Great South Bay Bluefish InvasionBy
I fished a solo evening trip over this past weekend with the hope of finding some of the “mythical” Great South Bay weakfish. Pulled out of the marina at 5:30pm and arrived at my first location right on time. The ebb current was just beginning to build on this particular back bay location.
Unfortunately, a big northwest breeze was also building and combined with the amazing amount of slipgut weed the area was virtually un-fishable. Tucked into some lee and found the first signs of life as bluefish were hammering my offerings soon as they hit the water. The weed was also a problem here so it was off to another location.
Next location offered some relief from the weed and the bluefish were THICK here. Had as many as my arms could take before moving on. With the darkness now starting to take hold, I moved under the Robert Moses bridge span. Fishing bucktails and plastics on leadheads around the bridge stanchions produced more of the same bluefish. After a bunch more of them I had had enough so with tired arms I cut the night short around 10pm and headed back to the yard.
There are definately stripers in the Fire Island area and there may have even been some weakfish, but on this trip the bluefish were the rulers of the day as you just could not get anything past them. No complaints, it was a lot of fun and it turned out to be a nice night as the wind laid off some. Good time