2013-10-18 / Sports

The Fishing Report

Photos by C. Whalen Photos by C. Whalen Cross Bay Bridge:

The warmer days and cooler nights of October have arrived, and so has the fall run. Jamaica Bay is still active with larger porgies around the bridges. Bluefish have been showing up more often and taking bunker. The Virginia spots have just about all left. Alan (who fishes at the Cross Bay Bridge next to Beach Channel High School on Sundays) said that “The Virginia spots get lost when the bluefish come around”, Alan had a cocktail blue take some bunker from him a few days ago there, but Alan landed him.

Jamaica Bay:

Big Ron at “Big Ron’s Bait and tackle” in Howard Beach reports that with the rough seas last week, a lot of boats had some trouble getting out. Many boats stayed on the inside.

It was even reported that it was rough on the “inside” as well. On Sunday the bay was placid but, with a heavy on-shore south east wind, the sea and surf were pounding the beach. Ron said that the porgies are still taking the bait of clams, and worms. Ron also said that the bay was even rough last week with the weather. He stated that even some of the “Bait” fisherman had some trouble catching fish. Ron assured me though that he has plenty of bait, so come on down.


I caught up with Captain Mike, (home port Howard Beach) at the dock on Sunday. He reports BIG porgies, BIG blackfish, and BIG striped bass. The bass are in the 20-30 lb. range!

On Friday night’s striped bass trip, Bob Costa brought two really nice bass aboard the Capt. Mike; Bob landed a 32 lb., and a 25 lb. striped bass. Way to go, Bob! On Sunday’s blackfish day trip aboard the Capt. Mike, angler Scott nailed a large 9 lb. blackfish.

Captain Mike sails for stripers on Friday and Saturday nights. The ship leaves at 6 p.m. Reservations required for bass trips. Capt. Mike heads out for blackfish every day EXCEPT Monday and Tuesday at 8 a.m.

You can reach Captain Mike at 917-747-4789 or www.captmike.org.

Debs Inlet (East Rockaway inlet) and off shore:

Bernie Matzen reports that sea bass and porgies are on the reefs, not much bass or bluefish action around. The whales are feeding on the bunker schools off of Long Beach and small sea bass and assorted fish in the bay.

Tom’s Wave Service Station in Rockaway Park reports that the blackfish are definitely in.

Tom said that there has been action but, it’s a mixed bag, with some large blackfish, and some small blackfish being taken.

The report comes courtesy of Matt Whalen

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