“CAST Nate cast cast!!!!” Capt. Ken Jones begged
“$### I hooked the antenna!!!”
Just like that… the fish are gone again and I had blown my first blitz in over two years on video no less….welcome back!
It kind of figures that the pace of the fishing would match the pace of the “Big Apple”. Thankfully my guide Capt. Ken Jones is a forgiving friend and we laughed it off as we scouted for the following days guiding. An unlikely fishery to say the least New York Bright hosts some of the largest populations of marine life anywhere. In this urban ocean bait, birds, and gamefish whirl in a frenzy that has been going on long before the advent of designer t-shirts, hipsters, or the falafel cart. (Personally I wouldn’t change a thing… I love falafel.) The Bright is teaming with fishes great and small all willing to take a fly! Striped bass, bluefish, various tunas, flatfishes, and numerous salty friends who make seasonal appearances to feed and frolic all within sight of the Empire State Building.
Capt. Ken is one of the guides who pursues these fish in the waters surrounding New York City, but one of the few who do it with a fly rod. Cruising in his 24foot Topaz the “Sweet Pea” Ken sails from Brooklyn, NY to wherever the fish are feeding. This usually means running until you see birds screeching and dive bombing while other anglers scramble to muscle in on marauding fish gorging themselves on whatever baitfish is unfortunate enough to be caught up in the chaos! When the blitz is on it’s all you can do to puke out a 20 foot cast and hold on as your line hopefully clears the deck. All the while you are convinced you hooked cargo ship hell bent on destroying your 10-weight. There will be more to come as the “Fall Run” is in full swing and we will be posting a video soon so stay tuned!
Capt. Ken Jones is a great guide and offers a variety of trips if you find yourself in the New York area (http://www.jonesworldsportfishing.com/) or you can call the shop for details and we’ll point you in the right direction.
On the road! -NS
Update: Here’s the video