Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Cool easterly winds led to some hot fishing this past week. Stripers followed by some trophy weakfish were landed as they followed the bunker schools around the bay.
Monday morning aboard the Karen Ann anglers Bobby, from Rockaway, and friends limited out on bass into the 20-lbs. range, the wily veteran Bobby also nailed a weakfish in the low teens, way to go.
Evening tides have also been producing some respectable catches, so it looks like the cool spring will keep the fish around a bit. Up front along the ocean beaches, anywhere from the jetty line to thirty feet of water, bunker schools are periodically being harassed by some hefty bass. The usual location has been Beach 84 Street up towards Debbs Inlet. Further east into Atlantic Beach and past the "needle" by Jones Inlet the same act is often repeated. It's by no means guaranteed fishing but there is definitely a body of some cow bass that if you're diligent enough to fish the different pods of bunker you may get rewarded.
Fluke from the Canarsie pier and various bottom ledges toward Ruffle Island have also been fairly consistent. Fluke seem to be prevalent albeit the keeper ratio is another story. Up the RC channel and into the pumpkin patch bluefish are surfacing, just look for the birds. Decent fish that have been hitting jigs tossed their way.
Bounce around the reef and the porgies have shown up as well as a pick at the sea bass. Families of dolphin can be seen south of pavilion by Riis Park.
Getting back to the sea bass, it seems that the better catches have been more south. Well at least the sea life has been improving by the day, good things to come. Until the next tide …