NOAA Says No To Shortfin Makos • But Sea Bass Is A Yes!! • Dock Action Is Hot • Video Report- Triggerfish • More Fish Facts

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For those offshore guys it's  Shark and Tuna time. Don't forget a permit is required for Tuna and Shark fishing.

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The offshore wrecks have been plentiful with Sea Bass . Some offshore wrecks that hold plenty of life are the San Diego and Oregon wrecks. Cole down here at the shop limited out on sea bass at the Oregon wreck using small Diamond jigs. Some porgies are coming off the wrecks as well.

Fishing closer wrecks like the D.E.C. wreck 12 miles out of Moriches inlet, Gates City Wreck, or Dredge Hole, 0r any Artificial Reefs will also produce some nice fish as well. Fluking off of these wrecks has also been very productive. Out in these waters big bucktails with Squid or high-lo rigs with clam will be your best bets. If you're looking to fish Gulp, Big 5 and 6 inch swimming grubs or swimming mullets work well too. Any of the traditional colors such as white, pink or chartreuse are safe baits to catch fish. Pink Shine and Nuclear Chicken are really good colors to fish.  

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 Fluke fishing has improved in the  Great South Bay with many reports of good sized keepers being landed. as mentioned before gulp is a great option for bait. Spearing and squid are also great options for bait. A rig with a teaser or squid strip will work great.

Another underrated fish found in long island waters is the Triggerfish. Triggerfish are a unique looking tropical fish that migrate to our waters during the summer season.These fish can grow up to 13 lbs and provide a fun and challenging fight. In New York these fish have no size or number limits.

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Fluke continues to heat up in Shinecock bays too,  holding good fish. The best way to target these fish would be a high low rig with a bucktail or a teaser will work great. Squid spearing and gulp are all excellent options for bait.

Weakfish still remains strong around the island with reports coming in from both Ocean Beach and various spots around the north shore. To target these fish squid and pink gulps work great on a simple high-low rig.

Striped bass and bluefish remains excellent around the islands and especially our inlets with bluefish over 10lbs and bass over 30lbs still being caught. The best bait to use for these fish would be bunker as well as mackerel and clam. Bucktails, poppers and swimming plugs are other great artificial options 

Porgies are still strong around the North Shore with cedar beach and Wildwood State Park still getting fish up to 2 lbs. At Shinnecock Inlet porgies are also in with good numbers of fish being reported.  

Around our Local Docks blowfish and kingfish are plentiful. Triggerfish are also at the Shinnecock inlet and The best way to target all three of these fish would be a simple high-low bait rig with a small piece of clam, sandworm or squid.

Crabs are plentiful at  Patchogue's Mascot Dock .  You can also try Corey Beach or Pine Neck Dock.  Fun to catch and great to eat!! Traps and nets work well. Bunker and mackerel make a fine bait.

Largemouth bass fishing on long island is a peak. All of our ponds and lakes are filled with these iconic American fish. The best way to target them would be live night crawlers and freshwater shiners.Some great artificial bait options for these fish would be senko worms, spinners and top water frogs. For the best results while using top water baits the early morning and late evening is the ideal time

Fish Facts

Stargazer (fish)

If you catch one of these critters... Be careful: The stargazers are a fish that have eyes on top of their heads.  They also have a large, upward-facing mouth on a large head. Stargazers are venomous; they have two large venomous spines situated behind their opercles and above their pectoral fins. This species may also cause electric shocks. They have been called "The meanest things in creation". 


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