I was on Jamaica Bay this morning trying to catch fluke with a clouser fly. Bunker seem to be scarce due to the demand for omega 3 oil which is obtained from The menhaden (Brevoortia) or simply bunker to the fishermen, is one of the most important fish in the bay. Besides being an important bait fish for fishermen, menhaden FPC (fish protein concentrate) is an important food additive for chickens and other farm animals. Menhaden oil is used for a great variety of products like margarine, crayons, paint and other oil-based products. Even the scales can be used as glitter in paint and cosmetics. Commercial fishers have the ability to pick up entire schools of Bunker; removing the diet staple of game fish along the east coast.
As a result Stripe Bass and Bluefish are hard to locate during the day. It was a great time to be on the water. But I and my friend Andy were SKUNKED.