Spotlight Jamaica Bay
Captain Vinnie/Karen Ann Fleet
As March begins to wind down, sunny days are more frequent, and the reality that Jamaica bay will once again come to life begins to unfold. Those unfamiliar with Jamaica bay will be surprised that nestled among the urban environment rest this body of water an oasis if you will for all manner of marine life. Transients are on the move from air, sea and land all finding a seasonal home here in this magnificent bay. Each tide the water receives new life, baitfish, gamefish, shore birds, and plants in an abundance that would be the envy Noah’s ark.
Jamaica bay has a devoted group of anglers it’s a mix of kayakers, shore casters and boaters all pursuing some impressive fish. Probably the most heralded is striped bass.
As of this writing water temperature in the bay fluctuated from forty three degrees on the ebb and spiking to forty five on the flood. Saturday morning I did some pre season recon not really anticipating any great catches but more or less a spin around the bay just becoming acquainted with my old friend as it begins to shed its winter coat.
And although I saw no note worthy signs of fish, it was good to be back on the bay. The water itself still had remnants of last weeks blow, marsh grasses, driftwood, here and there an abandoned hull thrown back upon the banks all typical liter from a hard winter. The soiled brownish tint of the water, give or take a weeks tides will give way to a more pleasant hue. An occasional dimple up in the back bay from a herring signals that there’s life here. Peering across the water on this early morning the sun was kind to us reflecting off the surface as I cut through the islands separating the north and south side of the bay recalling the many spots that soon will hold fish.