you throw. Small quarter or half ounce jig heads with small soft plastics is perfect to use.
Patchogue local, Michael Douglas reported good luck at Connetquot River State Park Preserve river last week. He said he was quite new to fly fishing but had no problem landing many rainbow trout on scuds and hares eared nymphs. Upper Lake in Yaphank is another good trout spot. It was stocked last week with several hundred brown and rainbow trout. Small gold kastmasters and blue fox vibrax lures work very well. Over at west lake; stocked browns continue to get picked. The fish are more keyed in on live baits now.
Hey Joe O here. So if you ever debated with anyone that fish don't bite in the rain their wrong. I caught this 17 inch brown and about 8 other trout here on this wet Friday. What a fight!!! In the beginning I thought I was fighting a bass but after 5 minutes of a nice fight on 2 lb test it showed that it was a beautiful brown trout.
Gil Bergen passed away this past week at the age of 88
Connetquot River State Park Preserve is a prime location for fly fisherman. This is due to the endless work and commitment of the park supervisor Gil Bergen. Gil passed away this past week at the age of 88. He will be remembered for his ability to bring about a living testimonial to Long Islands splendor. A bit of Long Island history forever preserved in this 3400 acre state park. Well known as a fly fishing haven. The park also offers horse back riding and bird watching. The best memorial to Gil would be for people to enjoy the park. Discover a dream come true. God bless you Gil.