Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From the Wheelhouse
With fall just around the corner it seems like the ocean may be benefiting from the slightly cooler temperatures. South of Rockaway inlet, oh say ten miles or so, bluefish have set up residence in and around the “mud buoy,” and across to seventeen fathoms. It seems to be a big body of fish and when they put on the feedbag responding to cut bait or jigs tossed at them it makes for great fishing. Such was the case this past week as Mike and guest aboard the charter boat Karen Ann hoisted some hefty blues.
The local bluefish boats the Brooklyn, Flamingo as well as the Jersey Boys, could be seen hunting these slammers. It’s a good shot in the arm after a slow summer.
Striped bass mostly nocturnal in the summer months also have been responding to a break in the heat. Anglers fishing the early morning tides and nights are scoring with a mix of keepers and shorts mostly trolling and drifting worms. Weakfish also happened to be seen in the bay as some tide runners are being hooked and released by errant fluke fishermen drifting the bay. Soon the season will open and we’ll see what the real deal is.
Probably the biggest news aside from the fins surfacing off the beaches is the bluefin tuna runs southeast of Jones and Fire Island. Husky bluefin mostly forty to sixty pounds are being consistently caught and released to those boaters venturing offshore. For the moment it’s not a far run as offshore purists know forty to sixty miles a lot closer that the canyons usually associated with prime tuna fishing.
Flip locations and the north shore has also had some quality fishing. Porgies, the jumbo kind east of Huntington, are pretty much a lock as well as some blues cruising the harbors from both sides of the sound, good to know with the big bluefish tournament this weekend.