Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Gusty winds earlier in the week coinciding with a good lunar phase and dropping water temperatures were a shot in the arm for the local fisheries. To me it’s the start of fall. With each passing day, the fishing should improve as evidenced by the reports on the local waterfront.
It’s a good time of year to be on the water, whether you choose surf, bay or ocean, all have action. Bluefish that seemed to have pulled a disappearing act throughout most of the summer are here in force. Fish on a regular basis are being caught by both the party/ charter boats and sporties as well.
Aboard the Jamaica Bay charter boat Karen Ann, anglers bent their rods non-stop on consecutive bluefish trips during the week. Easy pickings as the big schools of bluefish crashed through baitfish frantically trying to escape their fate. Gulls overhead signaled where to go. Stripers mixed in with the bluefish also made a comeback. Diamond jigs accounted for many of the fish but trolling and those using bait also scored as well.
The fish are spread out from Rockaway Inlet, south to the Jersey highlands and toward seventeen fathoms. Trust me, there are a lot of blues around.
Bottom dweller porgies are also another abundant species for the moment. The porgies, nice ones at that, are being caught on good bottom from the tin can grounds to the east reef off of Rockaway.
Clam baits and chum pots with the same being the meal ticket. Inside the bay, bluefish feeding on mullet and peanut bunker can be seen with a pleasant surprise of weakfish in the mix. These weakies are showing up in the usual spots – the channel running north to south from Mill Basin, Silver Hole and the South Channel Bridge west to Beach Channel High School.
The offshore blue water fishing had a setback with last week’s blow but seems to be rebounding a bit as the waters settle down and temperatures become more consistent. Remember, the bulk of the tuna are bluefin so know your regulations and have the appropriate paper work on hand. Last fall late into the season tuna migrated close inshore and gave those fishermen fits as they tried to catch them.
Reports from Montauk also echo the reports from our waters; the fish are on the move and getting better by the day. One good Nor’easter and the bass should be on the move. Well until the next tide …
Fish reports or pictures contact me at www.karenanncharters.com