Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
The codfish have settled in rather nicely and boats from the east end have been reveling in the spike in this reborn winter fishery.
Tackle-wise a stout boat rod similar to your blackfish stick will do just fine, perhaps a little longer eight feet or so you’ll be handling jigs and heavy lead so be prepared.
New England fleets steaming out of Rhode Island are also doing the same. Rhode Island has a great fishing community. I fished there a lot during my college days and enjoyed every minute of it. Some transient head boats from New York are making their winter homes there to cash in on the fishery.
Who can blame anyone for taking the trek out east; quality fish, at a time when anglers are suffering from the winter doldrums. The fleet has been growing out there so suffice it to say the bight is on.
I did hear some scattered reports of codfish locally, which would end my self imposed moratorium.
The only alternative is to visit some of the upcoming trade shows or begin the endless chore of getting ready for next year. I’ll be speaking at the Salt Water Sportsman show in February; if you’re there stop by and say hello. KarenAnncharters.com; 516-728-6952.
So until the next tide …