Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
The big word around town is big tuna and offshore the fishing’s pretty hot for the moment. Yellowfin and bluefin tuna fish to two hundred pounds plus are fairly plentiful for those anglers with the capability to chase them. These fish cruise the canyon’s offshore deep waters where there’s an infusion of blue water, accompanied by temperatures that they thrive in.
As of this writing the lion share of fish are being caught by trolling rigged baits or plastic lures, that in itself is an art as one needs a variety of artificials on any given day. Still, it’s fairly consistent fishing and as the water continues to spike in temperature, the fish will hopefully move inshore. Reports from areas east of Fire Island confirm that and I’m sure you’ll begin to see action probably on the August moon around the Mud Hole, a stomping ground for giant bluefin in the past.
Bunker schools still continue to be seen off of Rockaway. Occasionally they’ll erupt with some errant fish beneath them but the run of big bass of a few weeks ago has quieted down.
On the inshore scene stripers have shrunk in size, which is the norm around here in the heat of the summer; still the inlet and tin can grounds are producing bass, with the early morning and night tides your best bet. Birds are still up on any given morning working the schools as they feed. Regarding the bottom fishing, the staple of the summer fishery fluke remains strong as the number of keepers increases daily.
Porgies are mixed sizes but those working the Rockaway reef and lumps thereabouts are catching. I moved one of my boats to the North Shore and there is a decent body of bluefish gorging on the schools of bunker that show up randomly in the harbors. The porgy fishing off of Huntington Harbor and Bayville seems strong.
Traditionally the North Shore gets a good run of scup from now till September. So the roundup of fishing is pretty good and as we approach the fall will only get better.
Until the next tide …Capt. Vinnie can be reached at 516-728-6952.