‘Where Are the Bluefish?’

“Where are the bluefish?” It’s a puzzler. Most years, blues are as plentiful as squirrels on the village green, popping up where they aren’t wanted, a nuisance to fishermen targeting more glamorous species like striped bass.

Not this year.

While some fishermen might say that’s no loss, there are many anglers who look forward to catching bluefish, both for the fantastic fight they offer (they leap from the water as you reel them in) and for the eating. Smoked bluefish, anyone?

And then there’s simply the environmental concern: if the bluefish go missing, what does that mean?

Jimmy Fee, of On The Water magazine, offers one theory about the mysterious absence of these toothy predators.

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