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J&J Sports Inc.

November 20, 2017:
John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said boats heading out of Moriches and Fire Island are having no trouble finding fish feeding in the 1-3 mile mark off the beaches. Tons of big bass and blues have been harassing schools of sand eels and bunker. You can either get them by jigging or you can snag and drop a bunker in hopes of a cow. Patchogue local Mark Wrobleski reported awesome fishing out of Moriches with many blues over 15 pounds and many bass between 18 and 25 pounds. He weighed in a chopper that tipped the scales at 17 pounds. Bluefish gave boats a nice surprise with teen size fish on the jig and bunker pods. Blackfish have been keeping many busy who have decided to hit the wrecks and rock piles. Patchogue local Juan Lopez went out of Port Jeff on the North Shore and was able to attain his limit of blackfish using green crabs on tog jigs. He also mentions that porgies responded well to clam baits.

Previous Reports

  • November 13, 2017 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said boaters had fish in FI Inlet and points west. Clam chumming during the day and eeling at night have produced consistently on fish to 20 pounds. Boats also working the Great South Bay anywhere from Bellport to Patchogue to Sayville have been finding pods of peanut bunker being harassed by schoolie bass up to keeper size. Rubber shads such as Storms and Tsunami are perfect for use. Super strike poppers work great for this also. Mark Wrobleski weighed in a 17.10-pound bluefish he caught off of Fire Island Inlet. Blackfish have kept boaters busy on both the North Shore around Rocky Point, Mt Sinai, and Port Jeff as well as the South Shore off Moriches and Shinnecock. The keeper to throwback ratio has gone down but still plenty of action going on. Green crabs fished on either rigs or jigs are working perfect. Porgies remain in the mix still. You can pick them up on most blackfish trips. Just use clam instead of the crabs. A basic Hi-Lo rig will be perfect for them.

  • November 6, 2017 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said it seems like The North Fork of the island continues to produce an excellent bite that consisted of albies, bass and blues. For bass many day blitzes were taking place off the various points. White bait was the main baitfish in the water. The fish had no problem taking topwater poppers and tins. Most of the fish were right around keeper size but a few over 20 pounds were reported. Along the South Shore the results for the week were rather slim. Boats fishing the FI area the latter part of the week saw excellent action clam chumming during the day with plenty of keepers to go around. After dark drifting eels in the inlet and around the bridge is getting plenty of action with the possibility always of a bigger fish. As the weekend rolled in, anglers found larger bass on the bunker pods and sand eel masses in the ocean. Blues have been mixed in with the bass on the North Shore. Surprisingly albies have still been sticking around. Most of the action has been taking place up on the North Fork. Porgies can be had as any of the usual North Shore rocky areas. Port Jeff, Mt Sinai, Wading River and Rocky Point are all good places to go to. Clams have had the edge over sandworms this past week. Blackfish are been picked away at off rock piles on the North Shore. The South Shore has blackfish hanging onto the various Wrecks off Moriches and Shinnecock. Green crabs have been excellent bait. Use the small ones whole and cut the larger sized ones in half or quarter them. Fishing a blackfish jig is also another fun and effective method of going after these fish.

  • October 30, 2017 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said boaters who have been in pursuit of striped bass are having some decent luck fishing around the inlets with clam. No big fish but plenty to be had. A few teen sized fish have been coming up after dark from the boats fishing live eels. Shinnecock, Moriches and Fire Island have all been good places to try around. Montauk was still holding some large bass up to last week. Boat fishermen have also been casting soft plastics around the bridges and consistently been landing schoolies with the occasional keeper. We heard of larger bluefish to the west harassing bunker pods but in our area most of the action has been with cocktail sized blues. Some have been concentrated near the bridges while a decent amount of these small blues can be found running through the inlets at certain times. Blackfish has been keeping a good amount of boats busy. The bite has been pretty good off the south shore in the ocean as well as on north shore rock piles. Zeppi from the shop took his toys-r-us kayak off Mt Sinai during the week and put together a nice catch of three keeper tog with plenty of shorts. His method of choice was light blackfish jigs in combination with green crabs. Larger crabs were cut in half and small ones were fished whole. He noted that once the jig hit the bottom was when he got most bite so awareness was key. Sea bass is open again in federal waters (3 miles) and the "bite" is on with fish to 6 pounds reported. Find your favorite wreck or structure and drop some clam for some pretty good action. Some good porgy fishing is still going on in the Sound. Clams or sand worms have accoiunted for action. Structure off Mt Sinai, Rocky Point, Wading River and Smithtown bay are all good spots to try.

  • October 23, 2017 Open or Close

    John at J&J Tackle in Patchogue said boats drifting Moriches Inlet have had some luck fishing eels at night as well as using clams during the day. Some bunker pods were also spotted off Moriches in the ocean but not much was on them. A few boaters were said to have hooked a few bass on topwater poppers working the pods. Some boats fishing in GSB also reported good numbers of schoolie sized fish taking small topwater lures around sunset. Bluefish were scarce this week. A few cocktails were reported from the inlets on bucktails. A report from out west came in saying some larger bluefish were harassing the bunker pods off the Breezy Point area. Some weakfish have remained scattered throughout the bays. Your best bet with them is fishing either Smith Point or Ponquogue bridges. Also the back of Moriches has had a few weakfish lingering around too. Blackfish has remained steady this past week with green crabs the best bait option. Mixed in with blackfish are porgies and sea bass. Crabs make a fine bait but you may want to try some clam too.

J&J Sports Inc.

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

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