ANGLERS, WEST IS THE BEST
RIGHT now the best salt water action is to the west.
Waters in lower New York harbor offer a variety of flounder, bass, blackfish and even a few bluefish that are starting to show.
Herring numbers have increased in the Hudson and after this full moon anglers started to see better action on stripers, especially up near Croton.
Jamaica Bay offers some decent flounder fishing for party boat anglers, although strong moon tides this past weekend made fishing difficult.
Stripers are coming down the Hudson and being taken from Sandy Hook to Breezy Point and into Jamaica Bay. Herring are being taken at the Canarsie Pier.
Local wrecks off the North Jersey coast saw an increase in blackfish activity. Boats from New Jersey have been targeting blackfish and doing well.
In the western Sound, stripers have moved in, and with lots of schoolies around the fishing has been fun. There are keepers to be found with a few coming from Hempstead Harbor.
Flounder fishing keeps improving as water temps rise in Eastchester Bay, Hempstead Harbor and Little Neck Bay.
Offshore codfishing has been decent for some boats. I got one report from the party boat Jamaica out of Brielle that took a nice mix of cod, pollock and ling on Saturday, with cod to 20 pounds being caught.
Some Montauk boats saw decent action on cod, but there were lots of shorts.
*The 5th Annual Jamaica Bay Kayak Tournament and Benefit for Casting for Recovery will take place May 3 at Floyd Bennet Field in Brooklyn.
For more info on CFR retreats, call Kate Fox at the CFR office, (802) 362-9181, or visit http://www.castingforrecovery.org.
By Ken Moran