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June 18, 2018:
John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said striper action is heating up. Clams have been producing in the Inlets and in the cuts, lots of shorts but a good amount of keepers mixed in. Drifting bunker in the inlets has also been very effective with most fish being are keepers.  Fishing the bunker pods off of Fire Island "has heated up this past week" with large fish over 35 pounds reported almost daily, with some real brutes over 50. Bluefish catches have slowed this past week with the fish being more sporadic. Fluke fishing has been "hit or miss" with reports of some quality fish coming in from both FI and Moriches Inlet areas. While at times fishing can be spotty, every tide seems to produce a few fine fish. There were also reports of fish being taken outside of Shinnecock Inlet in the 75-80 foot range. With the weather finally cooperating and the water temperatures on the rise it's only a matter of time before things should get more consistent.  Squid, spearing, smelts or Berkley Gulp are all fine choices. Using a "Hi-Lo" rig can be more productive with surprising results.  Even though it is early in the season we have had the first reports of blue claw crabs in some of the local creeks, and the docks should heat up soon.

Previous Reports

  • June 11, 2018 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said bluefish have slowed down a little from the torrid start that we experienced a past few weeks ago but they are still around the inlets and bays in abundance. Striped bass action really heated up this past week with a good run of fish showing up around the inlets. Plenty of shorts with a good pick of keepers mixed in. Both shore and boat anglers fishing bait have had success using either clams, fresh or frozen bunker. Bunker has accounted for the bigger fish, especially on the pods outside. Bunker cut into chunks or drifted whole will produce very well. Fluke fishing seems to be picking up in both quality and quantity. Some double digit fish have been reported on the east end with local action around the bays and inlets. Spearing and squid strips or Gulp have all been effective with whole small squid landing the bigger fish. Weak fish action has been good in the Peconics and on the South Shore, with a solid "late-spring" showing of some larger fish. Tide and drift is always the key when weakfishing.

  • June 4, 2018 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said striper action is gaining speed by the day. Reports continue to come in with some keeper sized fish mixed in with the schoolies. Best spots are in and around the south shore inlets and bays. A Patchogue local came back for fresh bunker after landing a large fish in the 30 pound class this past week. Clam chumming has been producing fish too. Best areas are by the inlets. However, the larger fish have been caught using bunker – live or chunked. Keeper fluke are outside of Shinnecock Inlet in 75 to 80-feet of water. Catches should only improve as the water temperatures continue to rise. The south shore bays continue to be productive too, when jigging small bucktails tipped with either squid and spearing or 4-5 inch gulp. Bluefish continue to keep anglers busy on the south shore. Fish have not been picky hitting bait and lures with consistency. Porgy fishing remains hot in the Peconics and on the North Shore. Fish seem to be moving into shallower water giving the shore anglers a good shot at fish too. Weakfish action has been steady in the Peconics with reports of some quality fish over 6 pounds landed by anglers drifting pink shads tipped with squid strips or fishing whole sandworms on a weighted hi-lo rig. Weakfish by Ocean Beach and the Smith Point Bridge area have also been reported. Remember there is a one fish, 16-inch limit on weakfish. Patchogue local, Mark W. Weighed in a 5-pound weakfish taken from Ocean Beach using a small jig.

  • May 28, 2018 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said bluefish continue to be the story this past week with good catches of quality size choppers being caught all along the south shore inlets and bays. Whether fishing from shore, off the local docks or out in a boat, anglers targeting bluefish have been successful. The size of the fish have been on the large size with fish up to 17 pounds weighed-in. Fresh or frozen bunker and mackerel have been the bait of choice with all the standards tins and poppers working for guys casting lures. To save on lost fish and tackle it's advisable to use a wire leader when fishing for these "toothy" fish. Striped bass catches should get progressively better now that the weather has finally started to get warmer. Up until this past week water temperatures by the inlets were still on the cool side with seals still hanging around Moriches inlet. Anglers fishing from shore have been scoring using swimming plugs and soft plastics like Bass Assassins. There has been some quality fish mixed in with the schoolies. Bait fishermen have been doing well on the bass front. For fluke action, whether you are fishing the Moriches area or Fire Island Inlet area try using light jigs and a teaser tipped with either spearing and squid or 4 or 5 inch Gulp. Keepers in the 4-pounbd plus range are being caught fishing shallow using this method. Porgy fishing has stayed hot in the Peconics with most anglers culling out the smaller keepers and still being able to get there 30 fish limit by the end of a trip. Sandworms and clam have been the "go-to" baits with tubes of clam chum helping to hold the fish close to the boat. Weakfish reports have been coming in from the Peconics.  Anglers fishing for porgies are getting an occasional tide-runner.  Jonathan Campoverde, from the shop, landed a nice keeper doing just that this past week. We have also heard of anglers fishing the Smith Point and Ocean Beach area landing some quality fish. Try drifting a whole sandworm or pink rubber shad tipped with a squid strip or try using a basic hi-lo rig with either Sandworms or Squid Strip as another productive method. 

  • May 21, 2018 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said the big news this past week has been the arrival of ravenous bluefish in substantial numbers. Catches are being made along the South Shore docks and inlets, with reports of large "choppers" weighing in at the 10-12 pound range. Anglers scored using plugs, tins and chunks. Catches of keeper sized bass along with numerous shorts have been reported from all the local areas on the south shore, including Fire Island Inlet, Smith Point, and Moriches Inlet. The fluke season's early start this year has provided some positive results with quality fish in the keeper range, 19 inches and up, being caught in the Narrows in Moriches along with both local inlets. Fluke jigs as well as Spro Bucktails tipped with squid and spearing or Gulp have been effective. Weakfish catches have been reported in the Quogue Canal.  Fish have also been reported in the Smith Point area and in the Narrows by Moriches.

J&J Sports Inc.

J&J Sports Inc.
265 Main St
Patchogue, NY 11951
phone: 631-654-2311

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