Big Blues in Jamaica Bay
<P>I'm still chasing tuna...if only in my mind!!! Last Friday was the last decent chance we had to chase and find the skipjack tuna. We travelled east to Jones Inlet with Bob Wilkanowski & Joe D'Ambrosio on board, in choppy seas, where the skipjack were working under birds. But these schools were not as large, or as aggressive as the ones I found last Tuesday and despite their valiant and determined efforts the guys could not hook up, but they deserve a lot of credit, given the tough conditions. We did manage to find some cooperative bluefish in the 6 to 8 pound range, but when you know there's tuna out there... Anyway the weekend was impossible and Monday morning was still windy and rainy. But when the wind and rain abated I made an effort to go look, but a heavy southeast swell kept me close to home. I headed to the Sandy Hook rip in hopes of finding albies but only those medium blues were working. I managed several on fly before leaving to head inside Jamaica Bay to see what might be happening in the back. As luck would have it I found a LOT of big blues popping the surface not far from Floyd Bennett Field. They provided the kind of fun fishing they are most noted for, by taking fly rod poppers with abandon. After 2 hours that action slowed, but I found more of the cocktail variety half way back to the marina, with the same results. When the weather won't cooperate it's nice to know that at least the bluefish will. I'm hopeful the albies will show up at our front door any day now.
Capt. Dave Azar
One More Cast Charters
Capt Dave Azar w/ a J-Bay chopper on 8-wt.
About The Author: Captain Dave Azar
Company: One More Cast Charters
Area Reporting: jamaica bay & new york bight
Bio: Captain David Azar, a native of Brooklyn, has acquired a vast knowledge of the waters in and around Jamaica Bay, where he has fished since 1976. He has been saltwater fly fishing since 1987 and guiding since 1995. He has led many people to their first saltwater fish on a fly, and many to their first striped bass. Capt. Azar pioneered deep-water fly fishing around Manhattan in 1990 and has taken numerous striped bass in the 20 pound class on fly. Capt. Azar has authored numerous articles on fishing. His most recent, "A Bahamas Coming of Age, Taking Bonefish On The Fly", and "A Return Trip to the Florida Keys", appeared in the Outdoors Column of The New York Times.