Fishing Continues to be Hot and Heavy
The southshore beaches have been on fire this week. Small baits have made their presence know on the beach with good showings of spearing and sandeels. Bluefish up to 15 pounds were beached in the past few days with some striped bass ranging from the small schoolie size all the way up to the high teens in weight. Mike from the shop had a quality keeper that weighed 16lbs yesterday on a south shore beach. With all of the small bait around diamond jigs, bucktails and tsunami swim eels have accounted for the majority of the fish. Striped Bass continue to follow the bunker schools between Moriches and Fire Island Inlet. This is following last years pattern with the probability of "Big" fish to be taken.
On another note bluefish are still in our local bays. Smiths Point bridge is still seeing some nice blues despite the warming temperatures. the usual poppers and diamond jigs will catch these aggressive blues. Fluke fishing has been improving once again this week. narrows bay and moriches bay have seen some good catches this week. one of our retired customers has seen close to his limit 4 days in a row with a fish on or over 5lbs each day.
Weakfish have been seeing some action this week. ocean beach area has seen its fair share this week, a customer reported catching them on accident while fishing for bluefish with diamond jigs!
Porgies have been active in recent days with good opportunities to catch them from shore. cedar beach in rocky point is a hot spot this time of year and sees some jumbos! sandworms and clam on fin-strike hi-lo rigs do the trick for these tasty fish.
Kingfish have been in good showing on the patchogue dock recently. sandworms and squid on a size #6 hook hi-lo rig catches the most of the kings, also its been reported fluke were caught while "kingfishing" with some nice keeper sized fish.
Blue Claw Crabs are showing. the local docks are producing some nice crabs. Traps and nets are both a fun way to capture these treats. Bunker is a great bait. Stop in the shop and we’ll set you up.
On the freshwater front: Tom Ganetis stopped by the shop to weigh in a Large Mouth Bass taken from Patchogue Lake. The fish was in the 2-0 range. Nightcrawler's did the trick.