Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Apparently March’s roar isn’t all that. Saturday morning aboard the light tackle boat of the Karen Ann fleet Mike, Evan and friends took a spin in the back of Jamaica Bay. However it is a bit cold, surface water temperatures hovering in the low 40s gave us a reality check but still in all it was a nice sunny morning. Further in the back of Woodmere Bay across from Doxies Pond some stripers are being caught and released inside the marshes; this is mostly a night bite with live herring.
Codfish are still abundant off Montauk and Rhode Island, not bad for this time of year, so if you haven’t gotten your licks in you better not hesitate; that bite could end soon.
Locally offshore some ling and cod; that too in no great numbers but at least its action.
Across the pond or better, put across the channel in the back of Raritan Bay some bass are showing up, clam chum and worms the best meal ticket for the moment. Nothing earth shattering but that could change with some warm sunny days shining on the flats.
A stroll down memory lane say a few years back and we would be flounder fishing in the bay; however due to the new rules and regs … well enough said on that matter. I miss digging mussels along the marshes with my friend Billy, anchoring next to the resident “bay rats” and putting a few flounder in the boat. As one would jockey their boat into prime spots arguments could be heard as interlopers invaded another’s chum slick. Flounder fishing was like an antidote for cabin fever, come St. Patty’s day and any if you weren’t too hung over you went flounder fishing.
It seemed like life had more of an order or sequence, flounder, spring blackfish, stripers, blues, fluke and weakfish. And as the season winds down you did the couch potato thing, or became a person again. I prefer to live in fish burnout mode, regarding work as a time between fishing. It helps me cope with my miserable existence between tides.
Well until the next tide …