Winter can be a tough time to motivate yourself to get out in fish. Most would just assume that we have a lack of fish in the winter. Actually this is far from true. Many species remain very active during these months. Trout (for example ) will continue to bite through the cold. Prior fall stockings loaded up the local lakes for the winter. Large schools of Brown Trout can provide you with some light tackle fun. West Lake located right up the block from the shop is an excellent place to start.
As far as baits and lures go its much easier to fool one of these trout on live bait such as a nightcrawler or wax worm. I like to fish the wax worms a few feet under a small float. For the nightcrawlers my prefered method is fishing a half of one on the bottom weighed down by a single large split shot.
As the lakes warm up a bit you will find better luck with small lures like split shots and small inline spinners.
Yellow Perch can be another fun freshwater species to target in these "Slow" months. A simple float rig with a piece of a nightcrawler is all thats needed to have a good shot at them. Many of the Perch get quite fat this time of the year so be ready for a nice fight on a lighter pole. For more tips of targeting these critters come down to the shop and see Perch expert Zeppi.
The shop itself in now in winter hours mode. Hours are 9-5 Monday through Saturday and 9-3 on sundays. In the next few months we will have booths at the following shows and flea markets... NYSF forum & auction at Freeport, Allpro Fishing Expo & Seminar, Ward Melville High School Saltwater Fishing Expo, and The Patchogue fihing flea market. Come down to these events, stop by our booth and say hi! Its always a pleasant time and a good way to restock on needed tackle for the season.
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