Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheel House
Last week's northeast winds seemed to stir up the local fishing a bit. The cooler temperatures and brisk winds didn't deter anglers from venturing on the water. Bluefish once located either by the telltale flocks of birds working overhead, or by savvy captains who know their haunts, have been the staple of the summer's fishing.
The mornings have seen smaller "cocktail" blues surfacing throughout the bay with the jumbos frequenting the tin can grounds and points further south toward Sandy Hook and the mud buoy. These are hungry fish and seldom pass up a bait or jig tossed their way. The striper fishing should improve off of this moon; now for the most part the fish are more nocturnal but that'll change as they sense the shorter days and the dip in degrees.
Bottom fishermen are catching some porgies, sea bass and trigger fish, which happen to be exceptional table fare, or so I'm told. Porgy limits go up this week and that's a good thing for those putting the catch of the day on the table. There seems to be a bloom of peanut bunker in the creeks around the bay and that, I hope, will translate into some good back bay fishing. The past few years the back bay has been disappointing with comparisons to years gone by, but we can only keep our fingers crossed for this one.
The high liners are catching a fair amount of tuna in the deep, primarily bluefin tuna in the 40 to 80 pound range, some skip jacks mixed in. Jigs, some fairly exotic, and bait are producing. With these smaller tuna, sight casting with jigs and lures should only get better.
Surfcasters are beginning to appear as they do this time of year and can be seen perched atop jetties and along the surf line. Where accessible four wheel drive vehicles patrol the beach in hopes of a blitz. Fall is on its way and having said that, we'll see what evolves. Until the next tide …