Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
This past week saw some decent fishing; with the weather hit and miss, anglers still managed to get their licks in. Saturday's northeast winds didn't stop me and friends from heading offshore aboard the Karen Ann light tackle boat in hopes of sighting the bluefin tuna running up and down the shore off of New Jersey.
Well we did a little more than see them we hooked up around mid morning just as the winds started blowing a gale, anyway it was our day and after a tumultuous fight the fish hit the deck weighing in around 190 pounds.
Congrats to George, Rob and Steve for a job well done. Blackfishing seems to be building, Captain Ed Parker has been having consistent action offshore in depths of 100 feet, with fish into the low teens being fairly consistent. Most of the boats putting in their time have been getting good catches.
Sea temperatures varying from 49 to 51 degrees on any given day seem to favor the fish. The blackfish are to be found on a pretty wide territory for the moment; as far south as Long Branch, New Jersey to points north and east, Seventeen fathoms and the Highlands reef.
And needless to say I wouldn't overlook the channel wrecks and Buoy four. Meanwhile, closer to home striped bass and bluefish, that's right bluefish, are still being caught. Rey nolds Channel has some herring for the jigging, an ex - cellent bass bait for this time of year.
The herring can be found by Magno - lia pier and in and around the trestle bridge and up into Freeport. Apparent - ly there seems to be quite a lot going on for the moment, the only anticipation is for the arrival of the codfish. If it compares to last season well we'll have fishing for almost every month.