Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Some milder weather rolled in this past week. Monday through Thursday saw ok temperatures into the mid sixties, a welcome relief from the blow of last weekend. Sea water temperatures varied from fifty degrees in the back bay to the mid-fifties up front in the ocean. But just as things settled down Friday ok the northeasterly winds blow up again. That with the disappearance of bait isn't a good sign. On Sunday, the yo-yo syndrome returned with diminishing winds and milder temperatures.
The shoals west of the jetty and southeast of the point had their moments. Bass and bluefish cruised the sandbars and eventually moved off into the tin can grounds. The small boat fleet could be seen as well as the head boats out of Sheepshead pursuing the birds signaling the fish below. Trollers seemed to be doing the best armed with umbrella rigs, and bucktails pulled lazily behind their boats.
However, fishermen casting diamond jigs, small shads and bucktails also scored. The area from Atlantic highlands south seems to be most productive. Concentrations of sandeels have been moving in and out with the tides. The bass were decent size fish, many into the low to mid teens.
The flats off of Brighton Beach and Kingsborough also had life; bass could be seen rolling through the bait on the morning tides.
On any given day the offshore bluefish show up between seventeen fathoms and Sea Bright, big slammers at that!
Surfcasting also produced fish news from Point Lookout where several of my friends have been picking schoolies, at the beginning of the week. The larger concentrations of bass seem to be further east, Hopefully they'll hug the beach as they approach Gotham, where we'll get our licks in.
The "big jetty" at Breezy has been fairly consistent for the jetty jockeys. I pass it daily usually at dawn and see the rods bending as casters lean into fish.
Montauk remained the "hot spot" for bass addicts with good catches reported from friends fishing the surf, but that slowed a bit with the heavy weather over the weekend.
Locally blackfish are being caught When conditions are good the fishing mirrors that. It has been a frustrating fall run. Irregular weather patterns, disappearance of baitfish, add to that heavy rainfalls and you get the picture. It seems when things get on a roll Mother Nature steps in. Until the next tide…