Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
The weather and fishing season continues to see-saw as we draw closer to the closing of the 2009 striper year. The bay saw very limited life. I can confirm that because fishing every day this past week we pretty much navigated the entire bay. Earlier in the week, with the sea conditions still turbulent out in the ocean, we stayed closer to the dock and fished the bay.
There were a few moments when anglers aboard the Karen Ann had some decent fishing, but it never really held up for the entire tide. Night eel fishing for bass in the bay produced single digit catches on most nights. Our best night into dawn produced seven keepers into the low twenties. That was capped off by some shorts at dawn and later into the tide. Surf casters could be seen along the bay side of Breezy Point each day as they picked away at schoolies and an occasional keeper.
Inshore waters still appeared silted due to the constant barrage of easterly winds. Saturday I fished down southern Jersey and the fishing was pretty good. A constant pick of bluefish, and stripers for most of the day off of Sea Bright, boats in every direction swinging on fish. Sunday morning, there was another pick of quality fish off of Sandy Hook. Dave Rios and his boys landed stripers to twenty five pounds. Not bad for a couple of nine year olds.
Fishermen targeting blackfish were also handicapped by sea conditions and most played the percentages fishing off the Jersey coast. From the High lands south to Long Branch the ocean could best be described as a parking lot of boats jockeying for position on their favorite piece of bottom.
Water temperatures hovered around the fifty degree mark peaking a bit has the tide flooded. There was plenty of life out there, just inconsistent weath - er, for the moment.Until the next tide…