2013-11-08 / Sports

The Fishing Report

Sailing Jamaica Bay. Photos by C. Whalen Sailing Jamaica Bay. Photos by C. Whalen Jamaica Bay and outside: Big Ron’s Bait and Tackle in Howard Beach reports some bluefish action and some striped bass but, not a lot of it. What little bass action there is, are all short fish with few keepers.

Last week’s weather was no help with the wind. Ron said that the three preferred baits right now are bunker, crabs and clams. Diamond jigs are still being sold. Blackfish are still on the small side and everyone is wondering where the larger blackfish are? Ron said that there should be more bass action for this time of year but, there is not. The bass and blues that were taken, were taken between Coney Island and The Point.

Beach Channel High School and Cross Bay Bridge plaza were empty Sunday. A fierce north westerly wind was bitterly cold, dropping the wind chill into the low 30s.

I tested the area out with a very small diamond jig that I had in my tackle box that I knew could pierce the head wind on my light tackle.

Tom’s Wave service station, bait and tackle on Beach Channel Drive. Tom’s Wave service station, bait and tackle on Beach Channel Drive. After several cast and retrieves I was about to give up, but all of a sudden “slam”! I had a definite strike. I then stayed for another seven to eight freezing casts and retrievals and BANG another “hit.”

I’m not sure what was down there but, it was definitely interested in my lure. I just couldn’t interest him enough to hook him.

I stayed until I couldn’t stand my numbingly cold ears and the frozen headache that I acquired with it. Unfortunately, I had to leave for the warm heater in my SUV. I was totally frustrated and fishless.

Tom’s Wave service station on beach channel drive in Rockaway

Park reports that the blackfish are small, no giant bass are in as of yet. The local boats that are getting out the inlet are heading east along the surf line in search of striped bass. Diamond jigs are still popular as well as “bass eels.”

East End report: Bernie Matzen reports that there ARE some striped bass and bluefish being taken in the surf and off the sand east of Tobay beach. The action is hitting diamond jigs, metal spoons, and generally bouncing any kind of “tin” will get results. The fish are also being taken by boats trolling “wire” (umbrella rigs).

Lots of bunker are swimming off of Atlantic Beach and Jones Inlet but, nothing is biting on or under them.

Bernie said “You would have had reports of more fish but, nobody could get out the inlets with the weather.”

Bernie said that the bass have not moved far enough west yet. Let’s hope next week is better, the larger monster bluefish and monster striped bass are usually caught between Halloween and mid to late November.

This report comes courtesy of Matt Whalen

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