Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
It was a memorable week fishing in Jamaica Bay on Monday morning aboard the charter boat Karen. Adam Bitter of Rockaway nailed a 45-pound striper on a live bunker, but wait he added to that another fish in the thirties. That morning everyone aboard had some quality fish.
The weekend and days prior also saw some great fishing. The entire bay had good life from Inwood up to Roxbury, rods were bending. The schools of baitfish mostly bunker were fairly spread out from Sheepshead Bay up toward the north side of Howard Beach. Bluefish draining out of the pumpkin patch were jigged on the morning outgoing tides; they could be seen chasing bait from Nova Scotia bar toward Floyd Bennett Field.
Ocean fishing in and around the inlet was on and off due to the influx of cold water accompanied by windy conditions. Some bluefish mostly under five pounds under the birds from the Breezy Point jetty into the tin can grounds. Meanwhile those targeting bottom fish were also rewarded. Fluke seem abundant although culling out a keeper is rough with the size regulations; still if you’re persistent you’ll fill your plate. Sea bass, a culinary favorite, are also being caught along the Rockaway reef and throughout the N.Y. bight on the wrecks and rock piles know to local skippers. Here’s where a good chart comes in handy.
Surfcasters continue to work the beaches from Breezy east and are also into stripers. Fishing remains good and should continue as the weather gets milder. Until the next tid e…