Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Apparently this is the fall that doesn’t want to quit. Fishing continues to compete with even the most dedicated hunters this year. Many woodsmen are leaving their tree stands in pursuit of stripers, blackfish and tuna.
Striped bass en route on the fall migration are showing up in numbers off of the Rockaway beaches. This past weekend and into the week birds indicated where to drop a diamond jig or troll a lure. Schools of herring from Jones inlet west are the target of these bass as they gorge fattening themselves up for the winter ahead.
Meanwhile head south to the channel wrecks, Scotland and the reefs off of New Jersey and blackfishing remains strong. Captains Ed Parker and Bob Singer found a mess of quality blackfish for Stan, Chuck and their guest on Sunday aboard the Jamaica Bay charter boat Karen Ann.
On Sunday the fleet of boats soaking green and white crabs the traditional tog bait was huge. It was like the old days; better than a hundred boats dotted the horizon.
Traveling south toward Seagirt and Barnegat inlet locals have been boating some bluefin tuna into the mid 100-pound range, casting oversized stick baits at breaching tuna. It’s an exciting fishery watching big bluefin clear the water, similar to last fall’s run. Although last year there seemed to be more tuna, but it’s still early, so the book’s open on that.
With water temperatures in the low 50s this action should hold up for a while.
Until the next tide …