Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
This past week saw some relief in air temperatures and hopefully as the water tries to cool down, the fishing will rebound… at least the species I covet; striped bass and blues. It’s ironic that as decent as the spring was, the fishing didn’t hold up as in years past. I believe the mild winter definitely impacted the local fisheries. Most of the ocean bassin’ polarized meaning New Jersey and south from Shark River to Manasquan had the better fishing or bite as we anglers refer to it.
That held up with varying degrees of consistency for three months maybe more. Then points east Montauk and the inlets west had a good run, with Montauk being the better for the moment. And rightly so, cooler deeper ocean temperatures with their rips and big tides infused with baitfish provides the ideal relief and resting grounds during these balmy summer days.
Years ago, the summer fishery here was strong but the last decade as seen a noticeable decline in both landings and quality of fishing. We can only hope as the summer comes to an end fish will once again return. On the otherhand fluke seem to be delivering the most consistent catches.
Ambrose Channel should peak toward the end of this month as the fluke ball up prior to migration. It seems to be an abundant influx of sharks within reach for those enthusiasts so that’s another fish to tap into. Me I’m waiting on the bass, until the next tide…