Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse
I’m hoping by the time you read this article the sun will make a cameo appearance because I haven’t seen it for more than a couple of hours a while back.
Despite some brisk weather for April and surface water temperatures in the upper forties striped bass and flounder showed up in the bay this past week. They showed because that’s what they do reminding us that nature knows no timetable. And for a moment aboard the charter boat Karen Ann anglers smiled, forgot about the current state of our economy and caught a few.
As the April full moon wanes the fishing should improve daily and once again Jamaica Bay will be in the limelight. The supporting cast of characters added to the scenario bunker, herring and the other small fish that make up the diet of the big ones also didn’t miss a beat arriving in waves daily.
Like forsythia blooming in the spring fishermen appear, they’re everywhere. Shorelines once barren are now the scene of an array of anglers casting, wading, standing on point as they watch their rod tips at attention in sand spikes anxiously awaiting a telltale twitch signaling a strike. Driving over the bridges the familiar wakes of boats their white trailing turbulence can be seen; it’s almost overnight the bay became alive. I favor the back bay this time of year, something about the calmer shallows seems to attract fish.
Across the pond so to speak in Raritan Bay, bass are also being caught. Further down the Jersey coast toward Cape May on up, some bigger fish are also on their migratory schedule; with any luck maybe we’ll get a run like last summer.
Until the next tide …