Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Striped bass fishing continues to build by the day and tide. Bunker schools being herded by the Breezy Point jetty are being assaulted by some jumbo bass. This past weekend anglers aboard the charter boat Karen Ann decked some hefty fish, Steve, Pete, Lyle and friends fished hard and were rewarded for their efforts, fish to 30 pounds.
But that’s been the norm not the exception as the body of bass from Rockaway to southern New Jersey continues to hang around and feed on the bunker schools. Just head south and you’ll see the fleet of boats working the area. It’s a run of fish reminiscent of the early to mid seventies some jumbos stripers taking live baits. Now on the other hand bluefish, the usual staple of the party boats for the summer, are scarce. However some fish were jigged down south and hopefully will zone in on the pods of bait up this way. They’re late with their arrival but hey that’s Mother Nature. Small cocktail blues are pretty much scattered throughout the bay but that isn’t the size most anglers target.
Bottom fishing has had its ups and downs, the fluke are plentiful the size less than desirable; still those patient enough manage to cull out some keepers among the endless sea of shorts. Both the bay from the big bridge out to Kingsborough has life. Sea bass are sliding into coolers as fishermen working both the east and south reef are catching. So for the moment fishing and the weather remain good.
Until the next tide …