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September 16, 2019:
John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said the storm from last week really started bait moving and dipped the water temperatures a few degrees, which should start the beginning of the fall run. A lot of "fun fish" are still being caught at the local Mascot Dock. For snappers small tins are doing well casted out and retrieved at a moderate pace. The snapper poppers or even just snapper bait fished under a bobber are working great also. Blowfish and kingfish are feeding along the bottom on mostly clam but squid is catching too. Try a double hook rig because both these species are bait stealers. Crabbing also remained very good. Fluke fishing in Moriches and Shinnecock bays is still very productive with quality fish still around. Andy from the shop managed a 8 pounder in Moriches last week with a mess of shorts. Spro Bucktails with spearing and squid sufficed. Fluke rigs are doing well also; either tipped with Gulp or spearingsquid combos. The porgy fishing has been consistent in the inlets with some quite large fish in the mix. Sandworms appear to edge out clam this week, and make sure to bring extra rigs as the rocks or not forgiving on the terminal tackle end. Albies showed up in full force and we heard anglers were getting multiple hookups using Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs resin jigs and Shimano Coltsniper jigs. The cooling weather has made the freshwater bite heat up. The bass fishing is great in the early morning and evenings, with best results using small poppers, Senkos, swimbait and buzz-baits pulling the most fish. Patchogue Lake has been great at first light and afternoon with action continuing into dark. The live shiners are also a productive bait. Patchogue locals have pulled some nice pickerel, perch and crappie.

Previous Reports

  • September 9, 2019 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said there is still a great bite of fish at Patchogue's Mascot Dock on an array of species. Snappers on spearing, Kastmasters and snapper poppers. Kingfish and blowfish are taking clam, squid and sandworms along the bottom. Crabbing is holding steady. On a recent walk along the docks, John passed a few buckets and was quite happy to see them filled with big blue claws. When he asked around most people said they have been scooping them along the docks. Bunker used in the traps is working great too. Fluke fishing is still good in the bays of Moriches and Shinnecock where the action is good, with some keepers mixed in. Try around the inlets drifting squid and spearing on either a fluke rig or bucktails. Some reports of weakfish have trickled in this last week. The Great South Bay has been loaded with them from Blue Point to Sayville in 10-13 feet of water. Try using squid strips or sandworms on a diamond jig or back of a jig head. Small striped bass are actively feeding on "rainbait" (small baitfish) in the inlets. The mornings in Shinnecock and Moriches inlets have seen some good blitzes. Cast Deadly Dicks, Joe Baggs resin jigs, or any small tins at them to entice the bass to hit. Mixed in with the bass in the inlets are small bluefish, bonito and Spanish mackerel. Some rumblings of false albacore have come in this week. It is only a matter of time before these "little speedsters" are in full force around.

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said the first signs of the fall run are starting to show positive results. Some cooler days in combination with northeast winds have increased the striped bass activity at Shinnecock and Moriches inlets. Schoolies were breaking on "rainbait" (small baitfish) in the early mornings. The Local docks are experiencing some great fishing opportunities. Snappers have been growing by the day. Right now they are a fun size. To catch try fishing small shiners on a #4 or #5 long shank snapper hook under a float. With the end of August and the start of September, blue claw crabs are in abundance along the south shore docks and creeks. There are still plenty of fluke to be caught right now before they start making the trip back offshore again. The bays are producing a combination of shorts and keepers on each drift. The key is persistence. Keep culling through shorts to get your legal sized fish. In the ocean off Moriches and Shinnecock, in about 50-feet of water, some nice fluke have been "setting up" for their migratory trip. Try using bigger baits to attract bigger fish. Five and 6-inch Gulp, whole squid or large spearing all seem to be producing a few more keepers. Still a lot of porgies around on the North Shore as well as the south shore inlets. There are larger fish on the south shore along the rocks. Clams, sandworms and squid are all great baits. The shop is still getting shipments of live shiners every week. Patchogue locals have been using them to hook up with largemouths at the local lakes. Fish them under a small float with a smaller sized hook (#6 eagle claw hook) allowing them to swim naturally. Use nightcrawlers if you want to target smaller panfish. They have been active along the shoreline.

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said crabbing has been hot down at the local docks. Traps and nets are both producing when baited with bunker and mackerel. Just remember that to keep crabs they must be 4.5 inches from point to point on the hard shells and 3.5 inches from point to point on the soft shells with a daily limit of 50 per day, per person. Snapper action at all the local docks remained super, with cocktails mixing in as well. The inlets are loaded with many different fun species. Triggerfish have been taking clam and squid in close to the rocks. Porgies are in the mix too. Some small striped bass have been running along the rocks picking away at clam baits too. Quite a few cocktail bluefish blitzes are popping up. Fluke fishing in the bays has been steady. Plenty of action with the shorts and keepers too, plus tons of birds (sea robins). On the freshwater side, the lakes and ponds are very active. This stormy weather has let the water cool down a bit so the fishing has picked up. For the bass anglers, live shiners are still doing great, but lures are getting a lot of bites as well. Topwater poppers, weedless frogs, swimbaits and Texas rigged worms are all catching. Early morning and late evening are the best times to go. Also after a midday storm, the fishing can be fast pace. Anglers are catching pickerel, crappie, perch and big bluegills.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said anglers reported good action from Patchogue's Mascot Dock, Corey Beach, Pine Neck Dock and other Brookhaven Fishing Piers. Crabs are nice size, snappers are getting bigger by the day and they heard of some decent kingfish reports too. Crabbing can be extremely productive coming off the full moon in August. The shop has all the nets and trap for crabbing in stock. Fluke action has remained status quo, as the bays have been productive as far as action goes. Plenty of shorts to go around with some keepers in the mix. You will also have plenty of sea robins to weed through. Bucktails and fluke rigs are the best bets. Both Gulp, and spearingsquid combos are producers. The ocean fluke fishing has produced some bigger fish. Fishing around the local wrecks will not only produce some fine fluke but there are many opportunities to catch a few sea bass and ling too. Striped bass fishing is a little slow, with nights out producing the daytime bite. Andy from the shop reported the schoolie action is still good along the bay side of Moriches. They have been taking small swimming plugs fished slowly. The shop also had scattered reports of bonito around the south shore inlets. Opposite of albies, they are excellent eating. The local lakes are still providing action in this summer heat. Patchogue Lake has put up some nice bass and pickerel. Most fish are all being caught with live shiners or soft plastic worms. Panfish are hitting nightcrawlers or small plastic grubs on a jig head. Andrea from the shop, did some night fishing at Gibbs Pond and caught (and released) a half dozen bass on jigs, poppers and swim-baits. The biggest fish going 5 pounds.

J&J Sports Inc.

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

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