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J&J Sports Inc.

October 15, 2018:
The guys at J & J Sports in Patchogue reported bass remain active in the local lakes while anglers wait for the trout stockings to begin. The shop has live shiners in stock daily, plus all the baits and lures you will need for a fall bite on largemouths and trout.



Previous Reports

  • October 8, 2018 Open or Close

    The guys at J & J Sports in Patchogue said October is a great month to get in on some of the best largemouth bass fishing of the season. The fish will all be on the feed getting ready for the winter months, so the time to fish is now! The fish will generally be active throughout the day but early morning and evenings are best. Artificial lures are a great way to get in on the fall action, so if "cast and crank" is your thing then swimbaits, crankbaits, jerkbaits and spinnerbaits will all get attention. Topwater is also an option but this works better on the warmer days of fall. If you are willing to "bait and wait" then you can't beat a large live shiner fished on a float rig. Don't be surprised if you hook into a gator pickerel, jumbo perch or slab crappie while trying your luck for largemouth. Bluegills, pumpkinseeds and perch are also still active and they can't pass up a nightcrawler suspended under a float. Small plastic grubs, hair jigs and trout magnets will also produce very well too. The Connetquot River State Park has been great, with anglers averaging half a dozen or more trout per outing. They have been taking dry flies, nymphs and streamers like wooly buggers and epoxy bait fish (yup. that's a fly too). These fish are seeing less pressure this time of year being most of the crowed is targeting saltwater species of fish.

  • October 1, 2018 Open or Close

    The guys at J & J Sports in Patchogue reported all the local lakes are active with all kinds of great catches. This time of year is good to target some of the larger bass and pickerel that the lakes have to offer. If wanting to employ artificial tactics then large swimbaits, crankbaits, jigs and spinnerbaits will all get hits. If bait and wait is your thing then large live shiners fished under floats will produce as well. The best thing is to fish the baits around structure like weed beds, lay down trees and any rock structure. Panfish are also a good bet this time of year and will hit a variety of bait and lures. Nightcrawlers are good for bluegills and pumpkinseeds, lures such as spinners and small grub jigs will catch larger perch and crappie. Another interesting species to target are the walleye that inhabit only two of long islands lakes - Fort pond in Montauk and Lake Ronkonkoma. They are best targeted at night or low light conditions. A three-inch curly tail grub, floating Rapalas and small swim shads will work great.

  • September 24, 2018 Open or Close

    The guys at J & J Sports in Patchogue reported West and Patchogue lakes are your best bet for largemouths. Try spinnerbaits, crankbaits or live shiners. For trout, fall stockings are coming soon, which should increase the action.

  • September 10, 2018 Open or Close

    The guys at J & J Sports in Patchogue reported all the local lakes had great action and great catches. The bass and pickerel are very active due to the cooling temperatures. If "bait and wait" is your choice then live shiners are a sure thing. A two-foot section between the shiner and float should be ideal to keep the bait above the grass beds. The possibility of catching a nice yellow perch or a fat catfish is not out of the question too. Lures are also an option: For bass and pickerel, swimbaits, shallow diving crank-baits, Senko style worms and finesse jigs are all productive lures. If panfish are the quarry then a nightcrawler is all that is needed.

J&J Sports Inc.

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


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