2012-10-05 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheelhouse

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

There are some interesting developments in and around the local waters the last week or so, some fairly noteworthy. All on a bright note, fall is here. Jamaica Bay has come alive, all manner of baitfish have invaded the bay, mullet and bunker, being the two principle ones. And as to be suspected, bluefish, striped bass and weakfish are right behind them.

Weakfish, although not in the droves of old, have seen a nice resurgence. The bluefish mostly harbor blues as the saying goes can be seen herding bunker schools throughout the “pumpkin patch” and other nearby areas. Stripers mainly schoolies up on the sod banks chasing peanut bunker are being landed by those light tackle enthusiast tossing white bucktails and rubber shads.

It really is a nice mix and should improve off this spectacular moon we were all treated to earlier in the week. The down sides of it usually triggering the fall run in the back bay. Still in the bay porgies dominated prior to the cold snap and that will hopefully continue for a while. Moving into the ocean big bluefish have been the staple of the head boats as they chase the birds traveling above the schools as they feed. No mystery here diamond jigs and bunker the best choices.

Head further south toward the mud hole and canyons and tuna are the main topic. Some giant Bluefin in the 700 pound plus range out of Jersey have hit the scales. The canyon home to big eye and yellow fin and as the fall continues that should increase.

So until the next tide …

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