Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Another closure to the fluke season leaves many sad because this is usually a hot fluke time of the year. Nothing much one can do but shift gears and pursue other species.
Bluefish seem pretty dominant both inside the bay and upfront along the ocean. Tuesday morning up along Ruffle bar, some friends and I jigged small blues - thirty or so, average weight around two to four pounds, excellent on the grill as compared to their bigger brothers.
Earlier in the tide we had live lined a few bass into the teens with some bigger blues mixed in. This bite came right at the crack of dawn and slowed as the sun came over the horizon. Serious bass addicts are more than likely favoring night tides.
No doubt the "summer doldrums" are in full swing - rising water temperatures and hot balmy days occasionally put fish off the feed or lead to a nighttime bite. The bay has seen mixed catches of weakfish here and there on different stages of the tide. To say that they are a temperamental fish would be an understatement. One day you'll bale; the next, zippo.
Offshore from the Glory Hole out to the canyons tuna seem to be making a good showing. Big eye tuna as well as bluefin are being caught with hook baits, jigging and trolling. These are quality fish, many over one hundred pounds and then some. For the most part this time of year the weather is fairly predictable so those making the run have that advantage.
Porgies, everybody's first love, are bending rods over the various reefs and rock piles, and that's a good thing. Toward the end of the week the temperatures are supposed to back off a bit and maybe that'll improve the bassin'.
Until the next tide ….