Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Striped bass fishing in Jamaica Bay continues to be solid as a “rockfish.” This past week saw some stellar catches aboard the Karen Ann fleet. Captains Ed Parker and Bobbie Singer combined their talents and had some respectable bass hit their decks.
On Monday morning, John, his father-in-law, and guest limited out on bass into the upper twenties, while aboard the sister ship Glen, Dennis, and Doug also did their thing. And that’s been the story for the past week; the bay is alive for the moment. Run through the pumpkin patch on any given morning and bluefish are making their presence known as they chase baitfish to the surface amidst the cries of seagulls and terns circling overhead.
Bluefish and bass have been cruising Nova Scotia bar, south of Ruffle Island and anglers have been anchoring up and catching them with bunker chunks. The bunker schools have been moving around from Mill Basin Creek east to the airport.
Over the holiday weekend the party boat fleet out of Sheepshead Bay could be seen working the schools of blues from Manhattan Beach east to the Gil Hodges Bridge. Shore bound fishermen are also getting their licks in from points along the bay from Canarsie down toward the North Channel Bridge. Surfcasters up front from Breezy Point down toward Debbs Inlet are also enjoying this run of fish, working diligently and sliding some hefty bass onto the sand.
Speaking with Captain Mike, I got the latest on the fluke scene earlier in the week; he weighed in a nine pounder, not bad. There was plenty of fluke, unfortunately not as big as we would like for the moment, but give it time that’ll change. So that’s about it; in every direction there’s some type of fish to be caught. Until the next tide …