Breaking news: big time weakfish run going on now!!! lots of fish up to 28 inches. One Patchogue local reported catching 25 fish in one outing.
Just in. May 8th..... Blues have started showing up at the Patchogue's Mascot Dock !! Patchogue locals reported a few fish in the 5lb range. Bunker or Mackerel is a fine bait or try a popping plug.
Weakfish catches have also 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.
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.
Hey Joe O here Bass fishing out east in the back bays and surf has been incredible since opening day. Me and my wife Danielle have been getting a lot of undersized fish mixed in with a few keeper slot sized fish. our go to bait have been soft plastics on a jig head from 1/4oz all the way to 3/4 ounce. Some nights have been different in our retrieve of the bait but trying different things also helps.
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 18-1/2" and their is a 4 fish daily limit per angler.
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Porgy action has started to heat up with the Peconics providing some early season results. Try using a regular porgy rig tired with a piece of 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.
Freshwater fishing continues to entertain anglers. Trout, White Perch and Carp are all for the taking. Locally, West Lake has 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.
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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.
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