Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Wet weather and winds set the tempo for most of last week's fishing. Nothing unusual because that's been most of the fall, the easterly winds at times seemed relentless.
The full moon didn't have the impact bass fishermen hoped for. However, as of Tuesday morning, a body of bass and blues moved down the beach and showed up at the inlet and points east. Feeding on small sandeels made them a little finicky to anglers tossing jigs at them. I think on the downside of this full moon the fishing will improve. Hopefully, next week's column will attest to that.
Aboard the Karen Ann stripers and bluefish hit the deck pretty regularly with light tackle approaches being the most successful. Most of the bass are borderline keepers with a few husky teen size fish mixed in. Bassin' along the beaches from Riis Park to Fort Tilden has been consistent with small stripers, mostly shorts not meeting the 28-inch legal limit. The surfcasters I spoke with have been having most of their luck with small tins and bucktails mimicking the baitfish moving through.
Blackfish continue to be the favorite for the moment as well as the most consistent fishery the area has to offer. Most of the bay bridges continue to produce as are the bay and inshore wrecks.
As of this writing the surface sea temperature fluctuated between 53 and 55 degrees, a bit warm for migratory fish to put on the feed bag. Black - fish seem abundant with no shortage of small fish.
The back bay has had some brief flurries of fish, but nothing in comparison to previous fall runs. A pod of small dolphin moved into the north side behind Kennedy Airport and could be seen from Tuesday morning on. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and betting on this week to be a good one. Until the next tide …