Weakfish Show Up!! • Bluefish On The Grill • Fluke Arrive • Porgies Are Big!

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Breaking news:  weakfish run going on now!!! lots of fish up to 28 inches.

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Just in. May 11th..... 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.  

May fishing update:  Weakfish and Bluefish at the local docks.  It's time to try tins or bucktails  or if bait is preferred, use a chunk of bunker or mackerel. More News: Bluefish reported at Shinnecock inlet. Fish have been report to 10+lbs.  Tins, popping plugs and bunker bait are producing fine results.

Weakfish catches have also been reported by the Smith Point County Park  bridge and in the narrow's by Moriches. Also, anlers are catching "weaks' at  Robert Moses State Park.  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 have been found along the Great South BayNorth Shore as well as peconic bay. A bucktail rig and gulp will also work for weakfish. A good bait for both of these fish would be spearing and squid strips.

Popular Weakfish lures are Small soft plastics and swimming plugs like the Joe Baggs Swarters redfins and mag darters and tins 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 area as reported from the boat guys. While most of the fish are varied in sizes, with keepers have 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.  

Spring Clam Chumming for Bass
Spring is a great time to chum for Striped Bass using Clam Bellies. When chumming for Bass off of your boat you will need to anchor up current of a bridge piling or in a cut near an inlet or off of a sandbar next to deeper water, moving water is a must. Drop a block of frozen clam belly chum off of the side of your boat in a weighted chum cage or pot. Try to get the pot as far to the front of your boat as you can so the line on the pot doesn't interfere when landing a fish. Use a medium heavy boat rod with a level wind reel, I prefer mono line in 30 lb. test but you can use braid. Use a fish finder clip on your line tied to a barrel swivel with a 6/0 or 7/0 circle hook with a 36 in. leader of either 50-60 lb mono or flourocarbon.

Cast a full skimmer clam behind your boat out into the chum. You will need anywhere between a 5 and a 10 oz. bank sinker to hold bottom depending on how much current you are fishing. When the fish hit they will take the bait and run, when  using circle hooks just reel until the line is tight.

When fighting the fish you will also be fighting the current thats why I prefer a heavier rod. Land the fish as fast as you can so if it is released it will be less stressed. When clam chumming for Bass the action can be fast and furious at times so if a fish is hooked get a line out there as fast as you can after that first fish is landed.

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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 (Narrow Bay) , Fire island, as well as in the Peconic Bays.Using bait likea  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 there is a 3 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.

Porgy fishing has also been producing will large fish over 11 inches being caught regularly. Places on the north shore such as cedar beach and rocky point have all shown a good amount of porgies The Peconic Bays has been on fire with large porgy up to 15 inches

There’s still time for Flounder. If you’re in the Quogue Canal or the Smith Point County Park  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  has plenty of Brown and Rainbow trout for the taking.  Small lures or nightcrawlers will do fine.  Head over to Carmans River 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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