Tales From The Wheelhouse
It looks like the blue claw crab population is rebounding a bit. A few of my mates did some jacking the past few days and did okay. The various pilings around Charles Park and the bridges have some crabs, a few jumbos to boot. That's a good sign over the past few years, as crabbing was terrible. Let's hope this trend continues.
I took one of my boats into the sound up and around Little Neck Bay. There were tons of bunker and right beneath some bass and blues, as to be expected, and some porgies on top of that. Decent pick on the fish especially along Execution Light.
Up front, there were acres of bunker from Rockaway all the way east to Jones Inlet, that's about 14 miles of bunker. Early dawn and you'll find an occasional bass or two under them but they're few and far between.
Porgies seem to be holding their own; a good starting point would be the Rockaway reef and wrecks along the way.
Bluefin tuna are being caught trolling and on hook baits in the Glory Hole about 60 miles south of our inlet. These "horse mackerel" are some battlers and are worth the ride. Bassin' along the surf has had its moments, success for those who fish nights as the stripers tend to be more nocturnal now.