Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Striped bass continuing on their fall migration showed up to the waters east of Breezy Point Inlet. Sunday afternoon the head boats and sport fishermen zeroed in on the action. Bass into the upper twenties inhaled jigs and baits tossed at them. At times you couldn’t get the jig in fast enough.
Further south from Ambrose Channel to Sea Bright bluefish also popped up gorging on sandeels and small white bait. Saturday, despite the gusty winds, those able to get out also had more than their share of blues.
Birds circling overhead usually signaled the right spot. Meanwhile the blackfishing has been fairly consistent and should only improve as the waters cool down. The blackfish for the moment are spread out, sharpies are checking out their favorite wrecks and bottom structures. Monday morning Captain Ed Parker of the Karen Ann had a nice catch for Kenny and his group fish to nine pounds, mostly on calico crabs as bait. Further south and offshore the bluefin tuna showed up again and speaking with Rob and George they released some fifteen or so bluefin into the fifty to sixty pound range.
The tuna were nailed by jigging and baits. Apparently the body of bluefin that dominated to the east this summer is spreading out. That too should improve and reports from the mudhole, another New Jersey hot spot, are also coming in.
These smaller to medium tuna are great action and will test you and your tackle. Keep in mind it’s a regulated fishery so make sure you have the appropriate permits.
Surfcasters are also having a good fall. The four wheel drive vehicles can be seen along the South Shore beaches that allow access. Driving along Rockaway heading east almost all of the jetties had a few surfcasters perched on them. Atlantic Beach had some bunker schools corralled in along the beach with big bass and blues doing the herding.
So for October it’s been real good. Until the next tide …