Hey all, its been a while since I've updated with a report (mostly because reporting Porgy's constantly gets very old, very fast)! Finally, we have some better news to report if you're not just a fan of Porgy's. Buoy #2 near Floyd Bennet Field has been a MASSIVE hot spot for Porgy's, Fluke (like the one pictured below), & Weakfish! The Weakfish bite has been amazing and its been hard to get the worms shipped down to us from Maine fast enough, but we're on it as fast as we can! Also, good news if you love the blue claws - they started to make their presence known in Jamaica Bay again last year after a lengthly hiatus, but this year they're back in a BIG WAY! I'm also hearing rumblings of the catch & release Blackfish/Tog action heating up VERY quickly. We will start to carry crabs about a week before season starts so our catch & release anglers can warm up a little bit on the action. I've been checking online and the Albie's have apparently also come out in a big way, though none have been reported to me by any customers to confirm that yet. Lastly, the Bluefish population has fully returned to Jamaica Bay and they're hitting the tins, shads, and anything else you throw at them like their usual hungry selves.
As always, TIGHT LINES!
The amount of bite going on in Jamaica Bay right now cannot be described. As an ex-football coach used to tell us, "its a bonanza". If you're not into the "bluefish bonanza" going on, keep hope for the striped bass. I was fooling around with an old piece of bunker chunk that a buddy had changed out for a newer piece and as soon as my 4oz sinker hit the bed, i had a 34" striped bass taking line (pictured below). I can't repeat enough that you should be catching fish almost every cast with how heavy the bite is right now.
If you're not catching a fish every cast, you're doing something wrong. This is the general feedback I've gotten all week regarding the amount of Bluefish & Striped Bass in the bay. Bluefish have an especially strong bite at the moment. There are some MONSTER Porgy's by Beach Channel High School also. Got a call & report today by someone fishing back by JFK with two 44" Striped Bass and 9 Bluefish. Can't complain when the bite is strong!! Bunker & Clam are the go-to.
Well hello bluefish!! Before a start, let me tell this story. I have a group of friends who frequently get together on Friday's and fish the local hot spots. This week, they went out Wednesday in addition to Friday because of all the activity we've heard about. Behind Beach Channel HS, they caught about 8 blues and a Striped Bass within an hour (not anything to rise your nose up at by any means). The story here is that, while at that spot on Wednesdays and our normal spot on Fridays, the DEC wardens have become pretty frequent in their visits to us (and we've become frequent fishing advice sharers). In both their visits, they mentioned "...aren't you that guy from Crossbay Bait? Why aren't you fishing the North Channel Bridge and the beaches around it...thats the hottest spot in Brooklyn/Queens right now!!" There are 3 things to learn from that story: 1. I'm an idiot for trying to fish-chase spots to get that huge Striped Bass, 2. The DEC ARE OUT AND THEY MEAN BUSINESS about having your registration & knowing the limits and seasons of the fish you're catching, and 3. The DEC, probably the people who know the most about fishing trends in our area (yes, even you), are telling people they're friendly with that the North Channel Bridge/Grassy Bay area is the place to be for fishing right now!!
The bluefish have come through in a big way. Long story short: Whats running by you guys? Blues and Stripers..."
Also: We will be selling sand worms by the dozen, half, and flat for all of you fishing the upcoming KFA Kayak Tournament!! There is also a great stock of moldable tube rigs in different colors here for your needs!!
Hey everyone, I'm back again for the weekly reports. I'll be doing them on Sundays now due to some new scheduling and to get a better idea of what happened during the previous week. That being said, lets hop right into it!
Striper season has begun in a big way! Most reports from charters are that they're reaching boat limit within just hours of departure, having to then switch over to Flounder, which has proven to also be bountiful. Most Striper anglers are sticking with fresh bunker/clams or live lining bunker when possible. Sand worms seem to be the best Flounder bait at the moment. I've heard a couple reports of Bluefish hitting topwater lures, hence the baitfish and Stripers being so plentiful in the back Bay. Right now via boat, the go-to lure for most of the larger Bass we've weighed in are our Mojo set ups. They're really driving the Stripers crazy!
Have a great week this week and tight lines!!
September 2016 came and went just like Fluke season and the sightings of dolphins jumping next to boats in the bay. We haven't seen a run as plentiful right now in the bay since April. Abundant in the bay are: cocktail Bluefish, schoolie Striped Bass, Porgy's, a couple of different types of Puffer, and a lot of nice-sized Weakfish. Live and Gulp! worms have been flying off the shelves at the shop (as well as fresh clams) so its safe to say that they are the predominant bait of choice for right now. The shop has also seen an influx of some exotic/elusive fish recently. Sheepshead are not only being caught in copious amounts, but they are quite large. Stargazer's are also being reeled in by puzzled fishermen. The biggest surprise of September had to be from our customer Stacey who was fishing under the Marine Park Bridge and caught a Cobia, a fish native to the warm waters of the Florida coast. All in all, September was a great month to be a fisherman in the Jamaica Bay area and even though it isn't season yet, i hear the Blackfish have a big bite so-far (please catch and release if it is before the season). We will have crabs on the first day of the season so make sure you come on in and see us and as always, have tight lines!!
As predicted last week in my report, business on the water has picked up. I'm getting a lot of reports on Striped Bass schoolies in the area and some nice lunkers out by the Rockaway reef and tin can. Speaking of the reef and tin can, reports (and visual proof) of 7-9lb. Triggerfish have come in. If you were wondering where the Weakfish bite has been the past couple of years then your wait is over because their bite on Sand Worms has been strong, especially between Mill Basin & the Floyd Bennet Field helipad. If you're going out with the kids or just looking for a quick, fun way to catch a lot of fish, come in and try our new snapper poppers and jigs because they have swarmed the bay in full effect! Lastly, Porgy's are still hitting the clam and Blood Worms hard and the action is fierce. All-in-all, this week has been awesome and I'm looking forward to the fishing days ahead!
Well after another missed week of reports (mostly due to another abysmal week of fishing in Jamaica Bay), business has started to once again pick up. Blue Claw Crabs are starting to come in! Also, we've seen and heard a number of anglers nabbing some Snapper's for fun. The 6-9lb Bluefish population has still kept busy in the Bay eating all the lingering bait fish that have also hung around. Due to the high water temperatures, the Fluke have seemed to opt for deeper, colder water but there are still some stragglers around in the 6-8lb range which should make for a great weekend of fishing! Hope everyone stays cool the remainder of the week and don't forget to come check out some of our new items!
After brief hiatus, the Crossbay Bait 'n' Tackle fishing report is back! Water temperatures have risen and this has begun the exodus of Striped Bass and marks what should be the start of a great time for Fluke, Sea Bass, and Porgy fishing. Sharks of all types (mostly threshers and blues) have been reported all over the area. Tuna have also been reported being caught at will about 30 miles off of the Jones inlet from several customers and reports. If you're not out there fishing, you cant get in on what has been, for us, a very fun and fish-filled season!
This week the story has been Fluke. Not only by the North Channel Bridge, but in all of Jamaica Bay. The rumor is that a boat out of Sheepshead Bay had 9 or 10 (depending on who tells the story) people limit out. A few of our employees have also fared well (as seen below in photos) via boat with Fluke especially near the roundhouse, the south ramp of Floyd Bennet Field, and about 100 yards off the Gateway Landfill Pier. Bluefish are still the dominant species of our waters but with bait holding strong inside the bay, some large Striped Bass are still being caught at a rapid rate. Porgies and Sea Bass (who's season is now open) are also starting to pop up here and there inside the Bay at some big fish are being caught on the Rockaway Reef. Word is that shark fishing has been hot and cold so-far but I will keep my ears open for tips when they make their grand return. Other rumored hot spots are the tin can, the roundhouse, and Coney Island Creek.