The Fishing Report
The porgies are still hitting the hooks according to Ron at Big Ron’s Bait and Tackle in Howard Beach. Ron reports that the larger fish are still at the bridges and the porgy action is also picking up off of Floyd Bennett Field where the size of the fish is increasing.
A few scattered striped bass have been reported as well but, nobody is giving up the secret locations.
Blackfish are also showing up slowly, although they are small in size and numbers. Blackfish season is now open (October 5th- December 14th) with a limit of four fish daily. They must be at least 16” in length according to New York State Department of Environmental Conservation regulations.
Anglers would like to see more striped bass and bluefish, especially larger fish looking for a fight, in the area, but conditions are normal for this time of year.
Bernie Matzen reports that bluefish are offshore (in the 10-12 lb. range) and are hitting on diamond jigs and tin. The bluefish are being taken in 20- 30’ of water.
Bay and Beach:
Tom’s Wave Service Station on Beach Channel Drive in Rockaway Park reports that blackfish are in the bay, but they are small and mostly throw backs.
Tom said that no striped bass have shown up yet in the surf along the beach, or anywhere else, but bluefish ARE in the surf in the 3-4 lb. range, and are taking bunker.
This report comes courtesy of Matt Whalen.