Tom Melton Archives - The Fisherman

Tom Melton

May 16, 2022 - 10:27:30

The local bass should be on beds at this point, or getting ready, so I encourage anglers to leave them be, and target pickerel, carp, panfish and trout until the season progresses a bit. For trout, most lakes and streams remained active, with in line spinners and spoons, plus flies accounting for the action. For carp, dough or dough flies will seduce a missile, which are tons of fun, especially on light tackle or the long wand.

May 16, 2022 - 10:20:24

The fishing scene is about to explode in my opinion. Water temperatures are steadily rising and the bay life is coming on strong. Anglers from Great South east to Moriches have found blues, stripers, blowfish, weakfish and fluke galore. If you want bluefish, tins, popping plugs and chunk baits have been best. For fluke, bucktails tipped with spearing and squid or live killies have produced rock solid results. For stripers, clams and popping plugs are the ticket. And, if you want the chicken of the sea – blowfish – clams and worms. Soft plastics have also accounted for a good weakfish bite in Great South Bay and east toward Quogue in Moriches Bay. The same soft plastics will have your rod bending with school stripers too. In talking with a buddy, Rich Stavdal, he said after a week of garbage weather he finally got out this past Friday. After the fog cleared he drifted Narrow Bay but due to no drift, the bite was off. He then fished east of the Smith Point Bridge where he had 5 fluke up to 18 inches in 8 feet of water, and dropped two others. His success came while using a pink bucktail with a pink floating bucktail (Blue Frog) on the bottom of the outgoing. The other good news was there virtually no slip gut. The water temp when he fished was 61.

May 09, 2022 - 09:46:24

Pickerel season is open again, and these feisty, hard fighters can be found in most lakes on Long Island. Bass season is catch and release only in most lakes, with artificials the way to go. If you want trout, all the ponds, streams and state parks are producing.

May 09, 2022 - 09:39:14

The weather, with wicked rain and blustery winds, killed the weekend for fishing, but during the week I heard of good fluke action in both bays. In Great South, the weakfish bite is turning on near the typical areas – Ocean Beach and West Channel. Bass and blues are roaming the bay, with some bass to 34 inches reported. Out in Moriches, from opening day on the fluke bite has been good with keepers to 20 inches. Some larger bass have shown near the inlet, while blues are starting to blitz in the bay. Also in Great South, blowfish have already begun to pop up, so hopefully it will another fun year of great tasting, easy to catch and family fun blowfish days on the water!