Fishfinder by Dennis Doyle
Fish-finder ~ by Dennis Doyle
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September 18, 2014
Rockfish remain tepid in the mid-Bay, with loose, scattered schools of fish just over legal size. Though some anglers are encountering pods of larger stripers, it’s not often. Trolling, chumming and jigging are having about equal chances of success, while the absence of small spot has ended live-lining. The better bite for rockfish is around Breezy Point and Poplar Island. Rockfish top-water action is as good as it’s going to get, and anglers are reporting decent catches in the shallows at the river mouths, early and late in the day.
Bluefish in mixed sizes are moving but not staying anywhere long. The cooler weather may accelerate the bite, but for now action is slow. Bottom-fishing devotees are finding some larger spot still around, a few perch here and there but mostly small guys, a few croaker and some Spanish mackerel. Crabbing is enjoying a final surge, mostly because almost everyone has given up on the year.
The Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission is meeting to decide whether to cut striper harvests next year and by how much. The total population is down, particularly the female spawning stock, and something must be done or risk another moratorium within a few years.