Red X Angler
There are Reds year round in Queens. Yes, learn to use a cast net (start with a small diameter and practice in the yard). You will find finger mullet along the grass lines....same place you will find the Reds. I stick the canoe up on a hummock and catch the bait...easiest to do at low tide but pretty easy on any tide. While the fingers move out to the ocean in the Fall, there're still plenty in the creeks this time of year. Put a mullet out on a c-rigged circle hook and stick it in a rod holder while casting with a lure on another rod.