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September 9, 2019:
From Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that schoolie to keeper-sized bass have been running the beaches, taking jigs and plugs. Jake Farino had over a dozen on Monday using bucktails. James Czerw had a keeper-sized striper on Saturday morning while fishing a pink bucktail tipped with a Gulp! Nemesis. A few albies have shown up as well! They are crushing resin jigs and surf candy flies when they are around. Jake Farino had an impressive albie on a pink Joe Bagg's resin jig. Weakfish have been running the tides as well, taking Bass Assassins and small bucktails. The bay is still loaded up with lots of short fluke, with a bunch of keeper fish in the 4 to 6 pound range. Bucktails with Gulp! or the classic squid and spearing combo on a rig will do the trick. Spanish mackerel and bonito are crushing the resinepoxy jigs, diamond jigs, and Kastmasters off the jetties. Sea bass action on the reef and wrecks is on fire with nice fish taking clams and jigs. Ling and some big fluke are hanging out there as well. The town docks are lit up with tons of snappers. Snapper Poppers, Kastmasters, or the classic spearing on a hook will produce numbers. Bass are getting more active in the daylight hours, searching out bigger meals. Swimbaits, swim jigs, jerkbaits, and crankbaits are excellent choices. The top water bite is still viable as well; don't forget about frogging! Will Ganshaw had a fat 3.6-pound bass smash his crankbait on Sunday while fishing submerged branches. Pickerel are out lurking for a meal as well, and will take all of the same lures that the bass will. If they are being finicky, try something flashy like a spoon or inline spinner. Yellow perch and sunfish are out in big schools, and are tons of fun for the whole family.



Previous Reports

  • September 2, 2019 Open or Close

    From Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that schoolie to keeper-sized bass have been making rounds. Diamond jigs, Bass Assassins, and bucktails have been work well. Weakfish have been running the tides as well, taking Bass Assassins and small bucktails. The bay is still loaded up with lots of shorts, with an occasional nice sized keeper in the 4 to 6 pound range. Bucktails with Gulp! or the classic squid and spearing combo on a rig will do the trick. For the jetties, Spanish mackerel and bonito are crushing the resinepoxy jigs, diamond jigs, and Kastmasters. Sea bass action on the reef and wrecks is on fire with nice fish. Ling and fluke are hanging out there as well. The town docks are lit up with small snappers, and they are getting bigger by the day. Snapper poppers, Kastmasters, or the classic spearing on a hook will produce numbers. Mornings and early evenings are the best times to hit the lakes for the top water bite. Frogs, mice, poppers, Ploppers, and wake baits, are all getting smashed up by big, hungry bass. Slow it down with Senkos or jigs during the day. Will Ganshaw landed a 4-pound bucketmouth on Sunday morning while tossing frogs into the lily pads. Pickerel are out lurking for food, and they are all over swim jigs, swim baits, anything shiny, and top water lures. Yellow perch and sunfish be caught easily with worms on a bobber. Vin Cagnina had a great time with the perch on his 3-wt fly rod, throwing small olive wooly buggers and leeches

  • August 26, 2019 Open or Close

    From Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that the bay is still loaded up with lots of shorts, with an occasional nice sized keeper. Some of the keepers have been in the 4 to 6 pound range. Bucktails with Gulp! or the classic squid and spearing combo on a rig will do the trick. The bigger fish seem to like the jigs and big grubs. Bill from the shop had a 24-inch fluke near the Moses Bridge on Friday with a white bucktail tipped with a salmon red grub. If you are hitting the jetties, Spanish mackerel and bonito are all over resinepoxy jigs, diamond jigs, and Kastmasters. Jake Farino had 3 bonito on Sunday with a pink resin jig. Sea bass action on the reef and wrecks is very consistent, and there are loads of bigger fish. Ling and fluke are hanging out there as well. The town docks are lit up with small snappers, and they are getting bigger by the day. Jacob Minerva had over three dozen on Saturday using one of the shops "Snapper Slayer" rigs. Snapper poppers, Kastmasters, or the classic spearing on a hook will produce numbers. Bass action remains consistent in the mornings and early evenings. Topwater lures like frogs, mice, poppers, Ploppers, and wake baits, are all getting smashed up by big, hungry bass. During the heat of the day, slow it down with Senkos or jigs. Bill from the shop had a 3.6-pound largemouth smash his Live Target popping frog on Sunday morning. Yellow perch and sunfish are out in big schools, and can be caught easily with worms on a bobber. Tons of fun for the whole family! Trout action has been great in the early morning and in the evening, with big white fly and caddis hatches going on. Caddis, sulphurs, tricos, midges and terrestrials are getting crushed.

  • August 19, 2019 Open or Close

    From Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that consistent fluke action in the bay means lots of shorts, with an occasional keeper. Some of the keepers have been 4-6 pounds. Liam MacManus had a solid 4 pounder while fishing with his dad on Wednesday. Jigging bucktails and Gulp! Grubs will bring in the bigger fluke. Spanish mackerel and bonito are all over the inlets hitting resinepoxy jigs, diamond jigs, and Kastmasters. Jacky has been having luck with pink and green resin jigs, picking up three bonito and two Spanish mackerel on Saturday. Sea bass action on the reef and wrecks is very consistent, and there are loads of bigger fish. Ling and fluke can be had out there as well. The town docks are lit up with small snappers, and they are getting bigger by the day. Snapper poppers, Kastmasters, or the classic spearing on a hook will produce numbers. On the freshwater side, bass are going crazy in the mornings and early evenings on top water lures like frogs, mice, poppers, Ploppers, and wake baits. During the heat of the day, slow it down with Senkos or jigs. Pickerel are out lurking for food, and they low swim jigs, swim baits, anything shiny, and top water lures. Bill from the shop pulled a solid 3-pound bass out from under a bush with a Senko on Thursday. Yellow perch and sunfish are out in big schools, and can be caught easily with worms on a bobber. Tons of fun for the whole family! Trout action has been great in the early morning and in the evening, with bigger hatches going on in the evenings. On the dry side, Caddis, tricos, and terrestrials are all getting slurped up. As for wets, Hares Ear, Pheasant Tail, and zebra midge nymphs, as well as wooly buggers and zonkers. Vin Cagnina had a monster 22-inch rainbow at the park on Saturday morning on an Elk Wing Caddis dry.

  • August 12, 2019 Open or Close

    From Frank at Chasing Tails Bait and Tackle in Oakdale we heard that fluke action remains consistent in the bay and ocean, with lots of shorts and some larger fish mixed in. Jigging bucktails or 6-inch Gulp! grubs will produce the big fish. Contrasting colored trailers are doing well too. Spanish mackerel and bonito have invaded the inlets and are getting caught off all of the jetties. James F. had three bonito and a Spanish mackerel on a pink resin jig Saturday morning. Sea bass action on the reef and wrecks is non-stop nice fish. Tim Seaford fished the Virginia on Wednesday and had his limit of sea bass including a 6.5 pounder. Ling and fluke can be had out there as well. The town docks are lit up with small snappers, and they are getting bigger by the day. Snapper poppers, Kastmasters, or the classic spearing on a hook will produce numbers. On the freshwater front, bass action remains consistent in the mornings and early evenings. Top water lures like frogs, mice, poppers, Whopper Ploppers, and wake baits, are all getting smashed up by big, hungry bass. During the heat of the day, slow it down with Senkos or jigs. Will Ganshaw landed an impressive 4.75-pound largemouth on Friday, while fishing popping frogs in the early morning. Yellow perch and sunfish are out in big schools, and can be caught easily with worms on a bobber. Tons of fun for the whole family! Trout action has been great in the early morning and in the evening, with big hatches going on. Caddis, tricos, midges and terrestrials are getting crushed.

Chasing Tails Bait & Tackle

Chasing Tails Bait & Tackle
1506 Montauk Hwy.
Oakdale, NY 11769
phone: 631-848-6626


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