Weakfish Show Up!! and Bluefish Are In!!!

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Just in. May 13th..... Big Blues are at the Patchogue docks!! 5-15lb Blues have been reported.  Bunker or Mackerel is a fine bait or try a popping plug.  Action is hot!!

BLUEFISH have showed up!! We are finally getting good consistent reports of Bluefish being caught off the docks and in the local bays. Tins and top water plugs are always a good choice of lures for these aggressive fish, using a wire leader will help prevent lost lures. The shop is fully stocked with Frozen Bunker and Mackerel We also have Fresh Bunker seasonally.

Weakfish catches have been reported by the Smith Point bridge and in the narrow's by Moriches. Anglers fishing for Porgy's also have a chance of hooking a spring run "tide-runner." Try drifting a small pink rubber Shad on a Hi-Lo rig tipped with a Squid Strip or a whole Sandworm to score at this time of year. Weakfish are excellent table fare. 
Weakfish being caught in the Quogue canal.  Small soft plastics and swimming plugs like the sp minnow, redfins and mag darters are all great choices. "Weakfish also known as  sea trout, The weakfish also have a very fragile mouth, making it hard for anglers to keep them from spitting the hook." Your allowed 1 Weakfish per day at a minimum size of 16"


The Striped Bass fishing has continued to get better in the eastern bays with reports coming in from the local docks as well as from the boat guys. While most of the fish are still schoolies some decent size keepers heve been increasing in the mix. Swimming plugs and soft plastics continue to be very effective on these spring fish as well Sandworms, Fresh Clams and Bunker Chunks. Bunker seem to be the bait of choice for the bigger fish, probably due to the amount of Bunker that are in the Bay.

The early Fluke season has rewarded anglers with some decent catches of these tasty fish. You can't be successful unless you get out there and try. We have gotten reports of keepers mixed in with shorts from Moriches, Fire Island, as well as in the Peconics. Squid and Spearing combo fished on a bucktail or Gulp have both been successful. For Larger Fish try using some whole small Squid with larger Spearing. Keep in mind that their has been a change in the fluke regulations this year, Fluke must be 19" and their is a 4 fish daily limit per angler.

Porgy action has started to heat up with the Peconics providing some early season results. Try using Sandworms or Fresh Clam but Squid Strips also will work and will stay on your hook a little longer. After finding fish try using some tubes of frozen Clam Chum to hold them by your boat when anchoring, we have both the chum and the wire Chum pots in stock.

There’s still time for Flounder. If you’re in the quote or the Smith Point bridge area, it’s worth a try. A little clam or sand worm on a #9 chestertown hook 

Freshwater fishing continues to entertain anglers.  Trout, White Perch and Carp are all for the taking.  Locally, West Lake and Swan Lake have plenty of Brown and Rainbow trout for the taking.  Small lures or nightcrawlers will do fine.  Head over to Carmans for some pretty good White Perch fishing.  Drop a nightcrawler or "dough ball" down to the bottom and hold on to the rod.  The drag will scream  for a frisky fight from one of these freshwater giants.


Bluefish on the Grill- Bluefish sometimes get a bad reputation as table fare but if handled properly can make an outstanding meal. Bluefish should be bled and iced immediately after being caught and then used fresh. Smaller Bluefish also are more desirable and have a milder taste. Start by filleting the Bluefish and removing all the dark meat or bloodline. Place in tin foil with a small coat of olive oil. Spread a thin layer of mayonaise on top of the fillet then add a thin layer of white horseradish as well. Wrap the fillet in the foil and cook on the grill turning after 3-4 minutes. Cook for another 3-4 minutes then check. The fish is ready to serve when white and flaky all the way through.

Send your reports (or your favorite fish recipe's) to:


don't forget to include, names, location and details 
(when possible: lures or bait used, tides, etc….)
comments or questions are welcome. 631-654-2311

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