Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
This past week’s moon really ignited the fishing. For those new to the column and fishing overall, I’ll briefly clue you in on what I’m referring to. Lunar phases control our tidal flow, hence there’s a direct correlation to periods of the moon and fish movement. That being said, which is a matter that deserves more ink in the future, let’s talk fish.
Striped bass “cows,” as they’re called, were caught with consistency over the past week. It seems like the body of big fish off of Jersey moved a little north to Rockaway inlet and the bay itself. Anyone with any fish savvy and time to devote on the water had decent catches of big fish.
Saturday morning aboard the Karen Ann anglers boated fish until arm weary. That trend continued on Sunday morning into the week. Quality stripers the majority being caught on bait, bunker the better choice. Those trolling bunker spoons also faired well with Captain Rudy a close friend landing a 54-pounder. The inlet also had some fish into the mid teens caught by those casting jigs as well as fly rodding.
The Jersey coast continued to be home of big bunker schools from the Highlands south to Long Branch with big fish among them. I fished down south off the Highlands earlier in the week and caught my share of fish into the upper twenties. Friends spending more time down there racked up some impressive numbers, Captain Vinnie Vitteri Staten Island based had multiple big fish on several mornings.
Bottom fishing was also good, sea bass growing in size and numbers on the rock piles to the south as well as porgies showing up from Graves End bay to the spots in the tin can grounds. Fluke plentiful in numbers but not in size also spiked in their numbers, as fishermen picked away drifting squid and sand eel baits.
Thresher sharks also surfaced around the point over the week one popped up in our slick Sunday morning performing some acrobatics cart wheeling behind the boat.
So as we head into June, the bite remains strong.
Until the next tide ...