Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse
Well the dog days of summer are winding down and as the nights get a little cooler and the days a little shorter fish should start to move around a bit. Aboard the Jamaica Bay based charter boat Karen Ann this past week anglers using light tackle techniques picked away at small bluefish and culled out a few keeper bass probing the inlet and waters adjacent to Manhattan and Brighton Beach, nothing spectacular except for the beautiful dawn landscape on the horizon.
Initially, we went looking for Albies and Bonita but that as any seasoned angler can tell you is a hit or miss adventure. These finned combatants really give a great fight especially when one scales down to light tackle. They are very popular with the fly rod buffs.
The bay has been invaded with adolescent bunker, peanut bunker as fishermen dub them. That’s a good sign because the last two falls saw a drought of peanuts, hence impacting the fall run. I think this year we’re in for a good run. Meanwhile fluke,, for those with the drops and patience, continue to do their thing. If the pattern holds the channel edges to and from Ambrose should be the spot as the fish ball up and exit the bay.
If blue claw crabs wet your palate well then you are in luck; seems like there’s a good population of them, too. So each week should see an improvement in the fisheries, until the next tide …