Casting in the Runway’s Shadow with Top Chef Kerry Heffernan
The annual event was in full swing on Jamaica bay in the last days of April – the Striped Bass were on the run migrating from the Hudson River headwaters to the ocean. Knowing this, I set up a trip with Urban Fly Guides, on a snowy day in February. My goal: to start spring striper fishing on the end of the runway at John F. Kennedy International Airport, a spot that I’ve had luck fishing in the past and an interesting connection between the nature of this tidal fueled river and air traffic from one of the world’s busiest airports.
The Gateway Marina was in an early morning bank of deep fog when Capt. Brendan McCarthy and I rolled up at 6 am. High tide, low light, and the construction noise… just another day on the dock in Brooklyn. However, today would be special as our mutual friend, chef Kerry Heffernan was on board for the trip chasing post spawn Stripers on the move to big water and the journey north.