2008-08-08 / Sports

Rockaway Outdoors/Tales From The Wheel House

By Captain Vinnie Calabro

Lures at rest as they wait for the moment. Lures at rest as they wait for the moment. Looks like the Fluke are starting their mass exodus from the bay. They seem to be balling up east of the Gil Hodges Bridge in and around the rips off of Gateway and up along the lumps along Roxbury and points to the west.

There seems to be no shortage of throwbacks but if you're persistent enough, you can definitely cull out a few nice fish. I spent quite a few mornings this past week doing just that and had plenty of action. This bite should hold up for a few weeks as the fall run slowly evolves.

Anyone in sync with the seasons can't help but notice dawn breaks a little later each morning. Add to that a few northwesterly winds and the water cooled off somewhat this past week.

That without a doubt added to the activity up front along the inlet and waters just south of Breezy Point. Sunday morning in particular the area seemed like a parking lot for an array of party boats and local sporties alike. Schools of stripers and bluefish worked over the hordes of baitfish as birds from above dove to pick up remaining scraps.

The fish were relentless and moving fast back and forth from the shoal buoy to the east bar. Every manner of presentation was met with success. Diamond jigs, bucktails, trolling umbrella rigs you name it they produced. Fly rodders, their rods whipping in the westerly winds, also had some fun.

I got a few keeper bass in the frenzy, borderline keepers twenty-eight to thirty plus inches. Trust me most were shorts but they gave a good account of themselves on light tackle.

My deck was littered with a variety of baitfish being spit up as the combatants flopped around prior to being released. Baby bunker, butterfish, and squid were the main entrees, as the fish fed hard.

Down the beach and offshore a little the Rockaway reef had some nice fishing. Sea bass, porgies and some fluke were there for the taking. Some of the inshore wrecks are surely worth a try generally harboring some quality bottom fish and an occasional exotic like trigger fish around now.

I didn't see any first hand but did hear of a few reports of albies and bonita toward Debbs Inlet. Last season around this time give or take a few days they made a showing. I'll keep an eye on that, landing them on the right tackle will smoke your reel. Fish are beginning to move around August should be a good month.

Until the next tide.......

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