Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From TheWheelhouse
By Some kind of weather for mid-December, eh! Not only has the weather been great but the fishing, well the finest kind. Striped bass continue to please those dedicated bassaholics who are still catching. Locally some big bass mixed in with the migrating schoolies.
Herring moved into the area figures with the season ending on the 15th some bigger bass will undoubtedly be feeding on them. Aboard the Karen Ann this past week anglers did a job jigging bluefish and bass. A little to the east in Debbs Inlet those drifting live herring are culling out some bigger fish.
While on the topic of bigger fish bluefin tuna are cruising the waters from just a few miles off the beach down toward
Shark River, New Jersey. It has become an annual trek for these big boys as they give boaters fits busting and clearing water.
Blackfish also decided to put the feedbag on this past week, some fairly husky ones at that. Captains Bob Singer and Ed Parker, both of the Karen Ann Fleet, landed some big tog, fish into the low teens fishing 60 feet of water south of Breezy Point.
Those jumbos appeared small in comparison to Captain Nick Sevine’s fish, a 20-pounder and possible New York State record, congratulations to him and his crew.
So as this year winds down, the fishing seems to be holding its own, until the next tide ……..