Another view of the Verranzano from one of my Staten Island fishing spots.
When: Tuesday, July 24th, from 12:30pm to 1pmWhere: Upper New York Bay/New York Harbor, from Staten Island
What: Tossing metal spoons
Weather: Partly cloudy and hazy. 80ish degrees. East wind 10+mph.
Moon: Waning. 4 days before new.
Water Conditions/Tide: Looked pretty high, water was murky with lots of weeds and garbage
Few things have a greater impact on the ocean than the wind.
Although New York Harbor is not technically the ocean, the wind effects it just the same.
When I pulled up to my spot at the end of Hylan Blvd., I could tell by the small white caps and the direction they were moving that there was a strong easterly wind. The problem here, is that a wind from the east quite often brings any debris, weeds or floating organisms up along the shoreline. When you're in place like New York Harbor that has no shortage of flotsam, this can complicate fishing conditions.
On a sidenote, I spoke to Mr. Lido later in the day, who told me the same wind brought heaps of grass into the surf a hundred or so miles south in Mantoloking. He was not able to fish from the beach because of it.
All that being said, I was able to find some casting room amongst the grass and the trash. I tossed a metal spoon for 30 minutes, but to no avail. It really surprises me that with all the time I've spent throwing lures from Staten Island that I haven't at least brought one past a wandering bluefish.
Hopefully this will change at some point.
Maybe when I have a kinder wind.