Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Another striped bass season has come and gone with December 15 marking the end of striper fishing in New York until next April 15. Always a moment when fishermen reflect upon the season and look forward to the next; once fishing becomes a part of your life it remains inside of you.
Overall it was a great season with regards to bass. Our area had an extraordinary run of big fish well into the summer. For the most part the fall run seemed to be concentrated to the east which isn’t unusual. It seems like that has been the pattern the last few falls. As I type, many a bass is swimming by our doorstep albeit the season’s closed.
Blackfish still continue to build on their winter grounds and should provide good fishing until their season closes this month. So for the time being it seems that much of the regulations and quotas imposed upon fishermen over the past years are seeing some productive results.
Codfish will take over the spotlight as they did last winter and early spring. The east end had a good fishery last year so many are looking forward to that run as we go into these next few months. Surprisingly we had some cod on this west end too so we’ll see what develops with that.
For many of us we’ll be taking tackle and gear out of our trunks and doing the traditional season ending rituals. Rods and reels will be repaired. Waders and boots hung up, boats winterized and so on.
Those more adventurous might be considering a trip south to keep the season going.
Well until the next tide …