2008-05-02 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheel House

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

The Marks hold up their 16.5 lbs. weakfish. Way to go! The Marks hold up their 16.5 lbs. weakfish. Way to go! Good weather moved in at the beginning of the week and with it some excellent spring fishing. However, the weekend was tough going with the east winds and rainfall. Striped bass took the lead in our area and Jamaica Bay, was in rare form. April and were catching Stripers, Bluefish, Weakfish and Flounder, go figure.

Let's cruise around the bay and get the lowdown on what's happening. Schools of baitfish, bunker is noticeable throughout the bay. Along with these schools are predators underneath feeding on the strays. For the moment it's a mixed bag; stripers, blues and weakfish, all pretty hungry after their long migrations. I haven't seen this much action this early in my entire life.

My boats have been fishing every day with fairly good catches. Each day the bassin' has been okay. Nothing spectacular, but if you're patient and put the time in, you can put together a catch. For the most part the stripers have been a little sluggish; barometric pressure and east winds, mixed with varying water temperatures haven't let the fish settle down. This will happen as the weather stabilizes.

Surfcasters have been doing very well from the shore west of the North Channel Bridge parking lot. Saturday afternoon yours truly watched as a legion of fishermen caught bluefish into the low teens on bunker chunks. Further west on the Canarsie Pier, anglers were also rewarded with both blues and bass. My good friend Tony checks in with me every morning, and is to be expected he is doing his thing catching Stripers to twenty pounds on lures.

Boats also scored as they worked bunker schools throughout the bay. For the moment it seems like the fish are loose with no real population to be found in any one area. My advice is to cover ground either with a car, boat or kayak and try sight fishing. Sight fish meaning just that' look for signs of activity- birds working, boats and Surfcasters bunched up, you get the picture. Flounder, too, have been hitting the decks as in previous weeks, and while were on the subject of weeks, let's talk about weakfish. Mark had a 16.5 pound weakfish last week in Jamaica Bay. Nice fish.

Great Kills has been seeing some decent Stripers, also. Reports coming in from friends acknowledge the fact that some bigger fish into the twentypound range have come up. Shore anglers fishing the "bogs", a local hot spot, and boaters around the mouth of the "Kill", especially around the rock pile known as the bug lite, are catching Bass and Blues.

The night party boats have been going out when they can sail; weather and customers being the determining factors. For the most part, they have been targeting bass that are worming the bay as they go along and mostly schoolies with an odd weakfish or two. Hey you gotta love it.

You can call in a fish report or send a picture to me at www.karen anncharters. com or call 516 728 6952. Till the next tide . . .

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