Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
As the season continues the fishing still has anglers in the Holiday spirit. When the winds backed off a bit this past week the blackfish fleet continued to do a job on the tog off the Jersey coast. The fish are getting bigger and a few 10-pound plus “white chins” have been culled out among the average catches.
The usual assortment of baits white and green crabs are the staple offerings that anglers skewer on their hooks. The fishing remains consistent to those patient enough to wait it out between the various stages of the tide. Here and there some random cod have also surfaced and as the season progresses that should hopefully get better. For the moment water depths between 45 and 60 feet seem to be the most productive; however history shows that the deeper waters 17 fathoms and the like should start yielding some fish.
December 15 is just a bit away and that ends the striper season for 2010. Despite the plummeting sea temperatures some bass are still moving along the shoreline. Herring from Jones inlet east have shown up, much to the delight of the bass, and fishermen armed with herring jigs have been capitalizing on this event. Once a school is located they’ll jig some herring and transfer them to live wells on their boats, they make an excellent striper bait.
For the moment sea temperature fluctuate from the mid to upper 40’s to low 50’s keep in mind that’s surface so it’s warmer beneath. That factor in itself will definitely extend the season.
Heading south off of Shark River and points further some bluefin tuna ranging in size from 50-70 plus inches surface sporadically on any given day. If you recall last fall we had a nice shot of bluefin fairly close to Breezy Point, to date that body of fish hasn’t shown up. However, given the amount of water these fish cover in one day anything is possible.
So until the next tide ….