A baby bluefish.....aka, a snapper.
When: Friday, July 29th, from 1:30pm to 2pm
Where: Great Kills Harbor, Staten Island
What: Snapper fishing
Weather: Hot and humid. Near 80-degrees. Partly Cloudy.
Moon: Waning. A day before new.
Water Conditions/Tide: Low but incoming. Lots of algae and debris.
I can't remember the last time I caught a snapper bluefish.
Aside for today, that is.
The last time I spent lunch at Great Kills Harbor, I noticed there were snappers in the water, but was not prepared to catch them. Since my success with catching anything on Staten Island has been zilch so far, I figured that picking up spearing from Great Kills Bait and Tackle and targeting snapper blues was just about as good as it could get.
So I did.
With spearing in hand, I made my way to the harbor and in 30 minutes managed three or four tiny snappers along with a couple larger ones.
It felt great.
I have to admit, fishing for snappers felt just like it did 25 years ago. Maybe there is something inherently amusing about catching those little, feisty fish. Maybe they've burned such vivid memories in mind that I will never forget how it felt to catch them. Or maybe I'm having just as much fishing as I did when I was 8 years-old.
I like to think the latter.